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Yankee's Monument Park: Ruth, Mantle, Pope Benedict XVI? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 20 April 2008 20:28

Pope PlaqueMove over, Joltin’ Joe, Babe Ruth, and Mickey Mantle, you’re about to be joined by someone with a lower batting average on Monument Park.

The Knights of Columbus are donating a bronze plaque to commemorate Pope Benedict XVI's April 20 Mass.

The pontiff was expected to bless the plaque in a private ceremony before the Mass today.

The 105-pound papal plaque, which is 39.5 inches tall and 27 inches wide, will be located in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park, along with plaques memorializing Masses celebrated there by Pope Paul VI (Oct. 4, 1965) and Pope John Paul II (Oct. 2, 1979), also gifts of the Knights of Columbus. The Benedict XVI plaque was crafted by United States Bronze of New Hyde Park, N.Y.

There are other “did you know” ties, according to the Knights of Columbus and Yankee Stadium:

In 1953, the Knights of Columbus acquired the acreage on which Yankee Stadium is built. It was sold to the city of New York upon the stadium's refurbishment in the 1970s. New York Gov. (and U.S. presidential candidate) Al Smith, a Knight of Columbus, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium's inaugural game, April 18, 1923. Yankee slugger and Hall of Famer Babe Ruth was a Knight of Columbus, and hit the stadium's first home run. Retired Yankee and Cy Young Award winner Ron Guidry is also a Knight. Both players' numbers (Ruth's #3 and Guidry's #49) have been retired and are a part of the Monument Park display, which will be relocated to the new stadium upon its completion.


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Mariners: First Team to Go PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 April 2008 16:31
MarinersThe Seattle Mariners announced today that on April 22, Earth Day, they will, as they report it, “stage the first carbon-neutral game in Major League Baseball history.”

To achieve "carbon-neutral" status, the Mariners will offset the global warming impact of energy used at Safeco Field during the game between the Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles. 

Global warming impacts include:

  • Emissions associated with electricity and natural gas used to operate Safeco Field on April 22;
  • Disposal or recycling of waste generated during the game,
  • Air travel emissions for the Orioles (from Baltimore), Mariners (from Los Angeles) and umpires for the game;
  • Hotel-related emissions for Orioles and the umpires;
  • Ground travel to and from the ballpark by staff and fans.
  • The Mariners report that more than 230 short tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution will be generated from these energy use activities. To offset the impact of these emissions the Mariners will purchase high quality carbon offsets from NativeEnergy, a carbon offsets company, and 58,000 kWh of "green power" credits from the Seattle City Light Green Up program.

The NativeEnergy offsets will be generated by a new farmer-owned  methane project in Pennsylvania and a farmer-owned distributed wind project  in the Midwest.  The City Light credits, generated by the Stateline Wind Project in eastern Washington, will support the development of new, renewable energy facilities throughout the Northwest.

"We know that just buying carbon offsets isn't enough," said Howard Lincoln, Mariners Chair and CEO.  "This is not a one-time event for us. We are committed to a comprehensive program of recycling and conservation so that we are operating Safeco Field and the entire Mariners organization in a way that minimizes our impact on the environment."

Other interesting facts about how the Mariners say they are "going green":

  • In 2007, the Mariners recycled 342 tons of plastic bottles, paper, cardboard, cans and glass;
  • Last year, the Mariners became one of two Major League teams to recycle food waste, diverting 100 tons of food scraps and food-contaminated paper from the waste stream to be made into compost by Cedar Grove;
  • Through an energy efficiency program, the Mariners have so far reduced the use of natural gas by 36% and electricity consumption by 18%;
  • All diesel-powered motorized groundskeeping equipment runs on B-20 biodiesel,
  • Flow-restricting aerators have been installed on all restroom faucets;
  • All plastic cups used in the ballpark are made of biodegradable, compostable plastic;
  • When plastic bowls, plates and utensils are used, they contain less plastic by volume, which will reduce waste by 18,000 per season;
  • Paper products in all bathrooms contain paper towels, tissues and toilet paper that are elemental chlorine free and made from 40% post-consumer fiber.

Source: Seattle Mariners 


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A's Predict Cisco Field Won't Be Done Till 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 17 April 2008 14:52

Cisco FieldWell, at least one of my predictions for 2008 seems to be coming true.

The efforts by the Oakland Athletics to get Cisco Field developed (see high-resolution renderings of the proposed stadium) by 2011 has been shelved due to the complex environmental impact study, which could take 14 to 18 months to complete. Now, 2012 is the target date. As reported by The AP:

Speaking at a community meeting this week, A's co-owner Keith Wolff said the team could only make the move by 2011 if the city approves the environmental impact report by the end of this year.

