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(STLToday)   Sportswriters get All-Star game put on hold because the press box is too small, not enough hot dogs served   (stltoday.com) divider line 56
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2006-10-27 05:43:35 AM  
Cue picture of starving African kid hoping they resolve this issue
 
2006-10-27 05:54:26 AM  
"The Baseball Writers' Association of America moved Wednesday to request that Major League Baseball withhold awarding the 2009 All-Star Game to the Cardinals until significant improvements are made to a press facility the organization considers unacceptable to host a special event."

Read, subby, read.
 
2006-10-27 05:54:59 AM  
I thought Bidwill owned the other Cardinals.
 
2006-10-27 05:55:58 AM  
starving Malawi kid hoping they resolve this issue.
 
2006-10-27 06:11:05 AM  
How about everyone obsessed with grown men playing with balls DIAF? Seriously, it's something you should've grown out of when you hit 10 or so.
 
2006-10-27 06:16:40 AM  
If Oscar Madison was here, he'd slap your face!
 
2006-10-27 06:18:35 AM  
Exactly who are these over-blown media freaks who think that they're above the paying fans by demanding enclosed press boxes with climate control. Excuse me? Since you freaks encouraged extending the playing season into the freezing season, you can shiver with the rest of us.
 
2006-10-27 06:19:40 AM  
And I'm sure the public will pay for it with taxes, not the millionaire owners and players.

I agree with Vern. Grown men playing with a ball. Yay.
 
2006-10-27 06:27:55 AM  
Thank god someone agrees with me. You know where baseball started? A little game called "rounders"... played by British and Irish schoolchildren. So yes, the national pastime was founded by little kids at recess. Eat your nachos, hot dogs, drink your beer, and slap each other on the ass and jerk each other off while watching a childrens game played by overpaid grown men.
 
2006-10-27 06:33:35 AM  
Vern, what does your therapist think of all this?

/go find another thread
 
2006-10-27 06:38:19 AM  
Geez, at least our suite is enclosed & climate controlled in our minor league ballpark. And the press box above us is pretty nice also. I've heard our ball park is one of the nicest ones in the country though.
/Springfield Cardinals
 
2006-10-27 07:26:30 AM  
I once had to postpone a game because the box was too small.

/she loosened up eventually
 
2006-10-27 07:30:50 AM  
hey now...
 
2006-10-27 07:32:20 AM  
please nubian...
 
2006-10-27 07:35:06 AM  
penny wise, pound foolish
 
2006-10-27 07:36:18 AM  
Mad Mark

Toledo Mudhens is prime.

unable to [...] follow fly balls unless they lay their heads flat on the table

Had to chuckle. The point is this: it's a big party and they don't like the room. The facility is fine for everyday use. Where do they get off demanding the best seat in the house anyway? FARKing egoist bastards.
 
2006-10-27 07:57:58 AM  
OregonVet

Yeah, they went all when they built this stadium. It was built by John Q. Hammons, who owns a ridiculous amount of hotels now. The old coot threw out the first pitch in one of the World series games. Not a huge baseball follower but it's kind of fun to hang out for a few beers now & then.
 
2006-10-27 07:59:52 AM  
Vern, why don't we analyze what you do for entertainment?

First up: relative merits of trolling on Fark about losers watching baseball vs. watching baseball.
 
2006-10-27 08:17:46 AM  
Pansies. If they don't like it, they're free to not show up and commentate, just put the game on TV. I don't care how his throat feels, nobody wants to listen to Joe Buck.
 
2006-10-27 08:19:25 AM  
Solutions (granted without knowing anything about the stadium because who is watching St Louis vs Detroit anyway to know what it is like):

1. reduce the number of press passes granted
2. build an auxiliary press box somewhere along the roof top
a. this creates an easy way to follow fly balls.
b. the reporters can use binoculars to view the action on the field if necessary as they did in the old days

In return for building a new press box, all reporting must be completed upon typewriters. The press is not the story, the game is. Go Fark yourself and you too Bud Selig.
 
2006-10-27 08:27:35 AM  
The wussification of America continues...
 
2006-10-27 08:32:50 AM  
Primadonnas...the whole lot of 'em.
 
2006-10-27 08:33:14 AM  
Thank god someone agrees with me. You know where baseball started?

Meanwhile, football allows mean to get on top of each other and tennis encourages the flicking of the wrist.

I hope your World of Warcraft session hasn't been disturbed by the World Series.
 
2006-10-27 08:34:31 AM  
Their solution is probably the following:

2008 All-Star Game - current Yankee Stadium
2009 All-Star Game - new Yankee Stadium
 
2006-10-27 08:36:08 AM  
They should suck it up and consider any Series that doesn't involve New York is a good one.
 
