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St. Patrick's Day and Baseball - 2020

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PostPosted: Tue 3/17/20 7:29 am    Post subject: St. Patrick's Day and Baseball - 2020 Reply with quote

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It's the first St. Patrick's Day of a new decade, but traditions will not continue on this one. This will be a different holiday, for sure! Much of the world is on lockdown and there is no preseason baseball being played, no opportunity to watch our favorite players adorned in green caps and jerseys. Even the team that wears green year-round, the Athletics, are in waiting mode.

Don't mind me if some of this seems "unoriginal" because some of this is being reposted from previous year's threads. Smile

If you have the luck of the Irish...

You might just find a blue shamrock...

It's hard to imagine a team more tied into its Irish heritage than the Dodgers. What comes to most people's minds is the Red Sox with the city of Boston steeped in Irish-American history. But, there are quite a few Irish connections with the Dodgers--even though Shawn Green is long retired.

Here are some interesting St. Patrick's Day traditions the O'Malley family began back in the day. Their festive parties celebrating the occasion were said to be quite remarkable.

As I've mentioned from time to time over the years, every now and then I research the past events of note that occurred "on this day in baseball history."

One of the very earliest entries I could find for today was this:

3/17/1871 - The National Association of Professional Baseball Players was founded, which set the stage for the future National League (1876). The entry fee for a National Association franchise was set at $10.

In 2008, another entry was noted. From

The Dodgers have called Vero Beach, Fla. their spring home since 1948, but era will come to a close Monday... vs. the Astros.


Here are some fun facts in light of baseball and St. Patrick's Day, courtesy of

One of these days I may have to do something drastic, and petition the Irish government to remove that certain dreaded color from their flag. Surprised

In keeping with the theme, who doesn't love the green grass of a baseball field? Since I mentioned the Dodgers' final game played at Vero Beach, 12 years ago now, here's a shot of Holman Stadium for that nostalgic event.

And of course, one last bittersweet note:

Happy St. Patrick's Day to our favorite Irishman, the poet laureate of baseball:

He's now four St. Patrick's Days removed from us looking forward to hearing his voice in the broadcast booth. Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad It's just not the same.

But then again, nothing is the same this year. We don't even have a concrete answer as to when the season will actually start. Baseball is on hold indefinitely. Sad


Slainte, everyone!

"The Dodgers have always occupied an enormous place in the history of the game. If the Yankees are the most successful team in baseball history, the Dodgers are the most essential. Their legacy is unique."

-Baseball Hall of Fame
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PostPosted: Tue 3/17/20 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It feels weird to not hear all the revelry. I'm still seeing lots of green being worn though on the one trip I did make out. Happy St. Patrick's Day.
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PostPosted: Fri 3/20/20 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was the quietest St. Patricks day of my life! Crying or Very sad
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