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

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

“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  Read More 
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