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#1 vmax

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 12:23 PM

Ticket prices, concession prices and shoddy baseball skills from multi millionaires had me feeling like I had a sign on me that said, "SUCKER".

And I love the game. Many years....decades.... I either watched or listened to maybe all but 5 O's games a year.

That ruined me. I saw players with excellent fielding and pitching skills. 

Now players can make several million a season and not know which base to throw to, flub simple grounders, get caught off base,  drop fly balls and strike out.

Sadly....NFL football is heading in the same direction.

 

 

 

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — From Yoenis Cespedes turning spring training into a luxury car show to having to pay up to $49 to watch a game that doesn't count, baseball doesn't seem the least bit concerned about the message it's sending to the fans.

Forget the eternal hope of a new season.

The game is becoming a total turnoff.

Even on a warm, sunny day at Disney World, where the Atlanta Braves went through a leisurely workout that would normally be enough to soothe the soul, one couldn't help but fret about the future of the national pastime.

Given that many struggling Americans haven't had a raise in years, their frustration epitomized by a tumultuous presidential race, perhaps it wasn't the best time for Cespedes to arrive at New York Mets camp in a different ride six days in a row.

The flashy outfielder pulled up in a Ford F-250, Lamborghini Aventador, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, Jeep Wrangler and a pair of Polaris Slingshot three-wheel motorcycles — all of them customized to the tune of about $80,000. Of course, that's a pittance compared to the cost of the actual vehicles, with the Lamborghini alone going for more than $300,000.

As if trying to show that luxury cars are so last week, Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig floated the idea of buying a helicopter to fly to games at Dodger Stadium. The team quickly shot him down — well, not literally — saying there was no place for him to land.....http://www.msn.com/e...mgYc?li=BBnba9I

 


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"Quarterbacks don't run forever in the NFL," Marvin 'Sour Grapes' Lewis said after his team's 24-21 loss in Baltimore. "Sooner or later, they get hurt, and they don't run the same.


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Posted 05 March 2016 - 11:40 PM

I feel you Max, but feel like NFL has been there longer already. At OPSCY at least I can still bring in my own food and drink, the TV games aren't filled with beer and Viagra ads, and Cespedes and his money showing off is more exception.

I watch MLB press conferences and see guys in uniforms still, or hoodies. I watch other sports and see custom fit suits and jewelry.

I love the sports, hate the systems... My solution was giving up sports media (ESPN) and especially sports radio where we can listen to people debate these morons and their absurd actions 24/7.
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Posted 06 March 2016 - 01:33 PM

I love the sports, hate the systems... My solution was giving up sports media (ESPN) and especially sports radio where we can listen to people debate these morons and their absurd actions 24/7.

 

I 'm with you all the way on this. My listening to radio and watching ESPN has plummeted. It is mind boggling the hours and hours....all day coverage.just on the NFL.And it's the off season! Nobody's playing!

It gets boring as hell watching these guys make things up to talk about.

I'm a die hard Ravens fan. Last year when they had 2nd, 3rd and 4th tier players on the field I was pulling for them. I was interested in seeing who might develop into a starter.

Now...the overall product and team performance had me wondering more than once if it was worth spending all that money to go to games. I work so hard all week that it's great to be able to go to a place and scream for 3 hours and not get locked up!  :yeah:

So I keep renewing my tickets.


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"Quarterbacks don't run forever in the NFL," Marvin 'Sour Grapes' Lewis said after his team's 24-21 loss in Baltimore. "Sooner or later, they get hurt, and they don't run the same.


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 03:22 PM

You guys are nailing it. It's becoming exceedingly difficult to follow our teams, especially the way it's been watered down. But I still keep coming back !
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Posted 06 March 2016 - 09:14 PM

 

I 'm with you all the way on this. My listening to radio and watching ESPN has plummeted. It is mind boggling the hours and hours....all day coverage.just on the NFL.And it's the off season! Nobody's playing!

It gets boring as hell watching these guys make things up to talk about.

I'm a die hard Ravens fan. Last year when they had 2nd, 3rd and 4th tier players on the field I was pulling for them. I was interested in seeing who might develop into a starter.

Now...the overall product and team performance had me wondering more than once if it was worth spending all that money to go to games. I work so hard all week that it's great to be able to go to a place and scream for 3 hours and not get locked up!  :yeah:

So I keep renewing my tickets.

 

100% the same. I'm not a going out person ... so my O's season tix are my one reprieve. Nothing like a night at the yard, ballgame, friends, a few drinks, etc... But I just do not (cannot) let it consume me anymore...


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Posted 07 March 2016 - 06:49 AM

Main reason we didn't go to the O's game March 1, i am at an age where I can't sit on the grass hill for 9 innings, and for me to pay 104 dollars for two tickets for spring training well that just won't happen.

Heck I only paid 36 dollars for two tickets to see Chicago & Earth Wind & Fire March 26th
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Posted 21 May 2016 - 03:48 PM

Come on man....

 

 

Coco Crisp's estate with a mini baseball diamond goes on market for $9.995 million. 

A dizzying array of amusements fill the grounds of the 4.8-acre gated Coachella Valley estate of Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp.

There's a man-made lake that you can canoe across and a swimming pool with a waterfall and one of those swim-up bars you find at hotel pools in the tropics. The tennis and basketball court are equipped with lighting for nighttime games, and the baseball diamond is scaled-down to the perfect size for Wiffle ball. There's also a batting cage, a gazebo, and an outdoor kitchen....The seven-bedroom Rancho Mirage mansion at 1 St. Petersburg Ct. is grand and opulent with décor and features you'd expect to find in an expensive Las Vegas hotel. Palm trees grow inside the master bath equipped with a full-size hot tub, and a sweeping staircase leads to the second level. The "great room" is a sea of lustrous marble and has a floor-to-ceiling fireplace.http://www.msn.com/e...iT9U?li=BBnbfcL


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"Quarterbacks don't run forever in the NFL," Marvin 'Sour Grapes' Lewis said after his team's 24-21 loss in Baltimore. "Sooner or later, they get hurt, and they don't run the same.


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Posted 21 May 2016 - 03:53 PM

Wow; Cocoa Crisp has done well eh ?

How about Count Chocula; what's he doing ?
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