Kemp is creeping into best 5 tools guy in the majors if he isnt already, Hamilton is a special talent lets hope he can keep his life in order. Fenway 100 years old, yawn. Sox are playing like they are 100 Years old also,,
I would agree that Hamilton and Kemp are two of the better all around (5 tool) players in the game today but lets wait until they have played at this level for 15 years, then we can compare them to Willie Mays.
I can see guys are not impressed, but how many building/structures are still standing after 100 years. Fenway and Wrigley are the only two ball parks still operating that you can say that Babe Ruth played on that field and sat in those dugouts. They are living museums and also have the closest seats to the field with very little foul territory.
I would agree that Detroit would be the best place to be this weekend to watch the best teams in baseball!
I can see guys are not impressed, but how many building/structures are still standing after 100 years. Fenway and Wrigley are the only two ball parks still operating that you can say that Babe Ruth played on that field and sat in those dugouts.
I don't know if it's that nobody is impressed, it's just that information is kind of difficult to impart on a sports forum. I think true baseball fans, not wannabe homers, appreciate the Wrigley and Fenway histories.
I hate whenever an old ballpark goes down....its ridiculous really, these places are living museums. All the stadium turnover over the years is not so much necessity, but the MLB trying to compete with NFL---most football stadiums are new and have no history. Also developers who use our money through tax breaks to build and get rich are usually in positions to make these things happen---not as if old parks are in disrepair and utterly dilapidated, they just weren't maximizing the profit....They need to squeeze the lemon sometimes, in this case it does not make lemonade, but something more bitter
I don't need luxury, I need a ballpark that makes you feel something when set foot in it. I don't need a shopping mall just a place to buy beer and peanuts popcorn& CrackerJacks
Well, the truth is that there is economy in restoration of neighborhoods. A $400 million ballpark is worth a lot of money to somebody and it's how urban developers survive, as do banks and concrete haulers.
The problem with the old ballparks is their infrastructure is often just past the point of being safe. I remember old Comiskey in Chicago. Supporters who wanted to save it were easily convinced that the place was literally falling down.
Old Crosley was in a terrible neighborhood with no parking.
And the parks that were built to house football and baseball made sense to people who ran the government but the seating never really worked for both. If it was good for baseball, it sucked for football. And vice versa. You won't see that stupid mistake made again.
But Wrigley is losing the fight to corporate income, and in 5 years, the place will be Budweiser Park at Wrigley Field and will look more like a suburban shopping mall than a ballpark.