Courtney and Mason’s Senior Prom with Baseball Rose Corsage and Boutonniere

July 17, 2014 1 Comment

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Jana, a Sports Roses™ customer, shared prom photos of her son Mason and his date Courtney. Courtney plays softball and Mason plays baseball, so they wanted to add a special themed touch to their corsage and boutonniere. A local florist created a custom corsage and boutonniere using Baseball Roses.

Jana gave a very satisfied review about her Sports Roses™ purchase. “It was a lot of fun. The Baseball Roses were a hit with everyone that saw them. They made their prom flowers perfect.”

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Megan and Chris’ Baseball Wedding at Target Field

July 16, 2014 Leave a reply

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Megan and Chris are diehard baseball fans and wanted to make their wedding day special for their families.

Chris is from the Twin Cities and Megan is from Chicago. They waited to get married until the Twins played the Cubs at Target Field on June 9, 2012 during interleague play. It was the perfect game to unite both families.

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Megan’s florist designed a bridal bouquet using red and white live flowers assembled into a round baseball design with red stitching. Long stem Baseball Rose accents were interspersed throughout the bridal bouquet.

Megan and Chris also used Baseball Roses in the boutonnieres for the groomsmen and in two centerpieces displayed in the Target Field suites for their reception.

The Baseball Roses “were the perfect flowers to give to our families, and to this day they are still on display at each of our parent’s houses,” Megan shared in her testimonial 2 years after their wedding.

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Kasie and Clint’s Baseball-Themed Wedding

July 11, 2014 Leave a reply

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Kasie and Clint shared some photographs that showed how they used Baseball Roses™ in their recent baseball-themed wedding.

Since baseball is a big part of Clint’s life (he’s pitched professionally in the Atlanta Braves farm system), the couple wanted to incorporate America’s favorite pastime into their wedding ceremony.

In their search for wedding flowers, they found out about Baseball Roses™ and knew they had to incorporate some blooms with everlasting petals handmade from real baseball leather into their bridal bouquet and boutonnieres.

The couple chose Clint’s high school baseball field for their wedding venue. Although Clint is very familiar with collecting strikeouts on this field, he made sure to let Kasie hit a home run with their wedding planning.

Our favorite photo shows Clint in his windup pose pitching to Kasie as she prepares to swing her bridal bouquet bat.

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Kasie’s bridal bouquet was put together by their local florist. 4 long stem Baseball Roses™ were added into a bouquet with live red and white roses. Clint’s used a Baseball Rose™ Boutonniere prepared by the Sports Roses™ team.

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DIY – How to Make Softball and Baseball Pendent Necklaces From Washers

January 9, 2014 4 Comments

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Create a gift for the whole softball team with this fun, simple, and inexpensive DIY project

Originally posted by Kirsten Dreese on Pinterest

Supplies Needed (all readily available at your local Walmart):

  • Fender washers (1-1/4″ diameter with 1/4″ hole)
  • Krylon Citrus Green Spray Paint
  • Red fine tip sharpie
  • Silver fine tip sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Necklace cord

Instructions
Step 1: Apply spray paint to both sides of washers and allow to dry
Step 2: Use the edge of a washer to lightly trace guidelines for the stitch pattern using a pencil
Step 3: Add red stitching design using red sharpie
Step 4: Add player names, numbers, or other messages using the silver sharpie

Other ideas: you can also make a baseball necklace design the same way, except use white spray paint instead.

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Mariano Rivera Receives Standing Ovation during his Final All-Star Game Appearance

July 17, 2013 Leave a reply
Mariano Rivera enters the field from the bullpen to make his final all-star appearance

Mariano Rivera enters the field in the 8th inning of the 2013 All-Star game, making his final appearance before he retires.

Each summer, Major League Baseball gathers its top stars half-way through the season to play together during the All-Star game. And since 2002, the outcome of the game determines which league will get home field advantage in the World Series.

Throughout the 84 years of the Midsummer Classic, there have been many memorable moments. Some of those moments happen during play on the field, like Reggie Jackson’s monstrous home run during the 1971 All-Star game in Detroit. Other memorable moments occur during the pre-game festivities, like Ted Williams’s appearance at the 1999 All-Star game in Boston to throw out the first pitch.

During the 2013 All-Star Game at the Mets’ Citi Field in New York, baseball would add another great moment to the history books during the middle of the 8th inning. The AL was holding a 3-0 lead over the NL. AL manager, Jim Leyland wanted to make sure NY Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera came into the game while they had the lead, so he chose to bring him in during the 8th inning.

The field was empty, and the sound of Metallica’s Enter Sandman filled the ball park atmosphere. Mariano “Sandman” Rivera entered through the outfield bullpen gates and trotted to the mound. Rivera was all alone on the field standing atop the mound. He looked around at the standing ovation by fans and players honoring one of the game’s greatest. This was Rivera’s final career All-Star game appearance and he was soaking it all in.

