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Fenway
03-24-2005, 07:17 PM
Can you imagine what this could start?

Then you will have Yankees fans buying beer for Red Sox fans in the Stadium bleachers.

White Sox and Cubs fans will start hanging out together

Don Cherry will move to Quebec

Then again maybe not

http://www2.townonline.com/acton/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=210829

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ACTON - The phone rang in the Merriam School office two weeks ago. The caller asked for Ed Kaufman or Mary Ann Brandt.
Sorry, said secretary Diane Walsh, they're in class. Who's calling? Terry Francona? No really, who's calling?
Then again, Walsh thought, knowing what was going on at the school, it just might be the Red Sox manager. Walsh put the caller on hold and dialed up Brandt's sixth-grade class.
"I think you'd better take this one," Walsh said.
Brandt did. It WAS Francona.

RKMeibalane
03-24-2005, 07:56 PM
White Sox and Cubs fans will never be on the same side. I will impale myself on a steel rod before I ever agree with one of the Blue Kool-Aid drinkers on anything.

soltrain21
03-24-2005, 08:58 PM
I like the idea. With the way sports have been going lately it seems like a smart idea. Hell, lets show kids that it IS only a game. I would rather have kids watch them shake hands then let kids watch Ron Artest go into the crowd again or something like that.

Nellie_Fox
03-25-2005, 12:26 AM
Twin Cities radio personality Joe Soucheray went nuts about this today. He said "this is the worst idea ever in baseball. Far worse than the designated hitter. Worse than artificial turf and domed stadiums. This is the end of the world as we know it."

Preach it, Brother Joe (I should actually address him as Mister Mayor, but only Minnesota people would understand.)

dcb33
03-25-2005, 02:02 AM
White Sox and Cubs fans will never be on the same side. I will impale myself on a steel rod before I ever agree with one of the Blue Kool-Aid drinkers on anything.

... until Bears season starts.

jordan23ventura
03-25-2005, 03:24 AM
Maybe it's just me, but I'm sick of seeing parents and teachers and the like always trying to make the world softer for kids. Baseball and other sports played at the pre-college level gets all that stuff. Everyone with a brain between their ears knows the sport is a game, but competition - especially competition that is as heated as the Yanks-RedCubs rivalry - needs to remain as it is on the professional level.

There's a huge difference between Ron Artest going into the stands where fans are and onfield scuffles between players. It's one of those things, kind of like the Randy Moss touchdown celebration that got so much publicity, or the antics of Dennis Rodman when he was part of the Bulls, that adds a bit of an edge to a sport. It's not hurting the fans and thats really all that matters in my mind.

What I want to know is this: what kid is going to watch a bunch of players line up for half-hearted meaningless handshakes after a game and gain more respect for the players they cheer for? And what does it matter anyway?

People need to stop worrying about 'sending positive messages' to kids. There is a war going on now, and wars are always going on throughout the rest of the world. Television news broadcasts are always blaring about death, kidnappings, scandals, and etcetera. By now, I'm sure children old enough to formulate an opinion have enough of an idea about what the world is really like that they won't be taken by a little bit extra 'fluff' on their peanut butter sandwich.

All in all, if this were done, I would expect it to be very well-received. It would gain lots of positive publicity from major newsmedia outlets across the country and would probably take a little bit of weight off Bud Selig and Major League Baseball's collective back, especially in the midst of all the steriod controversy. But this is hardly the reason to do it. Additionally, I also see tons of compliments coming from parents around the country who are so naive that they honestly believe this will make the world a little bit safer and little bit more 'storybook' like for their children. To that I say what a load of BS. Children may not be able to understand some things as well as adults, but they aren't stupid. If Jason Varitek and Alex Rodriguez shake hands, anyone - be it child or adult - will be able to see through the smokescreen.

I hope this idea quickly dies a miserable death before it sparks more debate in the media encircling baseball. Enough is enough already.

wdelaney72
03-25-2005, 09:41 AM
Even though the Red Sox won last year, I still refuse to acknowledge Yankees / Red Sox as a rivalry. There's no rivalry one when side CONTINUOUSLY pounds the other (see Hammer and Nail).

StockdaleForVeep
03-25-2005, 10:30 AM
http://justin.bton.ac.uk/g/heros/venkman.JPG

Human sacrifices, dogs and cats living together, MASS HYSTERIA!

MeanFish
03-25-2005, 10:46 AM
Even though the Red Sox won last year, I still refuse to acknowledge Yankees / Red Sox as a rivalry. There's no rivalry one when side CONTINUOUSLY pounds the other (see Hammer and Nail).

See: Bears and Packers

brewcrew/chisox
03-26-2005, 03:13 PM
People need to stop worrying about 'sending positive messages' to kids .

yeah, what are people thinking?

I kinda thought it was pretty classy of the Dodgers to go out and shake hands w/ the Cards after they lost the playoffs, and I don't see the intensity of hocky(when they are actually playing) or college basketball waning at all because they line up after games.