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Old 04-30-2010, 12:23 PM   #1
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Boner Screws Dick Wood

I'm sorry but this needed it's own thread...



So Cruel: U2's tour to send Angels on a 14-game trip in June
By David Brown

U2 frontman Bono is always talking about wanting to change the world. He's a real crusader-musician, that one.

And there's at least one place where his mysterious ways are very effective: The Major League Baseball season.

When U2 comes to town this summer, the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays will have to vacate their home stadium, jump that plane and find somewhere else to ply their trade.

The band's 360º concert tour, which resumes in June and runs through October, hits 10 major league cities and includes three big-league ballparks: Angel Stadium, the Oakland Coliseum and Rogers Centre.

Anyone who has ever been to a U2 show can tell you it's not like they set up folding chairs in a middle school gymnasium and start playing. The Pop Martians perform on elaborate monstrosities that take days to assemble and break down. Yes, days.

Just ask Katy Feeney, a longtime MLB executive who handles the league's scheduling issues. Trying to throw your arms around the world calendar seems to be difficult enough work, the kind that only gets more complex when accounting for a variable like Bono.

Via Scott Miller's blog at CBS Sports:

"They've become my least-favorite band — which has nothing to do with their songs, talent or anything else," Feeney joked.

Because of the magnitude of the tour and sheer size of the stage, Feeney says, "they require 10 days to set up the concert and then break it down. That's an unusually long period of time [compared to other concerts].


This is why the Angels' will be forced to embark on a 14-game road trip in June.

Fourteen games? Oh, you've done it now, Paul David Hewson!



This is approximately what Angel Stadium will look like June 6-7 when U2's 360º tour drops from space into Orange County. (The original photo of the "Big A" is from a 1978 Rolling Stones concert with U2's modern stage superimposed.)

It's not just that the rock concert takes up space in Anaheim. Not having the Angels able to play at home for ten days or two weeks affects other team's road trips.

The whole league feels it a little.

"Unfortunately, everything has a ripple effect," Feeney says. "And the
number of actual teams hosting the concert, other than those 10 days,
may not feel as many consequences as some other clubs."


Forcing the Rally Monkey from his home for two weeks?

Probably not the legacy Bono is shooting for.

So Cruel: U2's tour to send Angels on a 14-game trip in June - Big League Stew - MLB Blog - Yahoo! Sports
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Wow. I don't follow baseball too closely anymore, but a fourteen-day roadtrip sounds excessive. This reminds me in a somewhat discursive manner of a few years back when snow storms forced the Indians to play a bunch of their home games in Milwaukee.
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that's not really the story.

the story is that our boy dick wood got the shaft from our boy boner and the rest of the 2
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dick wood got the shaft from our boy boner
Hope Boner's not too hard on Dick.
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Gotta love that horrible image, as if the stadium looks anything like that anymore, and as if the claw is that small.
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I'm still pissed this show isn't at Dodger Stadium instead.
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I thought Dick Wood played 3B not catcher.

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Wonder how long it will take to erect Boner's stage on Dick Wood's field.
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Clearly there's only one way to settle this issue.

Boner and Dick Wood must have a sword fight.
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that's not really the story.

the story is that our boy dick wood got the shaft from our boy boner and the rest of the 2
That's during interleague isn't it? What does Dick Pole have to say about it? Crap, never mind, the Reds fired Dick Pole. Joke-ruiners
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What's Rusty Kuntz up to these days?
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Maybe Dick Trickle can race around the stage?
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Boner strikes again.
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Nice to see this thread pop up again.
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