2006-10-27 08:51:43 AM  
What is going on in this country when a scumsucker like that can get away with sandbagging a doctor of journalism?
 
2006-10-27 08:52:32 AM  
Who cares?
 
2006-10-27 08:55:06 AM  
Vern = Last guy picked for the team at recess.
 
2006-10-27 09:34:43 AM  
OregonVet

Where do they get off demanding the best seat in the house anyway? FARKing egoist bastards.

Let's think about this. My first reaction was the same as yours, but then I considered the situation. The owner of the team and the park make their money almost solely through the involvement of the press. If the media were not interested in covering baseball, the $500,000,000 ballparks, $1,200,000,000 TV deals, and $20,000,000 salaries would go right out the window. Admittedly, the media profits as well, but the relationship is symbiotic. Perhaps a box with no heat and a terrible view is not the most appropriate way to support the business that keeps you in business.
 
2006-10-27 09:41:14 AM  
2 points:

#1 Vern is a coont.

#2 Bud Selig has already promised the 2009 All Star Game to Arizona...trust me.
 
2006-10-27 09:43:32 AM  
Can't have baseball without hot dogs.
 
2006-10-27 09:45:49 AM  
Make 'em sit in the farking stands like the actual sports fans.
 
2006-10-27 09:49:47 AM  
Vern: How about everyone obsessed with grown men playing with balls DIAF? Seriously, it's something you should've grown out of when you hit 10 or so.

Do you prefer watching sweaty, overgrown men in tights landing on each other in pile-up after pile-up?
 
2006-10-27 09:52:17 AM  
"The Baseball Writers' Association of America moved Wednesday to request that Major League Baseball withhold awarding the 2009 All-Star Game to the Cardinals until significant improvements are made to a press facility the organization considers unacceptable to host a special event."

A special event? Like the World Series or something?

I'm sure those writers will stand up for what they believe is right and not go to the press box at all and cover Game 5. You know, to show how strongly they believe Busch isn't up to their lofty standards.

Go fark yourselves, sportswriters.
 
2006-10-27 09:52:55 AM  
Let me guess, farkers- their knees are also too sharp?

I actually dont see anything wrong with this. It's 2006 for petes sakes. If these reporters are covering a major league game for the press, they are working. And providing miles of free advertising for the team, the stadium and the league. They need to be able to see to report what happens. Unenclosed, and no AC or heat, from the heat of summer until October? And smoke from the adjacent snack bar blowing in? Come on, in this day and age that's just pathetic for a major league stadium.

/wife is currently working on a major NFL stadium re-do
//this would NOT be acceptable
 
2006-10-27 09:59:19 AM  
Oh yeah, that game in 2009 sure is on hold. My God, they may have to push it back to 2010!

Oh wait. The game ISN'T on hold? It's just the AWARDING of the game that's on hold? Well, who freaking cares? Seriously, who cares? Someone wants something addressed before St. Louis gets the game. So what? So what if it's the stadium vendors? So what if it's the guy who cleans the jock straps?
 
2006-10-27 10:05:43 AM  
As a media relations professional (college level), I can tell you that the NCAA will disqualify you from hosting post-season events if you have inadequate media facilities. To think that a Major League Baseball team would build a new stadium without thinking ahead is a real shock. It's one thing for colleges and universities, who will spend their money elsewhere, but seriously, if you're going to build a top of the line stadium, why wouldn't you put in climate-controlled press facilities? Is the few thousand dollars you saved by not putting a furnace, windows, and insulation into the box worth the chance of being told you can't host an All-Star game? It is a serious issue.
 
2006-10-27 10:06:30 AM  
Mad Mark: Geez, at least our suite is enclosed & climate controlled in our minor league ballpark. And the press box above us is pretty nice also. I've heard our ball park is one of the nicest ones in the country though.
/Springfield Cardinals


Yeah, it's not a bad stadium/press box. But you better get there at least an hour early or those bastard sportswriters will have completely cleaned out the free food...they never met a brownie they didn't like.

/still a little stunned there's someone else here who's been there
 
2006-10-27 10:30:20 AM  
christer

Unenclosed, and no AC or heat, from the heat of summer until October?

I'm sure after reading the article you now realize it was the local St. Louis press itself that voted to make the press box unenclosed in the first place, aren't you?

After the season started the Cardinals started looking into the possibility of retractable windows-based off of feedback from the same people that wanted the press box open in the first place--but those aren't exactly something you can just throw in without major upheaval. And there's also little point to it if you are already planning on doing additional remodeling to the press box in the off season.

