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mikehuff
09-08-2005, 02:14 PM
http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/story/8820507

"Major League Baseball is very interested in playing games in Europe," MLB senior vice president Paul Archey said Thursday. "We're investigating possibilities in Europe where we may be able to play regular-season games as early as the 2007 season."
They're considering playing a few game in London, Rome, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam or Rotterdam. I guess this would be like the games they start out in Japan.

Brian26
09-08-2005, 02:19 PM
Ugh.

HotelWhiteSox
09-08-2005, 02:33 PM
I hate this idea, and not only or the wear and tear of that extra travel which is also an issue.

I'm 100% Italian, and am a diehard baseball fan. It's hard to convert the rest of my family, who was born and/or raised in Italy, however. Whenever I'm watching all they do is ridicule the game and mock the players by saying there is no action, hardly any running, soccer has so much more running, if these guys were to play soccer for 90 minutes their heart would stop, etc etc etc. I of course disagree with these points, try to show how skilled one has to be to play baseball, how hard it is to hit something in the 50-60 mph range, most of them also throw/catch like girls (when I've tried to play with them), all to no avail. Friends of my family just came from Italy and were thinking about going to see a baseball game, asked me what the average time length is, I said it varies, but usually 3 hours, sometimes a little more, sometimes less, and they looked at me with this face :?: "Double the time of soccer??!?!?" one said.

Anyways I see baseball in some parts of Europe as Americans with soccer. I don't want to generalize, but I'd advise against it from personal experience.

mikehuff
09-08-2005, 02:50 PM
Well, I guess they're trying to change that. They're obviously on their way to making this a world sport, or attempting to. That's what the World Cup is all about. Speading this sport can't just happen all of a sudden it will take a lot of time, and might not work at all.

This really has no effect on us. We're not going to have to travel to those games and I can guarantee the Sox aren't going to be the ones picked to represent American baseball, World Series champions or not.

There's really no reason to be for it or against it. It's not targeted at us.
I do think it would be cool to visit London and be able to see a baseball game in the future though.

SOXintheBURGH
09-08-2005, 03:03 PM
Hmm..

There's basketball leagues all over Europe, as well as ice hockey leagues. Just because it ain't soccer doesn't mean Europe won't dig it.

Brian26
09-08-2005, 03:10 PM
Can't wait to see the dimensions of a baseball field set up in Wembley Stadium.

Kogs35
09-08-2005, 03:30 PM
this prob has to do with baseball being out of the 2012 olympics. once the steriod stuff is finally done with, this may be a way to have mlb'rs in the olympics. just a thought

Baby Fisk
09-08-2005, 03:31 PM
It's been done before, in fact to a much grander scale:

In 1913, Charles A. Comiskey and John McGraw organized a WORLD TOUR for their respective teams, the White Sox and the NY Giants. Since I don't have access to LipMan's filing cabinet in Chubbuck, here's a link:

The Giants and White Sox Circle the Globe (http://www.thediamondangle.com/archive/jan03/1913tour.html)

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/blacksox/CharlesComiskey250.jpg
"Peking isn't Peiping anymore..."

SOXintheBURGH
09-08-2005, 04:09 PM
It's been done before, in fact to a much grander scale:

In 1913, Charles A. Comiskey and John McGraw organized a WORLD TOUR for their respective teams, the White Sox and the NY Giants. Since I don't have access to LipMan's filing cabinet in Chubbuck, here's a link:

The Giants and White Sox Circle the Globe (http://www.thediamondangle.com/archive/jan03/1913tour.html)

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/blacksox/CharlesComiskey250.jpg
"Peking isn't Peiping anymore..."

That was a great read.. all should indulge.

veeter
09-08-2005, 04:30 PM
I hate hearing these types of things. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

Railsplitter
09-09-2005, 09:56 AM
It never hurts to try to increase your fan base. The NFL has played overseas for years.