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It’s Groundhog Day in Florida

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 21, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

So, what is covering sping training like? Glad you asked.

Spring training is like being sent to live on a remote island in the Pacific with baseball fields, chain restaurants and strip clubs.

On any given day, I have no idea what day it is. None whatsoever. I tried calling my sister at work one day and wondered why she didn’t pick up until I realized it was Sunday.

Other than CNN in the morning, I have not watched any television since I got here. I listen to music constantly, however. Fake It by Seether is my new favorite song.

I’m loving XM Radio to the point of wanting to get it when I get back home. The POTUS station is great, even if the hosts are a little low-rent. I enjoy hearing the speeches.

(I’m not much for politics, but I love presidential races. Reminds me of sports. I even read the blog by John McCain’s daughter.)

The first few weeks of spring training are all about routine. Get up at 7, go to the park, go to the clubhouse, back to the press box, down to the fields, get some lunch, interview Girardi, write your stories, get some dinner, go to sleep. Lather, rinse, repeat. Along the way, you make a lot of phone calls and send text messages to agents, execs, family members, friends, etc. It’s a lot more interesting when the games start.

The good thing is that the guys on the beat are fun to hang out with. We’d cut each other’s throat for a story, but we’re friendly about it. I’ve been on beats when you wonder if a fight is going to break out half the time. There were a few years on UConn where it was the Bloods vs. the Crips.

There is a lot of busting chops. And after a few days with the players, you start swearing like Chris Rock on HBO. I spent the winter babysitting my niece and playing trains with my nephew and went weeks without cursing. Now I’m like, “Pass the bleeping mustard.”

All in all, it’s a lot of work with no time off but generally fun. The weather is good and the players are generally tolerant of us. Some of them are downright friendly. Joe Girardi has been a prince. It’s all good.

We’re all on the island and nobody is getting off until March 30. Might as well have fun.

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142 Responses to “It’s Groundhog Day in Florida”

  1. Frankie Yankee February 21st, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Once again, great insight Pete. As a UConn alum and CT resident I can see how UConn basketball can get out of control. How bout those Huskies though, not bad for such a young group.

  2. Joe from Long Island February 21st, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Pete, that is one heck of a description. It reminds me of what Hunter Thompson once wrote about writing about the political process in “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail”.

  3. Frankie Yankee February 21st, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Also, nice job getting in two questions on the Pettitte conference the other day. It seems as though the team seems to enjoy having you around.

  4. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Are you trying to make me feel miserable?

    And before you go on about how I’m in school, let me point you to http://www.weather.com, and then to the fact that I have ten pages to finish by tomorrow and I’m on number four.

  5. Mike NYY- The Big Three- Saved February 21st, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Awww, poor Pete has to work ;) :D

  6. Rocco February 21st, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Speaking of islands, new episode of lost tonight!!!

  7. Y's Guy February 21st, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    pete, you might want to wait on the xm as the justice dept and fcc are just about to rule on the proposed merger. you wont be able to get all the stations of the combined xm/sirius on either of thier current recievers.
    ya gotta check out bob dylan’s show tho

  8. Matt (In Toronto) February 21st, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    You have an awesome job, Pete.

  9. Horace Clarke February 21st, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Best line…”Lather, Rinse, Repeat”

  10. UtilityMan February 21st, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    There has always been something special to me about Spring Training.March has always been my favorite month.
    I cant wait to get down there next Friday,sit in my seat next to the bullpen,and listen to sound of a baseball hitting Posadas’ leather mit.

  11. babybombertrilogy February 21st, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    strip clubs.. ain’t nothin wrong with that!!!!!
    strippers are people too!!!

  12. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    UtilityMan: Is UtilityChild coming with yah? I mean, you gotta get them young!

  13. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Pete that is what it is like having a real job. Except it is up a 6am, work, home 6:30 eat dinner, go out some nights, than bed than repeat. Your job sounds a lot more fun than mine.

  14. Drew February 21st, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I echo Rebecca’s thoughts. Got a warmer storm coming and you’re at spring training. Me want to cry.

  15. kd February 21st, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I think we can officially refer to this blog as one written by the Legendary Peter Abraham. When is he Hall of Fame eligible?

  16. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Okay so who got tickets to the last game of the season. I want to go but I couldn’t get :cry: so if anyone has an extra please keep me in mind. pretty please!!

  17. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Drew you have a warmer storm coming?

    We have a winter storm coming here. :cry: it will be hell getting to work tomorrow, than I have to come home and clean the driveway since I’m headed to the stadium Saturday to take a tour. woohoo.

  18. kasey February 21st, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    very cool post, pete. thanks for the slice of life.

  19. UtilityMan February 21st, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Rebecca

    No UtilityBaby is staying home.Still a little early.
    Maybe the second trip…March 15Th.

  20. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I am jealous Utility!! take lots of pictures and please post them.

  21. Hooog February 21st, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Great description of your days Pete. POTUS 08 is great. Everyone I know with XM always mentions how much they enjoy that channel. I always find my way there when Steiner comes on XM 175 before Dibs and Kennedy.

  22. UtilityMan February 21st, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    I know that
    Jay Destro and
    yanksrule57

    will be at Spring Training this year,but is there anyone else going as well…if so when??

  23. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    pictures from today

    http://tinyurl.com/3aeyr4

  24. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    UtilityMan: Ah, okay!

  25. Lindsey February 21st, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Jennifer – I got mine at stubhub for the last 5 games of the season – they were pricey, but totally worth it! I’m in Canada, so I can’t even register for the premium ticket lottery password thing, I emailed the Yankees the day it came out asking if you really had to be a US resident – but no response. I found some really good tickets for those games and most were actually a decent price – I’m about 5 rows from the field behind the Yanks dugout on the 17th and they were only $400! Last game WAS the killer though, I opted for the slightly more expensive than the $200 bleacher seats and got some decent ones in Tier Reserved.

  26. Joba the Great February 21st, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Hey Pete, was Phil Chardis a Crip or a Blood?

  27. Lindsey February 21st, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    … that was in response for the ‘tickets to the last game’ post

  28. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    I love this picture of Phil

    http://www.gettyimages.com/Sea.....20yankees#

  29. Mark McCray February 21st, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Have all of you seen this picture of Josh Beckett? Lol. Wow.

    http://bronxstop.blogspot.com/.....bulge.html

    Pete. Thanks for all of the posts this Spring. You know we all appreciate it!!!

  30. Dan February 21st, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Hello Goodbye is a great song

  31. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks Lindsey, I hoping they held back some tickets. I’m headed to Toronto in July! I cannot wait!!

  32. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Err, here rather

    http://cache1.gettyimages.com/.....0B0D811297

  33. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    …Dude.

    http://cache2.gettyimages.com/.....D1E5A89175

    THAT is Brian Bruney. Whoa.

    Good vibes.

  34. mel February 21st, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Rebecca,

    Thanks for the link. Is this an old set of pix? There’s a picture of Carl Pavano in there.

    Add Henn to the Biggest Loser (of weight)list.

    That Krazy Kyle taking pix with glasses.

    Don’t those staring off into space photos creep you out? They used them on the mlb.com site all last year, and they were horrible.

    And did you notice that Phil always has his cap a little to the side?

  35. Andrea February 21st, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    The pictures of Brian Bruney boggle my mind. That’s nuts!

  36. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I thought it looked off to the side.

    I am so confused! Who is this Carl guy?

  37. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    mel–No, it was the link Jen just posted.

  38. mel February 21st, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Andrea,

    Bruney’s secret was no alchol for the past 2 months.

  39. UtilityMan February 21st, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Rebecca

    I too was surprised to see Brian Bruney when I was watching a video clip at YESNETWORK.com

    He seems to be very happy to put last yr behind him.Perhaps Joe G will use him differently.

  40. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Rebecca you beat to to posting the link of Phil’s site.

  41. mel February 21st, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    lol, Rebecca.

    I was kidding. Meaning, there must be some mistake, because Carl’s taking pictures but he’s not “on” the team.

  42. UtilityMan February 21st, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    There is a guy named Carl on the roster???

  43. Boston Dave February 21st, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Pete, SJ, or anyone who may know:

    Its a very good sign that the guys all seem to be in great shape already (Joba looks like he lost a bit)…

    but one guy I haven’t heard about yet is Albaladejo. I know he is a concern when it comes to his weight. Did he show up in shape?

  44. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    mel: I know :-D

    Jenn: Between last night and tonight I’m beginning to think I should see someone about my stalkerish tendencies.

    (the above is meant to be taken in jest. I do not condone stalking.)

  45. murphydog February 21st, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    “And did you notice that Phil always has his cap a little to the side?”

