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Tampa is great, wish you were here

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 20, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This sign makes me laugh every time I drive by, so I finally stopped to take a photo. I swear, I only went in to talk about baseball.

 
 

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88 Responses to “Tampa is great, wish you were here”

  1. teddy March 20th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    pete i ashamed for you jk, however i go in too

  2. bodhisattva March 20th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    They understand their target market.

  3. AMS223 March 20th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    mons is much much better!! Unless you fork over 500+ to get a private room at odyssey of course. The DJ at odyssey is from NY and a big Jets fan!! Go to Mons and ask for michelle though.

    And my knowledge of Tampa strip clubs is too strong unfortunately.

  4. Joba the Great March 20th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    What a country! USA, USA!

  5. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story March 20th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Have you no shame?

  6. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 20th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    More proof that Pete will post anything to get blog hits. :P

  7. Joba the Great March 20th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Yes, shame, much shame. Very ashamed. Now, when does Brandi take the stage again?

  8. Uncle "extra arm" Ellsworth March 20th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Was Alex in there?

  9. cgar March 20th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    mons is heaven

  10. AMS223 March 20th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    no arod is busy working out his hip: http://www.thehollywoodgossip......rodriguez/

  11. Peter Abraham March 20th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I certainly mean no offense to any of the women who post here. But you have to admit “welcome baseball fans” is pretty funny for a strip club sign.

  12. Doreen March 20th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Pete -

    Yes. Mom. Apple pie. Baseball. And strip clubs. You really have to laugh at it. :)

  13. Joba the Great March 20th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Does Derek’s new compound abut that property? And yes, I typed this just so I could use the word “abut.”

  14. Joey H March 20th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Wow. How young stupid and naive of me, I thought Pete was an ass man all this time lol

  15. UNCLE BOB March 20th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    LONG LIVE STRIP CLUBS!

  16. DT March 20th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Good job Pete –

    Now LOHUD will be checking your expense reports with a fine tooth comb.

    Next time use photo shop.

    RUDE GIRLS – welcome baseball fans.
    Voted best rude club 5 years in a row.
    Live rude girls.

  17. AICROUSH March 20th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Pete,

    Did you happen to sneak in a few pics with the iphone while you were inside? :)

  18. Patrick Bateman March 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Now I see why Peter wrote that he follows A-Rod closely in that discussion yesterday.

    They are both aficionados of the “table dance”.

  19. pat March 20th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    A Subway sandwich from the gas station sounds more hygienic than that place looks from the sign.

    The American Flag on top is a nice touch though.

  20. David (In Seattle) March 20th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    “I certainly mean no offense to any of the women who post here. But you have to admit “welcome baseball fans” is pretty funny for a strip club sign.”

    I’m sure they have great appreciation for good wood bats and “baseballs” :-)

    Ok, sorry, the innuendo will come to an end now

  21. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 20th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    “I certainly mean no offense to any of the women who post here. But you have to admit “welcome baseball fans” is pretty funny for a strip club sign.”

    No offense taken. I mean, you didn’t make the sign, did you? Oh, crap! Pete has been passing himself off as a journalist when in fact, he’s baseball’s answer to Hugh Hefner.

    :P

  22. Betsy March 20th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Gives new meaning to the term “Baseball Annies”……

    By “Nude Girls Welcome Baseball fans”, is the sign saying that nude girls are just waiting inside to welcome baseball fans ? If so, talk about hospitality, lol.

    I’m not offended, Pete – I watch South Park, so how prudish can I be?

  23. pat March 20th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    “Actually, he’s ahead of schedule,” Phillipon said on Wednesday. “He’s a very disciplined athlete, very easy to work with. So far, we don’t have any curveballs.”

    Phillipon said that within a half-hour of the surgery, which was performed on March 9, Rodriguez was riding a stationary bike, the normal procedure for Phillipon’s patients in order to reinstall confidence and muscle memory.

    For now, Rodriguez is limited to pool work and motion exercises that include hip rotations that simulate a swing. The rehabilitation is conducted in a separate part of the clinic.

    “He already has better range of motion than he had before,” Phillipon said.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03.....ref=sports

  24. Eric March 20th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Pete, two words. Mons Venus.

    Do it.

  25. Doreen March 20th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    pat -

    That’s very encouraging. Thanks for the link.

  26. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 20th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    This is one of those should I or shouldn’t I moments? I know that’s supposed to be funny, and I understand with Pete’s offbeat humor that he finds it to be funny for the reason he said. That said, there are certain things in life about which I have no sense of humor and in which I find no humor, things with which the disdain is so deep that I can’ get past the thought of them to find humor in anything surrounding them. I think you all know that I really like to laugh, and I know I have a pretty darned good sense of humor.

