The Phillies – Marlins game scheduled for 7:05pm tonight was cancelled due to rain. The new date is Wednesday, June 15th at 1:05pm as part of a day-night doubleheader.
So tomorrow afternoon, Cole Hamels will pitch. Game time is 1:35pm.
In the meantime, I thought I would share some interesting baseball information with you since there is no game and therefore, I have nothing else to do ;o)
Zach Hample, known better as the Baseball Collector, has written a new book entitled, “The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches.” As the title implies, it is all about the actual, physical ball used in MLB.
One of the secrets it reveals is that each ball is stamped with invisible ink at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica. This is some quality control measure that probably links back to the actual person who hand-stitched the ball.
Curious, I looked at some of my baseballs under a black light to see what I could find. Here is a ball I got through a Phillies Charity grab bag. It is signed on one side by Ryan Howard. On the other side, here is what you see both with and without the blacklight:
Pretty cool, eh? I checked out a number of balls and some had the stamp, others were worn away by the cleaning solvent that is used at the end of processing the baseballs.
Try it and let me know what you find!
I am going to the game tomorrow and will return with photos. See you there!
Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography