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doublem23
06-13-2013, 12:30 AM
Dodgers/Diamondbacks will play 2 in Sydney March 22-23 to open the 2014 season

http://news.yahoo.com/2014-mlb-opener-australia-dodgers-diamondbacks-014552704.html

soxnut1018
06-13-2013, 01:14 AM
Do curveballs break the other way there?

DumpJerry
06-13-2013, 06:48 AM
Glad it's not us. The jet lag will be a bitch.

amsteel
06-13-2013, 07:17 AM
Do curveballs break the other way there?

Yes. And they're called cycloneballs down there.

Zakath
06-13-2013, 07:36 AM
Do curveballs break the other way there?

Yes, but they're packing a machine to make them break the right way.

RKMeibalane
06-13-2013, 08:48 AM
Dodgers/Diamondbacks will play 2 in Sydney March 22-23 to open the 2014 season

http://news.yahoo.com/2014-mlb-opener-australia-dodgers-diamondbacks-014552704.html

They better ****ing behave themselves.

Hitmen77
06-13-2013, 08:52 AM
Do curveballs break the other way there?

Yes. And they're called cycloneballs down there.

:rolling:

Hitmen77
06-13-2013, 08:54 AM
Dodgers/Diamondbacks will play 2 in Sydney March 22-23 to open the 2014 season

http://news.yahoo.com/2014-mlb-opener-australia-dodgers-diamondbacks-014552704.html

Interestingly, the article said the White Sox played an exhibition game at the same venue in Sydney 100 years ago on January 2, 1914.

....why the heck did they play a game there in January in the middle of the winter? It must have been freezing there!

RKMeibalane
06-13-2013, 09:14 AM
Interestingly, the article said the White Sox played an exhibition game at the same venue in Sydney 100 years ago on January 2, 1914.

....why the heck did they play a game there in January in the middle of the winter? It must have been freezing there!

:rolling:

MeteorsSox4367
06-13-2013, 10:07 AM
Maybe instead of wearing blue pullovers, the umps wear the white sportcoats in honor of the Australian rules football officials.

Every "out" call could just be the fingerpoint like the Aussies.

WhiteSox5187
06-13-2013, 12:51 PM
Baseball is growing in Australia, they have had a pro league there since the 1990s and have produced a couple of major leaguers. I think this is a good move, I wish it were with more iconic teams. The Dodgers are certainly iconic but the Diamondbacks? Not as much.

RKMeibalane
06-13-2013, 01:36 PM
Baseball is growing in Australia, they have had a pro league there since the 1990s and have produced a couple of major leaguers. I think this is a good move, I wish it were with more iconic teams. The Dodgers are certainly iconic but the Diamondbacks? Not as much.

Right. Why not Dodgers-Giants because of the rivalry and the Giants' recent postseason success?

Bobby Thigpen
06-13-2013, 01:45 PM
Right. Why not Dodgers-Giants because of the rivalry and the Giants' recent postseason success?
Because those games will easily sell out in the states and earn each club a ton of cash. Why give up two of your biggest gates of the year?

RKMeibalane
06-13-2013, 01:47 PM
Because those games will easily sell out in the states and earn each club a ton of cash. Why give up two of your biggest gates of the year?

Well, at worst you're asking each team to give up one home game, assuming that the teams split the two games in Australia home and away. I don't know that it makes that much of difference (seventeen games against each other instead of nineteen) over the course of a full season. Plus, it's great exposure for MLB.

WhiteSox5187
06-13-2013, 01:47 PM
Because those games will easily sell out in the states and earn each club a ton of cash. Why give up two of your biggest gates of the year?

Because you're trying to grow the game and if you have two good teams that represents the best product that MLB has to offer you are likely to sell out in Australia too and can split the gate that way.

Lip Man 1
06-13-2013, 04:28 PM
Interestingly, the article said the White Sox played an exhibition game at the same venue in Sydney 100 years ago on January 2, 1914.

....why the heck did they play a game there in January in the middle of the winter? It must have been freezing there!

That was part of the Sox "round the world" tour with the N.Y. Giants. Took most of the off season, played I want to say 48 games against the Giants in England, Italy, Australia, Egypt, Hawaii and other places.

By the way the MLB TV channel broadcasts games from Australia during our winter.

Lip

Southsider101
06-13-2013, 06:57 PM
Will they have to break for tea after 4 1/2 innings?

Bobby Thigpen
06-13-2013, 08:03 PM
Well, at worst you're asking each team to give up one home game, assuming that the teams split the two games in Australia home and away. I don't know that it makes that much of difference (seventeen games against each other instead of nineteen) over the course of a full season. Plus, it's great exposure for MLB.

Because you're trying to grow the game and if you have two good teams that represents the best product that MLB has to offer you are likely to sell out in Australia too and can split the gate that way.
You guys seem to be under the impression that all clubs care, or should care, what is best for the game of baseball.

RKMeibalane
06-13-2013, 08:53 PM
You guys seem to be under the impression that all clubs care, or should care, what is best for the game of baseball.

I said nothing of the sort. I don't even know who decides which teams get to go.

WhiteSox5187
06-14-2013, 12:41 PM
You guys seem to be under the impression that all clubs care, or should care, what is best for the game of baseball.

The decision is made by the commissioner and I would HOPE that he would care about what is in the best interest of the game.

Secondly, there is a financial argument to be made for both clubs playing in a foreign country, the stadium abroad might be able to hold more fans and if you have interest in baseball and two good teams you should wind up selling out both games and since the foreign stadium holds more people than the team's home stadium, they both make more money.

Lip Man 1
06-14-2013, 01:12 PM
I don't believe any baseball stadium in Australia is bigger than U.S. stadiums based on what I've seen over the winter on TV from there.

Lip

DSpivack
06-14-2013, 02:01 PM
I don't believe any baseball stadium in Australia is bigger than U.S. stadiums based on what I've seen over the winter on TV from there.

Lip

They could play it at the cricket ground in Melbourne, which seats over 100,000.

doublem23
06-14-2013, 03:05 PM
I don't believe any baseball stadium in Australia is bigger than U.S. stadiums based on what I've seen over the winter on TV from there.

Lip

They're playing at the Sydney Cricket Ground which currently has a seating capacity of 47,000, larger than all but 8 MLB stadiums.

Lip Man 1
06-14-2013, 03:59 PM
Which is why I said baseball stadium in Australia.

Am familiar with the cricket ground, saw Australia vs. England cricket there in 87.

Lip