    Yeah, Phil’s a little hip-hop. Next up: breathing through his eyelids.

  46. UtilityMan February 21st, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Good Question Boston Dave

    I havent heard anything yet….and kinda forgot anout him.

  47. MrPappageorgio February 21st, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Pete,

    You need to get some thrash metal in your iPOD. Check out Machine Head’s latest release “The Blackening.” It’s the best metal release of this decade.

  48. Central CT Yankee February 21st, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    I will be at last regular season game at the stadium…how much you think my tix are worth?

  49. Central CT Yankee February 21st, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    MrPappageorgio are you from Yuma?

  50. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Central CT Yankee: How much do you want for it?

  51. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Mark Fiensand is on espn radio.

  52. Boston Dave February 21st, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Central CT

    bleachers are worth about $200/ea.

  53. Central CT Yankee February 21st, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    i have upper deck 4 rows deep behind yanks dugout

  54. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 21st, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    hope we can get some AJax pics tomorrow

  55. Andrea February 21st, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Central CT Yankee: I’ve heard people are selling bleacher seats for over $200 each. Crazy.

  56. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Mark is amazed that the story about what Alex said about Andy is such a big story in NY.

  57. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I think who ever they catch selling tickets to the last game should lose their plan. I want to go, but I won’t pay scalper prices.

  58. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I’d pay $200 for the bleacher seat if it’s section 39.

    Left Field bleachers? Nope.

  59. mel February 21st, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    jennifer,

    What? That he would want one of his daughters to marry Andy?

  60. Buddy Biancalana February 21st, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Mel-

    You catch that Celtics-Warriors game last night?

    Just curious, given where you live, when you want to go on a vacation where do you? Alaska?

  61. Central CT Yankee February 21st, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Jennifer

    that is exactly why i wont sell them…i don’t want to blow my plan for tix to opening day 2009.

  62. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Yep that comment. He didn’t say it right. What I believe he really meant to say was He would want his daughter to marry a guy like Andy. Alex’s problem is he tries to say funny things, or sound smart and it doesn’t come out right. Partially because the media is looking to pull apart every word he says, and part because I don’t believe he is the brightest bulb.

  63. Buddy Biancalana February 21st, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Central CT Yankee-

    Hopefully it will only be the last regular season game at the stadium & plenty more post season games to follow.

  64. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    look at this

    http://www.stubhub.com/new-yor....._id=512528

    4600 tickets for sale on stub hub. It makes me so mad! Last year I won tickets to a Met game, I got very little over face, because I didn’t feel right asking for more than that.

    I really hope the Yankees pull every one of those season ticket licenses!!

  65. Boston Dave February 21st, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    jennifer,

    agreed. stubhub sucks too.

  66. Ross (NYYStadiumInsider.com) February 21st, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I posted a link about upcoming Yankee ticket on sale important dates to remember, but it got deleted. Just trying to help you folks out – I have nothing to gain from any blog entries. NYY Stadium Insider is copletely ad-free and I get nothing from running the site. I am a season ticket holder trying to help REAL Yankee fans (they type who read THIS site) get tickets to the Yankee games. Please check out my latest blog post for important Yankee ticket on sale dates, etc. Hopefully Pete will understand that you can’t make a buck off of a blog without ads, so he will allow this post to stay and will allow people to check out my informative post.

    Thanks

  67. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    I get most of my tickets through stubhub.

  68. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks Ross, I take a look at it, you also just reminded me I need to pick games out and tell my friend which to get for me.

  69. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    It is going to be so hard to get tickets to games next year. :cry:

  70. pat February 21st, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Jennifer

    Thanks for the heads up. Good interview with Feinsand.

  71. FLM February 21st, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I paid over $700 for 4 tickets to the Yankee/Sox spring training game on St. Patty’s Day….$700….for spring training, my playoff tickets were cheaper last year…

  72. mel February 21st, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Buddy,

    Followed it online. Baron’s a beast. He did that game-winning shot against us earlier this season.

    Garnett can not possibly be the MVP. The Celtics went 7-2 without him and then 0-2 since his return.

    Did you catch THE game yesterday?

  73. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    My close friend and I are trying to get tickets to see Sox-Yanks on 12 April, which is my birthday.

