Tim Tebow Mania-The First Game

I got caught up in Tebow mania. It was a crazy carnival atmosphere and Tebow did not disappoint. He hit a 2-run RBI single that electrified the crowd.

Tim Tebow

I put together a video that has pictures as well as video from his first at bat and the 2-run single. You can watch that video HERE.

Tebow-Game 1 Highlights 

Before the game:

Lines to get in-long before the gates open-this is the handicapped line.

The concourse is as full as spring Training.

These people only want Tebow’s autograph. (And they were rude.)


You can watch his first at at bat HERE.
EDITED TO ADD:

Here is video of Tebow hitting a 2-run single HERE.

It’s Tebow Time! Tebow-Mania comes to Spectrum Field

When was the last time you saw the home team PROMOTING a player FROM THE OPPOSING team? 

Apparently, Tebow-Mania has created such a frenzy, that the Threshers are promoting an opposing player. Not only that, they are THROWING HIM A 30th BIRTHDAY PARTY!

What in the ever-loving…..

Ok, I have nothing against Tebow. I admire the guy for staying true to himself, his convictions and for chasing his dream. I hope to get his autograph for just those reasons alone. What I don’t get is why my team is using an opposing player for promotion.

Granted, there’s been studies of the “Tebow-effect” on Minor League ball. Wherever he plays, attendance soars. Tampa usually draws around 700-800 a game, Saturday night they had 7,157–almost TEN TIMES normal. May be if the teams advertised like this for all the games, attendance would be higher too. The Threshers have been advertising this on local cable quite a bit, where the rest of the summer I’ve only seen a handful of commercials. 

Spectrum Field is speculating that we will have “Spring Training-Like” crowds with at least one night being close to being sold out, if not sold out. Spectrum Field seats around 7,600 and can hold around 10,000 with berm and standing room added.

So we shall see what happens. Stay tuned to my Twitter @BaseballBetsy for updates as they happen tonight as well as pictures and photos of the spectacle.

Darren Daulton Passes Away at Age 55


It is with a heavy heart that I heard that Darren “Dutch” Daulton passed away today at age 55. Daulton, who was inducted to the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2010, was originally diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2013.

He recovered and made a triumphant return to Spring Training in 2015. I was there that day.  He had looked like a new man and he strode proudly onto the field while fans called out to him. (You can read my article about that day HERE.)

I will always keep this picture of him in my mind and hope that he rests in peace now that his long fight against cancer is over.

Hot Mic! Hot Mic!-Edited

I just had one of the best laughs I’ve had in a while. Baseball Ross tuned in on MiLB.tv to watch the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs versus the Rochester Red Wings.  The logos were on the screen but no announcement of a delay or anything.

So Ross could hear talking but not very loudly, afraid that there was a problem with the computer he asks me to check with the iPad since I have my nice Bose earphones paired to it. I tune into the game….

The game was in a delay, but the announcers didn’t know their mics were still on! As people do when they have time off at work-they we’re goofing around and let’s just say the language could be “colorful”.

I immediately looked up then twittered the team: 

They didn’t notice right away…but then…

“Uh guys, someone just tweeted that they can hear us in here!”

(Everything went silent)

“I think they tuned in to watch the game on MiLB.tv and the mics are on.”

There was some murmuring about whether they were on or not so I twittered:


(Basically a cleaned-up version of the earlier conversation.)

Next thing you hear is that they are scrambling to find the “hot” mic.

They check each mic…with “hello”

I twittered back “hello.”

After a few more minutes of scrambling, it went silent.

Best laugh I’ve had in a long time! 

So when we got the alert that the game was about to start after the rain delay we tuned back in, what do you know—-THE MICS WERE OPEN AGAIN!

Being the benevolent soul I am, I tweet to them to let them know and then…

“Hi Betsy! Hi Baseball Betsy! She’s back, guess she’s the only one listening to us!”

What a hoot!  Best.NightEver!

Elevator Day!

I really don’t remember a day when THIS many promotions happened:

From Reading to Lehigh Valley

LHP Joey Denato

OF Andrew Pullin 


From Clearwater to Reading

RHP Ranfi Casimiro

OF Herlis Rodriguez 

IF Drew Stankiewicz 

To make room Jose Antequerra from Reading to Lakewood 

Also Clearwater’s 3B Damek Tomcha to the 7 day DL.

This comes a day after Clearwater lost the first half to the Tampa Yankees. With this many moves and Tomscha on the DL, it will be interesting to see what happens. This leaves Clearwater missing FOUR players. Hopefully they will post the corresponding moves before tonight’s game. May be I should bring my mitt to the game just in case? How’s the song go? Put me in coach! I’m ready to play today, look at me, I can be centerfield! 

EDITED TO ADD: 

For Clearwater:

Derek Campbell activated from DL

Will Hibbs, RHP from Lakewood 

Atlanta Braves Sign Big Piece Ryan Howard to Minor League Deal! 

MLB reports that the Atlanta Braves have signed former Phillies’ 1B Ryan Howard to a contract!


The report states that Howard will report to Braves’ extended spring training in Kissamee then to AAA Gwinnett in Georgia.

Guess those $80k in doorknobs won’t pay for themselves! If you want to see the nicest house of any minor league player, you can see my article HERE! (Complete with video!)