Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium Compared: Who’s Better?

Jul 10

Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium Compared: Who’s Better?

It’s summertime in California. That means sunshine, the beach and plenty of baseball. With five popular MLB teams, tourists and residents have no shortage of big league entertainment. LA alone features two prominent teams, Dodgers and Angels, and it’s not exactly a friendly rivalry. Fans usually point to the performance of their team for bragging rights, but a third of the way through the season, both of these teams are near the bottom of their divisions. If the Cubs have taught us anything, it’s that no team can play bad enough to ruin a day at the ballpark. So which stadium offers a better experience to its fans? Call us biased (we bleed Angel red), but if you’re looking for a great ballpark experience, the Dodger Stadium doesn’t hold a candle to the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Cheap Brews Baseball and beer go perfect, and Angels fans get more for their money than almost any other fanbase. The cost for a small draft is $4.50, compared to $6.25 at the Dodgers Stadium. Over the course of a nine-inning game and a 162-game season, the $1.75 difference adds up. The Angels boast the third best beer prices in baseball, only trailing the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians. For a large-market team, cheap beer is a big deal. Modern Architecture Developers broke ground on the Angel Stadium in ’64, just two years after the Dodger Stadium opened. Both have a rich history, including multiple championships, but only one looks as it belongs in the 21st century. That’s Angel Stadium, which got a modern facelift in the ’90s. The new Angel Stadium features artificial rocks behind center field and an updated Jumbotron. Dodger Stadium has remained relatively untouched, and while baseball purists may appreciate the classic look, the home of the Dodgers doesn’t offer much in terms of family-friendly entertainment. Surrounding Nightlife Who says the night is over when the game ends? Patrons looking to extend the night with a post-game meal have plenty of options around Angel Stadium. Located just off the Santa Ana Freeway, Angel Stadium is easily accessible and far enough from Downtown LA to avoid heavy traffic. Dozens of bars and restaurants await fans just north of the...

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Automotive Fantasy Football Lineup (Infographic)

Jul 31

Automotive Fantasy Football Lineup (Infographic)

When I first saw this infographic of a bunch of cars making up the lineup of a starting offense in football, I thought to myself, “Yeah, this is something that would be on my site.” As I’ve mentioned before, I see everything through the eyes of a Fantasy Sports player, and a lot of the lessons I’ve learned in life come from knowing how to spot trends, look for value and not just jump at highly touted commodities without doing some research first. This site has already seen a “Best Classic Rock Albums of All-Time Mock Draft“, “Best World War II Movies of All-Time Mock Draft,” a “Best Candy Bars Ever Mock Draft” and, of course, a Fantasy Football Beer Lineup. So really, an automotive Fantasy Football lineup infographic is right down my alley.   My Semi-Pro Automotive Fantasy Football Lineup I thought I’d also share the cars I’ve owned in my 41 years on this earth, and liken them to football positions as well! 1984 Ford EXP: This golden beauty was my first car coming out of high school. It had no back seat (there was supposed to be one, but it just didn’t have one), and my cousin and I thought we’d be badasses and put some speakers in right behind the seats – on the ceiling. Well, we nearly drilled through the roof of the car. Football position: Nickelback. 1987 Pontiac Grand Am: “A four-door sports car! I’ll take it!” That’s what I imagined I said back then to the car dealer. I got my brother to do some (what I thought at the time) cool vinyl graphics on it. Easily one of my favorite cars ever. Football position: Third-down back. 1993 Ford Explorer: We paid over $500 a month for that car. It had a six-CD changer and leather seats and we took our friends everywhere in that thing. We were pretty much awesome. Football position: Backup QB that’s everyone’s favorite. 1980-ish Beat-up Chevy Truck: Went cheap for a year with a beater for driving back and forth to work. Old trucks have so much character in them. Like, grumpy old Uncle Gus kinda character. Football position: Long snapper. 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix: Ahhh yeah,...