    The game’s at FENWAY and we can’t find bleachers cheaper than $150 per so we’re hoping his dad comes through…

  74. Boston Dave February 21st, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    mel,

    I dont think the fact that the C’s are 0-2 since KG came back should matter all that much considering he isnt 100% and they were very tough road games but I agree he isn’t the MVP. Lebron should get it with Chris Paul, Kobe, and Deron Williams getting some votes. Cavs are 0-7 in games Lebron didnt play or played 20min or less.

  75. Buddy Biancalana February 21st, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    mel-

    I caught the end of the game, just in time. Are you afraid of facing the Warriors after their playoff run last season. I got tix against the Rockets in March.

  76. Boston Dave February 21st, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Warriors prob wont make the playoffs

  77. FLM February 21st, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Rebecca,
    Have you ever seen a game at Fenway? Very cool place, I was there once several years ago for Yankee/Sox…Clemens beat them in what was at the time supposed to be his final game there..

  78. Boston Dave February 21st, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I guess I should take that back. There is a chance they wont.

  79. Buddy Biancalana February 21st, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Boston Dave-

    18 games left on the Warriors schedule, plenty of time.

  80. mel February 21st, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Boston Dave,

    If Kobe carries the Lakers to the top of the Western Conference standings with a torn ligament in his shooting hand, then he deserves it. Even the hater pundits are saying it now. LeBron & Shaq are saying he’s the best.

    Buddy,

    I’m shaking in my boots. lol. I can’t believe how fragile the psyche of Dallas became after you guys shocked them in the first round.

  81. Buddy Biancalana February 21st, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    mel-

    What happened to the vacation question I posed to you, I was being serious.

  82. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    FLM: Nope! Never even seen Sox-Yanks in New York! However, my friend’s a big Red Sox fan and seeing as that game fits on my birthday, I can justify the expense of gas to drive from ‘Cuse to Boston and paying my end on the ticket, if it’s reasonable to my parents.

    I can actually count the number of Boston trips I’ve been on on one hand:

    Four to visit my brother when he was at Babson.
    One to visit my best friend at Welleslley two years ago (however you spell it)

  83. mel February 21st, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Buddy,

    Margaritaville. j/k. I don’t travel much.

  84. Buddy Biancalana February 21st, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    mel-

    Lol. I should have guessed you would answer like that.

  85. FLM February 21st, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Rebecca,
    as a baseball fan, it’s one of those must see places…even better when the yanks beat up on the redsox and all the Fenway faithful have to keep there mouths shut as you walk around in your yankee gear…I had tickets for a Jimmy Buffett concert outside of Boston and the Yanks were there the same weekend…cost me around $150/seat, but it had to be done

  86. giambi's sweat stain February 21st, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    jennifer, just be happy you’re not in my situation. i just got home from work (and i have a 15 minute commute). haven’t taken lunch (or been outside during the day) in months.

  87. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    FLM: Fenway and Wrigley are on the top of my to-see list. Wrigley will be a bit trickier though, because a) Chicago’s not quite driving distance, and b) I’m TERRIFIED of tornadoes.

  88. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    giambi’s sweat stain: Might I ask what you do?

  89. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 21st, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    :lol:

  90. Buddy Biancalana February 21st, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Wrigley Field is an absolute gem. Who cares about tornadoes, you could get hurt just walking across the street.

  91. Marc from Portland Mane February 21st, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Rebecca,

    Fenway is a great stadium to go to even if you hate the sox. I only go to games there when the Yankees are playing. My girlfriend is a sox fan and it makes it fun. She hasn’t been to a game yet that the sox have won and I’m still working on her to come over to my side, but living in sox country makes it a bit hard to do.
    Last game we went to was August 19, “06 I think and the Yanks killed them that weekend over 5 games. The place was loaded with Yankee fans probably 60-40 that day. My entire area behind homeplate was mostly Yankee fans.
    But anyway, it’s a great atmosphere and it’s fun to go to.

  92. Fernando Alejandro (Respect Jeter's Gangster) February 21st, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    I need to see at least one game in Fenway. My goal is to visit all 30 stadiums within my lifetime. I have Yankee stadium down so far.

  93. FLM February 21st, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Rebecca,
    I made it to Wrigley for a game over Labor Day Weekend, one of my best friends turned 30 and he’s a huge Cubs fan so we flew there from NJ for the weekend, very cool place as well, the pre and post game atmosphere was amazing….that being said, nothing compares to The Stadium…..period….though I might be a little biased

  94. Buddy Biancalana February 21st, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Marc-

    That five game sweep in Fenway was absolutely incredible.

