Today in baseball: Ballpark openings

Today 107 and 106 years ago there were some ballpark christenings. In 1912 Fenway Park opened its doors. A year later another iconic ballpark would be opened: Ebbets Field. Even though the first MLB game at Fenway Park was played on April 20, the first game ever was played on April 9, 1912. The Red …

Red Sox sign Bogaerts to contract extension

The Boston Red Sox wanted to keep one of the corner stones of their 2018 championship team with them. According, the club and shortstop Xander Bogaerts have signed a seven-year, $132MM contract extension.   The Aruban born shortstop has been a valued part of the team since he joined the Red Sox in 2013. …

Today in baseball: Names on jerseys make debut

Bill Veeck was always known as an inventor in the baseball world. He was responsible for the ivy at the outfield wall at Wrigley Field. He promoted the game in every possible way. Today in 1960, Bill Veeck came up with something that would become the standard in MLB. On March 13, 1960, then the …

The Red Sox / World Series logo conspiracy

Recently there is a conspiracy theory swirling around the internet. Certain World Series Logos sported pennants and in those years the Boston Red Sox won the World Series. The 2018 World Series Logos sport two pennants as well, so according to this conspiracy theory, the Red Sox will win it all again. On Twitter, this conspiracy …

Yawkey Way will soon be history

Boston city officials approved to rename Yawkey Way back to its original name, Jersey Street after the Boston Red Sox petitioned to change it in an attempt to distance the team from former owner Tom Yawkey’s racist past. Even though he Yawkey Foundation and other community leaders opposed the renaming, arguing that it would bad for the foundation and its charitable …

A promotion that fuels the rivalry

The AAA Pawtucket Red Sox will have a promotion that fuels the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. It is all based on the bench-clearing brawl that was sparked by Tyler Austin's slide at second base and the brushback pitch by Joe Kelly. In that particular game between the two hated …

Dutchies around the World 2018, part 2

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the World 2018, we pay attention to Xander Bogaerts, Chadwick Tromp, Tom de Blok, Eugene Helder and Rick van den Hurk.  MLB Before getting on the 10-day DL, Xander Bogaerts was red hot. In nine games he hit a whopping .368 with seven doubles and two home runs. …

Hoofddorp Pioniers add Ryan Oduber to pitching staff

Dutch hoofdklasse club Hoofddorp Pioniers has reinforced its pitching with a former pro from Aruba. Ryan Oduber, a lefthander, was added to the pitching staff today. Ryan Oduber was part of the Aruban team that reached the championship game of the Junior League World Series in 2012. Because of his Aruban heritage, Ryan was added …

Yankees and Red Sox close to play in London in 2019

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are nearing an agreement on facing each other in London in 2019. This as part of a regular season series, which was agreed in the latest collective bargain agreement between MLB and the players union. Location for this event would be London Stadium, the home of …

Yawkey morse code to stay on Fenway Park’s scoreboard

Recently the Boston Red Sox ownership requested a name change for Yawkey Way, the street that runs next to Fenway Park which is named after one of the previous owners of the Bosox, Tom Yawkey. But despite this request, the club is not seeking to remove the name of Yawkey and his wife in Morse …

Baseball rivalry indicates preference in Superbowl LII

Who would ever think I would write about football? Not me, but in the last few days, I discovered something interesting on Facebook. There were plenty of posts about the Superbowl on various New York Yankees and New York Mets fan pages. As a Dutch Yankee fan, I thought a New Yorker would root against …

What’s a bigger accomplishment: A 56 game hitting streak or a .406 batting average?

Ever since Ted Williams hit .406 and Joe DiMaggio set a 56 game hitting streak, fans discuss what is the biggest accomplishment. Is it the .406 BA of the Splendid Splinter or is it the 56 game hitting streak of Joltin' Joe? Here is my take on it. In that magical season of 1941, both …

Red Sox extend PDC with two affiliates

The Boston Red Sox have extended the Player Development Contracts with two of their minor league teams. For both the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Lowell Spinners the club extended the contract through the 2020 season. With the extension of the PDC with the PawSox, the Red Sox continue one of the longest lasting cooperations between …

Baseball related songs: “Tessie” by the Dropkick Murphys

In this episode of baseball-related songs, we pay attention to Tessie performed by the Dropkick Murphys. Many European baseball fans may not have  heard of the group. The music genre the group is making is called Celtic Punk so it is a bit noisy at times. In 1902 another song named Tessie was performed in …

How the Red Sox made the Yankees a dynasty

Many may think that the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees led to the downfall of the Red Sox. That isn't entirely true. In the following years, Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert would raid the Red Sox for more players that laid the foundation of a dynasty and changed the Red Sox from contenders to …

Baseball related songs: Sweet Caroline

In Baseball related songs, we pay attention to perhaps the greatest hit for Neil Diamond: Sweet Caroline. The song was released in 1969.  The explanation of how Neil Diamond got the inspiration for this song is rather contradictory as you will learn later in this blog post. The song reached the fourth spot in the …

Yale students unveil PawSox ballpark renderings

Even though nothing is engraved in stone yet regarding the location of the future ballpark of the Pawtucket Red Sox, two students of the renowned Yale University have shown their vision on the future ballpark. The two students who are in their third year studying for master’s degrees in architecture presented their conceptual ideas for …

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