    But two things that I don’t find funny at all are strip clubs and suggestions that Igawa should leave the Yankees, and not necessarily in that order. (hee hee)

    I don’t want to get into an entire sociological discussion about the topic of strip clubs – okay, actually I’d love to – but I’ll say that I would think one would need to be deloused if they went into one of those places. Those places really put the quest for equality of the genders back in the dark ages. It bothers me that women allow themselves to be objectified that way, no matter what the reason, and it bothers me to think that some men actually enjoy watching total strangers bump and grind and take their clothes off. It all just strikes me as so seedy.

    And yes I feel the same way about male strip clubs. Objectification of either gender isn’t really a cool thing.

    JMO.

  27. Christina March 20th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Don’t encourage this, folks.

  28. O'Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), 'Watching AL be the 2nd coming of Rickey Henderson' March 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Nets + a good coach = Eastern Conference Champs

  29. EastSide March 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Pete is awesome

    And not surprising that A-Rod is having a wild time out in Colorado. Did people really think he was going to lock himself in a cabin in the mountains for 1 month?

  30. rconn23 March 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    The sign is funny. It just is. Get a sense of humor, folks. Life is too short.

    I enjoyed it Pete, and remember what they say about the champagne room.

  31. Eric March 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Trisha, first lighten up a bit. Then find another blog to post your thoughts and opinions.

  32. Betsy March 20th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Pat, thanks! Imagine a healthier A-Rod -hmm. Most sportswriters think he’ll come back and be a shell of himself; what will they do when he comes back in even better form now that his hip won’t be bothering him?

  33. Uncle "extra arm" Ellsworth March 20th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    How can that sign possibly be more offensive than the Lace and Stilletto ads?

  34. youk March 20th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    “and it bothers me to think that some men actually enjoy watching total strangers bump and grind and take their clothes off. It all just strikes me as so seedy.”

    Good ole seedy Arod! :)

  35. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 20th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Now that you mention it Uncle. I was going to say something about those ads also but then figured that a newspaper figures that revenue is revenue. Also, maybe the placement of the ads is only in the sports blog and they are thinking that it’s a guy thing. I don’t know. But I definitely don’t think it adds any class to a newspaper to have that kind of advertisement.

  36. O'Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), 'Watching AL be the 2nd coming of Rickey Henderson' March 20th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I can post some more offensive ones than that one, it’s not against board rules since they are very parody-ish

  37. James March 20th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    I’ve grown to like A-Rod… he is such a clown that he has become a novelty act of sorts.

    It’s fun tracking his off-the-field life… you just never know what will happen next

  38. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 20th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I knew I was taking a risk by posting what I did but hey that’s what a forum is for – to share opinions. I shared mine. You don’t have to like it or agree with it.

  39. Rob L. March 20th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I’ve been there Pete but just because someone told me the beer was really cold.

  40. O'Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), 'Watching AL be the 2nd coming of Rickey Henderson' March 20th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Good for you James, he’s like Rickey Henderson only w/o the the jack… attitude.

    CDR has arrived.

  41. Eric March 20th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    You’re right Trisha, that was harsh, sorry. Pete’s post was funny because there are as many, if not more strip clubs in Tampa as there are Starbucks in Manhattan.

  42. Christina March 20th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Where do the female baseball fans find the nude boys?

  43. Andy Hawkin's Ghost March 20th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Pete,

    Trust me, go in there. You tell Little Rico Jr. at the door that “Andy Hawkins” likes “to hang his curve ball in the zone.” Don’t ask questions. You’ll be led to a windowless room with one chair. Don’t feel alarmed. A man in a purple bow tie will enter and ask you,”what will you have?” Just say “turnips.”

    You’ll love me forever.

    Andy

  44. Uncle "extra arm" Ellsworth March 20th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Quick point,
    I was going to send my neice here to check out the blog but decided not to. The ads being one reason.
    Not really a complaint – just saying.

  45. O'Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), 'Watching AL be the 2nd coming of Rickey Henderson' March 20th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    ‘Where do the female baseball fans find the nude boys?’

    Just ask at the games after 7th inning stretches.

  46. Rob L. March 20th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Christina, if you are looking for nude boys check the back of the church. cue the rim-shot

  47. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 20th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Eric, it’s okay. I know that Pete wasn’t coming from a grotty place with that stuff. I just felt the need to make a statement about the subject matter I guess.