  95. FLM February 21st, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    I’ve managed to see: Yankee Stadium, Fenway, Camden Yards, Wrigley, San Fran, San Diego ( cant keep up with the corporate names)…gonna take Legends Field off the list in a few weeks and I’m gonna try and get to Detroit this year..

  96. giambi's sweat stain February 21st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    finance. it’s actually pretty fun if you can deal with the hours

  97. Buddy Biancalana February 21st, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    FLM-

    I have been to all the ones you have been to plus Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Joe Robbie, Veterans, Shea, Dodger, Petco & the Murph.

  98. FLM February 21st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Buddy,
    good stuff, figure I should make it to Shea before they tear it down, leaning toward Billy Joel vs seeing the Mets, figure it will be more enjoyable.

  99. Marc from Portland Mane February 21st, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Buddy,

    You had to be there for that Boston massacre. It was great! We actually had our pics taken and are in Red Sox nation, lol.

  100. Marc from Portland Maine February 21st, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    I gotta look them up.

  101. Buddy Biancalana February 21st, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    I forgot Oakland, which is equally a dump like Shea is.

  102. Clare February 21st, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    I’ve been to YS, Shea, Camden, the Jake, San Diego, Dodger Stadium, Arizona’s Ballpark, Wrigley, Oakland, ATT (San Fran), Minute Maid, and the Rangers park in Arlington. This year I’m going to Fenway and Toronto (plus Camden and Minute Maid again).

    I was thinking of taking a trip in May too, which means either Minnesota or Detroit. Any suggestions? I’m thinking maybe I should wait til the new park opens in Minnesota, but I really don’t have too much interest in going to Detroit.

  103. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Hah! I’ve been to YS, Shea and….Olympic Park.

    So I’m used to YS and dumps.

  104. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 21st, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Oh, I’ve been to SkyDome (I still call it that) too, but I didn’t see a game so I keep forgetting it.

  105. Buddy Biancalana February 21st, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Impressive Clare, you got me beat. You didn’t get to the Astrodome, too bad.

  106. Clare February 21st, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Buddy,

    Forgot that one. I used to live next to the Astrodome, but I wasn’t into baseball at the time. I know I saw a college football game there, and the rodeo several times, but I don’t think I ever saw a baseball game – so I guess that doesn’t count.

  107. Buddy Biancalana February 21st, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    It counts, as long as you are in the stadium. The game in Atlanta I went to was rained out, they never even threw one pitch & I was just visiting, so no make up game for me.

  108. FLM February 21st, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Clare, I’d take Detroit over Minnesota, the dome would kill me and as much as I hate to admit it, Detroit’s got a pretty good team on paper

  109. FLM February 21st, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I guess I can add Philly’s new park to my list then, saw a Jimmy Buffett concert there

  110. Clare February 21st, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    FLM,

    Detroit has a new stadium too, don’t they? Ever been?

    I’ve been to Detroit, and it’s not one of my favorite places to visit, but you’re right about the dome.

  111. Andrea February 22nd, 2008 at 12:02 am

    I’ve only been to Yankee Stadium, Shea and Fenway. And some minor league places.

  112. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 22nd, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Between Detroit and Minnesota I’ll take whichever historically gets less tornadoes.

    I’m so serious about this. I have a phobia of tornadoes and thunderstorms.

  113. Clare February 22nd, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Are we counting spring training sites? I went to Legends, Brighthouse (Phillies) and the Tampa Bay field last year.

    I want to get to all the major league parks, but I have no desire to hit all the minor league or spring training parks. I was thinking about catching a Staten Island game this year though.

  114. Clare February 22nd, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Rebecca,

    Thunderstorms? Really? That’s got to be tough. I waited out a rain delay at the Rangers park last year that you would have hated. I think Peter posted pictures of it here. The people who worked there were amazingly friendly, even to people like me in Yankee gear.

  115. FLM February 22nd, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Clare,
    I havent been to Detroit yet, thinking about it for May as well. one of my friends is a tiger’s fan so I’m gonna bug him to make a trip. He’s coming with me to Tampa 3/15-3/17 and we’re going to Yanks/Tigers in Lakeland. Dont think I can convince his wife to let him go again in May, we’ll see

  116. Buddy Biancalana February 22nd, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Rebecca-

    Move to California, very very rarely do we have thunderstorms or tornadoes if ever. Do earthquakes scare you? We have plenty of those.

