It’s Friday the cold, snowy weather is still pounding us in the northeast and I’m leaving for spring training in about 4 hours. While going through everything and looking up information I came across this:
Sitting on the Allegheny River, and the “New Pittsburgh” is beautiful PNC Park home to the rising Pittsburgh Pirates. This from a life long baseball fan who is also huge Yankees fan (grew-up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium) and is only haunted by one game, the 7th game of the 1960 World Series. If you are a Yankees fan, October 13, 1960 is nothing but heartache. No defeat for me hurts and stills hurts more than that one. Here are a few side notes, October 8th, 1960 was the first World Series game I attended, and for years sitting in an umbrella stand at my house was one of Bill Mazeroski’s game used bats from the 1960’s until I gave it to a neighbor who was from Pittsburgh.
While reading Nationalpastime.com, this caught my eye.
2006 after deliberating for a little more than four hours, a jury rules the Angels did not breach a contract with the city of Anaheim when the ball club changed its name. Thirteen months ago the team known as the Anaheim Angels became the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prompting the city where it plays to file a lawsuit, claiming the change in name amounted to at least $100 million in lost revenue. (http://www.nationalpastime.com/)
Then I wondered how many times the team located in Anaheim changed its name? A hundred years ago it was common practice for teams to change its name. Today it is the ballparks that are getting there names changed almost yearly. Listed below are the names the Angels have used, I like Anaheim Angles…
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (808-650 W-L, 2005 – 2013) – 4 Playoff Appearances
Anaheim Angels (664-632 W-L, 1997 – 2004) – 1 World Championship, 1 Pennant, and 2 Playoff Appearances
Earlier today I posted a link to Jayson Stark’s Blog on “Inching towards collision ban.more replay” little did I expect this announcement: MLB clubs unanimously approved expansion of instant replay. MajorLeague umps will serve as replay officials, who will make final call; All replays may be shown in-park…