Posted on: April 5, 2009 10:09 pm

New York City trip to see the two new stadiums

Managed to make it to New York for the two exhibitions this weekend. We went with a friend who is a lifelong Mets fan and his little brother set up the trip for his birthday so we caught the Mets at Citi Field Friday night. It will probably be the last time I go to Citi Field. First, our tickets were lost somewhere between Stubhub and the Mets and then our replacement tickets were way outside of where we were supposed to be. We bought tickets in a section behind the plate with access to the Ebbets club. The club access which came with our replacement seats was in left field and when we went to get in, they told us we couldn't enter because we hadn't made reservations--no matter that we received the tickets 5 minutes before the game because they screwed up the actual tickets I bought.  They also didn't have half the food at concession stands and were charging different prices for the same size beers at different booths because they only had one size and some venders called them a small and others called them a large. They shut down concession lines while people were still waiting and the single Mets employee who tried to help had his ass chewed by a supervisor in front of us for having any opinion at all which was customer service friendly. Worst baseball experience I have ever had. They should have combined the names of the old and new---Sheati Field (pronounced either as the term for manure or "Shady"---you pick). Funny thing is, I was over it the next day. I just don't plan on returning to the place.

We made it to the Yankees game on Saturday. The day started off poorly because again Stubhub couldn't collaborate on tickets which were bought well in advance of the game. In contrast to the hour and 50 minute wait at Sheati Field Friday night at the outside ticket windows, we were able to wait inside the stadium at ticket windows and they actually comped us tickets which were close to comparable to the tickets we had bought within 10 minutes of trying to locate the tickets. We were able to get into the stadium early enough to hit several areas before going to our seats. I figured being a Yankees fan that I would prefer the new Stadium over whatever product the Mets put out, but not one single person in our party or in the group of about 20 we had met the night before thought there was any comparison. At Yankee Stadium, every employee went out of their way to welcome fans to the new stadium and there were no glitches we encountered.


Lets hope the ghosts made the trip across the street.


Category: MLB
Posted on: February 15, 2009 12:34 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2009 12:35 pm

Cheating in baseball?? Really?

A-Rod has never been a favorite player of mine, in fact I was thrilled as I drove and listened to the 4th game of the World Series two years ago and heard about the “opt-out”. I was happy to be rid of the giant contract—only to see the Yankees make an even worse financial decision and overpay to re-sign him.

The news this week has been only mildly disturbing since performance enhancers have become so commonly mentioned in baseball. My grandfather, who I remember having ballgames on the TV since I was young, recently passed away. Last July when I saw him and lamented how all the cheats were ruining the game, he said something to the effect that cheating is part of baseball in so many ways and this is just the newest way.

I write for work, legal writing more than anything, and have no great desire to be heard to want to write a lot more in my free time, but they give us this blog space and I figure there may be some people out there who are getting tired of the focus on the steroids and would rather just watch baseball so here goes my first blog entry.

Cheating is so prevalent in baseball, it is interwoven into the game itself. Stories and legends abound regarding digging into second base, sliding spikes up with harmful intent, sandpaper on the ball, a nick in a belt to cut the ball, a corked bat, a little saliva (or whatever) on the ball to give it some extra movement, stealing signs, and so many other ways I won’t try to list. Steriods and PEDs seem to be the hot topic today. I hate the idea of those phenomenons in the sport, but know that in the 70's, many teams had amphetamines, known as "greenies" in bowls inside their clubhouses. During the long grind of the season, getting “up’ for games may have done as much as steroids for performance over the course of the season.

People seem to want to exclude the players who “cheated” from the hall of fame. I got news for them. Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry was infamous for doctoring the ball while playing in the major leagues. He would perform these alterations to the ball almost prior to every pitch. A quick touch of his cap or sleeve would load up his famous "Vaseline" ball. He was actually one of the few pitchers in baseball history to be suspended for doctoring balls. Whitey Ford and Don Sutton are just a few other names which often come up when talking about this form of cheating. John McGraw in an era of dirty baseball, was the dirtiest player on the dirtiest team. He hid balls in the outfield, spiked opposing players, watered down the base paths, and grew the infield grass to deaden bunts. There are many other examples.

To close, I saw Roy Oswalt speaking about how A-Rod cost him money if he got a hit in one of the games Oswalt had been pitching to beat him. Oswalt may want to think about the benefit he may have received from one of his infielders, a certain SS. It appears PEDs were prevalent to the extent that they mark an era in baseball. Just like players in the dead ball era get some credit for their stats in relevance to the era, maybe we should have players in the steroid era getting less credit for their ballooned stats.

Category: MLB
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