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Thread: Is Baseball In The US A Good Watch Live ?

  1. #41

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    Quote Originally Posted by Des Parrot View Post
    The thread started with the Giants who spent 8 decades in New York before moving to SF in the 50’s, they’re 140 years old!
    How can a team spend eighty years playing in such a fantastic city as New York, just up sticks and move right across the country to another state, it defies belief!
    They would have surely built up a loyal fanbase during that time, along with merchandise of the club throughout the city.

  2. #42

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    Quote Originally Posted by cityhammer View Post
    I love Ken whatshisface's documentary on baseball, and theres a good one all about Ebbets field on Netflix too. Battered Bastards of baseball is a cracker tho.
    Burns? If so, he's an excellent documentary maker. The American Civil War, The West, Country Music and a lot else.

  3. #43

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock_Flock_of_Five View Post
    How can a team spend eighty years playing in such a fantastic city as New York, just up sticks and move right across the country to another state, it defies belief!
    They would have surely built up a loyal fanbase during that time, along with merchandise of the club throughout the city.
    The word 'Franchise' says it all. The dollar means more than tradition in many ways in the States.

  4. #44

    Re: Is Baseball In The US A Good Watch Live ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rock_Flock_of_Five View Post
    How can a team spend eighty years playing in such a fantastic city as New York, just up sticks and move right across the country to another state, it defies belief!
    They would have surely built up a loyal fanbase during that time, along with merchandise of the club throughout the city.
    By the end of the1950s their attendances had dropped and the Polo Grounds where they played in upper Harlem was in a bad state of disrepair. This was in spite of them winning the world series in 54 and having Willie Mays on the team, often rated as one of the greatest players ever. The people running baseball were keen to see expansion too as there weren't any teams west of St Louis.

  5. #45

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Lime View Post
    By the end of the1950s their attendances had dropped and the Polo Grounds where they played in upper Harlem was in a bad state of disrepair. This was in spite of them winning the world series in 54 and having Willie Mays on the team, often rated as one of the greatest players ever. The people running baseball were keen to see expansion too as there weren't any teams west of St Louis.
    & they followed the Dodgers who went to LA. NY went from 3 teams to 1

  6. #46

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    Burns? If so, he's an excellent documentary maker. The American Civil War, The West, Country Music and a lot else.
    Excellent, thanks for the lead, plenty to look at there.

    https://kenburns.com/the-films/

  7. #47

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    Yeah it's bloody great. I've been to a few games in Philly NY and Chicago and loved it. Never been to Oracle but a good mate of mine has and he loved it. IMHO it's the quintessential American sporting experience, there's nothing quite like belting out Take Me Out To The Ballgame in the 7th innings stretch.

    The pace is similar to cricket, its quite relaxed with lots of breaks punctuated by occasional outstanding athletic feats. Unless you're going to a playoff game or a pennant games, it won't be that busy and you can mill around and pretty much sit where you like. Booze and food and be expensive but they often have promotions and freebies.

  8. #48

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    It’s the only “North American” sport I’m really into. Got into it by pure chance in my student days in the early 00s via Channel Five and got hooked. They had an endearing crew covering between innings in a slightly ramshackle and irreverent style, made up of British and ex-pat Americans/Canadians. Nice nostalgic write up here: https://theathletic.com/1040282/2019...y-2000s/?amp=1

    Followed the show until it sadly went off air in the late 00s. Lost touch with the game until a few years back and have got back into it again. Watch a game a week, give or take, and listen to Baseball Tonight a few times a week.

    Wish BT Sport would resurrect something similar to the C5 setup for a UK audience now they have the rights.

    It’s a big sport in Japan too and worth going to watch a game there should the chance present itself, bit of a different atmosphere and experience.

  9. #49

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kind of Blue View Post
    It’s the only “North American” sport I’m really into. Got into it by pure chance in my student days in the early 00s via Channel Five and got hooked. They had an endearing crew covering between innings in a slightly ramshackle and irreverent style, made up of British and ex-pat Americans/Canadians. Nice nostalgic write up here: https://theathletic.com/1040282/2019...y-2000s/?amp=1

    Followed the show until it sadly went off air in the late 00s. Lost touch with the game until a few years back and have got back into it again. Watch a game a week, give or take, and listen to Baseball Tonight a few times a week.