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Fenway Park, Boston, 2009 GFY Tour

Jun 16

Fenway Park, Boston, 2009 GFY Tour

Getting you caught up to speed: Seven 30-something softball buddies on a five-day, four-stadium baseball tour, starting at Fenway Park in Boston. I went to the Marlins game at Land Shark Stadium in Miami, and then out drinking Tuesday night, before our early morning flight to Boston on Wednesday. Might be a good idea to read about the seven characters in this story first.   The Gang Goes to the Airport George, the Aussie, wrote directions for me to his place – meeting Tresky there also – and this is an actual quote from the directions, “Get off on Exit 84, then get on the off ramp.” I thought I had to run it through an Australian translator, but then – somehow – he was right. I had to get off, then on the off. Weird. Once we got on our way to the airport, George told us the story about how he got up, made coffee, showered – only to realize it was 1:30 a.m. His alarm screwed up. So he went back to sleep and awaited our arrival five hours later. He has only been in America for a couple decades, so the time difference still hasn’t settled in. Tresky insisted on parking in the on-property airport parking, despite it being more expensive and not dropping us right in front of the ticket counters.” Unfortunately, Tresky’s plan backfired and it put us where JetBlue USED TO be at. So then we had to lug our stuff over to Terminal 3 – where the bus would have dropped us off. I had badly sprained my right ankle the week before while sliding into third base, so the extra walk, this early in the day, was such a treat. Early quote of the day came from Tresky, “My shorts keep falling down. I already hate you, Gonos.” HE hates ME? The three of us boarded our flight – wondering what happened to our fourth (Jimmy was nowhere to be found). Once on the plane, Tresky got a text from Jimmy that said, “Can’t go. Had a fight with Ellen.” Tresky forwarded it to me, yet somehow, Spelly Madison even screws up his forwards: “Congo&. Figgting with Allen.” But George saw...

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Introduction to the GFY Tour Characters

Jun 10

Introduction to the GFY Tour Characters

The GFY Tour is a group of guys that I go with on baseball trips each year. They are an interesting group, to say the least. We’ve been doing these trips since 2009, with the original tour hitting Boston, New York and Philadelphia all within just four days. So before I post the blogs discussing those trips, or the one that we took in May of 2012 to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., I thought I’d explain just who these guys are, and that should help you get through the other blogs easier. It’s like an appendix of jackasses. The Blog Industry has rated this blog R, for adult language, adult situations and sexual content. (Be honest, the last one is the one that intrigued you the most. Remember how excited you got when you saw a movie was going to have nudity in it, especially when you didn’t expect it? Then remember how unexcited you were once you found out it was a nude guy butt. They should let you know ahead of time, like, “Nude women, not dudes!” in the disclaimer.) Eric Mack (aka Emack, Smack, The Mouth, Whittier, Cockblock): I worked next to Emack for about four years at CBSSports.com … He has absolutely no filter for his mouth. He introduced me to Amber Wilson (hot video chick) like this, “This is Gonos. We call him, ‘The Fat Man.’” … When I quote him, I ask that you read it in the cartoon-like annoying voice that we use when we impersonate him. Kind of like, Stan from South Park. “Heyyyy, my breath smells like a corpse fart!” Emack has a starring role in these blogs because he talks so much, he’s hilarious and doesn’t mind being poked fun of – and he does sooooo much that needs to be made fun of. He insisted on doing some GFY gangsta sign – where he spells out GFY with his fingers — for every picture that anyone took. He didn’t understand that every pic only showed one letter, so instead, he looks like he’s either crippled or dumb. Your choice. Look-a-like: He said people have told him he looks like Tom Cruise. But he must have meant, “Tomas Cruz,” the Haitian...

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Our Kentucky Derby Trip

May 02

Our Kentucky Derby Trip

The following is a blog I wrote five years ago, back in 2007, as part of a series about a trip I took with some friends to see the Kentucky Derby. While you might not know the characters, and you might feel like you are stepping into the middle of a story, just realize that it’s a good story, with good characters. This Kentucky Derby trip was a great experience.   After looking into buying some sombreros (it was Cinco de Mayo), then seeing every guy and his uncle wearing one on the news at Churchill Downs, we chose not to. We went down for our free continental breakfast and found out that orange juice in other states does not taste like our Florida orange juice. It tastes like Rosie O’Donnell sweat. The girls came out looking fantastic in their dresses and hats. I “accidentally” saw up Kate’s dress to find that she was also wearing cargo shorts underneath. I’m not sure, but I think she thought there were caves to explore in the Churchill Downs infield and she wanted to be ready. We set off for Louisville to meet up with our Boston contingent. Evidently, the night before these five ladies went to a DJ AM party, hung out in the VIP next to Nick Lachey and some MTV chick. They were out until 4am or something. Once the Bostonians came down and got in their car, we could kinda tell they were feeling a little rough. They had to pour Kerri into her seat. That was the first indication these girls were going to be hurting all day. They all had the Jackie Onassis-look going on: big hat, black dress, dark sunglasses, looking like they were going to a funeral. Kadoche followed the hungover ladies for about two exits, then he suddenly started cursing their womanly ways and pulled off on the fairgrounds exit. Seconds later, he realized he made the wrong turn. But I was riding shotgun, which meant I thought he was driving very well no matter what. We parked at some forklift lot and started drinking heavily. We were told there’s no chance we’re getting booze into the track, no matter what trick we...

