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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Pacquiao floors sparmate

first_imgManny Pacquiao is nearing peak form less than three weeks before he tries to dethrone Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse as World Boxing Association welterweight king.On Tuesday in General Santos City, the world’s only eight-division world champion staggered sparring partner Gherich Chavez with a single solid straight to the jaw.ADVERTISEMENT The 39-year-old Pacquiao then paused briefly to give Chavez a respite.“I would say he is already 85 percent ready but we don’t want him to peak too soon,” said chief trainer Buboy Fernandez, echoing the observations of strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He is right there where we want him to be right now,” said Fortune.Pacquiao challenged himself Monday morning by climbing the steepest route in Maasim, Sarangani province.“It’s a sign that Manny is trying to ask himself questions whether he still has it or not,” said Fortune. “That talks a lot about his warrior spirit.” MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Matthysse, under the tutelage of Joel Diaz, is also in deep training to match whatever firepower Pacquiao will be bringing to the “Fight of Champions” on July 15 at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The 35-year-old Matthysse is planning to arrive in Malaysia 10 days before the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jobim eyes back-to-back In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan townlast_img read more

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10 Tips to Help CEOs and Their Boards Work Better Together

first_imgIf the well-publicized havoc that HP’s board of directors has caused recently can teach startup and expansion stage founders anything, it’s that a disruptive or ill-intentioned board can do far more harm than good. Which is why, venture capitalist Len Jordan writes in a guest article for TechCrunch, first-time entrepreneurs and founding CEOs need to know how to work with and manage theirs.The truth is, HP’s board is the exception. For most early stage businesses, a well-aligned board of directors typically brings significant value, insight, and expertise to the table. But it’s the CEOs job to cultivate and encourage those contributions.So, Jordan provides 10 tips that will help CEOs and startup executives “care and feed” their board of directors.Among his suggestions:Have a plan, and get your entire company and board to understand and support it.Email is good for delivering straightforward information; board meetings are good for explaining complicated information and discussing alternatives.Ask for help — the board works for you. Really.Involve your exec team with the board.In the article, Jordan breaks down each tip and explains — from the perspective of a startup board member — why they’re helpful. To read the full post, click here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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