July 22, 2009

Checking in with the fans in Mannywood

I had some amazing baseline box seats for sunday's oven bake of a game between the Astros and Dodgers.

Playing in that heat is not easy. Miguel Tejada aged another year and Joe Torre lost seven of his eighty-three remaining hairs. 

It was 108 degrees on the field, so I made frequent trips to the air-conditioned all-you-can-eat Wolfgang Puck buffet that came with the tickets.

The shaved ham was great, but Wolfgang Puck belongs in an Austrian hockey arena.

But I talked to fans pre-game and mid-game, from top to bottom of Dodger Stadium - to bring you this video update from Mannywood.

July 15, 2009

2009 MLB All Star Game

The 2009 All Star game felt like a three-hour commercial for its biggest corporate sponsors. I forget who won the game - the American League, or Budweiser?

One thing I know for sure is that Flomax got more coverage in the Home Run Contest than Brandon Inge, who failed to knock one out of the park.

Flomax is an appropriate product for Inge, who was embarrassed by his own dribblers.

Joe Buck, who raced through the introductions for both teams, managed to give extended intros to St. Louis players and natives as if they were royalty.

And color man Tim McCarver, an ex-Cardinal, was beaming like it was his first birthday party.

Cardinals fans booed the intro of pitcher Ted Lilly, who plays for the rival Chicago Cubs. Why?

Since 1908, the Cubs have yet to a win a title, yet the Cards have racked up 10 World Series trophies in that time. So maybe St. Louis needs to choose a "rival" that doesn't play like the Bad News Bears.

Kudos to Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carl Crawford, the MVP of the game, who said that the spectacular catch he made was "definitely probably the best catch" he ever made.

I totally, sort of, definitely, maybe agree. For sure. Perhaps.

At one point I noticed my gardener playing first base and wearing a Padres uniform. Oh wait, that was Adrian Gonzalez.

And I'm still trying to figure out if the close-up of that bald dude in the stands is the guy from 'Fringe' or David Cone.

All in all, it was a quick, enjoyable game. Until the camera focused on the frightening face of Commissioner Bud Selig, who looks like a C grade CPA on decaf.

I'm going to watch the legends and celebrities game again on TiVo. Sadly, the 2009 All Star Game just didn't compare with Jenna Fischer's batting stance and home runs by Nelly and Andy Richter.