What are your favorite All-Star game moments? Tell us in the comments below.

The 3 Most Memorable Father-Son Combinations in Sports

June 14, 2013 2 Comments


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This Father’s Day weekend we celebrate the man of the family that took us to ballgames, taught us to shave, and inspired us to work hard. Nothing is more rewarding in a child’s life than to feel their father’s pride.

In sports, most great athletes have an awesome dad who helped them grow and learn. In some cases, their father was also a great athlete. See who we think are the most memorable father-son combos in football, baseball and basketball.

1)    The Manning Family Quarterbacks: Father Archie Manning played quarterback for the New Orlean Saints during the 70’s, enduring some of Saint’s worst seasons despite being a 2-time Pro Bowler. His two most successful sons are Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Both sons have out-performed their dad in their professional accomplishments. Eli, the youngest of the two, has won 2 Super Bowls (XLII & XLVI) with the Giants and has been a 3-time Pro Bowler. Eli’s older brother Peyton, had a stellar career playing with the Indianapolis Colts before becoming a Bronco. Although Peyton only has one Super Bowl ring (XLI), he is a 12-time Pro Bowler and a 4-time AP NFL MVP. Peyton’s personal NFL achievements outshine his younger brother Eli, but Eli still has many years left in his tank. Both Peyton and Eli are also fathers themselves. Peyton has twins (a boy and a girl) and maybe one day Marshall Manning will follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.


2)    Ken Griffey Jr and Ken Griffey Sr: Few baseball fans will forget the excitement around the Seattle Mariners’ #1 pick in the 1987 draft. Ken Griffey Jr would make his first appearance in the big leagues in 1989. His father Ken Griffey Sr had made a name for himself in the big leagues – a 3-time All-Star for the Cincinatti Reds during the “Big Red Machine” era winning two World Series Championships. The Griffey’s would get a chance to play together on the same team when Ken Griffey Sr was signed by the Mariners at the end of the 1990 season. Their first game played together was on August 31, 1990 against the Kansas City Royals where they hit back-to-back singles. Then on September 14, 1990 against the California Angels, they hit back-to-back homers – first by Griffey Sr followed by Griffey Jr. They are the only father-son duo to achieve this feat in the MLB. Ken Griffey Jr’s career would finish his marvelous career with 630 home runs (6th all-time) and countless other achievements, except he never was able to capture a World Series ring like his father did.



3)    Dell and Stephen Curry: After 4 seasons in the NBA, Golden State Warriors Steph Curry has become an impact player and leader on his team. Although injuries plagued him during his 3rd year in the NBA, he came back during the 2012-13 season stronger than ever. During a game against the Knicks on February 27,2013 he scored 54 points on a franchise-record 11 three-pointers. Steph Curry finished the 2012-13 season by breaking the all-time single-season NBA record for most three pointers. He made 272 three pointers, passing Ray Allen’s 269 record set in 2005-06 season. Steph’s dad, Dell Curry was also known for his long range shooting abilities when he played for the Charlotte Hornets during the 80’s and 90’s. During the 1998-99 season, Dell led the NBA with the highest three-point field goal percentage (47.59%) and was the NBA Sixth Man of the year in 1994. Dell’s son Seth looks to have a very promising career ahead of him that will likely outshine his father’s career. See other top father-son combos in the NBA

What other famous father-son combos in sports to you remember? Share them in the comments below.

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What College Recruiters Look for in a High School Baseball or Softball Player

March 20, 2013 Leave a reply

If your high school athlete is preparing for college, it’s a good idea to know what recruiters are looking for.  Here are some things Sports Roses recommends:

  1. Academics Really Are Important.  Your student may be dreaming of that terrific baseball or softball scholarship, but he should know that athletic prowess and talent is not the only thing recruiters focus on.  Make sure your student is getting the best grades possible.  There are actually more academic scholarships available than athletic ones.
  1. Be Proactive.  Sports Roses advises you to get your student to be proactive in the recruiting process.  Don’t make the recruiter do all the work.  Send out postcards to colleges you are interested in attending and be active on traveling teams.
  1. Demonstrate Leadership.  It’s not just about athletic skill.  Recruiters are looking for someone who is responsible and has a great attitude as well as someone who is focused and confident without being self-centered.  Show recruiters you can lead.

In order for your student softball or baseball player to be prepared, it is important to know what recruiters are looking for.  Hopefully, these tips from Sports Roses will help you get started.

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How to Plan the Perfect High School or College Senior Night for Baseball and Softball

March 8, 2013 2 Comments

If you are new to the high school or college sports world you have probably never heard of Senior Night. But don’t worry! We’ve got all the info you need to make it a great night for athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, and parents.

