Better Ballpark: Miller Park or Wrigley Field?

first_imgMiller ParkAs a Wisconsinite this was an easy choice. As a baseball aficionado, it wasn’t as easy, but history has it’s place … in history. I remain pretty confident in Miller Park.The lore of Miller Park starts outside the stadium where a bunch of pavement quickly turns into a mix of every type of blue and white pinstripes as Brewers fans tailgate about as well as anyone. Brats and beer are everywhere and frankly not a single substitute is worth it.If you’re visiting, you can’t go wrong drinking with Wisconsinites. They’d never let you down. And so, far before the game, your baseball experience is already off to an better start than the Chicagoans and their neighborhood.The scariest thing about that neighborhood is the stadium in the middle of it, actually. When I go to a baseball game, I’d prefer to be as safe as possible, not exposed to a concrete tangle that tends to fall apart at the corners from time to time. Miller Park’s newness kicks Wrigley’s falling bricks out to the side of I-90. Plus, there’s the roof.Ever have a great day go sour after a few raindrops? Not a problem in Milwaukee. Day ruined in Chicago’s north side. The retractable roof cost millions of dollars but it guarantees every fan that has a ticket has a dry seat in the stadium and a baseball game unfolding before them. It’s sadly not the case in Chi-town. The Midwest climate can be a dangerous thing for baseball’s multi-seasonal year; so don’t mess around with anything less than a guarantee.But the quality of baseball puts Miller Park over the top. The Billygoat and Bartman continue to curse the Cubbies from every taste at a championship. Meanwhile, the Brew Crew tend to weasel their way into talks of division contention seemingly every year.If I want to go to a baseball game, I want to see some winning baseball. This has happened much more in Milwaukee than Chicago over the last five years and this young season is no different. The Brewers have opened up a 14-12 record already in 2013. That includes a weekend sweep of the Cubs two weeks ago. I rest my case.-Sean ZakWrigley FieldTradition. Need I say more?Tradition and baseball go together like beer and tailgating. Over the years Wrigley Field has played host to some of the best baseball players to ever play the game. Think Ernie Banks, Sammy Sosa and Greg Maddux – one of which is a hall of famer,  while another was a part of one of the greatest slugoffs in baseball history in 1998 when his 66 home runs were barely bested by Mark McGwire’s 71. Miller Park can’t boast a back story like that.Sure the Brewers have been winners as of late, but in a comparison based purely on the venue, this seems like a cheap shot – kicking a losing team while it’s down. Besides, when you look at the two teams historically, the Cubs have had their share of success as well. In 2003 they made it to the National League Championship Series against the Florida Marlins before winning back-to-back division titles in 2007-2008.Nestled in the heart of “Wrigleyville,” Wrigley Field is a part of the very framework of the city around it – boasting a fan experience that can’t be found anywhere else. Where else can you sit in stands across the street on a rooftop and watch the game? Not to mention the close vicinity of some of the best restaurants and bars Chicago has to offer within minutes walking distance from the ballpark.So before you decide to “upgrade” to a new cushy, modern stadium, think about what you are giving up. Nothing beats sitting in the sun in Wrigley Field’s outfield bleacher section as a hot afternoon turns into cool summer evening, and as for a Cubs win, well that’s just a bonus.-Nick Danielslast_img read more

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MLB wrap: Red Sox beat Rangers on bases-loaded walk

