Baseball on the Brain

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

Summer is not quite here, but our national pastime is in full swing. So, a few Albuquerque baseball updates for you before heading out to check out some of these other ABQ weekend happenings.

They’ve been gone all week, but after three more games against the Tacoma Rainiers—tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday—the Isotopes will be back in Albuquerque for a seven-game homestand, starting Monday, June 15, with a game against the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Blake Swihart, a 2011 Cleveland High School (Rio Rancho) graduate and Boston Red Sox rookie catcher, hit his first major league home run on June 4 in a game against the Minnesota Twins.

Alex Bregman, a junior shortstop for the Louisiana State University Tigers and former Albuquerque Academy standout, was the No. 2 overall pick—drafted by the Houston Astros—during the MLB First-Year Draft’s first round on June 8. He’s the highest MLB draft pick to ever come out of New Mexico.

Man betting on the casinoPoker Party

Pull the tacky, transparent green visor off the garage peg board. Blow off the dust and plop it atop your head. Grab the car keys and zoom toward Rio Rancho, practicing your poker face as you drive  to Rub-N-Wood BBQ.

The get-up isn’t for the barbecue. It’s for tonight’s free Texas Hold ’em tournament. One tournament starts at 7 p.m., a second at 9:30 p.m. No intimidation, here—as long as you’re 21, all skill levels are welcome. If you know nothing, let them know and they’ll teach you.

For more information, contact Denice at or 480-320-0531. To learn more about this joint’s barbecue, keep your eyes peeled for our July issue to hit newsstands. It’s all about barbecue—and beer.

Help the HomelessHomeless man sleeping on a bench

According to the St. Martin’s Hospitality Center website, 33 percent of homeless adults also have a “severe or disabling mental illness.”

Help the cause by heading to the Launchpad tonight for Nono’s Benefit for Homeless and Mental Health. The Lymbs, Hounds Low, Bellemah, and Libbey and Ramirez’s acoustic project will take the stage, starting at 9:30 p.m.

Admission is $8 for this 21 and over event, but proceeds will go to Albuquerque Heading Home (an organization helping to house the homeless) and The Storehouse (an organization helping to feed the hungry).

Boy on climbing wallGo Play

In honor of National Get Outdoors Day, tomorrow, June 13, Tingley Beach is hosting a handful of activities for the family, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be a rock climbing wall, art projects, raffles, and appearances by Puddles the Duck and Smokey Bear, both ready to educate about safeguarding the outdoors and conservation programs.

It’s free and all ages are welcome.

What are your plans for the weekend?