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BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it

GUEST,Dazbo 04 Apr 06 - 10:32 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 04 Apr 06 - 10:38 AM
GUEST,Dazbo 04 Apr 06 - 11:18 AM
John on the Sunset Coast 04 Apr 06 - 11:45 AM
GUEST,SunnySister 04 Apr 06 - 11:47 AM
GUEST,chinmusic 04 Apr 06 - 11:47 AM
mack/misophist 04 Apr 06 - 12:09 PM
Beer 04 Apr 06 - 12:16 PM
bobad 04 Apr 06 - 12:22 PM
GUEST 04 Apr 06 - 01:06 PM
bobad 04 Apr 06 - 01:24 PM
GUEST 04 Apr 06 - 01:40 PM
GUEST,SunnySister 04 Apr 06 - 01:41 PM
Rapparee 04 Apr 06 - 05:05 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 04 Apr 06 - 05:17 PM
GUEST,Texas Guest 04 Apr 06 - 10:51 PM
bet 04 Apr 06 - 10:55 PM
Chanteyranger 05 Apr 06 - 01:23 AM
Seamus Kennedy 05 Apr 06 - 01:28 AM
GUEST,Dazbo 05 Apr 06 - 10:13 AM
MarkS 05 Apr 06 - 10:28 AM
leftydee 05 Apr 06 - 10:45 AM
Rapparee 05 Apr 06 - 11:19 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 05 Apr 06 - 01:39 PM
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autolycus 05 Apr 06 - 05:50 PM
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GUEST,Richard Bridge 06 Apr 06 - 03:55 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 06 Apr 06 - 01:33 PM
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PoppaGator 07 Apr 06 - 02:37 PM
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Subject: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: GUEST,Dazbo
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 10:32 AM

Baseball's back, Barry Bonds denies steriod abuse, the USA got whomped in the World Classic.

Will Atlanta win their division again? Can the Cubs win the World Series? Will Damon survive in the outfield at Babe Ruth's House? Will the Tigers have a winning season. Will Roger Clemens finally retire?


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 10:38 AM

Let's go Mets!


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: GUEST,Dazbo
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 11:18 AM

Sounds like they've got a good chance this year but the Braves do seem to have the habit of winning their division.


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 11:45 AM

Basewhat?


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: GUEST,SunnySister
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 11:47 AM

I'm a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan even though I live in California.

I love the game, the sights and sounds of the stadium, the food, and best of all watch families and friends spend time together. Baseball's slow enough for people to actually talk during the game and that's another plus to it, in my opinion.

While I have great respect for Mark McGuire, I am not happy about steroid use in baseball. Sure, there's always been a history of players cheating: corked bats, doctored balls, etc, I still don't think that an athlete should risk their lives or at the very least hurt their bodies for a sport that's for entertainment purposes. With that said, you can imagine how I feel about football and boxing. :(

--SunnySister


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: GUEST,chinmusic
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 11:47 AM

The baseball season is a marathon, and not a sprint.. Depth in the pitching staff and good health are the two key factors in grabbing a divisional title....   Though I'm guardedly optimistic about my Blue Jays, I still like the White Sox because of the strength of their pitching, to go along with just enough offense.......


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: mack/misophist
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 12:09 PM

Baseball is the great American pastime. After canasta. And Monopoly. And working mandatory overtime. And perhaps skydiving.


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: Beer
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 12:16 PM

"Go Expoes Go"
Beer


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: bobad
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 12:22 PM

I was a big fan of the game and specifically the Montreal Expos. Once they folded I lost interest in the game.

The game has become a showcase for the effects of pharmaceuticals and has been cheapened by steroid freaks like Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds.


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 01:06 PM

I was a baseball jock. Absolutely ate the game up. Now! Can't even remember who played in the world series. Also has a lot to do with the "Expos" leaving.
Beer


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: bobad
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 01:24 PM

What I miss the most is listening to the games on the radio. There is something very alluring to be sitting on the porch on a fine summer's evening, sipping a cool beer and visualizing the game as it is being described by the commentators, the perfect medium for the game IMO.


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 01:40 PM

Bobad- I couldn't agree more! I love listening to baseball too!

I don't think I've mentioned that what I like to watch in baseball are really teams working together and not a lot of single players working on their own glory and their own stats. I will support and enjoy watching any team that enjoys working together.


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: GUEST,SunnySister
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 01:41 PM

Opps! The posting above was me... I'm typing/posting too fast... Sorry


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 05:05 PM

Yes, just as happy as I am that professional football, hurling, curling, badminton, tennis, hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, skydiving, ski jumping, basketball, bass fishing, skeet shooting, horseshoes, javelin throwing, shot putting, ballroom dancing, roller skating, synchronized diving, and quidditch are back.


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 05:17 PM

uh oh. The crankies are out!

Baseball and radio were made for each other. If you are a real junkie, check out XM Radio. EVERY baseball game for EVERY team.

