Ballparks are full of history. They each have thier own distinct features, The bricks and ivy in Wrigley, monument park and the mystique of Yankee stadium, the warehouse at Camden, the green monster at Fenway, and more, but when you go to a park its more than to see the game, its to take in the environment. As much as I dislike it, part of going to Turner is listening to the fans do that tommohawk chant. I also enjoy seeing the statues or plaques of players who have contributed to all that history.

Each ballpark also gives you a different perspective of the game. What might be a HR at one park is just a fly ball in another. The site lines, angles and views of a game vary from park to park, even if your sitting in the same general area. Also the in game extras , like the mascot races, or singing the stretch at Wrigley, Sweet Caroline at Fenway, or the 7th inning God Bless America at Yankee stadium.

Another great thing about parks is visiting the local bar near the stadium. Harry Carays and Murphy's in Chicago, Pickles in Baltimore, Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit, Hooters in Anaheim, Rock Bottom Brewery in Denver (and Cinci), Harpoon Brewery in Boston, and Billys sports bar in the Bronx.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Trade Deadline 2013

So that time of year is here again, and unfortunately, the Cubs are selling again, but we are playing a lot better and this time next year I think (hope) we could be buying. 

The Cubs made some minor moves sending Scott Feldman to the O's and Scott Hairston to the Nats. The biggest move just happened when we sent Matt Garza to the Rangers for 3 strong prospects and a PTBNL. Mike Olt, who has struggled a bit this year, but I think could be our 3rd baseman of the future and 2 pitchers, CJ Edwards and Justin Grimm. 
Garza is a free agent at the end of the year, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Cubs are in on his bidding. 

There are still plenty of rumors flying around. Soriano to the Yanks? Kevin Gregg to a team needing some bullpen help? We will see about that, but as far as others like DeJesus, Schierholtz, and Navarro, well I don't see them going anywhere unless someone is going to overpay for them. I guess we will find out soon. 

In other interesting Cubbie news, how about Junior Lake! He is HOT right now. It's only been a week, so we will see how long it lasts, but when so many young players come up and struggle at first, he is hitting .580 after a week. That will go down, but it is adding some excitement to the season so enjoy it.