It’s Opening Day, when everyone’s stadium dreams start with a 0-0 record

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?


13 comments on “It’s Opening Day, when everyone’s stadium dreams start with a 0-0 record

  1. There’s actually no such thing as the St. Petersburg Tribune. It’s the Tampa Tribune’s effort to confuse Pinellas County residents in the wake of the St. Pete Times re-branding itself the Tampa Bay Times. So the Trib publishes a Pinellas-only edition that they label with the St. Petersburg name.

    It’s all very petty and stupid, really, but that’s how the media here behave.

  2. “The Marlins also managed to upend the traditional politics of baseball: Even with debates over tax-funded stadiums common, mayors across the country tend to make the local ballpark a regular stop on their glad-handling circuits.”

    Given the circumstances around the Marlins fiasco, it would have been more politically damaging had Regalado NOT upended that tradition.

  3. @Spencer:
    The paper I pick up from the driveway every morning says ‘The St. Petersburg Tribune’. As a fair witness, I would have to say that the paper I read looks like it exists, therefore it is ‘The St. Petersburg Tribune. (For the record: I’m not confused.)

  4. Are there no plumbers in the bay area that the A’s can in? What is going on over there that the bathrooms, which spend decades not flooding are now so problematic?

    are they paying someone to shove toilet paper down all the toilets? Has the water level risen as a result of global warming? has Mount Davis subsided and severed many water lines? What?

  5. David, this has been going on for far more than the last two years. The team was just more willing to keep quiet about it until recently.

    Also regarding your other article about the A’s situation, why do you keep bringing up development rights Neil? Wolff is getting none in San Jose or Oakland’s preferred location as of yet.

  6. Did ancillary development get dropped in the San Jose plan, Dan? If so, my bad — it’s been so many years since we were actually talking about what Wolff wanted to do in San Jose rather than whether he’d get to do it that some of the details have gotten a bit foggy to me.

  7. Must’a been fun watching yet another Me(t)ss meltdown while being cold wind-whipped as Fred-o, Jeff-ie and Krazy-Katz count up the take in their warm offices.
    Neil, hopefully you didn’t lay out one penny for this mess.

  8. Yeah ancillary development was actually never part of the A’s plans in San Jose. That was the original plan for the Earthquakes, and still is to a lesser extent through Wolff’s old partner Storm, but the A’s haven’t had an ancillary portion to their plan since Fremont. All Wolff is purchasing is the land at Diridon the ballpark would sit on at a modest discount.

  9. I stand corrected, then. I was probably misremembering because of Wolff’s insistence that any East Bay plan come with extra land that he could develop.

  10. Though re-reading, I didn’t actually say anything about Wolff getting development rights in San Jose. Just that he wouldn’t get any with Coliseum City, which could be a stumbling block there given his past statements.

  11. Supposedly the first Oakland Coliseum plumbing issue happened in 1975, when the stadium was less than a decade old. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_23478623/oakland-owner-lew-wolff-says-coliseum-sewage-mess

  12. http://www.sfgate.com/athletics/ostler/article/A-s-rise-above-competition-ballpark-4867487.php
    A clubhouse insider told me that the first plumbing backup incident was in 1973 or ’74, at a concert. After that, an alarm system was installed on the pump to alert stadium workers to impending disaster.

    When the Coliseum was expanded for the Raiders, the contractor removed the pump’s alarm system. Now every plumbing regurgitation comes as a Titanic-type surprise.

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