I am looking forward to heading out to Shea this Saturday. The Mets, a scorecard, a hot dog, and beer in a wax paper cup. All is right with the world - at least for 9 innnings.


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 10:51 PM

No - the drugs have rendered the game illegitimate for me - I cannot
recognize the accomplishments of Sosa, McGwire or Bonds. Baseball failed to step up to the plate and those afore mentioned players have forfeited themselves. Sorry guys, you just don't count any more.
I'm o.k., though, I've got the Red Wings and Fighting Irish in Texas!


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: bet
Date: 04 Apr 06 - 10:55 PM

Even up here in Alaska I have to continue to root for the
             Colorado Rockies!   bet


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 05 Apr 06 - 01:23 AM

I love this game, and have been a San Francisco Giants fan since childhood. The steroid issue hanging over Bonds, though, makes me long for the days of my baseball heroes; Mays, McCovey and Marichal. My framed picture of Bonds is looking tarnished, though the jury's still out.

Today's prices for a Giants game makes it prohibitive, though. $28 for the 3rd deck seats last season. Outrageous for baseball. To get my baseball fix last season, when not in SF, I went to the crosstown Oakland A's, for a Tuesday night $2 seat in the 3rd deck. Not the same emotions for me as seeing the Giants, but it's baseball and it's enjoying the experience with friends. I'll probably do more A's games this year, as $28 per is just not a baseball price. One of the many attractions of going to MLB games is that it has always been one of the most reasonably priced sports tickets. It's frustrating to see that change so quickly in SF.

Seeing baseball live makes it one of the more sensory experiences in all of sports. No wonder so many writers wax eloquent about it; the aroma of mustard, peanuts, the sound of the bat hitting the ball, the sight of the green, not to mention al the nuances of the game that gives it tension, even when there's seemingly "nothing happening."Players, too, are affected by their sernsory experience of the game. Mays, in his autobiography, wrote of looking up at the clouds when he was in the ballpark as being one of his vivid memories.

I think one reason why baseball, unlike football, doesn't come over as well on television, is that television follows "the action," while viewing baseball live is a total experience. Instead of focusing on one part of the action, you're looking at much more of the field while a ball is in play.

Glad it's back? Yes!


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 05 Apr 06 - 01:28 AM

I'm a baseball addict.
Diehard Red Sox fan.
But... the Orioles and the Nats for the World Series!
You heard it here first.


Seamus


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: GUEST,Dazbo
Date: 05 Apr 06 - 10:13 AM

$2 a seat!!!. My neice and her husband go to watch Chelsea (current English champions) and it costs them just under £100 to watch a game from the cheapest seats.


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: MarkS
Date: 05 Apr 06 - 10:28 AM

Best way to get a baseball fix these days is to support your local minor league team, if you have a farm club in your area. Ticket prices are reasonable - you can actually bring your family without needing a second mortgage - and the level of play is real close to the majors. Also, the stadiums are smaller and so intimate that there in not a bad seat in the house. You get closer to the field than you can ever hope to get at a major league stadium.
Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: leftydee
Date: 05 Apr 06 - 10:45 AM

Couldn't be happier! Baseball makes the world make sense. Go Tigers!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Apr 06 - 11:19 AM

Actually, I'm partial to the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 05 Apr 06 - 01:39 PM

Considering the ticket prices for football, hockey & basketball, major league baseball is a bargain!


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: Kaleea
Date: 05 Apr 06 - 01:47 PM

Padres season opener was rained out. So much for Sunny San Diego.

Bobad--I used to listen to the ballgames on a transistor radio. I once took my transistor radio to school & church & used the earphone (discreetly hiding it & the cord under clothing & hair) to listen to the World Series.

I finally learned that the power source is no longer called a "transistor radio battery," but a 9-volt, when I had to replace a battery for a tuner.


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Apr 06 - 05:49 PM

The steroid deal is a farce. Half or more of the players in the league were taking the shit. To pillory just a few who happened to hit massive amounts of home runs is a bit short-sighted. The league didn't mind too much ( nor the owners!!) when the turnstiles were spinning like radial tires to watch these guys hit tape measure blasts.

It's cheating yes, and far from fair, but it was only made illegal in the last year or so. It's all about the money, the league is as much to blame as anyone. Should have been a few noses in the wind when Bret Boone hit over 40 homers, and Brady Anderson too. And no pitchers were using?? Give me a break


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: autolycus
Date: 05 Apr 06 - 05:50 PM

What's baseball?


   ivor


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 06 Apr 06 - 02:00 AM

Mark S - I agree wholeheartedly.
There are a couple of minor league teams near where I live - Annapolis, MD.
No, not the Orioles!
The Bowie bay Sox, and the Delmarva Shorebirds.
Great value, especially for families.
And everybody's hustling and trying hard, from the players to the umps to the P.A. people.
When I'm on the road performing I seek out minor league games to go to.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: GUEST,Richard Bridge
Date: 06 Apr 06 - 03:55 AM

Ah, yes, another successful English export, rounders.


