Posts Tagged ‘MLB’

Happy New Year! Fresh new start….

So it’s been a while…. I know! I was supposed to BLOG at least once a week, however i god discouraged because I couldn’t figure out how to update my blog theme… I even went as far as learning some basic HTML! No luck 😦

But…. I am going to get help in the next week or two, so look for a new fancy “Theme” it will look more like a website then a BLOG 🙂

Doing to my long absence from Blogging I have SO MUCH to write about and catch up on, it’s crazy!

We’re looking forward to the MLB Winter Meetings, which is a MLB even that takes place once a year in December. This year they’re going to take place in Indianapolis (too bad that we didn’t go this year, they were in Vegas!) I will write  more about them once we get a little closer to the event!

Amy has been in close contact with Urban Vixen Clothing. UrbanVixen is a clothing line for females, geared to the board sports industry and female athletes! (that’s a good sales pitch) Not surprising that they were interested in Baseball Beauties and in the future we might just partner up with them and make cute Baseball clothes! Who knows what we decide to do. Once the website is up and running we’ll be able to tell what our focus points will be, and if a store is even worth having.

Another exciting event that we’re looking forward to is the HCP Show in Vegas this show is going on March 6-9 (right before Spring Training) Basically this is a HUGE costume party. People get together, wear costumes and have parties! And there is no better place for a party this big then Vegas! I hope that Amy and I will get to go (I’m having trouble gathering all the paper work that they require for their attendees, it’s not easy to get into one of these events, they’re pretty darn picky and exclusive…) If you’re wondering how we would benefit from attending an event of this caliber, well………. The plan is to sell “Baseball” themed costumes on the website. So we’re hoping to meet some costume whole sellers and manufacturers who can give us a good deal on their product. Plus, I’m sure that we’ll see every single “Baseball” costume available at this thing and we’ll be able to chose and pick the ones that are appropriate for our store. We will have lots of footage and pictures from this event, so stay tuned!

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Baseball Beauties are based in California, so we usually attend the Spring Training that takes place in  AZ. This is the official home of the Cactus League. And the Grapefruit League’s Spring Training takes place in Florida. You can read more about the teams and who fits under what league by clicking the link bellow. I also found a good summary of the Spring Training history which you can read bellow as well.

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Spring Training History

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There is nothing as magical as spring training for a northern baseball fan: that sudden rush of warm air when departing from the three-hour airplane ride, the realization for the carbound that the snowline is firmly in the rear-view mirror and the outside temperature is fast approaching short-sleeve territory.

Spring training is almost as old as baseball itself. The best evidence points to spring training first taking place in 1870, when the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Chicago White Stockings held organized baseball camps in New Orleans. Other baseball historians argue that the Washington Capitals of the National League pioneered spring training in 1888, holding a four-day camp in Jacksonville.

The specific origins really don’t matter. By 1900, spring-training was firmly established as a baseball ritual, with most American and National League teams heading out of town so players could train and managers could evaluate. Small Florida and Arizona communities were suddenly known across the nation because of the allure provided by major-league baseball. St. Petersburg. Fort Lauderdale. Tucson. Sarasota. Bradenton.

The history of spring training can be broken into three distinct eras:

Many former spring training sites are still around:

Last year was my first time at Spring Training and I had a great time. The stadiums are smaller and the vibe is a lot more laid back at the games. Lots of baseball players sort of blend in with the crowds and you can see them walking around town, eating in restaurants and playing golf. The weather is usually really nice and it feels like Spring 🙂 it’s not too hot (AZ is literally in the desert) and not too cold. I really hope that this year Amy can join me and we can promote Baseball Beauties together. This is the best place to do it and with the website Launch being just around the corner, it will be VERY EXCITING! We will take lots of pictures, interview plenty of Baseball groupies, record a bunch of video and post in up daily. And once the site is up Spring Training will be a big part of our off-season preparations for the Baseball Season!

Baseball Beauties News… Friday Blues…

I just read that WordPress updated their look, but I didn’t expect it to look so different! I’m a bit overwhelmed and hope that I’ll be able to figure out how to use these new features….

Since writing a little bit on Tuesday, I have lots of exciting Baseball Beauties news to tell! 🙂

One very important thing that I learned this week was that “Less is MORE”. I’m talking about the overall design of the members pages of our website. They are going to be very simple and easy to use. I mean, look at Twitter! It’s as simple as they come and extremely popular and fun to use. And a BIG part of the reason for Twitter’s popularity is it’s “Less is MORE” design concept. I buy it!

I just received the Members wire-frames, all 20 of them! That is actually not that many considering. I wouldn’t be surprised if MySpace had about 500-1000 wire-frames for their members section, but as I said before, “Less is MORE” in our book.  Check out what a sample Baseball Beauties Member’s Page will look like bellow:

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It’s tough to imagine what it’s REALLY going to look like, but this gives you a rough idea. Member’s picture is going to be round like a baseball and will be on the left hand side. Member’s favorite teams (you will be able to pick up to 3 of your favorite MLB teams to be displayed on your top page) will be bellow and that is where you will find your 9 top friends (inspired by the 9 innings of the baseball game!) Groups and photos will be bellow on the left hand side and all your comments will be on the right hand side right bellow your info.

A little different from Facebook and Myspace but a typical social network layout. Again, this is just a wire-frame and we will be adjusting it as we test it and go along with the rest of the site.

I will be adding more sample wire-frames along with some sample design layouts as we go along, until the LAUNCH in April 2009.

My partner in crime Amy and I attended the Webgrrls Networking Christmas Party this Wednesday night. We had such a great time! We met so many nice people and got lots of new ideas about new Marketing platforms. The food was yummy and we got some nice wine to along with it. I would defiantly recommend going, if you haven’t already! Networking is the BEST way to stay connected and meet people that can help you out with your business. They also had some giveaways, but of course we didn’t win anything 😦  I never win anything and Amy said that she doesn’t either… Oh Well!

We collected a good amount of business cards and by the end of the night, I ran out of Business Cards! Oh NO! I will be more prepared next time. Speaking of business cards, I just ordered some for Amy (she is going to be a permanent member of our team, and needs some pretty business cards to give out) I always get complements on how cute our business cards are.

They look like one of our Logos with information bellow the http://www.baseballbeauties.com part. They come on real nice vintage looking paper 🙂 Thank you Elena for designing them!

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I think that a business card tell a lot about your business, it’s an old school way to stay connected. The morning after the party I went on Facebook and found most of the people who we met the night before and befriended them 🙂 The WEB, what a wonderful way to stay connected!

On a final note, Nick started a Baseball Beauties Mens BLOG yesterday: http://baseballbeautiesmen.wordpress.com/

After exchanging several e-mails with his buddies, Nick decided that they have to change the name to GUYS from MEN, I guess that MEN sounds way too stiff…. I thought that it was perfect for the pin-up 40s-50s era, there were no GUYS back then, there were MEN!!! MEN!! MEN!! Highly mannered ones at that!

Never the less, check out the BLOG, it’s highly technical and too advanced for my knowledge of baseball, but MEN usually follow that technical stuff, while WOMEN love the game itself.