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Old 05-21-2004, 11:37 PM   #166
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someone shoulda cut his hair while they had him down
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^ Amen.
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Old 05-31-2004, 11:32 AM   #168
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just two random comments...

1) eric gagne is rediculous... 76 straight saves.

2) the san diego padres new "gold" road uniforms are absolutely hideous.
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Old 06-03-2004, 04:13 PM   #169
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in Todd we trust...

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Old 06-03-2004, 04:24 PM   #170
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I am a Cub fan but not an "ass clown" (ass clown=people who go to Wrigley Field to drink and be seen and b/c it's the cool thing to do) In fact, I prefer Sox park to Wrigley Field.

Anyway, I'd just like to vent b/c the Cubs suck lately. They don't think they have to play small ball to win games. Why does every swing have to be for a home run? (I'm talking to YOU Corey Patterson) Why can't they bunt, why can't they hit behind the runner, why must they think that fans don't have a right to boo them when they suck? Maybe I should be a White Sox fan. At least I can afford tickets to the game....
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Ill answer that for you in two answers:

1.) Dusty Baker is a moron

2.) the cubs suck
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stlelevation....the jealousy is always seeping through.

I can break it down for you wildHoneyAlways in two words....JUNE SWOON. They just started a little early (Late May). And they want to make Cards fans feel like the Cards have a chance at success this year.
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more proof Chicago is better than St. Louis!

Second City ranks first as best baseball city to visit
Mychael Urban / MLB.com

Road trips for big-league ballplayers are necessitated by business, but that doesn't mean they don't find plenty of time for pleasure.

Think about it. There's only so much time you can spend at the yard, and with a minimum salary of $300,000 -- plus $76.50 a day in meal money -- there's no shortage of opportunities to turn a roadie into a working vacation of sorts.

It's with that thought in mind that we went to 95 players representing all 30 big league teams and asked the following question:

What is your favorite road city in the Majors and why?

There are various reasons why a city becomes a player's favorite. It could be the comfort of the hotels and the quality of the food, the playing conditions at the ballpark, or the climate.

That last reason is largely why Miami and various Southern California cities picked up a vote here and there.

No matter what the day, though, it's a good day when you're putting up good numbers, and good numbers in a particular place leave a lasting impression. So there was tinge of selfishness in the voting as well.

"Wherever I hit well," answered Jason Kendall of the Pirates.

"Wherever I can win," said White Sox pitcher Jon Garland.

So in appreciation for spacious Comerica Park, Garland cast his vote for Detroit. He was all alone with that opinion.

Nightlife is another factor. Troy Percival of the Angels picked Kansas City in part because of its riverboat casinos, and although Torii Hunter of the Twins didn't go into specifics, he meant it in a good way when he called Toronto a "sleeper."

Proximity to home didn't hurt, either. That's why rookie Devil Rays star Carl Crawford was one of only three American Leaguers to pick a National League city.

"Houston," said Crawford. "It's a nice ballpark and a great city. Of course, I happen to be from there, so I get to see family and friends and eat good food at my grandfather's restaurant."

You want fantastic fans? St. Louis is your town, said Diamondbacks closer Matt Mantei: "They pay attention and know a lot about the game."

An incredible ballpark? The Orioles' Javy Lopez, formerly of the Braves, likes San Francisco's Pac Bell Park because "any home run you hit there is going to be a legitimate one." And Baltimore got eight votes -- good for fourth overall -- on the strength of Camden Yards.

And how about this: "I like Boston," Yankees left fielder Hideki Matsui said through his interpreter. "I like Fenway Park."

But if you want to soak in several -- or all -- of the aforementioned attributes at once, try any city in the top three. Seattle, which drew raves for Safeco Field, its better-than-you've-heard weather, great golf and friendly fans, got 13 votes.

"Seattle is phenomenal," said Kevin Millar of the Red Sox. "That whole setup they've got going. ... The whole atmosphere."

In second place was New York City, with 15 votes. Everyone took a crack at explaining the Big Apple's appeal, citing the culture, shopping, restaurants and venerable Yankee Stadium, but Jose Lima of the Dodgers put it best with five words: "That city is so alive."

The winner? Chicago, with a whopping 35 votes. To hear the players tell it, the place flat-out pops -- along Michigan Avenue, in the neighborhoods surrounding Wrigley Field, or at any of the sneaky little hole-in-the-wall places that stay open until 4 a.m.

And because the Windy City has something for everyone, it naturally appeals to a group as culturally and socially diverse as pro ballplayers.

here is my favorite quote...

"It's everything you want," said Tim Hudson of the A's. "A big city, great shopping, great restaurants. ... It's like New York, but clean and not as chaotic."

"You're walking down the street and everybody's dressed real nice like they've got somewhere to go," marveled C.C. Sabathia of the Indians. "You know, it's just a nice city. There's a lot of places to shop and nice hotels. It's a fun place to be."

If only U.S. Cellular Field was as memorable as revered Wrigley Field.

"I'm not crazy about Comiskey, or whatever they call it now," said Blue Jays slugger Carlos Delgado, "but I like the city."

Look out, though, ChiTown. If the Expos end up in Tigers first baseman Carlos Pena's pick, we might need a recount in a couple of years.

"Forget the Major Leagues," Pena said. "In Triple-A, I went to Portland, Oregon. That city's gorgeous."
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obviously the players dont visit much in the winter
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Re: more proof Chicago is better than St. Louis!

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here is my favorite quote...

"It's everything you want," said Tim Hudson of the A's. "A big city, great shopping, great restaurants. ... It's like New York, but clean and not as chaotic."


they don't call it the 2nd city for nothing
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headin' out to shea for the first time this season tonight... combine that with the belmont tommorow, and the summer hath officialy begun.
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Rehab on Monday??
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allegedly

billy joel's driving me home... zing
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well the mets may have lost, but i got my 15 dollar scalped ticket's money's worth for three reasons...

1... free dunken donut mets ice tray (what the fuck? who's idea was it to give out an ice try as a give away? i mean come on!)
2... boooing armando benitez (despite the fact that he recorded the 4 out save... it was fun none the less)
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3... as my friend and i are leaving the stadium, we walk past the mets office enterance/exit on our way to the subway... and who, by chance, should happen to walk right between the two of us, but none other than Mets owner Fred Wilpon. We proceeded to booo him, yell at him about not signing Guerrero, and then followed his mercedes boooing and pointing as his driver took him out of the parking lot. and the best part of it all... shea security guards just stood there and watched us do it. go mets.
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