I was watching a spring training game on cable this weekend when I saw that logo above on one of the teams’ hats. I thought to myself, “Are they playing a college team or something?”. Nope, it is the new major league logo for what they are now calling the Miami Marlins (formerly the Florida Marlins).
Now that is bad enough, but they’ve also got a new stadium. Wait’ll you see the new feature that comes to life when a Marlin hits a home run at the new stadium:
Nope, not Dodger Stadium…but close! It’s one of the replica fields at the new Big League Dreams facility in Perris Valley. You may have been to one of the other Big League Dreams locations around So. Cal. before, they’ve got ‘em in Jurupa Valley, Chino Hills, West Covina, and out in the desert in Cathedral City, but they just opened the new one out in Romoland this past Saturday…
So I was spending my Monday here at 96-7 KCAL Rocks doing what I usually do, which is find great ways to waste time on the internet. After I checked my fantasy football teams and watched a bunch of FAIL videos of guys getting hit in the crotch, I stumbled across THIS LINK to the 2012 promotional calendar for the San Francisco Giants. You’ll never guess what I found. Unless you already read the title of this article. Or looked at the picture. Anyway, read more to learn all about it.
Checking in with Southern California’s real major league baseball outfit, we find your Los Angeles Angels of Wherever are in a really interesting place as the major league tradeline approaches on Sunday.
It’s called second place…in a league where the Wild Card is going to whoever finishes second in the East. They’re too good to break up, but they’re probably not good enough to win the race. In other words, welcome to purgatory.
When they get done celebrating Ervin Santana’s No-No, the Angels to figure out a way to move on up on the West Side. Just one thing: there’s no easy way for them to do it.
Juan Uribe’s soul is filled with melancholy dejection.
When the 2011 season began, we figured things would be ugly in Dodgertown. We’re sure, however, that we didn’t expect this level of misery and angst. How bad is it? Well, while the Blue are struggling to avoid the NL West cellar, everyone’s favorite punching bags, the Pittsburgh Pirates are leading the NL Central.
It’s enough to make Tommy Lasorda stop bleeding blue and go goth, bleed black, and mourn the fact that life in Chavez Ravine is full of pain, nothing but pain, dark depressing nothingness that eats your soul.
Not that our anti-hero, Frankrupt, the Robert Smith of baseball owners, has totally blown this thing, but while the budgetless, clueless Bucs are on top of their division, the Blue are a dozen games below .500 and sinking like a stone.
What a great weekend that was for for baseball lovers as we head into the All-Star break…
Would you buy a used baseball franchise from this gentleman?
Sometimes, someone nails something so perfectly that (1) you just have to share it with your friends, and (2) there’s no point in doing much more than linking to their work.
Oh sure, last week Daryl turned you on to the new line of Frankrupt gear. However, if you want to see an incredibly well-assembled list of the ongoing sins of the Frank (and Jamie) McCourt error era error, it’s right here at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness.
Personally, we’re reminded of a famous moment from a legendary TV series, M*A*S*H when Frank Burns ends up wearing a toe tag with a message that describes the state of the McCourt boondoggle perfectly: emotionally exhausted and morally bankrupt. We were, by the way, mildly amused to discover that Frank Burns has a longer Wikipedia page than most real people.
Then he’d be the one cashing in on the t-shirt sales instead of the guy that came up with the new line of “Frankrupt” stuff…
Not that it’s exactly a surprise, but us sports fans are now being treated to a doubleshot of lockouts. With the NBA having joined the NFL in Laborstrifeland at midnight, instead of getting amped up for the new seasons, we get to watch two simultaneous episodes of Billionaires vs. Millionaires.
Who do you think will win? Do you really care? Us neither.
And now…to hop on the itsovernoitisnt rollercoaster! Over the last couple weeks, there’s been increasing noise that the NFL lockout may be done soon. Today, the WWL says “optimism is waning” for an agreement. Like we said, enjoy the rollercoaster ride.