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(MLive.com)   Grand Rapids' Fifth Third Ballpark is now ⅕ consumed by fire   (mlive.com) divider line 18
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2014-01-03 04:14:28 PM
Wait... If this was the 5th and 3rd ballpark fire today, why is it counted twice? and why are so many ballparks catching on fire today?
 
2014-01-03 04:23:07 PM
As opposed to Fifth Third Field in Toledo...or Fifth Third Field in Dayton... or Fifth Third Arena in Cincy, or....

Let's face it.  When all the banks merge, it makes it awful hard to be original with those naming rights.
 
2014-01-03 04:43:38 PM
This better not affect the Michigan Winter Beer Festival next month.
 
2014-01-03 04:43:40 PM
I'll never trust a bank that doesn't understand fractions.
 
2014-01-03 04:52:24 PM
Call me if their headquarters catches fire. If only...
 
2014-01-03 05:15:28 PM
That sounds like an Abbott & Costello routine with those numbers.
 
2014-01-03 05:26:07 PM
Closer to 2/5ths burned, to be accurate.  They'll be ready for opening day because the Midwest League is just that awesome.

/Loves me some Class A baseball
 
2014-01-03 05:29:01 PM
Ever wonder why almost all the "nth National Bank of xyz" banks are odd numbers?  Let me explain.

CSB time

Back in the day, before the FDIC and the Fed, banks failed regularly.  Typically, you'd see a town on the frontier spring up, and a couple of guys with money would get together and form the 1st National Bank of Rock Ridge.  Things are great, the bank is doing fine.  After a while, a couple of other guys want to get in on the action, and they form the 2nd National Bank of Rock Ridge.  Then along comes a depression.  The 2nd National Bank isn't capitalized as well as the 1st, so it goes out of business.  Sucks to be you, depositors of the 2nd National Bank.

Now a few more years go by, and the economy perks up, and another group of fellows want to form a bank.  There is no 2nd National Bank of Rock Ridge anymore, but that name is tainted.  So they found the 3rd National Bank of Rock Ridge.  Now there are two banks in town - 1st and 3rd.

Lather, rinse, repeat.  The town keeps growing, the 4th National Bank is founded, the economy hits a slump, the 1st and 3rd weather the storm but the 4th goes bankrupt.  Then when things turn around, still another group of guys founds the 5th National Bank.

Then FDR, the FDIC, and bank mergers in the 80s and 90s happen.

Voila, 5th/3rd Bank baseball fields and basketball arenas.  You're welcome.

/CSB
 
2014-01-03 05:45:18 PM
Saw smoke from work desk today. Planning on going to a lot of games this year.

Really a great park and organization. Met Dave Dombrowski and shook his hand there last summer.
 
2014-01-03 06:07:40 PM
Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to build the stadium out of matchsticks.

...seriously, though, WTF?
 
2014-01-03 06:16:59 PM

FrancoFile: Ever wonder why almost all the "nth National Bank of xyz" banks are odd numbers?


Nope
 
2014-01-03 07:49:40 PM

LesserEvil: Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to build the stadium out of matchsticks.

...seriously, though, WTF?


From WOOD (made a lame joke out of that in the headline I submitted, modmins rightfully rejected it), the Grand Rapids NBC affiliate:  "Plainfield Township's fire chief said that because the building code only allowed for two hydrants to be installed near the property when the ballpark was built in 1994, access to water was a problem.  On top of that, firefighters also had to run a 1,000-foot-long hose to get water to the fire, the chief said. As a result, low water pressure was an issue."

Special Agent: This better not affect the Michigan Winter Beer Festival next month.


Michigan Brewers Guild statement from the same story  "The Michigan Brewers Guild is certainly concerned about our upcoming beer festival at the Fifth Third Ballpark but our first concern is for all of our friends at the West Michigan Whitecaps. Our thoughts and prayers are with the staff at the ballpark today and we will assess what it means to the Guild after the damage is under control and can be assessed. Because our event is held outside the ballpark in the parking lot we are hopeful that it will turn out well. We will do our best to keep fans of MI beer informed in coming days as we learn more."
 
2014-01-03 08:00:52 PM

FrancoFile: Ever wonder why almost all the "nth National Bank of xyz" banks are odd numbers?  Let me explain.

CSB time

Back in the day, before the FDIC and the Fed, banks failed regularly.  Typically, you'd see a town on the frontier spring up, and a couple of guys with money would get together and form the 1st National Bank of Rock Ridge.  Things are great, the bank is doing fine.  After a while, a couple of other guys want to get in on the action, and they form the 2nd National Bank of Rock Ridge.  Then along comes a depression.  The 2nd National Bank isn't capitalized as well as the 1st, so it goes out of business.  Sucks to be you, depositors of the 2nd National Bank.

Now a few more years go by, and the economy perks up, and another group of fellows want to form a bank.  There is no 2nd National Bank of Rock Ridge anymore, but that name is tainted.  So they found the 3rd National Bank of Rock Ridge.  Now there are two banks in town - 1st and 3rd.

Lather, rinse, repeat.  The town keeps growing, the 4th National Bank is founded, the economy hits a slump, the 1st and 3rd weather the storm but the 4th goes bankrupt.  Then when things turn around, still another group of guys founds the 5th National Bank.

Then FDR, the FDIC, and bank mergers in the 80s and 90s happen.

Voila, 5th/3rd Bank baseball fields and basketball arenas.  You're welcome.

/CSB


Merged in 1908, but yeah. Apparently they picked "Fifth Third" over "Third Fifth" because of the Temperance movement.
 
2014-01-03 08:06:22 PM
Grand Rapid? Really?
 
2014-01-03 08:11:09 PM
Polish Hussar - Thanks for the info.
 
2014-01-03 09:38:36 PM
Is there a swamp nearby?
 
2014-01-04 01:08:06 AM
The thing I will remember from the park is the Fifth Third Burger that Adam Richman conquered on Man vs. Food. Hope this place recovers nicely.
 
2014-01-04 10:36:18 AM

Special Agent: This better not affect the Michigan Winter Beer Festival next month.


Or hopefully they can move it to an indoor venue. As much as I like beer, I am not usually in the mood to drink more than one when standing outside in February in Michigan.
 
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