But Wolff and city officials say that's highly unlikely given the size and complexity of the proposed project.

One of the more difficult parts of the massive Ballpark Village, which will incorporate 3,000 homes, retail, and an elementary school, along with the ballpark, is the relocation of Scott Specialty Gases, a possible toxic concern. In my interview with A’s owner and general partner, Lewis Wolff, he responded by saying:

The Scott Gas issue is one of relocation and not of a soil problem. And we think we have a balanced program which will explain it in more detail to our first constituent, the City, on the “traffic side”. Nobody wants any more traffic anywhere. This particular project is zoned for 3.5 million sq. ft. of office space; Cisco at one time was going to do a campus there. So today, if we wanted to do that, we’d probably produce more traffic, which has already been approved....that we’ll be doing with the ballpark.


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US Firm Dresses Clergy for Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 10 April 2008 10:30

StolesWith Yankee Stadium now in its final season, there has been talk of the final game ever being played within The House That Ruth Built being an outdoor NHL game.

But, the final year of Yankee Stadium will see something completely different when Pope Benedict XVI visits later this month.

While this author is not Catholic, the following news by way of press release is one of those, "You never thought of that" bit of news interesting enough to pass along.

When the faithful come forward for communion at the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium on April 20th, they will be served by 500 Catholic priests and deacons.

How do you dress the 500 for such a visit? Each will wear a white stole designed and made in Pittsfield, Maine, by CM Almy, who they claim is "America's oldest church outfitter."

The Archdiocese of New York, which ordered the stoles from Almy, specified that each be embroidered "Benedict XVI, April 20, 2008" and plans to give them to participating clergy as keepsakes.

"Church vestment making is still centered in Europe. The Pope and much of his retinue are outfitted by European companies," said Almy President Stephen Fendler. "Yet we believe the Archdiocese trusts us to make vestments and appointments for its clergy, and for distinguished guests, that are equal to the world's finest. They also know that we can manage such a large project reliably. Over the years, it has been a privilege to be a part of many moments, big and small, in the life the Archdiocese."

No word on whether Majestic Athletic or New Era is looking to get into the "Church vestment" business. With the stories that Yankee Stadium could tell, and the idea of communion taking place in the same confines... well, what would Ruth, Mantle, and who knows how many others, say?


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Fenway Park to Host Neil Diamond on Aug. 23rd PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 April 2008 03:42

Neil DiamondIn the midst of the World Series champions Boston Red Sox’s season opener yesterday, and during the eighth-inning sing-along of "Sweet Caroline", the video board displayed Neil Diamond where it was announced he will be performing live in concert at the Fenway on Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 as part of his 2008 World Tour.

Since 1997, Diamond’s 1969 hit “Sweet Caroline” has been pumped from the speakers at Fenway Park during every Red Sox home game. Since 2002 it has become a tradition in the middle of the eighth inning and embraced by Red Sox fans. 

Ticket information for Neil Diamond’s August 23 show at Fenway Park will be announced on www.neildiamond.com.

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No Naming Rights Deal for Nationals Park Expected Soon PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 April 2008 11:00

Nationals ParkNow that Nationals Park has officially opened, don't expect a naming rights deal by the end of the season. That according to Nationals principle owner Mark Lerner. As reported by the Sports Business Journal:

“I’m not anticipating anything this year,” principal owner Mark Lerner said. “It’ll happen in due course. These things are hard to put together. But, no, I’m not anticipating any renewed or increased push just because the stadium is now open.”

One of the reasons for the delay in inking a naming rights deal for the new $611 million ballpark is due to the bid price, which reportedly is starting at $8 million annunally. That would rank the Nationals deal as one of the highest per-year deals in American professional sports, and as reported, certainly outside of the New York market where Citi Field, new Yankee Stadium, and the new Meadowlands projects are underway.

The effort to land a naming rights deal comes against the backdrop of a weakened economy, and shallow corporate base in the DC area. 


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Colorado Rockies, Coors Agree to 10-year Deal PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2008 12:23

RockiesThe Colorado Rockies and the #3 brewer in the United States have agreed to a deal that will keep the “Coors” in “Coors Field” for at least another 10 years.

The deal, which includes licensing, advertising and hospitality rights, extends an agreement first signed when Coors Field opened in 1995. It also gives Molson Coors exclusive naming rights for a seating section behind home plate.