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 06 Apr 06 - 01:33 PM

Yeah, we fixed Rounders and made it a real sport!


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 06 Apr 06 - 04:55 PM

Hey Ron! Wanna go to a game sometime.
No, wait! You're a Mets fan.
They beat the Sox in '86...screw you! Go on your own!

Seamus


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 06 Apr 06 - 04:57 PM

Ron, sorry I don't know what came over me.
I'll take the Mets over the "Y"-word team any day of the week.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 06 Apr 06 - 05:19 PM

Seamus, if you are ever in the NYC area on a Saturday when the Mets are in town, let me know, I would love to take you to a game! I have a Saturday season ticket plan with the Mets for the past 22 years. My seats are behind home plate, slightly to the third base side. Best seats in the house in my opinion! I admire the Red Sox. I was there in '86 when they won it all. (Sorry Seamus!)

You will recognize my car with the "Warning, I don't brake for Yankee Fans" bumper sticker.

The Mets unveiled plans for their new stadium today. Shea will be torn down in 2007. The joke is already circulating that Bill Buckner will operate the wrecking crane!


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: Janie
Date: 06 Apr 06 - 05:32 PM

Let's see...there are 4 quarters in baseball, right?

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 07 Apr 06 - 12:11 AM

Ron, I'll take you up on that sometime!

Although I think Mookie Wilson should operate the wrecking-ball and we can all watch Billy Buck let it go through his legs.

Janie - you are correct - but they don't time it like that.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: PoppaGator
Date: 07 Apr 06 - 02:37 PM

I started life as a New York Giants fan, and at age 9 I had to start following my team from long-distance, because they moved to San Francisco.

We in the New York area could get radio coverage of every SF Giants game ~ it was "recreated" by an announcer in a local NY-area studio, who read some kind of incoming ticker-tape pitch-by-pitch report of the game while making sound effects, such as smacking the table with a ruler to simulate the crack of the bat.

This technique had been common decades earlier, but it was pretty archaic in the late 1950s and early 60s. The announcer (whose name, alas, I have long forgetten) was one of the last practioners of his art. His previous employment had been with the Honolulu team in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, who needed this kind of semi-fake radio coverage because of their distance from the mainland.

My dad took me to Philadelphia for a couple of Giants-Phillies games. We saw Wille McCovey when he had been in the major leagues for only a week or two ~ opposing pitchers hadn't yet found any weakness in his swing: he was hitting about .600 and averaging a homer every 8 or 9 at-bats. The day we saw him, he didn't homer, but he did go 2-for-4 with two triples!

Within a few years, the New York Mets were founded, so we National League fans in NY (former Giant and Dodger fans) once again had a team of our own. Like so many others, my old man and I discovered that "we had been Mets fans all our lives."

Because I was so young, I had never gone into the city for a Giants game at the Polo Grounds, but I was able to see the Mets a few times in the old Harlem stadium before Shea was built. I'm looking forward to visting New York in a couple of years to watch the Mets in yet another new stadium.

I know it's very unlikely in this age of corporate sponsorship, but I'd sure like to see the Mets' new home named for the one and only Casey Stengel, a baseball immortal with all four New York teams (Dodgers, Giants, Yanks, and finally the Mets).


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 07 Apr 06 - 03:59 PM

"I'd sure like to see the Mets' new home named for the one and only Casey Stengel"

My wife and I named our daughter Casey, in honor of the Ol Professor and because we liked the name!

I will be sorry to see "Shea Stadium" disappear as a name. William Shea was instrumental in getting New York a team after the Dodgers and Giants left town and deserved the honor. Perhaps they will find a way to honor him, Casey, Joan Payson and Gil Hodges in the new place!   I notice many of the new stadiums are erecting statues outside of their homes, why not a few honoring these individuals?


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: PoppaGator
Date: 08 Apr 06 - 10:19 AM

Here's a link to a New York Times report on the proposed Mets Ballpark:

Wilpon is Walking Again Through Ebbets Rotunda

Scroll down just a little bit, look under the heading "Multimedia" in the left-hand column, and click on "Slide Show: The Met's New Home" for a set of architect's sketches ~ looks very cool!


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 May 19 - 12:27 PM

Talking of an MLB team in New York City …

CBS News reports on Mets defeat


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Jul 19 - 08:06 PM

When did the Brooklyn Dodgers
become the LA Dodgers?
Before my time, I shouldn't wonder.

The LA Dodgers are taking on the Red Sox this weekend.


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 Jul 19 - 03:50 PM

Did a quick-and-dirty search for dates:

between 1957 and 1958,

the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

... yes, that was a while ago.


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Subject: RE: BS: Baseball's back. Are you happy about it
From: gillymor
Date: 15 Jul 19 - 07:31 PM

A strange and heart-warming story from the Angels-Mariners game Friday night.


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