  117. Clare February 22nd, 2008 at 12:18 am

    FLM,

    That sounds like fun. I don’t know if you were here when everyone and his uncle recommended Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa, but if you’re planning on going make your reservations now. I tried to get reservations for 3/1 today and they told me the earliest they could seat me was 10 pm. Little late for dinner even for New Yorkers.

  118. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 22nd, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Clare–Ever since my 5th grade teacher told me tornadoes sounded like freight trains (there are train tracks down the street from me, used mostly for freight trains now)

    Buddy–Earthquakes don’t bother me, but if I was to move anywhere that wasn’t New York or North Jersey, it’d be somewhere in the UK. Which, coincidentally, gets a higher proportion of ‘nadoes than the US, but for some reason thunderstorms don’t scare me over there.

  119. FLM February 22nd, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Clare,
    thanks for the heads up, I was here when that was discussed, but I hadnt thought that far in advance yet. I’m headed down there with a Tigers fan and a Sox fan and we’ve got Yanks/Tigers, Yanks/Tribe, and Yanks/Sox over the 3 days. Tickets cost more than my flight and hotel, but I’ve never been to ST before so I’ll just work some extra overtime at work!

  120. Clare February 22nd, 2008 at 12:33 am

    FLM,

    You will have a blast. Last year was my first spring training trip and it was so worth it.

    Glad you get overtime. I just utilize deficit spending to feed my Yankees addiction. :)

    And I don’t want to restart the ARod fights, but since I do so much media bashing, I wanted to note an ARod story that I kindof liked. Ken Davidoff sounds pretty affectionate here towards ARod (even though he fails to acknowledge the media’s part in the ARod issues – and really, how can you fault ARod for his Jeter MVP prediction? – no one gave Sheffield a hard time last year for his prediction about ARod).
    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....413.column

  121. FLM February 22nd, 2008 at 12:47 am

    goodnight all, gotta be up early for work, go yanks!

  122. RVA Yanks February 22nd, 2008 at 2:23 am

    I swear every time Mussina gets a photo opportunity he finds a way to either look incredibly awkward or a tad creepy. He has a variant of a smile where his mouth is half open and the corner cocked back while the other in its natural position. I still like you though Mike, you have the best nickname with the added bonus of it sounding like people booing you when you do well. I love those non-baseball fan what-the-crap looks they give when they see it for the first time.

  123. Doreen February 22nd, 2008 at 6:58 am

    Rebecca,

    If you go to Chicago, make sure you go after mid-May. I say that because part of the charm of Wrigley field is the ivy-covered outfield walls. We lived outside Chitown for 2 years and made it a point to go to Wrigley, of course. But it was a late April game, very chilly in the shade. We were generally not impressed, since the stadium was, well, dirty, and the people not so nice (which is odd for the midwest!). But the biggest disappointment of all was that the ivy hadn’t grown in yet, so the outfield walls were covered in, basically, twigs. About the only thing that was interesting there was the scoreboard and the seating set up on the homes across the street.

    We also went to the White Sox stadium and while it is lacking in old-time charm and character, we liked it better. Not as intimate as Wrigley, and certainly not as crowded, but it worked for us. Our girls were much younger at the time, and my younger daughter needed, shall we say, extra amusement. So, being able to walk around the entire park, with foods and shops and whatnot, while still being able to see the game was a plus. But I think my daughter’s favorite thing at the White Sox stadium was hearing the announcer call out “Mag-gli-o Or-don-yez!” It really cracked her up. Of course, now we’d have to got to Detroit for that! :lol:

    Be forewarned that there is no parking at Wrigley Field. We parked at a McDonald’s lot across the street (which McDonald’s, I believe, is in that AWFUL “I’m into nuggets y’all” commercial), and paid a king’s ransom to do so. The cars are just crammed in, so getting out’s no picnic, either!

  124. Don Vito February 22nd, 2008 at 7:28 am

    ” Lather, rinse, repeat “…….classic,,,great post, Pete !

  125. Pocono Chris February 22nd, 2008 at 7:58 am

    Sirius is way better than XM

  126. DMan February 22nd, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Hmm.. Sounds more like Fear and Loathing in (Tampa) Las Vegas rather than Groundhogs Day, Pete.