first_img Padres option Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Paddack to minors WALK 👏 IT 👏 OFF!*Emphasis on the walk pic.twitter.com/fgWpjt3Q8g— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) June 12, 2019“Just try and get a strike,” Betts told NESN after the game. “(Chavez) is tough. You start chasing on the corners and you’ll get out real quick. So, I just tried to get him over the big part of the plate.”Christian Vazquez opened the inning with a double for Boston and Jackie Bradley Jr. singled. Michael Chavis followed with a walk before Betts’ game-winning at-bat. Related News .@javy23baez launched a 460 ft no-doubter.The @Cubs have now hit 5 HR of 460+ ft this season. They hit 1 HR that far in 2018. pic.twitter.com/lehzaw4MTE— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 12, 2019Christian Yelich with a great diving catch.No hit for you.(MLB x @ScottsLawnCare) pic.twitter.com/zycN9oGcnJ— MLB (@MLB) June 13, 2019What’s nextCardinals (33-32) at Mets (33-34) — New York and St. Louis will begin a four-game series at Citi Field on Thursday. The Mets enter the matchup hot as they’ve won five of their last seven while the Cardinals have dropped four of six. St. Louis will send Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.08 ERA) to the mound and New York will counter with Jacob deGrom (3-6, 3.45 ERA). Yankees exploring trade market for ‘impact’ player, Brian Cashman says Nolan Arenado says next Cubs-Rockies series could get ‘spicy’ “It just shows you we can start something anywhere in the lineup,” Betts said. “You’ve got to pitch to all nine guys, because they all can hurt you.”Mooooooook! pic.twitter.com/pKp1bHi9H9— NESN (@NESN) June 12, 2019Andrew Benintendi went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Red Sox in the victory.“(Benintendi) took some great swings,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after the game, via MLB.com. “It started with going the other way. We need him to start driving the ball. … He’s a complete hitter. It was good to see him swing the bat the way he did.”Boston starter Rick Porcello allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings. Reliever Matt Barnes picked up the win.Studs of the nightRamon Laureano belted a grand slam in the Athletics’ 6-2 win over the Rays. He finished 2 for 4 at the plate.Ramón gives the A’s the lead and then some.(MLB x @PapaJohns) pic.twitter.com/dC1kncfX41— MLB (@MLB) June 12, 2019Cole Hamels threw seven shutout innings in the Cubs’ 10-1 win over the Rockies. He also drove in two runs.Duds of the nightThe entire Phillies lineup produced just three hits in a 2-0 loss to the Diamondbacks.Cardinals reliever John Brebbia allowed three runs in one inning of work in a 9-0 loss to the Marlins.HighlightsJavier Baez crushed this ball. The Red Sox picked up a walk-off win in unconventional fashion Wednesday.Jesse Chavez walked in Mookie Betts with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the Red Sox a 4-3 win over the Rangers at Fenway Park. The victory snapped Boston’s three-game losing streak.last_img read more

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Klobuchar says endorsers to play key role if she’s in DC impeachment hearings

first_imgDES MOINES — A prominent Des Moines attorney who was the Democratic Party’s first female candidate for governor has endorsed Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar’s bid for the White House.Roxanne Conlin was also the first woman president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and one of the first two women in the country to be appointed as a U.S. Attorney. Klobuchar tonight said Roxanne Conlin’s vocal support will be crucial on the Iowa campaign trail if the House passes articles of impeachment and the Senate has to conduct a trial.“We may be in an impeachment hearing in January, so Roxanne is going to have to be doing a lot of speaking if I am back there in Washington,” Klobuchar told Radio Iowa, “as will my husband and so many other people.”Klobuchar said the Iowans who’ve endorsed her, including 13 current of former members of the state legislature, will be able to continue talking with their friends and neighbors if she is involved in impeachment proceedings in Washington. Klobuchar is one of six U.S. Senators competing for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.“My plan is to be in Iowa and some of the other early states as much as I can be every waking hour,” Klobuchar told Radio Iowa during an interview tonight on her campaign bus. “I am someone that has always needed little sleep, so maybe I’ll just show up at midnight and I am someone that can juggle things and that’s what we’re going to have to do here.”Conlin announced her endorsement to a crowd in a Des Moines bar Thursday evening, then joined Klobuchar on her campaign bus. Conlin said she will dedicate as much time as she can to making the case that Klobuchar is best suited to beat Trump next November.“She can stand up to whatever the current occupant of the White House sends her way and he will be sorry when he is on the other end of her wit. He is witless,” Conlin said.Klobuchar laughed and said: “That’s what I like about Roxanne. She’s really subtle, but here’s the deal: you don’t need a lot of subtlety in politics these days; I think you just have to be really honest with people.”Klobuchar will be the 11th of 14 candidates to speak Friday evening at the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual fall fundraiser in Des Moines.last_img read more

