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10 Reasons Why I'm Not Looking Forward to Baseball

3/29/13 in MLB   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

Blog Photo - Major League Baseball is Only Two Days AwayYesterday I covered all those things I’m looking forward to in the upcoming baseball season, so today it’s only fair that I give equal time to the flip side of the coin and look at a few elements associated with our national game that I am decidedly not looking forward to. Let’s get right to it.
 
1. John Sterling. I live in New York where there’s no shortage of things that will drive you bonkers on a daily basis, but I can’t think of any bigger annoyance than the sound of New York Yankees radio play-by-play announcer John Sterling. For an organization that prides itself on being the best, it astounds me that the Yankees have stuck with Sterling so long. From botched play calling to sickening signature home run calls “The Grandyman Can!”; “Another A-Bomb from A-Rod!” to perennially awful sign-off “Theee Yankees Win… Theeee-eeee Ya-aaankees win!” the guy is simply the worst.
 
2. Bud Selig. We find ourselves in a Renaissance period for awful sports commissioners. Guys like Roger Goodell and, especially, Gary Bettman are so awful that it’s easy to forget just what an inept old coot Bud Selig is. What’s worse is the guy makes something like $22 million annually. Wow. Only in America.
 
3. God Bless America during the Seventh Inning Stretch. I’m not sure how many ballparks still do this, but singing “God Bless America” during the Seventh Inning Stretch is a “tradition” that started in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, which was understandable. But the time has come to let it go. I think we got the whole patriotic thing covered with the National Anthem at the start of the game. The seventh inning is for “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” only.
 
4. The New York Mets starting outfield. Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Marlon Byrd, Collin Cowgill, Mike Baxter, Andrew Brown… these are among the household names that will be patrolling the outfield for the Mets this year. I’m not so sure any of these guys could have cracked the starting lineup of the 1962 Mets. Nuff said.
 
5. Four-hour games. Yes, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Marathon baseball games, especially in the American League, are a tad too prevalent. The worst offenders have always been those Yankees/Red Sox tilts in which an average game has the approximate running time of a TV mini-series.
 
6. Outrageous concession prices. Every time I plunk down 9 bucks for a beer at the ballpark I feel  a certain sense of shame. But slaking your thirst with a cold beer at a ballgame is one of life’s great pleasures. Equally outrageous are six-dollar sodas, five bucks for water, and buying a single hot dog for the same amount it would cost you to buy an entire package in the supermarket. Stop the madness!
 
7. Drunk fans. Sticking on the subject of alcohol consumption, it seems like boozing among sports fans has reached epic proportions. I believe at least some of the blame has to be placed on the aforementioned outrageous stadium beer prices which send alcoholic baseball fans into pre-game mode, drinking their faces off in bars and parking lots prior to the game. It’s not fun being around these louts at games and even less fun if you have your kids with you.
 
8. The Yankees potentially stinking. Yesterday I mentioned this as one of the things I was looking forward to, as my dislike for the Bombers is well-documented. But, truth be told, it’s no fun for haters when the Yankees are out of the mix. Everyone needs a bad guy, and the Yankees are it.
 
9. Scott Boras. Owners and agents deserve each other, but no one deserves Scott Boras.
 
10. The Seattle Mariners offense. Please score more than one run a game this year guys, I’m begging you.
 
That about covers it. Enjoy the season everyone!  
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4/2/13   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

Right there with you on Sterling.  I'm out here on the west coast and only hear Sterling on audio highlights but hearing them makes me cringe at how horrid this guy is.

Selig is the worst commissioner of any sport.  Hands down.  It's not even a close race.

Right there with you on "God Bless America".  I get the patriotic stuff as well.  But the time to put GBA to bed came and went a long time ago.  The anthem at the start is plenty.

We all hate the concession prices.  They are what they are.  The few times I go to a game I just don't buy anything at the yard.  I'm getting soaked enough with just the ticket price.

But the things that are being dreaded the most are the continued absence of pennant races.  The stupid crowded overly long post season that includes non-first place teams.  Interleague play was bad enough but now we have IL games all year long thanks to the stupid move of the Astros to the AL.  All things I am NOT looking forward to.  Expanded playoffs have been going on for 19 seasons now.  And they are just as bad now as they were when they started.

3/29/13   |   OneStepBeyond   |   35 respect

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 I remember visiting Yankee Stadium and was blown away by the prices at those concession stands. The posting of calories next to the items gave me a good laugh, so I figured that I was somehow paying for entertainment as well.      I will disagree with you over the singing of God Bless America, however. Considering the sacrifices that have been made in the name of our nation, I have zero issue with a patriotic song during the Nation's pastime.                  (Are we going to be able to type in paragraphs again?)

3/29/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Live in NY and worry about the scoring of the Seattle west coast team.. Prices... ...the quality of the Yankees seem to a big concern,..... enjoy the season...what ever the price of a beer...