    It’s cool.

  48. We Miss Paulie March 20th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth,

    You mean the NCAA bracket ads?

    I found them very offensive as well.

    :)

  49. GreenBeret7 March 20th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    If anybody wants to see a sad sight, the Dodgers/KC game just showed Muhammed A;i trying to eat ice cream. It was torture to see that, having his wife and son making sure he stayed clean.

  50. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 20th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    GB, it would break my heart to watch that.

  51. O'Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), 'Watching AL be the 2nd coming of Rickey Henderson' March 20th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Leave the great one alone GB7

  52. GreenBeret7 March 20th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I wasn’t especially fond of Ali’e politics/religion, but, you can’t question the talent, charisma and pure showmanship after years of a very dirty game. He did have a sense of humor, even without his shill, Howard Cosell.

  53. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother March 20th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Are you going to lose one of your sponsors for advertising a competitor on your blog Pete?
    Lace and Stiletto may need to take action.

    No, upon further thought I don’t think territorial rights have been violated here.
    Carry on, carry on.

    Maybe a few camera shots from the inside?????

  54. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 20th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    classy place, that Tampa Florida is.

    for the life of me, don’t really understand why +++ New Yorkers leave the tri-state area, to live in Florida. And if cost of living is the issue, would have to pick Syracuse.

  55. Evan March 20th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    I agree with cgar. Mon’s is the place to go in Tampa!

  56. pat March 20th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Davey Johnson says Oswalt gets the ball over Peavy Sunday night for Team USA.

  57. Joe from Long Island March 20th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    A picture is worth a thousand words.

  58. GreenBeret7 March 20th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    It’s about 7 nonths to early to plan on adding a new pitcher, but, with John Lackey being unhappy with the offers and lack of progress in a contract extension with the Angels for more than Burnett’s deal, should the Yanks get involved in a deal or FA offer?

  59. Emmy d. March 20th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    There are more strip clubs in Tampa than there are bars…and thats a true statement.

  60. GreenBeret7 March 20th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    It’s about 7 ****months***

  61. Bronx Jeers March 20th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    “classy place, that Tampa Florida is.

    for the life of me, don’t really understand why +++ New Yorkers leave the tri-state area, to live in Florida. And if cost of living is the issue, would have to pick Syracuse.”

    Did you happen to catch the snow shower this morning in NY?

    I’ve never been to Syracuse and I’m sure it’s nice but generally people don’t move to colder climates.

  62. Joe from Long Island March 20th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Great thought, GB, but the rotation already seems pretty well stocked at this time, so a trade seems unlikely. And as for next year, well, Phil – if he continues along his projected path – is a heck of a lot cheaper, so why would Cash and the Yanks pay a zillion times more.

    I am the first to acknowledge that major injuries and other things can happen. But, until and unless that happens, there are only so many openings in a rotation. And I don’t want to hear about Joba to the ‘pen. (Hey, why not bring in Lackey to be the 8th inning guy?)

  63. James March 20th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Outside of South Beach and Disney World… I see no reason to visit Florida.

    If you’re going to leave the Northeast… atleast to go Arizona.

  64. Montclair March 20th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Tampa has to be one of the trashiest cities in the world from everything I hear.

    I have to plan a trip down there soon, seems like a fun place.

  65. GreenBeret7 March 20th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Joe from Long Island
    March 20th, 2009 at 11:05 pm
    Great thought, GB, but the rotation already seems pretty well stocked at this time, so a trade seems unlikely. And as for next year, well, Phil – if he continues along his projected path – is a heck of a lot cheaper, so why would Cash and the Yanks pay a zillion times more.

    ————————————————————

    I thought that I’d throw that out there since the board was either dead or wrapped up in strip club philosophy. I’m sure that it will be a topic of discussion later. Personally, I think if it gets that far, the Dodgers and san Francisco will be all over that…..possibly the Red Sox or Cubs.

  66. X-Mann March 20th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Downtown Cancun (far away from the confinements of the all-inclusive resorts) is the best place on earth.

  67. PJH34 March 20th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    “It bothers me that women allow themselves to be objectified that way, no matter what the reason, and it bothers me to think that some men actually enjoy watching total strangers bump and grind and take their clothes off.”

    so who is to blame?

    you can’t be mad at people for doing a)what they enjoy and b)what makes them money, without criticizing human nature (sex, greed, etc) altogether. the same reason that drives some women to strip and perhaps men to go to these places can be attributed to practically anything people do.

    nobody forces men to go there. nobody forces women to strip. no problem with me.

