Friday, December 31, 2004


One more aerial view

I should have remembered this one yesterday, since I was just there for a football game a couple weeks ago.

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California (in its baseball configuration, since the aerial photo was taken in June 2002)


Thursday, December 30, 2004


More aerial photos

The other current major league stadiums I've been to...

SBC Park, San Francisco, California

Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, California

Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

And the other major league stadiums...

Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida

Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland

Shea Stadium, New York, New York

Future site of Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio (construction site east of Riverfront Stadium)

Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

The Ballpark at Arlington or whatever the corporate sponsor is now, Arlington, Texas

Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix, Arizona (under construction)

Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington

Finally, since Terraserver only has U.S. aerial images, Olympic Stadium is unavailable, but here's a substitute...

RFK Stadium, Washington, DC



Aerial photos of the stadiums on the trip

There's not much for me to do at work today, so I have plenty of time to play around with Terraserver.

John O'Donnell Stadium, Davenport, Iowa (picture taken pre-renovation, so it doesn't quite look like this now)

Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri (not zoomed in any farther because I like the fact that the Gateway Arch is in the shot, too)

Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

The future site of Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (in the parking lot to the east of Veterans Stadium)

The future site of PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (replacing the buildings to the north and west of the second bridge east of Three Rivers Stadium)

Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio (right at the junction of two aerial photos, so it looks a little disjointed)

U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois

Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (under construction)

And while I'm at it, here are the other baseball stadiums where I saw games this year...

Yankee Stadium, New York, New York (as a special bonus, with a subway train passing right by the stadium at the moment this photo was taken)

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

Petco Park, San Diego, California (under construction)

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

Angel Field of Anaheim, Anaheim, California

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Saturday, December 25, 2004


Late scores from the West Coast

Make it four: my friend Anna gave me The Big Book of Baseball Brainteasers. It's actually more of a book of baseball anecdotesthan brainteasers, but that's not a complaint.



It's a very baseball Christmas

Somehow people got the idea that I might want some baseball-related books for Christmas. Levi gave me The Hardball Times Baseball Annual, which certainly contains more "adjusted win shares" data than any other baseball book I've owned. My mother gave me For the Love of Baseball: An A-to-Z Primer for Baseball Fans of All Ages, the only downside being that they used Babe Ruth to illustrate "B" instead of "R." And my father gave me a book consisting mainly of old photographs called Baseball in Tampa Bay, which has mercifully few pictures of the Devil Rays.

Original comments...

Levi: Jim--

I figured you probably wouldn't be all that into the charts and graphs part of the book (Although check out the one that shows the Cardinals leading the pack in both runs scored and fewest runs allowed!), but I thought you'd enjoy:

1) The piece on looking back at 2004 from 2054

2) The piece where the guy speculates how baseball would be different if Eric Young had only gotten four more hits in 1991.

3) The fact that these guys put together a web site, were successful with it, and decided to turn it into a self-published book.

thatbob: I personally think it's appropriate to illustrate "B" with The Babe, since it's not his real first name. But it might be inappropraite to illustrate "B" with Babes Adams, Twombly, Borton, Danzig, or Dotel, because they're not really important enough.


Monday, December 20, 2004


Another baseball-related jingle

The season may be over, but my radio station jingle collecting continues. Here's one I just acquired, circa the early 1960s, back when cheering baseball fans sounded a lot like ocean waves or static or something like that.


Wednesday, December 15, 2004


The best episode of "Clubhouse" ever

Hanger-on Sandy passed along this story. It seems that Kris Benson's wife Anna has already thought through what she's going to do if he cheats on her. I can't speak for the married half of, but as far as the single half is concerned, this is the first time being a Mets batboy has ever seemed like a good idea.

This is Anna Benson. (Don't worry, the picture is reasonably safe for work.)

Now, what about Mrs. Jose Lima?

Original comments...

Dan: I should have passed this story along earlier.. The Stern interview was about two weeks ago. She's insane, and now with Pedro on board, his little friend is fair game. Among other people, I believe, who shall remain nameless.

I've already wanted to float the Mets clubhouse reality show -- between her, Pedro and accompanying midget, Mike Piazza and his debated sexuality... I WANT Sammy here, not even to play but to add to the comedy.

Levi: Hmm. The timing on this story does make me wonder about Pedro's motives for becoming a Met.

maura: i'd probably steer clear of mrs. lima for now...

Jim: Not to mention steering clear of the entire Dominican Republic!

Dominican Republic: That's not fair, Jim. We don't all have herpes.

Haiti: Well, don't try to blame us!

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Monday, December 06, 2004


And they named the baby Damon

I guess I should make mention of the fact that the Boston Red Sox are the Sports Illustrated Sportsmen of the Year, which I guess makes sense, since as of now, the Sox winning is the feel-good sports story of the year. The story in Sports Illustrated is about Red Sox fans, which means it's heartwarming and tearjerking, not to mention heartjerking and tearwarming.

The problem is with the timing, since this issue came out at the beginning of December (I guess it was tied to a TV special where they revealed the choice). What happens if, for example, Brett Favre thwarts an invasion of Earth sometime between now and the end of the year? Well, maybe now that the Sox won the World Series, it won't matter so much if we're enslaved by aliens.

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