Archive for: August, 2010

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Aug 31st, 2010

GOODBYE, JEFF FRANCOEUR.

So Jeff Francoeur is gone, traded to the Rangers, who, quite frankly, deserve better. People liked him for artificial reasons that had nothing to do with what he did on the field. He knew what to say and had an above average command of spin, which guaranteed you always saw good quotes from him. The beat writers loved him because he always had a smile and a quote. That’s not a good attitude, that’s savvy business. I don’t fault him for that but I do fault fans who don’t know the difference. He was a liability, and although he had a tremendous arm, I won’t remember the throws, I’ll remember every time the bases were loaded with 2 outs and Francoeur was up next.… [more]

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Aug 25th, 2010

WEDNESDAY WEEK. [8-25-10]

At this point in the season, it is just about watching baseball. It is hoping that someone can shine, or excel, or show promise for the future. It is not about believing, or hoping, or even idly musing. Mathematically the Mets may not have been eliminated, but in mind, body and spirit, the 2010 are long gone, no matter what Jerry says. I would believe if I thought it would do any good. But if belief mattered, Citi Field has already levitated multiple times on the power of positive thinking. The good: Carlos Beltran has begun to act like his old self, catching balls with grace and effort, gliding through the outfield like a gazelle.… [more]

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Aug 23rd, 2010

SUMMER BALLPARK ROUNDUP, 2010.

Finally! I’ve completed my series of ballpark writeups for all of the ballparks I visited this summer. In descending order: Dodger Stadium Chase Field Oakland Coliseum AT&T Park PETCO Park Angel Stadium Nationals Park Target Field And in case you missed it, my wrap-up posts (post 1 and post 2) on the West Coast trip.… [more]

Aug 22nd, 2010

DODGER STADIUM

The final destination for this summer's roadtrip was the most eagerly anticipated one: Dodger Stadium. In so many ways, it lived up to expectations - but in so many, very critical, other aspects, it was a tremendous letdown.

Aug 22nd, 2010

Chase Field

Chase Field isn't a bad ballpark, at all. It's conveniently located within the downtown entertainment zone, adjacent to the basketball arena; it's steps away from light rail; there are food and drink options in the area (as long as you plan to patronize them before the game, and not afterwards). It is clean and inviting, and very fan-friendly. I would, however, be stretching things if I tried to convince you it was a great ballpark.

Seats in the sterling club. Only time I will ever be here.

Aug 21st, 2010

MOVIE NIGHT AT CITI FIELD.

Tonight was the premiere of the Billy Joel documentary “The Last Play At Shea“. If you don’t know, Billy Joel (who happens to be a Yankees fan, but that’s another story) played the last two concerts in the history of Shea Stadium, back in 2008. The movie made its official premiere during the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, so I’m not sure how exactly this was the premiere, but I also don’t really care: for $10, I got to sit in Sterling Club seats (row 6) and got to watch a movie I wanted to see anyway. The crowd was mostly Billy Joel fans, and true to the press release, there were definitely about 20,000 people there.… [more]

Aug 15th, 2010

THROWING LIKE A GIRL IS BACK!

Listen to internet radio with Throwing Like a Girl on Blog Talk Radio We’re back! And just in time to talk Rob Dibble, K-rod, and how much the Mets and Cubs are sucking.… [more]

Aug 15th, 2010

OAKLAND COLISEUM

There's no denying it: the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, home of the Oakland A's, is a relic - a grey hulking concrete behemoth in the middle of a parking lot. It's a a dump, but I found it a lovable dump, made bearable by the presence of actual baseball fans in the ballpark.

Aug 15th, 2010

AT&T PARK

Hundreds of words have already been written about the beauty of AT&T Park. The location, the layout, the design, the individual ballpark features. Well, here are some more words, tempered with a touch of reality. Yes, it is gorgeous; the exterior echoing ballparks of the past, and the interior seating bowl offering a graceful curve bordered by McCovey Cove. Shots looking towards the outfield could not be mistaken for any other ballpark anywhere else in the world. “Majestic” would not be an overstatement. You will want to budget some extra time to take the full 360 walk around the outside of the ballpark, and to make a side trip out to the Willie McCovey statue at the end of McCovey Cove.… [more]

Aug 15th, 2010

PETCO Park

It is with complete sincerity that I assert that PETCO Park is the most underrated ballpark in the country. On a trip to visit all the parks in California, this was not a place I was particularly excited about; the Padres were in town and it was a way to tick the park off the list. Now that I’ve been there, I can’t wait to go back. PETCO is the most laid-back downtown ballpark you will ever visit. You can walk there or take public transportation; it’s a stone’s throw from the ocean, but backed up by a rich entertainment district that’s an actual part of the city, and there are quite literally seats for every budget and every ballgame agenda. It will remind you of parts of other ballparks, but yet, it’s not like any other ballpark out there.

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