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PaleHoser
08-31-2010, 10:53 AM
While posting a response to "What do you love about baseball?", I was coming up with some things that I either don't see or rarely see anymore, but love(d) as part of the game. So here's my list:

Scheduled double-headers.

High stirrups/short pants.

Knuckleballs.

Comiskey Park. Classic ballparks in general - Tiger Stadium, County Stadium, Yankee Stadium.

Complete games.

The buzz of the crowd. How many crowd shots do you see now with people staring into their phones?

Quiet between innings. The game can hold my attention. I don't need video/advertisements numbing my senses.

Andy the Clown.

Effective relief pitchers who can throw more than one inning.

seventyseven
08-31-2010, 11:19 AM
I agree with everything the OP said.

Also, players being allowed to police the game without help from the umpires.

TomBradley72
08-31-2010, 11:35 AM
Twi-night doubleheaders
No advertising behind home plate
McCuddy's

Zisk77
08-31-2010, 11:41 AM
Comiskey Park

Plastic batting hemet (actually size not ice cream cups)

Harold Baines

Awesome ugly 77' style uniforms

Wimpy

Watching a ball game with my granfather (former bug leaguer) and hearing him say stuff like "how can he take that fb there its the only one he's going to see?" And "he's not a prospect, he's a suspect."

Montreal Expos

Upper Deck Shots

Nancy playing we will rock you as the manager goes to talk to the pitcher and THEN playing Kiss him Goodbye as the pitching change is made.

Guys regularly going after the pivot man on dp attempts.

Rain delay programming conisting of past ws/allstar highlights.

Stoky44
08-31-2010, 11:42 AM
Scoreboard entertainment, like the pizza races between innings.
Only piped in music.
Cheer leading (Pride) crews on the field.
Pregame music concerts.
Expensive parking.
Numerous "first" pitches.

Chez
08-31-2010, 11:55 AM
Bats that don't shatter;

Fans discussing the game being played on the field rather than discussing their fantasy teams.

Bruizer
08-31-2010, 11:57 AM
$4 tickets and free parking...

Moses_Scurry
08-31-2010, 12:03 PM
Complete games. Closers that routinely go 2-3 innings. I hate the way the bullpen has become so specialized.

gogosox675
08-31-2010, 12:08 PM
This is going to sound crazy to a lot of people, but I actually do miss the old cookie cutter ballparks. I'm not saying they should still be around today, I'm just saying I miss that era of baseball. I grew up in the '90s watching the Cubs, so when it was time for a road trip, stadiums like Riverfront, Veterans Stadium, and Three Rivers were on the schedule. I'm a fan of the new ballparks, but when I think of my earliest baseball memories I think of those old ballparks.

doublem23
08-31-2010, 12:21 PM
Good stadium giveaways.

Craig Grebeck
08-31-2010, 12:32 PM
1. Complete games.
2. The designated hitter.
3. Smoking cigarettes in the dugout.
4. Teams hating each other.
5. Dan Quisenberry.

MeteorsSox4367
08-31-2010, 12:55 PM
Old Comiskey Park

Interlake Straight-A Days

Pitchers who went nine

Stirrups

The Expos

The Washington Senators

County Stadium

The Cardinals on KMOX

Sox' players hitting home runs into the upper deck or onto the roof

The College World Series at Rosenblatt

Good promotional items

Getting players' autographs as a kid

Henry Aaron being the all-time home run leader

Don Drysdale saying "Kenny, that's so true..."

Ballparks I grew up with as a kid

Talking baseball with a family friend who played in the majors in the '50s

Single-admission doubleheaders

rdwj
08-31-2010, 01:00 PM
In addition to the other things mentioned, I really miss the days when the organ music was ALL you had in the park. I also miss the popcorn holder megaphones.

SI1020
08-31-2010, 02:43 PM
Complete games. Closers that routinely go 2-3 innings. I hate the way the bullpen has become so specialized. I couldn't agree more. It puts managers in a strategical straightjacket and pitchers in a mental one. It's Tony LaRussa's great contribution to baseball.

Zisk77
08-31-2010, 02:58 PM
Bat day, with real bats! In fact my first bat I remember playing with said go go sox on it (even though it was the early seventies).

PeteWard
08-31-2010, 10:05 PM
The underground ball basket behind home plate that popped up when the ump needed baseballs.

The wet bar behind 1st base where I got gin & tonics when I was 15.

Players taking BP with the pitching machine in the batting cage DURING games.

The old singing peanut vendor ("me and my peanutttttts we got a really good thing")

Falstaff, Meister Brau and Stroh's (well really only Stroh's)

sox1970
08-31-2010, 10:06 PM
The balanced schedule.

PeteWard
08-31-2010, 10:32 PM
Oh ... and two divisions.

Brewers in the AL - great road trips to County Stadium!

When the Yankees and Twins were crap.

The smell of cigars from a distance.

Amiable drunks.

5 game series - Thu, Fri, Sat, with a Sunday DH.

Smuggling a transistor radio with an ear plug into grade school to listen to world series and playoff day games.

NBC Game of the Week

WhiteSox5187
08-31-2010, 10:35 PM
Along with a bunch of other stuff that has been mentioned, I miss the old Phillies, Expos and Blue Jays uniform. It was also nice when the Mets wore blue every day.

MisterB
09-01-2010, 02:17 AM
Fundamentals.

Fans talking more about wins and losses and less about payrolls and salaries.

LITTLE NELL
09-01-2010, 02:48 PM
When ticket prices were the same price for every game.

AlexRios51
09-01-2010, 03:55 PM
1. One year contracts
2. Players earning their money at years end by their performance that year.
3. World Series Day Games
4. Four man rotation
5. Pitchers completing games

downstairs
09-01-2010, 04:15 PM
Scoreboard entertainment, like the pizza races between innings.
Only piped in music.
Cheer leading (Pride) crews on the field.
Pregame music concerts.
Expensive parking.
Numerous "first" pitches.

Are you from the future where all this crap is finally gone?

soltrain21
09-01-2010, 04:42 PM
When people didn't talk about baseball (or sports in general) with how a certain player relates to their fantasy team.

I don't give a **** about your fantasy team. That's like me telling you how my franchise in MLB: The Show for PS3 is going.

sox1970
09-01-2010, 04:54 PM
When people didn't talk about baseball (or sports in general) with how a certain player relates to their fantasy team.

I don't give a **** about your fantasy team. That's like me telling you how my franchise in MLB: The Show for PS3 is going.

I love this post.