First off, Senior Night is an opportunity to honor four years of hard work and excellence on the court, diamond, or field. It is a night of celebration as a team and as individuals. Usually these occur on the night of the last home game in the season. Sometimes nights include a dinner or dessert bar before the game, a speech from the coach or other influential individual, and then a ceremony where each senior player is honored for their efforts and contributions.

Follow these steps to get everything in order:

1)      Talk to previous planners. Odds are that Senior Night has been happening at your school for quite a while. Find out who the previous planners were and get any information you can from them.  See if they saved any programs or have pictures from previous events so that you can recycle old ideas that worked well. Find out where it is usually held and ask about traditions and expectations.

2)      Determine your budget. Talk to your boosters club and to your school’s athletic department and find out how much money you can spend on your event. Ask around to figure out if parents and families have been expected to cover some of the cost of trophies or medals and/or the food. If they have, what was the average amount they contributed?

3)      Reserve your location. If the event is held in the school cafeteria or dining hall, that’s great. But many times these events are held at local restaurants or event halls. Find out where it’s usually held and reserve the location as early as possible.

4)      Gather your committee. Talk to all the moms and dads of the players and find out if they are willing to help with organization, set-up, creating the trophies/awards, and any other part of the event. Meet together once or twice to coordinate and then start delegating. This shouldn’t be a one-person stress fest!

5)      Order the decorations. Make your night stand out by coordinating everything from the tablecloths to the centerpieces to flowers with your school’s colors and the sports represented that night. (Sports Roses are fantastic for this!)

6)      Enjoy the night! There will be a lot of intermediate steps that will take time and planning, but with a good committee those things will fall into place. So remember to step back and enjoy the evening.

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In Memory of Stan Musial – A Tribute to “The Man”

January 20, 2013 1 Comment

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On January 19, 2013, the face of the St. Louis Cardinals, Stan “The Man” Musial, passed away at age 92.

Stan Musial, widely regarded as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, played his entire 22 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. During his career, he was a 24-time All-Star, 3-time NL MVP, 7-time NL Batting Champion, and 3-time World Series Champion. In Major League Baseball history, Musial’s 3,630 hits ranks 4th all-time, 1,949 runs ranks 9th all-time, and 1,951 RBIs ranks 6th all-time.

In 1945, Musial would leave baseball for a season to serve in the United States Navy during WWII. Gary Suess of Bleacher Report ranked Musial #5 in the top 15 of Hall of Fame players that served in the U.S. Armed Forces. He would join other baseball greats that served their country in the military – Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Ty Cobb.

Stan Musial was a first ballot Hall-of-Famer, elected in 1969 with 93.2% of votes

On February 15, 2011, President Barack Obama honored Stan Musial with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor for a civilian. The President described Musial as “an icon untarnished, a beloved pillar of the community, a gentleman you’d want your kids to emulate.”

Stan the Man is a baseball legend that will truly be missed, but his spirit will continue to live on in the history of baseball.

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“He didn’t hit a homer in his last at-bat; he hit a single. He didn’t hit in 56 straight games. He married his high school sweetheart and stayed married to her, never married a Marilyn Monroe. He didn’t play with the sheer joy and style that goes alongside Willie Mays’ name. None of those easy things are there to associate with Stan Musial. All Musial represents is more than two decades of sustained excellence and complete decency as a human being.” – Sportscaster Bob Costas in ESPN SportsCentury (ESPN)

Stan Musial loved to play the harmonica, let’s here him one more time. Share your Stan the Man memories in the comments below.

Sports Athlete Performance – What You Need To Know About Ice Baths

January 16, 2013 Leave a reply
Team USA Womens Gymnastics team dipping legs in ice bath during the 2012 Summer Olympics

2012 Team USA Women’s Olympic Team taking a dip in an ice bath. Source: Instagram user mckaylamaroney

A focus on body recovery with ice baths can help reduce injuries and maintain regular training to improve overall body condition for sports.

With baseball and softball season approaching, players are getting their gear ready for another exciting season on the playing field. Our last blog article focused on nutrition to help keep an athlete’s body in top shape for a season of high physical activity. This week we will look at body recovery using ice baths.

During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, athletes from gymnasts to volleyball players were seen posting pictures on social media taking a dip in an ice bath after their performance. According to Runners World Ice baths suppress inflammation and “help to flush harmful metabolic debris out of your muscles”.

Kerri Walsh from Team USA Volleball takes an ice bath during the 2012 London Olympics

Kerrie Walsh, Team USA Volleyball. Source: Instagram User kerrileewalsh

Andy Schmidtz from USA Triathlon writes more on the theory behind ice baths.

