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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Miami-Dade officials have set the vote -- and released the final renderings and sketches and stuff -- for the Marlins' new stadium:
Miami and Miami-Dade leaders are poised to cast rapid-fire, historic votes that could end the decade-long search for a permanent home for the two-time World Series champion Florida Marlins.
You all know how I feel about publicly-funded stadiums, so for philosophical reasons I'm hoping this doesn't pass. And in an ideal world, the vote's failure would result in Jeff Loria throwing up his hands and selling the team to someone who would build a stadium themselves and make Miami the amazing baseball town it certainly could be.
But we also know that won't happen. If this fails, there will be more political junk, followed by even greater cuts to the Marlins baseball operations (if that's even possible), followed by an eventual move to a town with more pliant politicians. So I suppose this is a lose-lose proposition. Which was probably inevitable the moment Loria took control of the team.
Great minds think alike. Mine just thinks snarkier.
While most media attention has focused on the death of my cat, the world of letters lost someone else of note yesterday as well: John Updike. If you haven't read it, the Rabbit series was pretty spectacular. And of course, as many baseball bloggers are noting today, in 1960 Updike wrote this fantastic piece on the occasion of Ted Williams' last game.
It's long, but you're not going to read anything better today.
This list of the top 10 sports mascots is a bunch of applesauce for two reasons: (1) The Phillie Phanatic is way better than Mr. Met; and (2) Brutus Buckeye was totally robbed.
And really, does anyone really like that green guy the Red Sox use?
(thanks to Pete Toms for the link)
I found out yesterday that I can have someone killed for about $160. Unfortunately it was my cat, so I'm in a pretty crappy mood this morning. On the bright side, the two cats that remain in Chez Calcaterra have been on their best behavior since I had to put Lizzie down, as they now know I am not one to be trifled with. On the even brighter side, I'm not going to subject you to 4,000 words about it. I'm more of a denial/repression guy, so what I need is a distraction. Hey, here's some distracting stuff:
I know this is a bit unusual, but while on her death bed, Lizzie demanded a burial at sea with full honors, so if there aren't as many updates today, it's because I'm either looking for a color guard or en route to the North Atlantic.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Just when you think Nats fans have suffered enough, along comes the latest atrocity:
The Nationals will have a new color man this year for their TV broadcasts: the always-colorful Rob Dibble. MASN announced today that Dibble has signed a multi-year deal to broadcast the games alongside Bob Carpenter. Dibble is replacing Don Sutton, who requested a release from his contract -- presumably to take a broadcasting job with the Atlanta Braves.
The eleven people who watch Nats games will soon be suffering unspeakable horror.
(thanks to Wooden U. Lykteneau for the heads up)
I'm not writing jack today, but these guys are:
By all means, take a stroll around the neighborhood. You'll be glad you did.
For those of you unable to make it to Kansas City.
If you're like me, and you hate those stupid Under Armour logos on the outfield doors at Wrigley Field, this is good news:
The Chicago Cubs baseball team has sued Under Armour Inc, charging the athletic clothing and shoe maker with reneging on a five-year sponsorship agreement worth $10.8 million.
Of course, I have to admit that even if that sort of thing is good news for aesthetic purposes, it's bad news for baseball. There are countless companies hemorrhaging money in this poo sandwich of an economy, and you can bet that as things continue to go bad, they're going to cut back or, as Under Armour is alleged to have done, renege on sports sponsorship deals.
Fans of the now-defunct Capitol Punishment blog will be happy to see that Chris Needham is writing about the Nats again, this time for NBC.
As he explains at the old space, he's only doing it for the Benjamins. Well, since it's blogging, he's probably only doing for the Jacksons and maybe the Grants, but you get the idea. At least I hope it's just about the money, because anyone who would subject themselves to as much Nats baseball as he does on a volunteer basis is certifiably insane.