    Wish BT Sport would resurrect something similar to the C5 setup for a UK audience now they have the rights.

    It’s a big sport in Japan too and worth going to watch a game there should the chance present itself, bit of a different atmosphere and experience.
    very big in South Korea too

  10. #50

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    Glad I saw a game at Yankies stadium, for the overall experience.
    The game was shite and way too long.
    Once was enough.

  11. #51

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    Every one of the North American sports is a great day/night out. Baseball by far the cheapest and longest. Helps dramatically if you have a basic understanding (I love the strategic nuances of MLB & NFL). It helps even more if you’re emotionally invested in a team. Fortunately I am as Toronto has everything but an NFL team, but Fantasy Football more than makes up for that. I thought the Fantasy Premier League was good but the NFL version is SO much better

  12. #52

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    Quote Originally Posted by Des Parrot View Post
    & they followed the Dodgers who went to LA. NY went from 3 teams to 1
    Yep for the next 11 years the Yankees was the only game in town. The Mets have strong support there now but it always seems like a Yankee city
    Last edited by Harry Lime; 03-08-22 at 14:10. Reason: Spelling typo

  13. #53

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    I watch 10 min highlights on You Tube (almost) every day…..got a “free bet” on the Mets to win the World Series …Go Mets !

  14. #54

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    Quote Originally Posted by G rangetown Blue View Post
    I watch 10 min highlights on You Tube (almost) every day…..got a “free bet” on the Mets to win the World Series …Go Mets !
    If I was a betting man, my money would be on a Yankees v Dodgers World Series.

  15. #55

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    Quote Originally Posted by cityhammer View Post
    If I was a betting man, my money would be on a Yankees v Dodgers World Series.
    Yeah, that’s probably favourite…although the Mets did ‘sweep’ the Yankees recently

  16. #56

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    Quote Originally Posted by Des Parrot View Post
    It’s the only movie where I know every word in the script and receipt it in time with the actors.

    Weirdly I’m not a fan of modern baseball by I love baseball history & have probably watched every available film / documentary.

    Ty Cobb wanted to play, but none of us could stand the son-of-a-bitch when we were alive, so we told him to stick it!
    There is a regular season game being played in August on the actual site where the film was made. They did it for the first time last season and it was a great watch for any fans of the film

  17. #57

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    I’ve been lucky enough to visit several MLB stadiums, and a little tip is to buy the cheapest ticket you can, as the stadiums are rarely full, and you can just walk around the promenade and watch the game, and very often sit where you want after a few innings.

  18. #58

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Lime View Post
    Yep for the next 11 years the Yankees was the only game in town. The Mets have strong support there now but it always seems like a Yankee city
    The Dodgers' last game in Brooklyn was in 1957. The Mets started playing in 1962 and had their own brand new stadium by 1964. That was the main reason the Dodgers left Brooklyn, which is the most common reason for any sports franchise in the US relocating: they wanted a new stadium.

  19. #59

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kind of Blue View Post
    It’s a big sport in Japan too and worth going to watch a game there should the chance present itself, bit of a different atmosphere and experience.
    I had the good fortune to visit Japan a few years ago and took the opportunity to watch games there too.

    The atmosphere at them was fantastic.

    Saw a game at the Tokyo Dome where the Giants played (They’re not called Tokyo, but Yomiuri Giants) What a brilliant venue. There were playing a team from the far side of Japan. The away fans were something else, didn’t shut up all game.

    I also saw a Tokyo derby at the Swallows’s stadium. That was a great game. Amazing atmosphere. Ground was a sell out, ground was split 50-50 with each set of fans. The noise did not relent all game. One of the beat atmosphere’s I’ve ever experienced at a sports game. Would definitely go back to watch another.

  20. #60

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grangenders View Post
    There is a regular season game being played in August on the actual site where the film was made. They did it for the first time last season and it was a great watch for any fans of the film
    They did the whole thing exceptionally well. Loved the fact that the players entered the field of play by coming out of the surrounding corn field

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