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Tumwater Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Draft Shoreline…

first_imgThe public is invited to attend the hearing and offer comment. Please mail any written comments to Tim Smith, Planning Manager, Community Development Department, City of Tumwater, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA  98501. Comments may also be emailed to tsmith@ci.tumwater.wa.us.  Copies of the Draft Shoreline Master Program and Ordinance No. O2012-005 are available for review in the Community Development Department at Tumwater City Hall during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm). The documents are also available online at http://www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/ShorelineMasterProgram.html Ordinance No. O2012-005 proposes amendments to Title 16 (Environment) and 18 (Zoning) of the Tumwater Municipal Code (TMC) related to the Shoreline Master Program and the adoption of the following TMC chapters into the Shoreline Program by reference: Chapter 16.20 (Geologically Hazardous Areas), Chapter 16.28 (Wetlands), Chapter 16.32 (Fish and Wildlife Habitat), and Chapter 18.38 (Floodplain Overlay). Amendments also include a new table for calculating wetland buffer width standards. The proposed Shoreline Master Program sets forth policies, development standards and procedures for regulating uses and activities within the shoreline jurisdiction of Barnes Lake, Black Lake, Capitol Lake, Munn Lake, Lake Susan, Trosper Lake, Black Lake Drainage Ditch, Deschutes River and a portion of Percival Creek. The Draft Shoreline Master Program will apply to properties in shoreline jurisdiction located within the Tumwater City Limits. Properties located outside of the Tumwater City Limits will be regulated by the Shoreline Master Program only after annexation into the City of Tumwater.center_img Facebook0Tweet0Pin0The Tumwater Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in the Council Chambers, Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA, for the purpose of considering the Draft Shoreline Master Program and Ordinance No. O2012-005 related to implementation of the Shoreline Master Program.last_img read more

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Sawyer Hunt Plays Overtime Hero, Again

first_imgFacing a must-win, the Nelson Leafs turned to its captain to provide leadership.Sawyer Hunt scored his second overtime goal of the playoffs to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 1-0 victory over the Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final action Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.The best-of-seven series is now tied 2-2 with Game five Thursday in the Sunflower City.Hunt scored the overtime winner in Game one, netting the difference-maker in the fourth extra time period. The win, in double overtime, means Nelson will host Game six of the series Friday at the NDCC Arena.Puck drop is 7 p.m.Less than 24 hours after dropping Game three of the series also in double overtime, the Leafs came out forcing the issue against the Rebels.Nelson out shot the Rebels 11-5 in the first period then fired 13 more shots at Castlegar goalie Chandler Billinghurst in the second frame to a 24-10 advantage after 40 minutes.The Leafs continued the assault in the third period and overtime, finishing with a 39-15 advantage before Hunt scored his second-game winner of the series.Devin Allen registered a bounce-back game to earn the shutout for the Leafs.OVERTIME: Defencemen Michael LeNoury and Brent Headon both were back in the Leafs lineup after serving suspensions . . . .If necessary, Game seven will be played Saturday in Castlegar . . . . Beaver Valley Nitehawks booked its ticket to the Murdoch Final by outlasting Grand Forks Border Bruins 7-4 and sweeping the Divisional Semi Final 4-0. The Hawks out shot the Bruins 25-9 in the opening frame, opening a 5-1 lead. . . In Invermere, the Creston Valley Thunder Cats eliminated Columbia Valley Rockies 4-0 with a 5-3 victory. Meanwhile, Kimberley Dynamiters evened its series against Fernie with a 3-2 road win over the Ghostriders.last_img read more

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