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ON MARLINS NEW STADIUM, PEDRO'S RETURN, BOBBY COX'S INSIGHT, TOM WATSON'S RUN

July 20, 2009

Tags: Florida Marlins new stadium, David Samson, Pedro Martinez, Bobby Cox, Jeff Francoeur, Tom Watson/Stewart Cink

After many years of trying the Florida Marlins finally broke ground on Saturday for their baseball-only 37,000 seat stadium. Scheduled to open in the 2012 season the yet-unnamed facility will have a retractable roof and will be built in downtown Miami on the site of the historic Orange Bowl. In one concession to the declining market for luxury suites, there will be only 49 instead of 60 fat cat sky boxes. One of them will be designated to be bought on a single game basis and not owned like the others. “You will have sets of strangers sitting in one suite together,” said Marlins president David Samson. Imagine that! You mean like the good old days when you went to a ballgame and sat next to strangers and maybe even conversed with them. And didn’t care if you ever came back. What a novel idea though at suite prices I doubt that many average fans will take advantage. (more…)

OF CHEROKEE PRAYERS AND OTHER THOUGHTS AT THE ALL-STAR BREAK OF THE 2009 MLB SEASON

July 12, 2009

Tags: Dusty Baker, Bronson Arroyo, Jay Bruce, David Weathers, AllStar Game, Home Run Derby

“Oh, Great Spirit, Help me always to speak the truth quietly. To listen with an open mind when others speak. And to remember the peace that may be found in silence.” Last month when I was in Cincinnati speaking at Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Roundtable, I saw this Cherokee prayer framed on (more…)

THOUGHTS ON MY ADVENTURE IN LUBBOCK AT THE COLLEGE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS OF BRANCH RICKEY, RAFAEL PALMEIRO AND OTHERS:

July 5, 2009

Tags: Keith Moreland, Branch Rickey, Rafael Palmeiro, Kal Segrist, Lubbock Baseball, Jana Howser

THOUGHTS ON MY ADVENTURE IN LUBBOCK AT THE COLLEGE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION OF BRANCH RICKEY, RAFAEL PALMEIRO AND OTHERS

I have had some interesting experiences in my life of 67 years and one week. However, I don’t think I will ever quite have one that matches the Fourth of July parade in (more…)

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