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Posted by: Human ( )
Date: April 01, 2021 12:00PM

30 Teams

15 Games

Opening Day:

https://youtu.be/GfeGAct-wN4

After a long, dreary Winter, Baseball begins.

I’ll be watching the Blue Jays attend the Boogie Down in the Bronx. On the bump, Cole for the Bombers versus former Dodger Hyun Jin Ryu for the Jays. About 4000 fans will be in the stands. A sliver of normalcy after a weird, fanless, shortened 2020 season.

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Posted by: Lethbridge Reprobate ( )
Date: April 01, 2021 12:30PM

I will be looking for a Dodgers game...cannot cheer for the Jays.

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Posted by: Human ( )
Date: April 01, 2021 12:48PM

Can’t cheer for the Jays? They’re a young, fun team. And Montoyo is the man!

Of course you get Kershaw today at Coors Field. 2pm on ESPN. Dodgers are built to repeat, no doubt about it. Another great year to watch the boys in LA.

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Posted by: Lethbridge Reprobate ( )
Date: April 01, 2021 10:01PM

Been a fan of the Dodgers since they were in Brooklyn...and...well...it's Toronto..and I'm in Alberta...hehe

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Posted by: Jaxson ( )
Date: April 01, 2021 12:35PM

Human Wrote:
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> I’ll be watching the Blue Jays attend the Boogie Down in the Bronx.

Growing up in L.A. in the 1960's, of course I was a Dodgers fan. In my professional career I was fortunate to meet many of the players I idolized as a kid. Koufax, Drysdale, Sutton. Wills, Parker, Roseboro, etc. A dream come true.

The Dodgers are my "fall back" team now as for the past 20 years I have been pulling for the Rays. I am not a "Yankee Hater", I give them mad respect. However, I root for my friends and thus today will be pulling for the Blue Jays and my buddy Charlie Montoyo. But not when they play the Rays!!

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Posted by: Human ( )
Date: April 01, 2021 01:01PM

Love these kinds of stories, especially of the storied, like Koufax etc.

As a long time Tiger fan, I was a long time Yankee hater. Pulled for the Dodgers in those late 70s World Series. Loved Dusty; hate Reggie. But, late-n-life fraud that I am, I’ve been watching the Yankees for the past four years.

Rays are a fascinating Club. Mad respect for the whole organization. Last year, on 40 or so million, wow. Pity Snell is gone, though. And he along with the rest of the Padres are gonna bedevil the hell out of the Dodgers this year. Great rivalry to watch.

Alright. Here we go. Cheers!

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Posted by: GNPE ( )
Date: April 01, 2021 12:57PM

What about the Mariners?

another 'rebuilding year'?


ah, but the sunny summer days, choice of brews, and taking the train to & from the stadium, those make it worthwhile!!

buying tickets from scalpers? That's an art I'm telling you!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/01/2021 12:58PM by GNPE.

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Posted by: Human ( )
Date: April 01, 2021 01:10PM

Ha!

When I lived in Seattle, in the days of the old Kingdome, at the beginning of the Griffey jr. era, not a scalper in sight, even then.

Fond memories. We’d walk down from Capitol Hill for an afternoon game early enough to look around Elliott Bay books for a while. It use to be down there in Pioneer Square.

Enjoy the Season!

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Posted by: Human ( )
Date: April 01, 2021 01:16PM

Safeco Field looks like a nice ballpark. We hope to get there as soon as everything gets back to normal.

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Posted by: GNPE ( )
Date: April 01, 2021 01:30PM

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> Safeco Field was re-named to T-Mobile a few months ago, but the main features remain or so I've been told.

I love the seating arrangements but I need back support so either a stadium seat in the bleachers or higher prices for me; Nose Bleed, anyone? Will opening day be sold-out?

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Posted by: tumwater ( )
Date: April 01, 2021 01:35PM

Another Mariner baseball season.

Another rebuilding season.

Any good prospects traded to avoid big salaries.

Another 'Wait until next year' season.

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Posted by: GNPE ( )
Date: April 05, 2021 12:09PM

they won their first series (2 to 1 of 3 games?)!!!

they're off to a good start, time will tell...

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Posted by: caffiend ( )
Date: April 01, 2021 10:22PM

We used to be able to forget our differences, join together, and cheer. Not anymore. "Normalcy" may ring, but it's a new, sickening normal.

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Posted by: Jaxson ( )
Date: April 06, 2021 03:59PM

Yeah...politics in sports is driving me further away. Funny, since my experience with pro athletes was that they were not the brightest bulbs in the tanning bed. My opinion hasn't changed. I guess there are people out there though who, for some reason, are influenced by them.

Here is the latest stupid -

https://www.yahoo.com/news/moving-mlb-star-game-denver-161509658.html

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: April 06, 2021 04:39PM

Do professional athletes cede their rights to free speech? Do sports businesses lose their right to do what benefits their bottom lines?

I hate to see sports politicized, but I have some sympathy for the possibility of a boycott of the Chinese Olympics due to the country's genocide in Xinjiang. By the same token, I'm not sure why African-American athletes and their colleagues must give their imprimatur to laws aimed at denying them and those like them the right to vote.

In political matters, inaction speaks as loudly as action.

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Posted by: moremany ( )
Date: April 05, 2021 10:46PM

Yeah, and if tickets (digital only; no souvenir/ proof; NO REAL TICKETS, sold IN-PERSON, at a fair price; every ticket website said there were tickets available... for $xxx.xx/ $x,xxx.xx) weren't hundreds and HUNDREDS of dollars (average $650-$800+ for 2 tickets), I was considering opening day!

I have a rule: NEVER pay more for a ticket than the players themselves could afford.

° PLAY BALL °

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Posted by: caffiend ( )
Date: April 07, 2021 09:57AM

The days of baseball games being a casual family outing are dead and gone. Now parents have to plan--and budget--a major league game like their summer vacation. Understandably, a lot of major-league tickets go through corporate sales.

A triple-A franchise is relocating in my newly adopted city. I will look into that, though. Otherwise, politics + costs + scandals = "I'm done with MLB." I'm delighted to report my hometown team is off to a pathetic start.

On a minor, but related point: I was talking with a money man for a major league team, and remarked, "I heard that a serving of beer from a commercial keg costs about a nickel. I wonder if that's true." He took out of his phone, and did some informal arithmetic. He answered, "I figure that with the cost of the beer, labor, taxes, labor, and the souvenir cup, it costs us about 50 cents for the 16-ounce serving."

As of five years ago, they charge $9 (domestic) to $12 (craft) per serving.

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