Look, I'll grant you the smoke was a problem, and the view from the second row of the box does suck. But come on a second. Read the article. There were plans for a much, much better press box that the Cardinals had to scrap due to MLB rules. This box (like many other parts of the stadium) was put in quickly to get the stadium opened on time. It's the first season the place has been open and primary construction wasn't even completed until July (and wasn't scheduled to be done until the All-Star break)..

The stadium, like most new buildings, is still a work in progress. The Cardinal ownership (which I loathe for other reasons so I'm no great defender of theirs) has said time and again they are going to make improvements once the season ends. Maybe if the Baseball Writers Association of America had done a little research they might have picked up on that fact before they decided to come off as a bunch of whiners with sand in their vaginas.
 
2006-10-27 10:37:49 AM  
the article also said that MLB wants to give it to the cards "to reward them" for the new stadium.

WTF!? The phillies built an AMAZING new ballpark 3 years ago. why didnt they get an allstar game? not a bad seat in the place, great sightlines everywhere, skyline of philly in the background, and GOOD BEERS rather than just bud light or coors, and great food. what else do they want?

/rant
 
2006-10-27 10:56:57 AM  
liquid duane-o

WE know, Citizen's Bank Ballpark is simply awesome. You're right, the selection of beers is nothing short of amazing. From Yards, Sierra Nevada, ESB, Yuengling, etc... damn good selection.

Actually, the view of the Philadelphia skyline is ok, they just have to get rid of that big 'ol triangular sign which has been there since the Vet was built.
 
2006-10-27 10:57:15 AM  
Everyone realizes these are not just people biatching about their free tickets. No this is their place of employment. How pissed would you be if your boss set you up in an office that didn't ahve everythign you needed to do your job.
 
2006-10-27 11:00:55 AM  
thegoodbubba

Everyone realizes these are not just people biatching about their free tickets. No this is their place of employment. How pissed would you be if your boss set you up in an office that didn't ahve everythign you needed to do your job.

What, you mean like just about every single person working in IT on the entire planet?
 
2006-10-27 11:10:15 AM  
This just in, the baseball writers have requested the All Star Game be put on hold because Vern doesn't like baseball. It has been replaced with something he does enjoy, gladiator movies.

/DIAF, hater
 
2006-10-27 11:11:00 AM  
Looks like the baseball writers need a couple of these:

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2006-10-27 11:31:57 AM  
Vern:
Eat your nachos, hot dogs, drink your beer, and slap each other on the ass and jerk each other off while watching a childrens game played by overpaid grown men.


Sounds great! Your place or mine?
 
2006-10-27 11:52:17 AM  
Thank god someone agrees with me. You know where baseball started? A little game called "rounders"... played by British and Irish schoolchildren. So yes, the national pastime was founded by little kids at recess. Eat your nachos, hot dogs, drink your beer, and slap each other on the ass and jerk each other off while watching a childrens game played by overpaid grown men.

Yeah, I know, isn't it awful? What's worse is there are people out there who do nothing but play with their paint set all day. It's just like art class back in elementary school. They just look at things and paint pictures of them. Why don't they grow up?

What's even worse is that there are people out there who do nothing all day but write. Seriously. They sit at their computers and drink coffee and write stories like kids would tell each other growing up. More stupid kids' stuff.

And then there are people who - get this - don't do anything put play pretend. They play house in front of movie cameras, and they get scads of money for it. Awful!
 
2006-10-27 12:15:33 PM  
the article also said that MLB wants to give it to the cards "to reward them" for the new stadium.

WTF!? The phillies built an AMAZING new ballpark 3 years ago. why didnt they get an allstar game?


Because St. Louis last hosted the All Star game in 1966. The Phillies got to host it twice: 1976 and 1996. So you're saying that Philly should get a third All-Star game when St. Louis has waited 40+ years?
 
2006-10-27 12:21:04 PM  
You've never met a group of people who need more room and LOVE free food more than sports reporters.

The dregs of society. Single, out of shape men wearing cheap, barely clean clothes. They show up at games and immediately start sniffing out the food. When the food is free, watch out! They'll sit there and eat like it's their only meal in weeks. Absolutely no shame.
 
2006-10-27 12:21:06 PM  
I'll bet you would complain if you went to work and your office was open to the elements with no heat or air conditioning. This may seem strange to people who work their 40 hours in just one building, but for a person in the media every place they go to cover a story becomes their office for a little bit. These are people who are trying to get some work done, and they can't do that if they can't see what they're reporting or their fingers are stiff from a freezing wind chill.

stevedln15: The press is not the story, the game is.

How do you think you read the story of the game? OH, THAT'S RIGHT, THE PEOPLE IN THE PRESS BOX WRITE IT. And they need reasonably comfortable facilities in which to do it, not unlike you do at your job.
 
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