It’s Opening Day for baseball! I’m headed out to see the New York Mets open their season in a couple of hours (the one chance each year for a Mets fan to see their team without a losing record), but what else is going on around the baseball nation?
- Joe Brown of the St. Petersburg Tribune recaps the Tampa Bay Rays‘ stadium search, and writes that even if Tropicana Field isn’t the most modern or beautiful stadium, it’s still better than the Miami Marlins‘ “ballpark fiasco that has left the taxpayers in Miami-Dade County stuck with perhaps the biggest white elephant in Florida.”
- Speaking of the Marlins, even local mayors won’t go to their games, in part because of lingering resentment over that $800-million-or-so ballpark fiasco.
- It rained in Oakland, and the Coliseum plumbing backed up again, spilling toilet water into the clubhouse. This is a headline you’re likely to read a bunch more in coming years, because as I explain for Sports on Earth, a resolution to the A’s stadium situation isn’t any more likely than it was when Bud Selig appointed his blue-ribbon committee five years ago.
- Buffalobills.com correspondent Anna Stolzenburg gives you “six reasons to be excited about the Ralph Wilson Stadium renovations,” which — hey, wait, that’s football, which doesn’t start for months yet. But I guess when you’re Buffalobills.com, it’s always stadium hype season, especially when you have to think about encouraging fears that the team will move out of town without a new taxpayer-funded home.