May 2015

First Month on MASN

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It’s been a great first month as a weekly guest blogger for MASN, the official TV broadcast of the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles.  Yesterday, I published my 5th post for the MASNsports.com website.  My column comes out every Tuesday, so check online at the Nationals Buzz section of the MASNsports.com website, or follow MASNnationals on Twitter.  Or follow me on Twitter at @MattsBats or sign up to get an email every time a new post publishes.  To get the email, sign up on the right side of the MattsBats.com main page.  You can also follow on WordPress or using this RSS link.

In case you missed any of my posts so far, here are links to them.

Think Pink On Mother’s Day- Why Louisville Slugger Makes Pink Bats

Pink Bat For Ryan Zimmerman to use on Mother's Day

Pink Bat For Ryan Zimmerman to use on Mother’s Day

You will see something unusual if you watch a MLB baseball game today.  MLB players will be using Louisville Slugger pink bats for breast cancer awareness in the contests on Sunday.  Pink everywhere on Mother’s Day!

In the ten years MLB and Louisville Slugger have teamed up, over 5,000 bats have been swung for the cause.

The bats are made the same way as a regular baseball bat. They are made just the right length and weight for each individual player.  However, when they get to the painting station, they hold and turn the bat in pink paint until the bat is either half covered or fully covered in pink paint (according to the player’s choice). After it’s stamped with the player’s name and autograph, it’s ready for shipping.

 

 

Louisville Slugger Factory worker checks pink bats as they dry after being dipped.

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On Mother’s Day, players will also wear a symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms and pink wrist bands. The games will be played with a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball. Fans can bid on authenticated, game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.  Fans can also buy their own pink personalized Louisville Slugger bats on MLB.com or sluggergifts.com, and $10 from each sale will be donated to breast cancer charity.

You may recall my Matt’s Bats Chat with National Symphony Orchestra violinist Glenn Donnellan who occasionally plays the National Anthem at Nats Park. Well, in honor of Mother’s Day a couple years ago, Glenn played the Star-Spangled Banner at Citi Field on a Pink Electric Slugger. Isn’t that neat!

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Each MLB team also has its own “Honorary Bat Girl.” This person was voted on by the public through a contest to choose the baseball fan who has been affected by breast cancer and who is committed to eradicating the disease. Tracy Lustig from Alexandria is the Nats’ honorary bat girl. I hope she does well at the game today!

Guest Post: Fenway Fun Day!

If you remember, a few weeks ago I tweeted about a little boy, Ben, who was going to the Nationals-Red Sox game in Boston.

 

He picked a good game to see.  That was the day the Nats beat the Sox 10-to-5.

Ben is my little brother’s classmate, and he is in second grade.  When he got back from his Boston trip, I asked him if he wanted to write something about his trip.  Ben is an avid reader of my blog, and I wanted to give something back to him. So, without further adieu, here is Ben’s guest post!

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Written by Ben Belford-Peltzman, age 8

Last week was the first time the Nats played at Fenway Park. Fenway Park was built in 1912. It is the oldest stadium in major league baseball.

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When the 2015 MLB schedule was announced I said I really want to go to see the Nats play at Fenway. B with tall SoxMy mom grew up in Boston. She’s been to Fenway Park. My Aunt helped us get tickets. I was SO excited!

I woke up early and put on my Nats uniform. We flew out of National Airport.

When I arrived at the ballpark it was already crowded 2 hours before the game. We went to our seats. Our seats were 5 rows from the visitors dugout near 3rd base. Before the game I stood next to the dugout and waited for the Nats players and coaches to come out.

I saw Stephen Strasburg first and asked for his autograph. Then I got to meet Mike Rizzo, Steve McCatty, Matt Williams, Wilson Ramos, Michael Taylor, Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper!

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I hope in 22 years that I can have Matt Williams’ job! I can pick who plays, make trades, and get good players. I want a job where I can think about baseball everyday!

1 jrIt was also Jackie Robinson Day. Everyone on both teams wore the number 42. That was Jackie Robinson’s number. He was the first African-American player to play in the big leagues. First he played with the Kansas City Monarchs. Then he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was fast and he hit well. He won awards like National League Rookie of the Year. Every stadium retired his number.

Here is a picture of Jayson Werth wearing number 42.

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I usually watch the games on MASN. I listen to F.P. Santangelo, Dan Kolko, Bob Carpenter, Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight. They explain things well. Sometimes they are funny or serious but I like them. I got to meet F.P. and Dan Kolko.

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The seats were the best I’ve ever had. We were so close to the field and the dugout. Most of the game I stood against the fence right next to the dugout.

During the 4th inning someone in the front row had to leave. So then the other people in the front row said I could sit with them (the whole time my mom was sitting in her seat talking to people.)They were all cheering for the Red Sox. They also really wanted me to get a foul ball. They kept yelling for me to get a ball.

Foul Ball!

 

In the fifth inning Max Scherzer threw gum to me. I caught it and chewed it for a lot of hours.

The Nationals won 10-5. Rafael Martin made is MLB debut. He pitched very well.

It was the best day! Sadly we had to fly home. We left Logan Airport after this awesome and very neat day.

B leaving Logan

 

My advice is for the team is to stay healthy. They should exercise, eat healthy things (not a lot of treats or candy) and practice more. I hope there won’t be a lot more errors! I hope no one gets into fights. I predict the team will score 702 runs including 188 home runs this season. I hope I get to see a lot more games and meet more players. I want the Nats to play well the rest of the season! They need to start beating teams like the Mets.

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There you go!  Another happy Nats fan having a great experience watching baseball.  It reminds me about how I became a baseball lover.  Read my guest post at Citizens of Natstown to learn all about my experience.

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