The financial details have not yet been disclosed.

The Rockies played their first two seasons, 1993 and 1994, in Mile High Stadium before moving to Coors Field in 1995.  The park offers 63 luxury suites, 4,500 club seats and its total capacity is 50,445.


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When it Comes to Hot Dog Consumption, Mets Fans Rule PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 March 2008 14:47

Hot DogIt’s the food that’s as traditional as the game itself. The hot dog, in all its forms, is the perennial favorite at ballparks across the country.

In what will surely make the American Heart Association cringe, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that 30 million hot dogs will be consumed at the 30 ballparks across the nation this year.

To place that in perspective the NSDSC says that those 30 million hot dogs would be enough to round the bases 41,776 times.

And which fans love hot dogs the most? Would it be Los Angeles with the classic Dodger Dog? Nope, it’s Mets fans at Shea Stadium.

According to a survey conducted by the NSDSC, Mets fans will consume more than 2 million hot dogs this year. Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is the runner up, with fans projected to consume more than 1.7 million hot dogs. Third place goes to Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, with approximately 1.5 million hot dogs expected to be consumed.

And, get this, a number of ballparks offer special events like "dollar dog nights," where as many as 70,000 hot dogs are sold in one evening.

As for the types of hot dogs being sold across the country, the traditional “dog and bun” simply isn’t enough, Turner Field and the Braves dresses their “Georgia Dog” with coleslaw, chili and onion relish. The Metrodome and the Twins with their “Dome Dog” is a black angus dog served with toppings made fresh daily. At Fenway Park, the famous “Fenway Franks” are either boiled or grilled, and served on a New England bun with mustard and relish. At Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, the “Rockie Dog”, a footlong with grilled peppers, kraut and onions is served and at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, the Comiskey hot dog is king.

Other stadiums serve up locally-produced or preferred products – such as Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers, which offers crackblack pepper sausages and hotlinks, or Angel Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which serves up Angelitos soft tacos and chili pepper burritos. At Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, the team mascot "Slugger" shoots Schweigert hot dogs into the crowd during the seventh-inning stretch. The ever-popular Nathan's Hot Dogs are served up at Shea Stadium.

No word on the number of heart attacks that claim the lives of baseball fans, however.

When it comes to the hot dog, this author has never been to a game without having one. It’s part of the experience. This passage in Field of Dreams seems to sum it up best:

Ray Kinsella: So what do you want?

Terence Mann: I want them to stop looking to me for answers, begging me to speak again, write again, be a leader. I want them to start thinking for themselves. I want my privacy.

Ray Kinsella: No, I mean, what do you want?

[Gestures to the concession stand they're in front of]

Terence Mann: Oh. Dog and a beer.

Source: The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council


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Dodgertown R.I.P.: Dodgers Complete AZ Arrangements PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 March 2008 14:38

Los Angeles DodgersLos Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt announced today that they have completed all the arrangements for playing Spring Training in Glendale, AZ next year, thus completing the final aspect of moving the Dodgers from their longtime home of Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL.

 “This is the culmination of a long journey designed to give Dodgers fans a shorter journey," said McCourt. “Since the start of this process, we sought to bring the Dodgers closer to the people of Los Angeles. They have supported this team for 50 years on the West Coast, and while we loved our spring home on the East Coast, we know that over the next 50 years, far more fans of the Dodgers can enjoy Spring Training if the trip is five hours by car instead of five hours by plane."

The new Spring Training complex in Glendale will be shared with the Chicago White Sox, and includes everything from retail development to an 18-hole golf course. Between the complex’s location and size, it reaches across both Glendale and Phoenix city borders.

The Dodgers spent 60 years in Dodgertown, a now historic location for the Dodgers and baseball.

 “We have notified Indian River County and the City of Vero Beach that we will not exercise the option to remain in Vero Beach until 2021,” McCourt said. That option would have expired on March 31, 2008. “While we are confident at this point that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, we will be able to conduct spring training in Glendale in 2009, we have until July 15 to make that determination.”

Earlier this month, the McCourt said that some aspects of Dodgertown would be coming to the new Glendale, AZ (read Dodgers Plan to Move Dodgertown to Arizona).

“As is the case whenever a family moves out of the neighborhood, we are filled with mixed emotions," said Dodger President Jamie McCourt. "The Dodgers established some deep friendships in Florida, and they will endure. And just as a family experiences in such a move, there are new friends to be made in our new neighborhood.

