It was a cold and snowy week for baseball in the north. Emphasis on the snowy part:
Snow wiped out an entire four game series between the Indians and Mariners including the opener which was just one strike away from being an official game. With more snow on the way, the-powers-that-be moved the following series to Milwaukee. No other team had played a home game at a neutral location since the Washington Nationals played their entire 2004 schedule in Montreal.
This past weekend, MLB celebrated the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first game. Time hasn't been kind to the stadium that he once called home. Ebbets Field is gone and in its place, Ebbets Field Apartments; home to crime, poverty, and significance lost.
On opening day at Shea Stadium, a woman was crushed by a 300 pound man who fell during the seventh inning stretch. Surgery will be required to repair her vertebrae. Phone calls to Mo Vaughn's agent were not returned.
Did you know that the MLB logo features the silhouette of Jerry West?
Major League Baseball: The Business is still going strong and franchise price tags continue to climb. Experts believe that the Cubs sale could amount to more that $1 billion. Is that why Bud Selig is one of the highest paid players in baseball?
Jim's link of the week: What if the regular season was a horse race?
Top 5 races to watch:
1) 1995 American League Central
2) 1969 National League East
3) 1995 American League Central
4) 1951 National League
5) 1995 American League Central
Barry Bonds's home run count now stands at 737. #756 may be fast approaching but Mr. 755 himself, Hammerin' Hank Aaron, says that he won't be in attendance on that fateful night. "I'm 72 years old, and I'm not hopping on a plane and flying all the way to San Francisco for anybody," said Aaron. He also vowed not watch the season finale of America Idol if Sanjaya is still around.
Sammy Sosa's home run count now stands at 590.
Jim's video of the week: The Baseball Batting Robot
When the game time temperature exceeds 90°F, who cares about the guys on the field. The real star of the game is the beer vendor and now he has his own baseball card. Two Wrigley Field vendors have created a web site that allows fans to get to know the people who keep them refreshed until Lou Piniella has thrown his final base of the night.
"Back then, Cleveland trained in Tucson, and the Giants trained in Phoenix. Then we'd break camp in early April, and we would get on a private train and travel back east with the Indians, barnstorming in all these little towns."
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