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Here is some good news. The Oakland A's are reducing their beer prices: http://ballparkdiges...ng-beer-prices/

 

Still going to be $10 for a decent beer. I wonder what craft beer they will have, they've got a number of solid craft breweries in the neighborhood.

 

The blogcasts you are doing about the best beers in the world are going to ruin you on the "big breweries". Budweiser and Miller Lite will never taste good to you again! Not that they were all that good to begin with.


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The blogcasts you are doing about the best beers in the world are going to ruin you on the "big breweries". Budweiser and Miller Lite will never taste good to you again! Not that they were all that good to begin with.

 

 

I admire the size and scale that the big brewers operate on, and the fact they can produces a light American Lager that tastes the same in every can is impressive. But I only get to drink so many beers in this lifetime, and I don't want to waste it on flavorless stuff.  :p

 

Thankfully you can find a decent alternative almost everywhere nowadays. I read that the A's are getting Strike Brewery on tap, which is just down the street from me, so that's neat.



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The Rebirds here in town have a craft beer they are selling in the ballpark now. I think it's called Dugout IPA. I don't know who is making it for them. I haven't been to a Redbirds game in a long time. I don't work in Memphis anymore so I seldom get down that way. I like that trend though. The Tampa Bay Rays have their own brand too.



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Here is some good news. The Oakland A's are reducing their beer prices: http://ballparkdiges...ng-beer-prices/


Dave Kaval has been making the right moves as far as the fan base is concerned after being appointed team president: holding office hours open to the public; greater transparency; regular engagement with the media; promoting team history and former greats; actively embracing Oakland; upgrading food options and bringing in the excellent local food truck scene; and lowering beer prices. I'm actually optimistic about the future prospects of the A's.

Now the Warriors are starting to go in the wrong direction. I dislike the move to San Francisco. The food and beverage prices right now are insane. A burger and drink is costing me more than $20. Parking is $40. Parking at the exact same lot for an A's game is $20. My season ticket prices have gone up by 50% the last few years. There's also been a remarkably different demographic change at the arena. Hardcore fans are definitely getting priced out.

...like a hypocrite, I just literally renewed for next season...

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Here is some good news. The Oakland A's are reducing their beer prices: http://ballparkdiges...ng-beer-prices/


Dave Kaval has been making the right moves as far as the fan base is concerned after being appointed team president: holding office hours open to the public; greater transparency; regular engagement with the media; promoting team history and former greats; actively embracing Oakland; upgrading food options and bringing in the excellent local food truck scene; and lowering beer prices. I'm actually optimistic about the future prospects of the A's.

Now the Warriors are starting to go in the wrong direction. I dislike the move to San Francisco. The food and beverage prices right now are insane. A burger and drink is costing me more than $20. Parking is $40. Parking at the exact same lot for an A's game is $20. My season ticket prices have gone up by 50% the last few years. There's also been a remarkably different demographic change at the arena. Hardcore fans are definitely getting priced out.

...like a hypocrite, I just literally renewed for next season...

 

 

You live on the east side of the Bay right? How long a drive will that be for you to see a Warriors game once they move?



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Trying to get to the bridge during rush hour is 4x the amount of masochism I would want to endure. Then having to try to find parking and pay for it?? No thanks. My left knee and clutch would revolt.

If I were to drive, leaving from my office to AT&T Park (a couple blocks from the arena site) will take me about an hour to an hour and a half. The commute from the office to the Oakland Coliseum complex is about 30 minutes.

When they move to SF, I'll be taking BART and then walk to the arena.

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I am pretty excited about the move for the Warriors, but I only go to a game once a season or so, and that area by the water is simply beautiful and one of my favorite places in the world. I will probably make a couple days of it when I go to a game and stay in a hotel. The rise in ticket prices has a lot more to do with them being winners though. The Giants had cheap ticket prices as well before they won a title.



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Yep. It's a combination of winning and the fact that the Warriors pay into the luxury tax, and that they are self-financing the arena. So of course, they pass off the expenses to chumps like me/us who are willingly cucked into accepting the price-gouging.

I've gone to 50% less games this year from last. But I like being a season ticket holder. Makes me feel like I bought my way into privileged, genteel society. Pip pip, cheerio, old chap! Why yes, thank you for the wine and cheese pairing invitation.

Going to A's games with the masses brings me back to my true riff-raff self, though.
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If the beer is cheaper the A's riff raff will be rowdier. There is a plus. The Grizz game I went to two weeks ago we had seats in the upper deck, 2nd row just to the center court side of the foul line. They were $16 each which is pretty decent. But that was for the Pelicans. Had the Warriors been there I think that same seat was $28



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Whitey Ford wore number 16 for the New York Yankees. He played sixteen years and in that time was a 10 time All Star, Six World Series Championships, 3 time AL leader in wins, twice in strike outs, won a Cy young and WS MVP. So 16 days to go with #16 Whitey Ford

 

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Going with another Yankee for the 15 day mark. Thurman Munson would probably not fit in well in one of today's clubhouses. Even in the '70's he was a throwback to an earlier time. He was known as much for cigars and whiskey in the clubhouse after the game as he was for prodigious hitting and aggressive defense add willingness the trow a punch during it. He had small patience for reporters and not much more for fans, even flipping the bird to the fans at Yankee Stadium who heckled him after an error. He was an All Star in seven of his eleven seasons, the first Yankee to win MVP and Rookie of the year and a consistent +.300 hitter. His defensive efficiency ratings rSB and RPP (a much bigger deal these days than then) make him the second best catcher in the AL history with a career BA over .250. Munson went a long way to inflame the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry with his longstanding feud with Red Sox  catcher and future HoF'er Carlton Fisk  including a few bench clearing brawls that they started. Sadly Munson's career was cut short when he died in a plane crash in 1979.