"The key to this move, however, is the obvious proximity to our fan base. Spring Training provides one of the best opportunities for an intimate look at baseball. You can walk up to players, see what they look like, and get an autograph to commemorate the meeting. When an eight-year-old has that experience, her or his eyes are as wide as the player is tall. It's a great way to help children fall in love with baseball, and through the years, they are forever grateful to the family members who made that life-changing moment possible.

"As soon as the Dodgers landed in Phoenix, families wearing Dodger Blue were waiting. It was a daily unofficial welcoming committee. We can't wait till next spring, and in the meantime, we get to enjoy a full baseball season, wire to wire."

Source: Press Release – Los Angeles Dodgers


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Tigers Add 778 New Seats to Comerica Park. Ticket Prices. PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 March 2008 13:07
TigersThe Detroit Tigers announced today that have added 778 seats to Comerica Park, which will increase the ballpark's seating capacity to 41,782 on Opening Day.

The seats have been added on risers along the main concourse behind existing seating sections and in newly created auxiliary sections on the Dew Deck/Pepsi Porch in right field. The seats in the new locations will cost between $12-$25 each and be available for all home games on the schedule, with the exception of Opening Day. Seats in these locations for the home opener against the Royals on March 31 have already been sold.

"With the unprecedented demand for Tigers tickets in 2008, we have been looking for opportunities to increase our seating capacity without impacting the aesthetics of Comerica Park," said Tigers President, CEO & General Manager David Dombrowski. "These additions will provide more fans an opportunity to enjoy Tigers baseball this season."

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House That Ruth Built Won PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 March 2008 20:24

Yankee StadiumWith the current Yankee Stadium about to become history, those that want a piece of that stories history will surely come running. How much is a dugout seat worth? What about a box seat that you’ve sat in for years? Hey, even the urinals in Busch Stadium II were sold. Stadium memorabilia is hot item these days.

And while the public is dumping truckloads of cash into the new Yankee Stadium (see renderings of the new design), the Yankees have said that they will not be purchasing the current Yankee Stadium in order to gain the revenues from selling off the pieces. As reported by Ticker:

“We have been in talks with city officials to determine the best way for the city to realize value in the assets of the current Yankee Stadium,” Yankees president Randy Levine said in a statement. “The goal is to find the best and most efficient way to make memorabilia items available to the public and our fans.

“There is no agreement as of yet as to the best method of making these items available, but our discussions with the city are continuing. When there is an agreement we will let everyone know.”

One wonders how much pieces of King George’s owner’s suite will fetch.


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Mariners Reach Naming Rights Deal with Wells Fargo PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 March 2008 09:34
MarinersThe Seattle Mariners announced today that the Terrace Club, a premium seating and fan hospitality area of Safeco Field, has been re-branded the Wells Fargo Terrace Club. The Mariners have had a longstanding partnership with Wells Fargo.

Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

The now names, “Wells Fargo Terrace Club” is a premium seating section on the second  level of Safeco Field.  There are 4,677 seats along both the first and third base lines.  Seats are padded and include in-seat wait staff service of food and beverages.  Wells Fargo Terrace Club ticket holders have access to two exclusive, climate-controlled lounge areas located just behind the seating areas.  Lounges include full service bars and upscale food choices, some available only on the Terrace Club level, “such as a wood fired pizza oven, pasta bar, and carving stations” according to the Mariners.

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The Taj Mahal of MLB: Images of New Yankee Stadium PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 March 2008 13:19

New Yankee Stadium - Grand HallIt has been well documented that when new Yankee Stadium is opened to the public, it will far surpass any stadium in terms of total, and hidden costs to the public.

But, when the doors swing open in 2009, there may never have been a stadium that has had more of a "wow factor", and chances are there may not be one in the near future.

I was greatly impressed with the Mets paying homage to Ebbets Field with the exterior and main entrance touches. But, the collections of recently released renderings of new Yankee Stadium, arguably, bowl all of the recent stadium designs over, at least in terms of the interior touches.

The image above is of the Grand Hall – the main entrance into the stadium, and speaks to the "grandness" of the design.

A collection of 17 new images have been added to the ten images we collected in 2006, as part of our Ballpark Renderings section, including the one you see here. All the images, when selected, provide a high-resolution version, for greater detail.

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Harold Baines Statute Coming to U.S. Cellular Field PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 March 2008 10:13

Harold BainesHe's not in the Baseball Hall of Fame, yet, but he's about to become immortal.

