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I have to agree with the general sentiment here that why is participation limited to all stars? The NBA never limited participation in either the dunk contest or the 3 point contest (the most successful event of this type) to all stars. Ryan Howard should not be an all star but most certainly SHOULD be in a HR derby. also, as mentioned other places, there should be an umpire and strikes called, so the players can't watch dozens of pitches go by waiting for a perfect one.
I actually originally heard the joke from my Dad with the punch line as Ty Cobb...
rcmiller -- because they\'re even better investments when you build them with OPM and still control all the revenues...
This thing is pretty hideous, ulike Safeco which is an elegant solution to a real weather problem and wuite a wonderful place to watch a game...
From various places I\'ve lived or went a great deal of time, I would offer:
New Orleans -- Mothers -- line out the door every day, best po boys around.
LA -- Shockingly, LA is a GREAT budger town. In adddition to In n\' Out, there\'s Fatburger, and too many one locations places to mention, although I would heartily recommend The Apple Pan in West LA.
New Haven, CT -- Frank Pepe\'s Pizza -- Clam and Garlic is the specialty -- people actually drive from New York.
Hanover, NH -- EBA\'s (Everything But Anchovies) Chicken Sandwich -- best chicken sandwich anywhere.
NYC -- H&H Bagels, mentioned before. There is no substitute.
Survive the Mets defense? Admittedly with help from Shea, the Mets were 2nd in the NL in Defensive Efficiency, and even park-adjusted were middle of the pack.
I think the issue with Aaron\'s idea is that managers are concerned with the risk of injury putting a pitcher in another position. That said, I do recall an extra innings Mets game in the mid-80\'s (I think \'86) where Davey Johnson had Orosco and McDowell alternating at pitcher depending on the batter, with the other in one OF corner, again depending on the hitter, and the actual OF flipping back and forth as necessary.
Nice article, Joe, although i think you had it right the first time -- the feelings you describe are inherent in baseball, not unique to the Yankees.
I know I\'m goin gto get crucified for this next, but, having been to about a dozen major league and a handful of minor league stadiums, and acknowledging that my first Yankee game was in \'77, so I never saw the Stadium before the renovation, I don;t really think it was sucha great place to watch a game. Magnificent? Absolutely, and somewhat awe-inspring. But it is also vast, somewhat cold, and the sightlines are only fair. They call Yankee Stadium a Cathedral, and I think that\'s appropriate -- grand, huge, and inspring, but not warm or vibrant (although 50K souls can make it fairly vibrant). Yankee \"Stadium\" they call it -- I think baseball is best watched somewhere more intimate, warmer, and so I prefer Fenway \"Park\" or Wrigley \"Field\" among the ancient ballyards, despite the fact I grew up in NY.