 

15 days to go with "The Captain" Thurman Munson

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14 days to go with a man who never lost his childlike joy at playing a game for a living. Mr. Cub #14 Ernie Banks

 

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13 days to go with....

 

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No. You know what, I never liked this f-----g guy. No doubting his ability but he was a cheater. And a more brazen cheater than the others. After getting caught, cleaned up and forgiven he went back for more. He had to know they were watching him. Plus his attitude towards his teammates, the game and the fans stands in sharp contrast to his teammate (and the man in whose shadow he will forever stand) Derek Jeter. So, screw A-Rod, Lets go with:

 

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Dave Concepción. He played 19 years for the Cincinnati Reds. He was a 9X Al Star, 5 Gold Gloves at short stop 2X Silver Slugger and the defensive cornerstone of the Big Red Machine championship teams in '75 & '76. For most of his career he was overshadowed on a team that featured Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Ken Griffey Sr, César Gerónimo, and George Foster. But his defense and solid hitting became the foundation on which great teams like that depend. The Reds retires his number in 2007.

 

13 days to go with Dave Concepción


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Most players who demonstrate excellence over time tend to do it playing for very few teams. It's not just that players like stability, teams don't let the really good ones get away if they can help it. Look at the guys in the HoF and you'll see four teams or less in a career is the norm. But #12 Roberto Alomar is the exception. He played for eight teams over sixteen seasons and did it with a level of excellence that is anything but journeyman. 12X All Star, 10 Gold Gloves, 4 Silver Slugger, and 2 World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays. He spent the most time with the Orioles but he's best known for scoring the game tying HR off Dennis Eckersely in the '92 ALCS and the series winning run in the '93 WS Game Six for the Blue Jays. No disrespect to Jon Snow but here is the REAL King in the North!

 

12 days to go with #12 Roberto Alomar

 

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I don't think Bobby Alomar is getting enough credit now for just how good he was.

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Here is some good news. The Oakland A's are reducing their beer prices: http://ballparkdiges...ng-beer-prices/


Dave Kaval has been making the right moves as far as the fan base is concerned after being appointed team president: holding office hours open to the public; greater transparency; regular engagement with the media; promoting team history and former greats; actively embracing Oakland; upgrading food options and bringing in the excellent local food truck scene; and lowering beer prices. I'm actually optimistic about the future prospects of the A's.

 

This is exactly what you were talking about: http://ballparkdiges...g-fan-outreach/


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Hmm. Either I don't write #BaseballFakeNews or I wrote that article, Comrade.

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Hmm. Either I don't write #BaseballFakeNews or I wrote that article, Comrade.

 

Unless you moved to Boston and chanced your name to Zach that's unlikely but you definitely beat him to the punch. :lol:  



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11 days to go with #11 Barry Larkin. This one is a no-brainier for me. Not just because he's the best player to wear #11. That is debatable (said Paul Warner & Vernon Gomez) but because I sort of met him once. On a muggy May night in 1996 I'm at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami with a friend and his young son for a Marlins/Reds game. After the game we went around to the south entrance where the players come out. Sometimes they would interact with the fans there, particularly the kids. The biggest star on either team Larkin spent almost a half an hour just talking to the kids and signing autographs. I was always so impressed by that. He signed my friend's son's baseball glove. As far as I know he still has it today. The story of his Hall of Fame career is well known but he always seemed to me to be such a down to earth guy. As an interesting aside is brother also played in the Majors, both daughters played lacrosse in college and his son is in the NBA. He has played for the Mavericks, Nicks, & Nets. Good genes in that family!

 

11 days left with Barry Larkin.

 

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I almost went with another of my all-time favorites here, Andre Dawson. But he only wore #10 for two seasons with the Expos. So we're going back to the glory days of the game with #10 Robert "Lefty" Grove. One of the beauties of this game is the stars of old could probably still compete with the stars of today. You can't say that in any other sport. Jim Thorpe was probably the greatest athlete of his day but could not make an NFL roster right now. But if Babe Ruth line up for the Yankees in Tampa today he could still hit. "Lefty" Grove was the greatest left handed pitcher of his day (not the most creative nickname though). Grove had a career record of 300-111. The first pitcher to ever win 300 he is still tied for third all time in career wins behind Tom Glavine and Randy Johnson. He won the World Series twice with the Philadelphia Athletics and was a 6X All Star, 9X ERA leader and 7x SO leader.

 

10 days to go with #10 Robert Grove

 

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