Thursday, July 13, 2006

All Star Game

Okay, so the American League won the All-Star game again. And a Southern CA NL pitcher blew a save opportunity again. Remember a few years ago when the Dodger's Gagne was going on that streak of saves? Well, he missed one in that time and it was the All Star Game! Part of me was glad the the game went to the bottom of the 9th, I wanted to see Ryan Howard bat. Unfortunately, he didn't smack that game winning homer like I imagined he would. drat! I hated that the Mets were responsible for all the NL runs. And those darn Fox announcers seemed to snub the phillies. Chase Utley made a nice catch, but unfortunately it was right after Vladimir Guerrero smacked a homer, so the announcers barely acknowledged it. Then Utley got a single, but that happened right after Wright smacked a homer, so they barely acknowledged it. Poor Utley was batting 7th. If he would have been 6th and Wright was 7th - it could have had a better outcome.
Thome trade. . . Yeah or nay? During the HR derby the announcers said it worked out for both teams - the sox needed a power hitter and the phillies couldn't have kept Howard in the minors performing the way he was, and got Rowland too. When is the last time Thome put his face at risk to make a catch?! The biased Fox announcers basically said only the White Sox benefited, completely forgetting about Howard. The otter thought Fox is a west coast biased station, but just remember they talked about the Mets enough, so that can't be it.
And Kudos to Tom Gordon for pitching a scoreless inning and for making me feel young!

More baseball venting:
Stadium names. In Pittsburgh when PNC bought the naming rights to the new ballpark, they thought about naming it Roberto Clemente Park. Obviously, they named it PNC Park and named a street after Roberto Clemente. That's sad. I lived in Pittsburgh. Everyone and their dog knows PNC - they don't need the name recognition. And are you going to switch your bank just because there is a PNC Park?? If you are, stop reading and never visit this site again! Or better yet, send me your rationale. I'd like to know!

another bad example: "On April 7, 1999, Houston-based Enron Corporation agreed to pay more than $100 million over 30 years to name the stadium Enron Field. However, on December 2, 2001 Enron became the largest corporation in history to declare bankruptcy. On February 27, 2002, the Astros made an agreement with Enron to buy back the naming rights. After two full seasons of being called Enron Field, the home of the Houston Astros then became temporarily know as Astros Field. On June 5, 2002, the Astros announced that the Minute Maid Company, a locally-based subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Company since 1960, will pay an estimated $170 million for a 28-year naming rights deal."
need I say more?

same subject, different sport: The former Fleet center in Boston. People in Boston knew it was named by Fleet Bank, others did not and you ended up with some smirks, and chuckles. . .

It's about 2:00 p.m. on a Thursday and I should feel bad about taking the time out of my day to write this, but I do not. You know why? I have nothing to do work-wise!! nada! You have no idea how many books I've finished at this job. I shouldn't complain, but sometimes I just want to be busy so the day goes by fast and some days I just feel the brain cells flowing out. . .


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