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Old 11-12-2006, 11:05 PM   #31
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LA rumor has it that former Dodger Eric Gagne is looking at Boston....
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Old 11-13-2006, 03:45 AM   #32
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So far the Yanks have trimmed some financial fat. First Sheff and his 13 mil and then 3 mil off of Wright's salary. They've only just begun in Yankeeland. More moves are on the way.
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Phils going for Soriano

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And above all else, pitching. Why spend $100 mil on Soriano when you have HUGE holes with pitching?
wasn't their young pitching supposed to be the phill's strong point? what happened?
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i don't think the yankees are going to do anything huge as far as adding more salary. they've been losing money for 3-4 years... there's only so long they can keep doing this.

the worst kept secret to explain their consistant increase in payroll every year since losing to the marlins is that the yankees brass were trying to get one more championship for steinbrenner before he rode off into the sunset... ya' don't need columbo to figure out that the boss' health has been slipping the past few years... and it was rumored (all be it denied) that he suffered a stroke a couple of years ago. so they've been in panic mode to get one more ring for king george the third.

that said... everyone has their financial breaking points... with a self financed stadium being built, i would not be surprised to see the yankees cut back a bit on the salary for a few years, staying competitive for the AL East crown every year, but not crackin' the 200 million mark on salary like htey did this past year... perhaps getting down to a more "reasonable" 150-160 million. or they could be stockpiling guys to make a run at some other high priced, over-rated vet that ultimately will be of no value come playoff time... coughcoughcoughbobbyabreaucoughcough.
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The New York Mets, along with State, City,and Borough leaders, will hold the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Mets ballpark today at 11:00 a.m.
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Citigroup is the likely winner for the naming rights of a new Mets stadium.
BY KEN DAVIDOFF AND JULIET CHUNG
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Shea what?

The Mets have struck a naming-rights deal with Citigroup for their new stadium, according to a person familiar with the situation, and the new ballpark -- set to open in 2009 -- will be called CitiField.

That means the Amazins' will no longer call their home "Shea" -- and nearly two dozen fans interviewed Friday were not pleased.

The new name will be announced Monday, when the Mets hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at Shea Stadium, which is scheduled to close its doors in the fall of 2008. The new stadium, being built next to Shea, will rise in what is now a parking area.

"It's weak because it's commercialization of a landmark," Mike Afromowitz, 30, of Manhattan, said of the new name. "I grew up as a fan liking the Mets, and for them to change it would be kind of a slap in the face."

Though the exact figure that Citigroup paid for the naming rights could not be attained, the person familiar with the situation described the fee as "huge."

It's believed that it will set a new record for such revenue, topping the roughly $10 million per season the NFL's Houston Texans receive from Reliant Energy to call their home Reliant Stadium. However, the Giants and Jets will probably beat the Mets when they complete their deal for a shared new stadium in New Jersey's Meadowlands.

Bobby Humphrey, 49, of New Jersey, said calling the new stadium "Citi-whatever" would not be a good marketing move.

"I think that's a bad name," Humphrey said. "It's almost a landmark, like Yankee Stadium."

Outside Modell's sporting goods store in Farmingdale, Greg Tavari, 9, of Rockland County, said he doesn't like when stadiums are named after corporations.

"I think they should keep the name the stadium was originally given," he said. "Everybody knows it as Shea Stadium and they should keep that."

The Mets declined to comment on all matters relating to the naming rights. They have continually asserted that they would do away with the Shea name upon moving, instead going with a corporate title. Such agreements have become commonplace in the world of professional sports, although the Yankees, who also intend to open a new ballpark in 2009, will take their famous name, Yankee Stadium, with them.

Citigroup, a financial-services company, boasts of "some 200 million customer accounts in more than 100 countries" on its Web site. Citibank, one of its subsidiaries, dates to 1812.

In the past month, Citibank conducted Internet surveys to test out potential names for the new ballpark.

The list of proposals included Citigroup Ballpark, Citi Ballpark, Citibank Ballpark, Citibank Yard, Citibank Coliseum, Citibank Diamond and Citibank Field.

The name CitiField was chosen partly in mind with how well it would play to New York City officials.

Officials from both the city and state will be in attendance Monday, as Gov. George Pataki and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg head the list of dignitaries. Mets chief executive Fred Wilpon and his son, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, will appear, as will Mets manager Willie Randolph and players John Maine, Jose Reyes and David Wright.
first, i like it... CitiField... it could be much, much worse. the biggest building in queens is what... the CitiCorp buildling. citifield of course goes with it being new york city and all as well. the only negative i see is that banks tend to change hands... although a bank as large as CitiCorp, i don't forsee that happening anytime soon.

yes, this will be the first corporate sponsorship of a stadium in new york city. but so what... what the hell is shea stadium other than an aging relic of the worst period in stadium construction in american history? the met fan in that article who compared shea stadium to yankee fan is living in a dilusionary world and needs a reality check. as a met fan, i love shea, too... but i don't love it 'cause it's so nice... the place is a shit hole. i love it because it's ours... and i will love the new one even more.

could have been worse... think Banco Popular Estadia.

i don't think many met fans will be complaining when the 15+ million per season that Citi will be giving the mets goes to add another pitcher or two..
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first, i like it... CitiField.
The owner of City Wok in South Park, CO. should be the PA announcer...."Radies and gentermen, welcome to shitty field..."
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The owner of City Wok in South Park, CO. should be the PA announcer...."Radies and gentermen, welcome to shitty field..."
ok, now i've found negative number two
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so the main entrance to CitiField will be called the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, and will feature a statue of Jackie.

nice to honor a great man and all... but, um, he's a Dodger.
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To get there you have to pass through the Bill Buckner tunnel.
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i guess this is another potential negative... the fact that the team that's been struggling for it's own identity is going to be building a stadium that is more or less a tribute to the brooklyn dodgers.

alas, i'm over it already.

apparently the naming rights for the stadium is gonna cost CitiGroup in the range of $20 million per season.
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i was surprised to not see omar at the groundbreaking... then i remembered...

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where's the Pepsi Picnic Area & the rotten home run apple?
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where's the Pepsi Picnic Area & the rotten home run apple?
the apple is there... you just have to look closer..



it's always been there, but it seems to have moved from the original drawing...



there are other subtle changes between the two drawings as well, and by the time the finished product arrives i'm sure we'll see quite a few more changes, some major, most subtle.


the fan/picnic section is also still there, behind the scoreboard...


with actual seats in the outfield, there is no longer a need to connect this area with an auxilary bleacher, like there is at shea.
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