October 03, 2003

And we thought Astros Field was a "Cruddy" pitcher's park.: Turns out its just plain cruddy. We're used to teams being spendthrift when it comes to player contracts, but their stadiums?
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posted by lilnemo to baseball at 05:01 PM - 6 comments

I realize the FPP makes it sound like the Astros went on the cheap. Honestly they might not have just "gone with the lowest bid". Regardless, its still pretty bad.
Evidence?: They haven't cleaned the roof in 4 years. Now the manufacturer says the roof is resistant to " microbial attack". Doesn't that mean the roof won't corrode, or be adversely effected by microbes? Or does it mean that fungus won't grow on it? Isn't that the same thing? Slippery slope? I think so.

posted by lilnemo at 05:06 PM on October 03, 2003

The thing that kills me about Minute Maid Park is the way centerfield is set up. Is it some sort of a cruel joke? I cringe every time I see Biggio fall flat on his face while trying to track down a deep fly. AND the flag pole is in play last I heard!

posted by usfbull at 07:29 PM on October 03, 2003

I was going to post this under "Culture" but I found it a little too tongue in cheek.

posted by lilnemo at 07:47 PM on October 03, 2003

I think the flagpole/hill are mad cool. Unique stadiums are part of what make baseball fun.

posted by tieguy at 11:06 AM on October 04, 2003

Maybe this is the first sign of an Enron curse.

posted by pitchblende at 01:39 PM on October 04, 2003

Anything build to make a stadium or a field "unique" that detracts from game play is just stupid. I've seen at least three outfielders fall out there on the hill, including Berkman damn near tearing his arm off. Minute Maid Park is beautiful, but that feature is idiotic.

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:01 PM on October 04, 2003

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