The Chicago While Sox announced today that a life-sized sculpture of franchise legend and longtime fan favorite Harold Baines will be unveiled by the Chicago White Sox prior to their game vs. Kansas City on Sunday, July 20 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Baines becomes the seventh White Sox great immortalized in bronze at the ballpark. Sculptures of club founder Charles A. Comiskey and Cuban great Orestes “Minnie” Minoso were unveiled in 2004. Carlton Fisk’s sculpture was installed in 2005, while the famous double-play duo of Luis Aparicio and Nellie Fox was honored with sculptures in 2006. Last season, a sculpture of White Sox pitching star Bill Pierce was unveiled on the concourse near centerfield.

“Harold Baines was the automatic choice for this year’s honor,” said White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “Harold has consistently personified class and professionalism in his approach to the game and his Hall of Fame-caliber skills were wrapped in a very humble, friendly personality. A favorite of White Sox fans when he played, Harold remains popular to this day.”

Baines was drafted by the White Sox in 1977 and made his major league debut in 1980. Over his next 22 seasons in major league baseball, Baines clubbed 384 home runs and drove in 1,628 runs – with 221 of the home runs and 981 of the RBI coming as a member of the White Sox. During that span, Baines was named to the American League All-Star Team six times and finished in the league’s Top 10 for batting average three times.

The White Sox retired uniform No. 3 in 1989, making Baines the only active White Sox player to receive the honor. After being traded to the Texas Rangers in 1989, Baines returned to the White Sox twice, first from 1996-97, then again from 2000-01. Still on the franchise leader board in a number of offensive categories, Baines ranks third in home runs, third in RBI, third in extra-base hits (585), fourth in doubles (320) and fifth in hits (1,773) in franchise history.

Now entering his fifth season on the White Sox coaching staff and third as first base coach, Baines recently became eligible for baseball’s Hall of Fame ballot in 2008. 

Source: The Chicago White Sox 


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Garlic Jim's Pizza and Mariners Reach Partnership Deal PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 March 2008 08:33

Garlic Jim'sThe Seattle Mariners announced today that they have added Everett-based pizza chain Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza as the latest addition to food offering at Safeco Field. Garlic Jim's has entered into a multi-year corporate partnership with the Seattle Mariners. Financial terms were not released.

Garlic Jim's, the "official pizza of the Seattle Mariners," will be available at concessions stands at Safeco Field for the 2008 season.The offerings will include 8-inch personal pizzas with a variety of toppings.

The sponsorship agreement also includes signage inside Safeco Field, an in-park "lucky row" pizza giveaway and a register-to-win contest.

MarinersThe "lucky row" promotion will take place during selected Mariners home games.Entire rows will be chosen at random to win free pizzas.On occasion, the contest will include a "pass the pizza box" competition with prizes awarded to the fastest, most skillful rows of fans.

Prizes for the register-to-win contest will include four Commissioners Box seats, 10 front row View Reserved tickets, a private suite for 20, with catering by Garlic Jim's, Seattle Mariners Team Store gift cards and shopping sprees and the chance to watch Mariners batting practice from the field.Entries will be available over the course of the season at www.mariners.com and at participating Puget Sound Garlic Jim's locations.

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White Sox to Unveil Statue, PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 March 2008 08:01

White SoxOn Friday, April 11, the Chicago White Sox will unveil the “Champions Plaza” and “Championship Moments” monument, a diamond-shaped plaza featuring a prominent bronze and granite monument celebrating the 2005 World Series championship.  The new brick plaza, located at U.S. Cellular Field’s main entrance at Gate 4, is comprised of “legacy bricks” inscribed with personal messages from fans and features an historic timeline highlighting franchise milestones.

Prior to the game that Friday vs. Detroit, the plaza and monument will be unveiled before fans, local dignitaries and former White Sox players representing the franchise’s division, league and World Series champion teams.  The ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

“Champions Plaza and our Championship Moments monument are very special additions to U.S. Cellular Field and the fan experience at White Sox games,” said Scott Reifert, White Sox vice president of communications and president of Chicago White Sox Charities.  “The baseball diamond-shaped brick plaza, with the monument standing at the center, symbolizes the relationship between the team and our fans – those legacy bricks serve as the foundation of the plaza, just like our fans do for the White Sox organization.  We expect this monument and plaza to become one of the most popular meeting spots for fans at the ballpark.”

The large monument, completed during the past two years by sculptor Julie Rotblatt-Amrany of The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany (Highwood, Ill.), is made of a combination of white bronze and black granite.  The same studio also developed the popular sculptures of Charles A. Comiskey, Minnie Minoso, Carlton Fisk, Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox and Bill Pierce, which are located on the center field concourse at U.S. Cellular Field.