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Comparing Central Florida Against South Florida

Apr 16

Comparing Central Florida Against South Florida

I’ve lived in South Florida now for about a decade, after two decades of living in Central Florida. The differences between the two areas are about as great as New York City and upstate New York. Not to say one is better than the other; it’s just that they’re different, despite their close proximity to each other. So I thought I’d do a side-by-side comparison of the two regions would help settle the argument. Maybe one area has more things you like or hate? Maybe both areas make you want to move to Denver? Either way, this is my take on comparing Central Florida against South Florida. I consider everything south of Gainesville and north of West Palm Beach as Central Florida. If you are in Palm Beach County and you drive north – you are in effect traveling into the south. And let’s face it, North Florida is just South Alabama and Georgia. Anyone that has gone to a gas station off of I-10 or north I-75 can attest to the distant sounds of banjos. (Then again, I might have to move to North Florida after this blog.)   Comparing Central Florida against South Florida   Political Leanings Central Florida: Conservative Republicans South Florida: Liberal Democrats Try to find a diner, bar or doctor’s office in Polk County that doesn’t have FOX News on. How are they going to know the wrong news if they don’t have it on? … The wild card here is Orlando, which employs a large contingent of entertainers, many of which are gay and liberal-minded. I’ve often wondered if homosexuals sit around and say stuff like, “Being heterosexual is soooo gay.” Probably not. But the problems liberals have in Central Florida with hardcore conservatives (especially the ones that can’t spell ‘conservative’) are much worse than the problems that South Florida conservatives get from hardcore liberals. EDGE: SOUTH FLORIDA   Pro Sports Fans Central Florida: Bucs, Lightning, Magic, Rays South Florida: Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Panthers Both regions are maligned by the sports community for not supporting their teams at the box office. What people don’t realize is that since most of the people in Florida are transplants, they keep their old allegiances and brainwash...

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A Baseball Fan’s Guide: Going to Marlins Park

Apr 09

A Baseball Fan’s Guide: Going to Marlins Park

Thinking about going to Marlins Park to see a ballgame this year? You’ll be glad you did, but I can make your baseball outing a little bit better with some tips. Think of this as your step-by-step plan for awesome-ness. Nineteen years ago, my step-father took me to the first game in Marlins history (Charlie Hough vs. L.A. Dodgers). My step-dad’s name was Ralph Kent, and he’s the creator of Billy the Marlin, who I think is now my step-brother, or something like that.) Some friends of mine (Emack, Dwyne, George and Dee) joined me for Opening Day at Marlins Park last Wednesday night when the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals came into town. We learned several things that night, including – don’t bring a writer (Emack) that has a deadline that night because you’ll be waiting for him an hour after the game. It’s like going to Disney and bringing a janitor that has to clean up after it closes, and you have to wait by the closed down monorail.   Where You Should Park … at Marlins Park There’s a lot of talk about how few parking spots there are at this stadium, but it’s not too different from many ballparks, like Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium and Wrigley Field. But since there was miles and miles and miles of available parking spots at Sun Life Stadium, since hardly anyone ever went, people got spoiled. If you’ve ever been to the Orange Bowl for a Hurricanes game, then you’ve dealt with their parking. It’s not great, but it’s not the end of the world. And you get to buy grilled Italian sausages and arepas (Latin American cheese/corncakes) on your way back to your car! They’ve added a bunch of spaces and the one we parked at was just $10, and just a couple blocks northeast of the stadium (No. 7 lot on the map). (While searching for this map, I came across this Marlins blog you might enjoy: I Want To Go to the Strip Club With Giancarlo Stanton. In that blog, it lists other things that manager Ozzie Guillen likes, besides Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, including Boyz II Men, Puppies, Thundercats and That sugary powder at...

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