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Wednesday, June 15, 2005


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Well, I always hated the old Stadium skyline anyway. How's the view in the opposite direction? Any better? Or is still ... you know ... the Bronx?

Also lost in all the hoopla is the fact that the new stadium will result in a reduction of luxury tax and revenue sharing payments. Combine this with more seats with higher prices, its a win-win situation for the Yankees.

That top pic looks like it could have been drawn by someone who got their artistic training at the place advertised in "Parade" magazine where they teach you to draw turtles. Hugh Ferriss it ain't!

Eerily reminiscent of the Staples Center. A tiny section of -- I was about to say "cheap seats," but they are cheap in name only -- perched at nosebleed altitude above a huge (and hugely expensive) club seat section and a grotesque array of luxury boxes. The only thing that's missing is Jack Nicholson and that ridiculuous canary yellow Yankees hat he wears whenever he's in the city shooting his latest mediocrity.

And will the Yankees sell the biggest con of all: seat licenses?

So, after this moronic project is completed there will be fewer Yankees tickets so it'll be harder to see a game, the tickets that are available will cost more due to the increased "premium seating" and decreased cheap-o's, and on top of all that the stadium will look the same? And all this for a mere three hundred million in taxpayer dollars (or maybe just a smidge more)...

Ya know, it might be slightly easier to swallow a project like this if one didn't think Steinbrenner would turn around and hand $25 Million to the next Steve Karsay that comes down the pike.

With apologies to David Letterman, I present the top 10 things that George Steinbrenner can buy with the revenue from his new stadium:

10. Increase A-Rod's salary because, well, he's earned it.

9. Pay John Henry to act like a monkey for a day simply for his amusement.

8. New undetectable 'roids for Giambi and Shef.

7. Electric scooters for Yankee outfielders to help increase range.

6. Enlarge left side of infield so A-Rod and Jeter can both play shorstop.

5. Upgrade Cashman's plane tickets to business class.

4. New hyperbaric chamber for Ruben Sierra

3. More lives for Mel Stottlemyer.

2. Johnny Damon wig for Bernie.

...and the number one thing Steinbrenner can buy with his newfound stadium revenue...

1. Lou Pinella!

Tank you, I vill be heer all zee veek. Don't forget to tip your waitress!

As the saying goes, this plus a buck will get you a whole cup of coffee.

Oh well, I will look at this in the same manner in which I look at the Celtics leaving the Garden, the Vikings going inside, and, if I can remember correctly, wasn't there a hockey team that used to be dubbed "The Yankees of Hockey", that is, until they changed arenas. Poor Canadians. Hopefully, Poor New York. It's all downhill from here.

Is that all you got SF? I was expecting a more architectural evaluation. No comment on the retro stylings? Or a facade that bears no relation whatever to the structure it encloses? What's a good modernist like yourself to think?

To Whom It May Concern, Aug. 10, 2005

I was enjoying the Redsox- Tampa game the night when Matt Clement got hit in the head with that line drive.
First lets all thank the good Lord he's alright!
As I kept watching the replay on the news all night, I started to think how often and vulnerable these pitchers are put in this position every game, I started to wonder if there was a way to protect them.
That's when I came up with the Pitcher/Protector!!
This invention is designed exclusively for MLB!!!!
I have patented this and would like MLB to take a seriously hard look as to avoid more Matt Clements tragedies.
** P.P. **
To give you a possible mental visual, the P.P. works like this.
A four to six foot slit is cut into the ground just in front of the pitchers mound. Sensors are also placed in the ground
a few feet in front of the cut slit.
These sensors are only activated after the ball leaves the bat and passes over them at about a chest high height, which would trigger a sheet of plexi glass (like the kind hockey rinks use) to spring up directly in front of the pitcher for lets say about an 8 second span, then retract automatically (rules would still apply as if ball had struck pitcher).
With the technology we have at our disposal these days this should be a very feasible safety devise, wouldn't you say?
Hope it catches MLB interest as I am going to submit this idea to ESPN and other related entities that might be able to help this become a reality in baseball!!!!!!

Thank you for your time!
Troy Williams 25
East Falmouth MA.

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