Proceeds from the sale of legacy bricks for Champions Plaza went to Chicago White Sox Charities.  After the unveiling on April 11, the White Sox will announce a timeline for a second opportunity for fans to purchase their own legacy bricks.

“We’ve been very pleased with the initial fan response to our legacy brick offer,” Reifert said.  “And we expect that once fans see the plaza and monument, we quickly will sell out of remaining brick inventory.  One of the best parts of the plaza is reading all of the inscriptions from our fans.  The stories and memories are amazing and moving.”

Source: The Chicago White Sox 


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Friendly Confines South? Cubs Could Share US Cellular PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 March 2008 22:00

US Cellular FieldIf Sam Zell has his way, and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority purchases Wrigley Field, it is conceivable that the Cubs could wind up sharing U.S. Cellular Field with the White Sox for at least part of a season while renovations to Wrigley were being made. That according to Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney.

The ISFA already operates U.S. Cellular Field, so any conflicts with the White Sox might be mitigated. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, could see two options, one where the changes are made over the course of several seasons, and the Cubs stay in Wrigley, or another where major changes are made as quickly as possible:

"Maybe we don't need to be out for a whole season," [Kenney] said. "Maybe construction would start [the] last day of the season, it would go through the off-season and maybe call it until June to get some major work done. Maybe you could phase it in over time."

Kenney has not approached Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf about the possibility of playing at The Cell.
"To be honest, the architects really drive this, because they talk about lead time on ordering steel, etc., and how this would all work," Kenney said.

"There's a school of thought that (sports architectural firm) HOK has that you could actually phase it in and not lose a season at Wrigley. But then the question is, do you want to live through three years of construction? Or do you want to take the pain and maybe lose one season or a major portion of one season and just get it done?"

As to the proposed naming rights deal for Wrigley, Kenney said there are three corporations showing interest. As we reported (The Curse of Ex-Wrigley Field), even if Zell’s lofty $400 million, 20 year naming rights deal were to transpire, the corporation purchasing the secondary naming rights would be over paying in excess of 275 percent.

Wrigley Field, by any other name, will always be Wrigley Field. As to the idea of Cats and Dogs (Cubs and White Sox fans) living in harmony...

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SEE IT: New Signage for Progressive Field PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 March 2008 06:29

The transformation from Jacobs Field to Progressive Field continues in Cleveland as the new signage for the ballpark continues to be created and prepared to be hung.

Late last week, the Indians provided the media with access to Cleveland-based Brilliant Electric Sign Company where the signage is being created.

All of the new signage will be in place by Opening Day.

The following images were provided by the Cleveland Indians, courtesy of Kalman and Pabst Photo Group.

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The End of Day-Game Only Baseball Comes to Majors PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 March 2008 07:46
McKechnie FieldIt may not be Wrigley Field, or a major league ballpark, but a bit of history is coming to MLB when the lights go on, and day-only games are gone at McKechnie Field, the Pirates spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Located in Bradenton, Florida, the town has hosted spring training since 1923, but this Friday, the lights will come on, and an end of an era will close. As reported by The AP:

This is all new. We don’t know what to do,” said former Pirates reliever Kent Tekulve, a spring training instructor and a frequent Bradenton visitor. “The people are going to go to dinner first, then go to the game, as opposed to the game first and then dinner. The early bird special is going to be all out of whack.”

[…]

Because of the historic occasion, shortstop Jack Wilson—the team’s most tenured player with eight seasons in a Pirates uniform—plans to ask manager John Russell to let him play in the night game rather than the day game.

“It’s definitely going to feel weird at first,” Wilson said. “But I think it’s nice. It’s great for the city… I want to play in it. I’d sleep in, have the day, then play.”

McKechnie Field has been the last holdout for lighted games. The last stadium before McKechnie was when Wrigley Field went to lights in 1988. 


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SEE IT: Nationals Unveil Video Display, Install Homeplate PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 March 2008 13:06

Yesterday, the Washington Nationals unveiled their new video display system and ceremoniously laid homplate into place in the new Nationals Ballpark, which will be opening this season.

The following images show the High-Definition videoboard, measuring 4,532 square feet, 101 feet in width x 43 feet in length, along with John Royce, Nationals groundskeeper, Steve Kuhn, owner of JK Moving, Nationals mascot "Screech", Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten, District Officials, Matthew Cutts, Greg O’Dell and Vince Morris, as homeplate is installed.

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