  127. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 22nd, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Just got into work. UGH!! I had about 4-5 inches of snow on my car, it is still supposed to snow! I wish I was in FLA right now!! :cry:

  128. Drew February 22nd, 2008 at 8:21 am

    “jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 21st, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Drew you have a warmer storm coming?

    We have a winter storm coming here. :cry: it will be hell getting to work tomorrow, than I have to come home and clean the driveway since I’m headed to the stadium Saturday to take a tour. woohoo.”

    LOL, I shouldn’t be allowed to post when I’m tired. It is very much a Winter storm front. Already dropped 3-4 inches and still snowing hard.

  129. Y's Guy February 22nd, 2008 at 8:37 am

    stadiums iv been to:
    ys,shea,fens,citizensbank, opcy, pro-player,pnc,jake,busch(old), kauffman, coors,dodgers, big a, san fran, oakland colesium,

    now defunct: olypmic, the vet, cleaveland memorial, county stadium (milwaukee) , rfk,

    the defunct list keeps getting bigger, but i push on, i am considering a road-trip to cincinati,detroit and toronto this season

  130. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 22nd, 2008 at 8:41 am

    If the Phillies want to brawl, Pedro Martinez says the Mets will put up their dukes.
    http://www.nypost.com/seven/02....._98742.htm

    Funny thats not what he did when he played for the soxs, he started it than ran behind the biggest guy.

  131. Y's Guy February 22nd, 2008 at 8:41 am

    from that list my faves: old stadiums – fenway
    new stadiums- pnc

  132. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 22nd, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I’ve been to
    Yankee Stadium (of course), Shea (dump), Camden (beautiful park), Fenway, Wrigley.

    I am going to Roger’s Centre, or Sky Dome (not sure what they call it).

  133. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 22nd, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Not YS? :(

  134. Southron February 22nd, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Gee, Peter, outside of no mention of running all the time, your story sounds much like being a members of a Marine Corps line company.

    Southron

  135. Y's Guy February 22nd, 2008 at 8:50 am

    if i was going to put ys as one of my fave’s id have to put the pre-renovation YS as my favoirte on the defunct list. it never quite felt the same afterwards.

    re pedro- he’s probably planning his sucker/throwdown of jimy williams now, he’s about zim’s age.

  136. rbj February 22nd, 2008 at 9:13 am

    “Spring training is like being sent to live on a remote island in the Pacific with baseball fields, chain restaurants and strip clubs.”

    And you get paid for it. It’s snowing here in Toledo.

  137. Southron February 22nd, 2008 at 9:22 am

    to jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge: My hobby is attending at least one game in every ball park in the majors; and, to date, I’ve been to then all. (Note: I may be one of the few people left who has been to World Series games in Ebbetts Field, the Polo Grounds and old Yankee Stadium; that is, before it was remodeled. And if God is willing and the Creek don’t rise, sometime in the near future, my wife and I will attend a game in the new Yankee Stadium.) So, having established my credentials (so to speak): if you can so manage it (it’s a tough ticket any time of the year), I suggest you go to see the SF Giants play a home game. As I say, I’ve seen a lot of ball parks in my day, but I’m absolutely sure that this venue is the way ballparks are put together in baseball paradise.

    Southron

    P.S. On the other hand, baseball hell is a home game at the Oakland Coliseum on a windy and cold night when beer is being sold at half-price.

    Oh, and as for our beloved Yankee Stadium, I say that it is to baseball what Gettysburg is to American history. My wife and I have tickets in June so we can see the old girl off one last time.

  138. Y's Guy February 22nd, 2008 at 9:50 am

    i hope to get to all of them, iv got some time left. i liked pnc better than att (at the time) but only slightly.

    i left jack murphy stadium off my defunct list

  139. Lil Jimmy Norden February 22nd, 2008 at 9:55 am

    hey pete did u get a chance to check out xm 202?

  140. Y's Guy February 22nd, 2008 at 10:06 am

    i have to say all of my worst baseball game nightmares occured at shea stadium which is also horrible in the upper deck on a windy spring night (seems like the boy scouts games were always in april).

  141. Rockin' Rich February 22nd, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Pocono Chris: Sirius has Stern. That’s about the only advantage. XM has every MLB game.

    If/when the merger goes through, it won’t matter.

    But I doubt that you’ve actually compared the two, anyway.

  142. Rockin' Rich February 22nd, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Not counting spring training and minors: THE Stadium, Polo Grounds, Dodgers, Comiskey (old and new), Wrigley, Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphins, Oakland.

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