Archive for April 27th, 2009

Bus Leagues in Baltimore

I went to a major-league game in Baltimore this Sunday. Rangers at Orioles, with a few of our old Z-meter regulars playing, like Felix Pie and Elvis Andrus. But my real Bus Leagues surprise came when I took the advice of an usher and visited the Sports Museum that was recently built next to Camden Yards. I was wandering around in the rather gloomy basement display area and found this:

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This bus was actually a display showing the travel conditions of Maryland’s Negro Leagues players. I liked it – I thought it was an innovative use of the space they had, even though it was a sort of creepy cellar. The upstairs was given over to the old Baltimore Colts and the Orioles. Everything else was downstairs.

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I was amused by the caption on this poster. “Why the Minor Leagues?” A question OMDQ and I ask ourselves every day. Kidding! We love the Bus Leagues. Pictured here are uniforms from Maryland’s entries into the minor league system: the Aberdeen IronBirds (Short Season NY-Penn League), Bowie Baysox (AA Eastern League), Frederick Keys (A+ Carolina League), Delmarva Shorebirds (A South Atlantic League), and Hagerstown Suns (A South Atlantic League). The Suns belong to the Nats organization. The rest are all variations on the Orioles.

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Just kind of a cool map. It shows all of the minor-league teams to call Maryland home, even ones that are now defunct. That hole where they listed the teams is actually where Delaware belongs!

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Another perspective on starting out small and making it to the bigs.

At first, I thought it kind of sucked that all of these great items were stuck in the basement. Then I saw this:

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Dude wins a kajillion Olympic gold medals and all he gets is a crummy alcove and a bare lightbulb.

So, it was kind of cool to see this stuff when I only thought I’d be seeing a MLB game. Still, not sure it was worth ten bucks. But how would I know unless I tried?

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Now Pitching For The Boston Red Sox…

On the heels of Saturday’s wild 16-11 win over the Yankees, the Red Sox made a roster move before Sunday’s game, optioning infielder Gil Velazquez to Pawtucket and calling up righthander Michael Bowden.  Bowden made his first appearance of the season (and the second of his career) in relief of fellow youngster Justin Masterson, holding a 4-1 lead with two innings of perfect relief.

This Week in Bobbleheads – Week 4

April seems to have flown by, and Independent Leagues are starting.  More games means more giveaways and I’m back for the weekly installment. Here we go:

Philadelphia Phillies 4/28/09 Charlie Manuel – I so believe that every team in their system will do Charlie to celebrate their ’08 win.  Here’s Philly’s version.

Trenton Thunder 4/29/09 Tony Franklin – First 2,000 6 and up – The 2 time Eastern League champ skipper is actually holding a replica of the League Trophy.

Portand Seadogs 4/30/09 David Ortiz – First 1,000 – It’s a little Papi, how cute!!

Clearwater Threshers 5/1/09 Chase Utley – First 1,000 – Chase begins a big series of figures surrounding the 08 champs.

Long Island Ducks 5/1/09 Gary Carter – First 2,000 – Carter’s first season as Ducks manager and he already has a bobble on Opening Night at Citibank Park.

Memphis Redbirds 5/1/09 Nostalgiaman – First 1,000 – Memphis once again begins a series of multiple bobbleheads for 2009, but I have no clue on this mascot type character.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals 5/2/09 Kila Kaiahue – First 1,000 – Move over Flyin Hawaiian Mr. Victorino, the powerful Kila has arrived having hit over 40 homers in AA last year.

Texas Rangers 5/2/09 Nolan Ryan Bronze Statuette – First 20,000 – Nolan salutes the crown in this figurine.

Milwaukee Brewers 5/3/09 Ryan Braun – The powerful Brewers left fielder in an action pose.

Minnesota Twins 5/3/09 Kirby Puckett (Legends of the Dome) – First 10,000 – Same players, different series as the “Legends” set begins.

Although I normally just stick to pro baseball, one college giveaway is also a standout this week. Long Beach State will devote May 2nd to Evan Longoria bobblehead night at their stadium for the first 750 fans. This will be a definite piece to have in anyone’s collection.

Finally, I will be attending 3 giveaways this week, the Manuel, Franklin and Carter to fortify my collection and will have others to trade as well. Interested? Post on my board at http://thetruebobbleheadboard.yuku.com