Honoring the Game: Pay as You Go or Pay as They Want?

It’s no secret that many major league baseball teams — even the Yankees! — are having a hard time selling season ticket packages this year, and one must begin to wonder if the economics of baseball, and major league sport in general, are forever changing for the betterment of the impulse buyer and to the detriment of the dedicated fan that these teams covet, and often, overcharge.

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Mariano Rivera Ends His Career with a Bang… in his Whimpering Knee

Yesterday, in Kansas City, the greatest baseball reliever of all time — Mariano Rivera — ended his season, and likely his career, by blowing out his knee trying to shag a routine fly ball during batting practice.  His ACL is torn and his meniscus is damaged.

At 42 — and threatening this year to finally call it quits at the age that matches his soon-to-be-forever-retired uniform number — it is hard to imagine Mariano making a future final pitching appearance in a Yankees uniform simply because the ravages of tides and the inequities of time only weakens us every year.  None of us meeting middle age ever get any stronger, or more durable, as we begin that slow and lonesome decline down the hill in our return to the grave.

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Petra Solar Lights Up Jersey City

Jersey City is on the rise!  First, we had the BigBelly solar trash compactors dotting our streets to help clean up the trash and gutters.  Then, we had the wacky, and ongoing, Janky Pole episodes.  Now we have newly discovered solar panels installed, so far, on some non-Janky Pole utility poles all across our fair city.

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As a Hero Falls: Ten Sentence Story #129

Derek Jeter knew one thing about his aching calf — it was the first of many signs that his days as the Yankees Captain were numbered.

The number two on his back will be retired when he tires of game — or when the game tells him his time is tired — and then we’ll see how a hero handles the hallows.

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Manny Strikes Out

Drugs are bad business for baseball.  Manny Ramirez announced his retirement from the game last week because he didn’t want to serve a 100-game suspension as a second time offender of Major League Baseball‘s drug policy.

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We Measure Morality in Baseball: Opening Day 2011

Today is Opening Day for baseball in New York City and I love this time of year.  We enjoyed six weeks of Spring Training and now the season proper opens today — we hope, if it doesn’t rain all day! — and the time for renewal and freshness is now.

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Why the Yankees Lost Cliff Lee

Who didn’t see the non-signing of Cliff Lee by the Yankees coming a mile away?  All the signs were there — namely in dead silence from Lee — yet few people ever expected the notion that the Yankees could ever be out-bid by another team. However, what the faithful failed to understand, is the Yankees were — but are now no longer — about so much more than just money.

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