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This week’s blog posts are meant to be related to baseball.  I want to write about a baseball hat—a specific baseball hat that represents something important.

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9 ways to hit a home run at your next event

If you haven’t noticed already, this week of blogging is dedicated to “everything baseball” thanks to my all-star team consisting of Coach Sandy Lish, Pitcher Stacy Wilbur, Designated Hitter Jessica Ciccone, Andrea Teixeira (a.k.a. “The Closer”), and me, Field Manager Keri McIntosh.

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Baseball Over the Years – What has Changed On the Field

The grand old American game of baseball has transformed over the years. An obvious change has been the staggering attention it is receiving, in terms of games being available on television and online everywhere. Fantasy league baseball has seen the focus shift more to individual players than teams while the online betting industry and punters alike have embraced baseball whole-heartedly. But have things changed on the field?

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Happy Birthday Fenway Park!

This past Friday, Fenway Park celebrated its 100th birthday with huge fanfare.

Leading up to the big birthday event, Red Sox management did a wonderful job engaging fans, young and old, by creating special opportunities and events for those that did not have the chance to go to the celebration. With the help of Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster, the Red Sox kicked off the week by releasing 100 green balloons in various Boston neighborhoods with tickets to upcoming Red Sox games inside. Five of those balloons had tickets to the April 20th celebration. If you weren’t a lucky balloon winner (let’s be real – you had a better chance of winning the PowerBall a couple of weeks ago) and did not have tickets to the game, Fenway Park was opened to the public on the 19th. Fans visited parts of the ballpark generally inaccessible to them and had the chance to meet Red Sox legends, as well as view historical artifacts, photographs and banners.

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Polling in International Waters: What our neighbors think of the U.S. election

Almost two years ago my husband and I scoured the satellite TV in our Italian hotel room for an English-speaking channel (I know…bad tourist!) and came up with BBC World. Had the programming been less news and more Top Gear I would have been pleased. Instead we found ourselves smack in the middle of a British press corps field day over the highly contested U.K. election. As election coverage in the United States already reaches a fever pitch even before we hit the Republican National Convention, I thought it would be fun to take a look at how our coverage measures up to countries across the globe, and what they think, if at all, of our election.

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Social Media: Reality TV Show Takes Center Stage Globally

Beyond the waters of the Boston Harbor lies a great big world waiting to be explored. With all the communication tools and social media channels available to us today, it is easier to always be connected. This ability to connect allows us to gain a deeper understanding of, and relate to people of all cultures in a different way – across the world and around the globe. Social media is bringing together real opinions from real people – displayed in the real world. These types of experiences are likely to continue to increase as we become more globally “social.”

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Twitter Tuesday

When “Bully” opened nationwide last Friday, the movie’s initial R-rating had been changed to a PG-13 rating. The R-rating, which the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) had defended with the movie’s strong language, had been widely criticized for keeping Bully’s target audience, middle and high schoolers, from seeing it in the theater. That the MPAA eventually agreed to change the movie’s rating, after having denied a first appeal, is the result of a passionate social media campaign by filmmaker Lee Hirsch. Here is how Hirsch and his team achieved their goal:

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Experience Boston Contest Extended to May 5th!

Thanks to all of you who submitted your stories and those that emailed us. By popular demand, we have decided to extend Castle’s Experience Boston Contest until May 5th to allow more Boston fans to post their favorite Beantown experiences on one of the “Belles of Beantown” blogs! See below for contest details – LET’S GO!

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3 Tips to Become a Boston Networking Pro

Remember the old adage “It’s not about what you know but who you know”? Well, if you live in Boston, haven’t mastered the “who you know” part and agree with Paul Graham’s well-written article on cities and what drives their ambition, then you can find comfort in Boston’s high valuation of the “what you know” too. Either way, if you are in the market to build your “what” or your “who”, then Boston is the ideal city for you. With one of the highest conglomerates of universities and students, many thriving businesses and a myriad of professional development organizations that span across multiple industries, Boston has – at its fingertips – ample resources and opportunities for professionals (and especially young ones) to build their business acumen, grow their network, build lasting relationships and stand out.

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RECIPE FOR AN INCENTIVE

What’s the recipe for selecting the perfect incentive travel destination? The top two requests made by our clients during site selection are that we provide options for 1) a cultural city or 2) somewhere warm—no surprise there! A sandy beach always makes for a beautiful and relaxing trip but the industry is seeing more and more programs trending toward city destinations—with a large percentage of them staying domestic. According to the Incentive Research Foundation’s latest survey of incentive-industry trends, nearly 83 percent of incentive travel planners are keeping their trips in the United States, a direct reflection of today’s economic realities. But your program doesn’t have to suffer by staying stateside if you make smart decisions during site selection.

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