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As a season ticket holder, I've been to many Phillies games and have heard Mr. Richardson play. I wish ballparks were less "rock and roll," and would return to the organ playing of "Charge!" Anyway, "Thank you" and "Good Luck," Mr. Richardson--it was a great run...I am sorry that after 35 years of service you were relegated to the concourse of the new ballpark...if the organization wanted to put you closer to the fans, that's fine...but they could've at least thrown in a view of the game.
posted by barclen at 07:47 AM on February 12
Baseball seems to be concerned about everything other than the product on the field. I live for Spring and the reporting of pitchers and catchers, everything seems to be right with the world when that day comes. However, I'm growing tired of debates and battles being fought over matters that in the end will do nothing to improve the game. Instead of worrying about revenue for MLB, maybe worry about the revenues of ball clubs like the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and on and on...Personally, I'm tired of the Yankee-Red Sox thing (go Blue Jays!), I'm tired of the Atlanta Braves dominating the regular season and going out in the first round of the playoffs, and I'm not a Devil Rays fan but I'm sure the people of Tampa are tired of knowing they're team is mathematically eliminated before the season starts. Instead of hearing about steroids and licensing or whatever this latest battle is, I would LOVE to hear about creating parity. Make large market clubs share with small and middle markets--I'm a Cubs fan--they have a decent payroll and despite how much I've suffered over the years, I'd have no problem if they were forced to share with the league. It would be great to see the Royals play the Orioles, or the Brewers play the Pirates--and maybe, just maybe we'll hear about and see something other than Yankees vs. Red Sox and the Braves just taking up playoff space.
posted by barclen at 11:13 AM on January 16
I love the idea of the NHL on Network TV. It's a shame after a year lock out they lost their contract with ESPN and signed with a network available in approximately 27 homes (mine being one of them), OLN. I love hockey and although it does lose something on TV, it will always be the best live sport to attend. Unfortunately what will happen is NBC won't advertise, it won't market, and will only show a few games before breaking until the playoffs start (as every other network has done in the past). The NHL has great young stars up and coming (Sydney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, etc...) but you'll never hear about them because no league promotes it's stars worse than the NHL. The game is better with the changes it's made, but no one will notice and will continue to be the step child behind the other 3 major sports. I'm happy to see it on network TV, but sorry it won't receive the promotion necessary to make it anything other than a regionally popular sport. I hope I'm wrong, after all a little coverage is better than none, but I don't think NBC or OLN will have any better success than previous network ventures.
posted by barclen at 09:16 AM on January 15
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