Baseball Crank
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June 27, 2005
BASEBALL: Home Sweet Home

The Wall Street Journal had an entertaining article Friday ($) about how home teams screw around with the schedule to have more night games on getaway days, leaving the visitors to depart bleary-eyed; apparently this has become a particularly common tactic in an escalating war of minor indignities fought between the Devil Rays and the Hated Yankees.

The NY Times also had an interesting article - no longer web-available - on the question of what to call the Mets' new stadium, which presumably will not be named after William Shea, the lawyer who brought National League baseball back to New York. Of course, Shea's family has no cause to complain (as, mostly, they don't) - it was honor enough that the Mets played in a park bearing his name for four decades, and that five four World Serieses (the four by the Mets plus 1976) were played there, and one All-Star Game.

UPDATE: Dr. Manhattan reminds me that Yankee Stadium was, in fact, open in time for the 1976 World Series.

As I should have noted, the candidates for a new Mets stadium name would be either Jackie Robinson Stadium or a corporate sponsor. I'm fine with a corporate sponsor as long as it is (1) not something ridiculous (I think my favorite, from college football, is the infamous Poulan Weedeater Independence Bowl), and (2) not a bank, telecom company or other company likely to change its name every three years.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:41 AM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Minor quibble: the Yanks moved back into their revamped stadium in 1976, so the World Series was played in the Bronx that year (albeit briefly).

Posted by: Dr. Manhattan at June 27, 2005 9:53 AM

Wilpon's Tomb. (As in "Who buried the Mets in . . . ?")

Posted by: Attila at June 27, 2005 10:29 AM

I think the Mets should have an airline sponsor it - and require full up-front payment in cash. Repeat every few years.
More seriously, maybe they'll follow the lead of the old Padres and name at least something in the building after Bob Murphy (the press box, perhaps?). That would be a nice touch.

Posted by: Dr. Manhattan at June 27, 2005 2:15 PM
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