Baseball On My Brain

November 19, 2007, 7:13 am
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Lord knows I’m not a football fan. I’ll watch a game if it’s on and nothing else strikes my fancy, or if I’m out with the guys. But don’t try and get me to sit out in the cold watching the game.

As I was in downtown Seattle today prior to the Seahawks-Bears game, I couldn’t help finding the irony in the uber-masculine football fans walking around wearing a jersey with another guy’s name on the back.

Maybe it’s not as big a deal as I make it, but I do find it kind of funny. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a jersey or t-shirt with another guy’s name on it. (Excluding brands of course…don’t call me on the carpet because I own a pair of Levi Strauss jeans.)

Another difference between baseball and football — it’s totally normal to see a baseball jersey without a name/number on the back – but you’d never see a football jersey without them. I don’t know if this is intentional or just coincidence, but it’s been sitting in my brain most of the day, so I had to get it out here.

Much better. Is it spring yet?


Throwing out the…
November 19, 2007, 2:49 am
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I never promised that everything I write will be highly intellectual. But life isn’t always highly intellectual. Sometimes it’s emotional.

I spent most of today cleaning the house, particularly auditing my closet and wardrobe. It was long overdo – and at the end of the day I got a lot done.

However – there was a terse moment when I came across a collection of old, dingy, worn baseball caps. Now most people probably wouldn’t think twice about getting rid something as old as some of these caps. But they were baseball caps.

They sat on my head for games around the country, big games, meaningless games, high school to professional. They were part of my baseball history.

I ripped the bandage off and ended up tossing them out – but I’m still not sure that was the right move.

What do you think? What was something from your baseball history you either got rid of and regret, or are holding on to despite knowing better?

Congrats to BoMel
November 15, 2007, 7:55 pm
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I write this simply as a Mariners fan — but congratulations to Bob Melvin on winning the NL Manager of the Year Award.

I don’t think he got a fair shake during his brief time with the Mariners — lots of reasons, none of which I feel like going into at this particular point in time.

Red Sox raise ticket prices…line for tickets gets longer.
November 15, 2007, 7:45 pm
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Take a look at this article about the Red Sox raising their ticket prices.

I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while – and this article provided the fuel to write something about it.

The Fenway Park factor is huge — the history of it, the intimacy, etc. Fenway Park alone draws lots of people. But if Fenway Park were to fall down right this minute, how big could you make the replacement stadium and have ticket demand still at the current level? Fenway Park currently seats 36,108, so would 40,000 be reasonable? 45,000? 50,000? The new Yankee Stadium will seat 53,000 — could Boston match that?

I’ve never been to Boston – although I look forward to going there soon. So I ask those with knowledge of this topic – how many more fans would buy a Red Sox ticket if they could? I understand the waiting list to be 5,000+ people long.

Posada’s deal with the Yankees
November 14, 2007, 3:46 pm
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I like Posada too. While I don’t think he’s ever been a catcher of the level of Ivan Rodriguez from an all-around perspective, he’s still been darn good and has been a part of several very good teams.

But to give a 36-year-old catcher a 4-year deal doesn’t seem very wise. Plus – he was never as great of a hitter as is generally available to fill the DH spot.

This is what happens when teams become overly attached to their players and don’t look objectively at the best move for their club. The Yankees also don’t have a catcher on their 40-man roster besides Posada, and the free agent market isn’t particularly flashy. Sure you’ve got Paul Lo Duca and Jason Kendall, as well as some solid guys like Damian Miller and Yorvit Torrealba – but no one who really inspires fear and awe.

Oh well – not my money. Hip hip, Jorge!

Why I started this thing
November 9, 2007, 6:54 am
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Simply put – I’m around baseball a lot, which causes me to see a lot and wonder about a lot of things. Some have a personal reason, some are simply editorializing. Some are open-ended questions, some are things that have a definitive answer that you might know and be willing to contribute.

In the end, this is a place for me to put my thoughts down and try and process them.