  68. Boston Dave March 20th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    capitalism at its finest :)

  69. MJL March 20th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Did anyone receive emails that they actually won the lottery for tickets? So far I’ve only heard of losing emails.

  70. Bronx Jeers March 20th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Lackey next season?

    Pettite retires, Joba, AJ, CC & Wang all finish great with 17-20 wins and Hughes steps up and fills in perfectly. No need for any more expensive starters for years to come.

    At least that’s the way it works out in The Perfect Yankee Movie that plays in my head.

    Oh and all this happens after they win # 27. Over the Mets. After sweeping Boston. Mariano is MVP.

  71. Boston Dave March 20th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    i can’t imagine the Angels would let Lackey walk but who knows.

    He’d make at least 5/75 in free agency and probably more.

  72. K-Zone March 20th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Is it true that Tampa has more strip clubs than it does people?

  73. GreenBeret7 March 20th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I’m guessing that Lackey’s looking north of 5 years and 90 mil.

  74. tom March 20th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Maybe it’s just me, but I think Lackey is pretty overrated.

  75. GreenBeret7 March 20th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Not sure he’s over rated. I’d have enjoyed him playing for the Yanks since 2004. What a difference he’d have made.

  76. Boston Dave March 20th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    GB,

    you’re probably right… 5/90 especially since he’d be the prize of the free agent pitching market.

    I don’t think he’s overrated either. He may not be a bargain at 5/90 but the guy can pitch.

  77. ANSKY March 20th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Well that gets me ta thinking … wouldn’t it also be reasonable to expect the sign outside Yankee Stadium to say “Baseball Fans Welcome Nude Girls” once in a while?

    C’mon now … it makes perfect sense, duddnit?

  78. 24 Score March 20th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Burnett and Lackey both have an identical career ERA of 3.81

    Both have roughly the same amount of career wins (91 for Lack, 87 for Burrnett)

    Lackey is 1 yr younger than AJ and has been much more durable.

    The Angels should give Lackey 5/$91 (Carlos Zambrano money) and call it a day.

  79. ANSKY March 20th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Or the sign outside Jeter’s house to say “Baseball Player Welcomes … ” oh never mind.

  80. GreenBeret7 March 21st, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Lackey may have the Angels over a barrel right now, though. With Santana maybe having surgery (elbow medial collateral ligament sprain) and Escabar having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder (not expected back before June), LA can’t afford to lose Lackey, too.

  81. Art Vandelay March 21st, 2009 at 12:17 am

    The Tampa Bay Area is boring and kind of ghetto. Downtown Tampa is nice but much of the area is a collection of strip clubs, Whataburgers, and just general rundowniness. I would like to go to Yankees spring training but that just means I would have to go to Tampa again.

    And someone posted this earlier but I agree that the New York fetish for Florida is bizarre. Hurricanes, excess humidity, bugs. Arizona is a lot better. Too bad Arizona is too far for the Yankees to do spring training.

  82. Boston Dave March 21st, 2009 at 12:27 am

    The Angels are going to need to reload a bit next season with one of the weaker free agent classes in a while.

    Free agent Angels next offseason:

    Lacky
    Vlad Guerrero
    Figgins
    Abreu

    A large % of their roster includes arbitration eligible guys – I’m not sure if any of them will be FA as well.

    The Angels reign might be coming to an end very soon.

  83. islesfan March 21st, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Mons is great but they don’t have a DJ, only a jukebox that the girls have to keep feeding with dollars that they get on stage. Weird.

    Pete, I’ll be in Orlando next week if you want to meet up at Mons. Any chance you can get a couple spare tickets to the game against the Braves at Disney? I’ll buy them from you.

    If you happen to stop by Mons, say hi to Tasha for me. There’s nothing that you can’t get on Dale Mabry Blvd. SuperBowl – check. NY Yankees – check. Strippers – check and then some.

  84. sewinggirl March 21st, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Thanks Trish for having the guts to post your opinions – I’m with you!

  85. NYYanksFan March 21st, 2009 at 10:04 am

    “Rodriguez lifted his hands in feigned frustration and walked briskly by.”

    The frustration of the media lying in wait for you inside a restaurant may not be “feigned”.

  86. Travis March 21st, 2009 at 11:00 am

    The Andy Hawkins post was hilarious.

  87. Sean Serritella March 21st, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I can’t believe it Pete! You get to go every where in Florida!

  88. Magdalen Goh January 7th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Sch


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