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ABR players show their spirit! Skies cleared in time for many games to play as scheduled on opening day. Congratulations to our newest Silver Slugger and Golden Arms!
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Opening Day means the players’ potential remains unrealized – no scores and no wins or losses have been tabulated. Players will learn invaluable life lessons and all will have fun. To other day is so pure with possibility. It is a truly exciting time for everyone involved. 
 
Remember, win, lose or soggy diamonds, the kids are just thrilled to play again!
 
Arlington Babe Ruth sincerely thanks all of you for volunteering your time and talents to provide not only this unassailable day of joy, but a new season of fun, community participation, precious memories and life-lasting friendships. Special kudos to the field captains and volunteers who rallied very early Saturday morning to groom diamonds so many of the games could be played as scheduled. And a special thanks to our master-scheduler who was able to shift games to fields that were "dryish" and playable.
 
We are proud to have you on our team! 

--Arlington Babe Ruth Baseball Board of Directors

 

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April 15 - Casual Adventure discount expires
April 23 - Pitch, Hit & Run (Register Here)
May 13 - Picture Day at Thomas Jefferson
May 27-29 - AA Memorial Day Classic
June 1-10 - Playoff Series
June 28-July 1 - Arlington hosts 12U State tournament
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Braden Laidlaw will take home a souvenir--his home run ball!
The Single A Tiger Nats started their first game of the season against the Pie-Tanza Nats with introductions (above) and the National Anthem (photo at the top of the page).
 

Around the Horn...

Silver Slugger
It was a first for Braden Laidlaw! The first home run of his career AND the first home run of the season in Majors 70. His three-run homer helped the Brock Realty Nationals win their game on opening day.



Golden Arms
First graders Jack Riordan and Mason Beggs of the Single A Tiger-Nats caught their first ever pop-ups for outs on Saturday.  Congrats Jack and Mason! 
And the favorite player is...
Single A ballplayers at Nottingham on Saturday were polled about their favorite major league player. Overwhelmingly, they picked the Nationals' Bryce Harper. Watch for some of them to grow beards like Harper as the seasons go on!
On the T-Ball & Blastball Diamonds--Lots of Focus on Fundamentals
For those teaching or learning to throw, Coach Nathanson says, “The most important thing you can do at this level is to make sure that the kids aren't stepping with their throwing foot first and then 'pushing' their throw. We want that glove foot out first. Then throw with a 'close the door' finish with the throwing foot. If you get all your kids doing that by the end of the year, that in itself is huge!”
ABR/Washington Nationals fans were showing their spirit all over Arlington last Friday. Can you find Jayson Werth's doppleganger? Fans who tweeted and emailed their photos were entered into a raffle for prizes that were donated by the Washington Nationals. Congratulations to our #ABRspirit players: Logan Wen, Derek Purka, Mikey Alfonso, Ryan Garza, Donal Youngdahl, Maximo Fernandez, Jack McQuillan, Blake Maikonian, Ryan You, Callan Marshall, JimmyO Greenwood, Lukas Schneider, Nate Levin, Lucas and Carson McLean, Alexander Bacon, Gavin Eastwood, Winston Watkins, Mason Wing, Trey Cannady, Lyle Schwartz, William Van Sice, Keagan Murdock, Drew & John Welch, Derek Purka, Blake McAndrews, Justin White, Ford Buckley, and Ryan and Connor Cooney.

 

Thanks for showing your #ABRspirit!


Baseball Myth: Runners may not steal on a foul tip. 
Fact:
A foul tip is not treated as a normal foul ball or caught fly ball. On a foul tip the ball is live and in play and the runners can treat it as if the batter did not make contact. This means that a runner is allowed to steal on a foul tip at his own risk. If the foul tip is dropped by the catcher, it is a normal foul ball, runners return to the base.
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