Cubs lose, and a lesson in Florida baseball stadiums

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Let’s get the bad news over with first.  The Cubs lost to the Giants Monday night in 11 innings by a score of 2-1.  The Cubs gave the Giants the tying run on two errors by Anthony Rizzo combined with a play by Javy Baez that conveyed less than a sense of urgency. I’ll deal with the second Rizzo error and the play in question by Javy.

I love to watch Javy play but...…

When Kyle Hendricks made a throw to first to keep the Giants Alen Hanson close, the ball eluded Rizzo and went down the right field line.  Javy Baez ran it down, retrieved it, made a sandwich, and then threw ball in.  Somewhere between the time when Javy applied the ham and cheese to the sandwich, Hanson broke for home and made it, tying the score at 1-1.  Pablo Sandoval’s RBI single in the 11th inning sealed the Giants 2-1.

Looking on the sunny side of life...…

The biggest bright spot in the Cubs loss was the performance of Cubs starter, Kyle Hendricks.  Kyle went 8.1 innings, allowing only one unearned run while striking out eight.  If Kyle is the Kyle Hendricks of old, the Cubs picture is a lot brighter.

Rays looking for some dough

In MLB news out of Florida, the Tampa Bay Rays unveiled plans for a new stadium in downtown Tampa.  The price of the stadium, which would seat 31,000, would be $892 million.  The stadium doesn’t have a retractable roof, unlike the Miami Marlins stadium which had both a retractable roof and ownership.

Some day they'll find it, the money connection...

Rays ownership expressed a desire for the stadium to have a connection with the city of Tampa.  I assume that connection was meant to involve more than increased taxes.

At least he's not on welfare

You might remember former Miami Marlins owner, Jeffrey Loria, was able to fund a new stadium largely with public funds.  The new stadium greatly increased the value of the franchise.  Subsequently the team was sold for $1.2 billion.  That was close to ten times what Loria invested.  He basically pocketed a huge chunk of those public funds.  But, hey, at least he’s not defrauding the food stamp program like some welfare mother gaming the system.

A rising tide lifts all ships (some more than others)

An argument that is made for new sports stadiums is that they increase revenues of other businesses.  A case in point is the Miami Marlins’ new stadium.  After their new stadium was built, sales of carpetbags went through the roof.

Learn from Jerry

Some of us remember some years back when White Sox owner, Jerry Reinsdorf, leveraged a threat of moving the Sox to St. Petersburg to get state financing for a new stadium.  It’s a shame that after successfully making his threat, Jerry didn’t have a nicer ballpark built.  Maybe the Rays will learn from his mistake.

 

 

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