The general theory behind this cold therapy is that the exposure to cold helps to combat the microtrauma (small tears) in muscle fibers and resultant soreness caused by intense or repetitive exercise. The ice bath is thought to constrict blood vessels, flush waste products and reduce swelling and tissue breakdown. Subsequently, as the tissue warms and the increased blood flow speeds circulation, the healing process is jump-started. The advantage of an ice bath submersion is that a large area of intertwined musculature can be treated, rather than limiting the cold therapy to a concentrated area with a localized ice pack.

Jackie Traina pitched on the 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide Championship team.

Source: University of Alabama

And top college softball players are utilizing ice baths to improve their ability to play during demanding performance schedules. Alabama Crimson Tide pitcher Jackie Traina spoke with AL.com during her teams run to the championship in the 2012 Women’s College World Series. Traina mentioned that she never ices her arm but instead uses a technique of icing her lower body to maintain a shape where she could pitch 600 innings over a 2 week period.

Traina’s level of performance took a lot of work building up her endurance and ice baths aided in keeping her training up. Alabama pitching coach Stephanie VanBrakle also added that Traina is “aware of when she’s sore. She knows the difference between being injured and being sore, because there’s a difference. She takes the necessary steps to take care of her body.”

So what should a player know before adding ice baths to their training regiment?

Andy Schmitz from USA Triathlon recommends the following tips for ice baths.

  • Don’t go too low with the water temperature. It shouldn’t be freezing cold, but instead a temperature of 54-60 degrees is ideal. Temperatures below 54 degrees can be dangerous.
  • Some people may be very sensitive to the cold water and can use booties made of wetsuit material to help sensitive toes
  • Don’t overexpose your body to the cold water. 6-8 minutes is all you need.
  • If you are uncomfortable with 54-60 degrees temperature, you can also see good results using higher temperatures (60-75 degrees). Ease your body into ice bath routines.
  • “Don’t Rush to take a warm shower immediately after the ice bath”. You want to gradually warm your body so try warming yourself with a blanket before jumping into the shower.
  • Apart from ice baths, active recovery with very light exercise can also help “facilitate blood flow to musculature”

As with any training and nutrition techniques, it’s a good idea to do your homework on ice baths and consult with a professional for questions about your individual body. Good luck this season and leave us a comment below on how you recover after your workouts and games.

2013 MLB Hall of Fame Class? No Inductees This Year!

January 9, 2013 Leave a reply

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No Player Received the 75% Required Vote By Baseball Writers’ Association of America

Sporting News reports that “for the first time since 1996 and just the eighth time ever, no player received the 75 percent of the vote necessary for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.”No inductees in the 2013 mlb hall of fame class

It is disappointing but not surprising to see the all-time home run leader Barry Bonds (36.2 % of votes) and the 3rd all-time strike outs leader Roger Clemens (37.6% of votes) getting a pass due to their involvement in steroid allegations.  Only time will tell if the negative publicity and asterisk hovering over their careers will fade in future voting years.

To fans and supporters of Craig Biggio (68.2% of votes) this came as shocking news since his stats show that he also had the stuff of a Hall of Famer – member of the 3,000 hit club and a man known for playing the game the right way.  But based on BBWAA voting, he wasn’t eligible to be a first ballot inductee.  This will add to the controversy about “First Ballot Hall of Famer”  honors being reserved for the baseball elite.  View First Ballot Hall of Famers in history

An MLB statement concerning the lack of inductees in the 2013 class:

Major League Baseball recognizes that election to the Hall of Fame is our game’s most extraordinary individual honor. Achieving enshrinement in Cooperstown is difficult, as it should be, and there have been seven other years when no one was elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. While this year did not produce an electee, there are many worthy candidates who will merit consideration in the future. We respect both the longstanding process that the Hall of Fame has in place and the role of the BBWAA, whose members have voted in the Hall of Fame’s elections since 1936.

37 candidates (including 24 on the ballot for the first time) were eligible for voting by the BBWAA.  In 2014, the expected top vote-getters for new candidates will include Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas.

Do you think Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should ever be elected to the Hall of Fame?  Share your thoughts of the news in the comments below.

Our Favorite Yogi-Isms, Yogi Berra Quotes

January 3, 2013 Leave a reply

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Hall of Fame Catcher Yogi Berra is one of the best to ever play the game. He played most of his 19 years in pinstripes for the New York Yankees. An incredible statistic is that he appeared in 21 World Series (either as a player, coach, or manager).

Berra is also known for his abundance of paradoxical witty quotes, commonly referred to as Yogi-isms. We’ve listed some of our favorites below.

It ain’t over ’til it’s over.

It’s like deja vu all over again.

We made too many wrong mistakes.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.


Inspiration and Wisdom From One of Baseball’s Greatest Heroes

In baseball, you don’t know nothing.

You can observe a lot by watching.

It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.

Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.

Little League Baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.

Think! How the hell are you going to think and hit at the same time?

He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious!

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.

I didn’t really say everything I said.

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