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30 Stadiums in 30 Days: It Can Be Done

Posted by Paul Caputo on May 28, 2013
Baseball, Fandom / 5 Comments

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It’s every baseball fan’s dream: the ultimate baseball road trip—30 Major League Baseball games in 30 days in 30 different stadiums—plus one extra minor league game we’ll squeeze in one evening in Brooklyn after we take in an afternoon Yankees game. I should be clear here that this road trip is hypothetical. It is physically possible to do, but if I actually tried to do it, I would end up divorced, broke, and unemployed. But make no mistake: It could be done, and it could be done this season.

Here’s how it breaks down: There are hypothetically four of us in a hypothetical 1999 Oldsmobile Bravada, so we can hypothetically rotate drivers and sleep in the car on the road in shifts as needed. Hypothetically. We are counting on four-hour games, and basing driving times and distances on information from Google Maps. On most nights, we’ll stay in hotels, but there are occasions when we’ll have to drive through the night, in some cases with very little margin for error. Let me be clear: WE WILL DO THIS FOR THE CAUSE.

If everything goes to plan, from August 12 to September 10, we will see one game per day (plus that one Brooklyn Cyclones game), we will drive 13,575 miles in 208 hours, and we won’t miss a single pitch. Here’s how it will go (driving distances and times to each stadium are in parentheses):

August 12 - Indians at Twins, 7:10
We start in Minneapolis, clean shaven and everyone smiling and laughing. The car does not yet smell like Tony Siragusa’s laundry hamper. Everything is good.

August 13 – Pirates at Cardinals, 7:15
(561 miles, 8:41)
We stay in a hotel and leave mid-morning to get to St. Louis in time for first pitch. Still fired up. A 30-day diet of encased meat and helmet sundaes still seems awesome.

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Nationals Fans: That Loss Last Night Was My Fault

Posted by Paul Caputo on October 13, 2012
Baseball, Nationals / 3 Comments

A lot of people (including some Nationals players) will say the Nationals lost their divisional series with the Cardinals because of the team’s ill-advised decision to bow to the will of agent Scott Boras and shut down Steven Strasburg at the end of the season. Others will blame Cy Young Award contender Gio Gonzales for letting the Cardinals chip away at a seemingly insurmountable 6-0 lead in Game 5, leading to the biggest elimination-game comeback ever. Still others will say that this Cardinals team has made a deal with the devil and sold its soul to ensure a series of mind-boggling come-from-behind playoff wins over the past two seasons.

But I am compelled by my conscience to reveal that I am to blame for that loss last night.

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Predictions for the baseball postseason

Posted by Bloggers To Be Named Later on October 05, 2012
Baseball, Bloggers To Be Named Later / 9 Comments

We admit it. We whiffed on our preseason predictions for this baseball season. Most of us had the Marlins in the playoffs, so if our credibility isn’t shot after that, it never will be. Nevertheless, the playoffs start today and we are bloggers, so we are required by law to make predictions. Nine of us made picks, with the loose consensus being that the Tigers will beat the Reds in World Series. Our picks look like this when you tally them up:

AL Wildcard
RANGERS (6)
over Orioles (3)

AL Divisional Series
YANKEES (5) over Rangers (2) (Orioles were picked twice)
TIGERS (5) over A’s (4)

AL Championship Series
TIGERS (5) over Yankees (0) (A’s got 3, Rangers 1)

NL Wildcard
BRAVES (6) over Cardinals (3)

NL Divisional Series
NATIONALS (5) over Braves (4)
REDS (5) over Giants (4)

NL Championship Series
REDS (4) over Nationals (2) (Giants 2, Braves 1)

World Series
TIGERS (4)
over Reds (2) (A’s 1, Nationals 1, Rangers 1)

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Poll: Can I wear Nationals logo gear at a Reds-Pirates game?

Posted by Jeff Waggett on September 27, 2012
Baseball, Nationals / 4 Comments

I need a ruling from BTBNL fans. I’m going to Pittsburgh this weekend with my friend who works for the Nationals, and we’re going to all three Red-Pirates games. The question is, can I wear my Nats logo gear to these games?

This issue first came up on BTBNL in Jeremy Soule’s post, “Don’t Be a Douche: Dress for Success at Your Sporting Event,” in which Jeremy says, “You can’t call someone a douche just because he’s wearing the gear of your team’s chief rival into your stadium, yet you can call that same person a douche if their team isn’t even playing your team that day.”

My own post on baseball fan etiquette identifies this error:

Wearing your favorite team’s gear to a game between two other teams. (Exception: one of those teams is an arch-rival.) True baseball fans go for the joy of the game, not the opportunity to make a petty statement of loyalty to the ambivalent. Casual fans will have more fun at the ballpark if they root, root, root for the home team. (E-5 if you miss the reference.)”

Paul Caputo, on the other hand, once wrote a post called “Fans: Wear What You Want to Wear,” in which he says:

I have to disagree with my fellow bloggers—as disrespectfully as possible—that it is a violation of the unwritten rules of baseball fandom to wear a Phillies hat to a Rockies-Mets game. I think it’s the only appropriate course of action for a true fan. If you don’t wear your favorite team’s gear, you have two choices: 1. Wear the home team’s gear. (Disingenuous.) 2. Wear no logo gear. (What’s the point?)

QUESTION: Can I wear any Nats gear since Washington is fighting Cincinnati for the best record in the NL and home-field advantage throughout the play-offs? Does that battle make the two teams “rivals” for at least right now?

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Wait! Did I miss Opening Day?

Posted by Paul Caputo on March 29, 2012
Athletics, Baseball, Mariners / 3 Comments

For roughly 28 out of every 30 Major League Baseball fans, the season opens next week! Can you feel the buzz in the air? No? This is because for two teams the season opened while your team was still playing Spring Training games. This is also because the first games on the schedule took place in the wee hours of the morning more than 5,000 miles away from the home team’s actual home.

The Mariners and the Athletics played a two-game series this week in Tokyo—actual games that count in the actual standings (and your fantasy league)—while the rest of baseball continued with Spring Training. Then after these actual regular-season games in Japan, Seattle and Oakland will play more Spring Training games.

On April 4, a full week after the A’s and Mariners opened the season, two of the remaining 28 teams (Marlins and Cardinals) will open their seasons with a one-game series in Miami. The Red Sox, Tigers, Braves, Mets, Phillies, Pirates, Nationals, Cubs, Blue Jays, Indians, Reds, Dodgers, and Padres open their season the next day. And if you’re a fan of the White Sox, Rangers, Twins, Orioles, Yankees, Rays, Brewers, Rockies, Astros, Giants, D-backs, Royals, or Angels, your opening day is nine days after the season officially opened.

This begs the question, What the hell is going on here?

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