Catching up after two weeks of vacation, one of which was spent discovering the wonders of Boston ...
I took the family to see a Red Sox-Minnesota Twins game at Fenway Park. By today’s standards, it was a boring affair, with the Red Sox finally winning 1-0 on an eighth-inning RBI single by Manny Ramirez.
Despite the lack of action, the atmosphere at Fenway was incredible. And as I sat there, awed by the energy of the Red Sox fans, I couldn’t help but compare the experience to watching a game at Chase Field.
There are no “in-game hosts” at Fenway, constantly screeching at the audience or doing play-by-play of the ketchup, mustard and relish race.
The sound system doesn’t make your ears bleed. The Red Sox understand that just because you can turn the volume up SO HIGH YOU CAN’T HEAR YOURSELF THINK doesn’t mean you have to.
And get this: The fans know when to cheer. They don’t need a Jumbotron imploring them to make some noise or clap their hands.
Now, I appreciate that the Red Sox are a beloved Boston institution, passed down from generation to generation. The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, are still in their infancy. It will take years, even decades, for the fan base to be as passionate about its team as Red Sox nation is.
But fans here will never get a head start on that process if the Diamondbacks are always telling them what to do and when to do it.
So here’s my two cents, Arizona:
Turn down the music.
Quit shooting T-shirts into the crowd.
And grab the microphone from those in-game hosts.
It’s a baseball game, not the Price is Right.
What a surprise that Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre wants to play football again.
We should be used to it by now: athletes who retire one day and want their old locker back the next. Competition is an itch they can’t scratch anywhere else.
But it is surprising to hear so many people take Favre’s side in his game of chicken with the Packers.
Green Bay doesn’t owe Favre his starting job back. The Packers moved forward in the offseason, naming Aaron Rodgers the starter and selecting two quarterbacks in last April’s draft. Now they’re supposed to turn back the clock and humiliate Rodgers just because Favre had a change of heart?
I don’t think so.
Nor should the Packers grant Favre’s wish by giving him his unconditional release. What if Favre signs with NFC North rival Minnesota and then proceeds to beat Green Bay twice this season? How dumb would the Packers look, then?
The Packers are doing the right thing by staring down Favre. If he wants to play so badly, then tell him he has to accept a trade to an AFC team. If that doesn’t suit Favre, well, he can sit at home in Kiln, Miss.
Suns general manager Steve Kerr has good intentions when he says he wants to limit point guard Steve Nash to 70 games next season.
The days off will ostensibly make Nash fresher come the postseason.
But here’s the rub: Will Phoenix make the playoffs if Nash sits out 12 games?
Last year, the Suns were the sixth seed in the Western Conference with Nash playing in 81 of 82 games. Given the fact Kerr already has said he expects Shaquille O’Neal to miss “a lot” of games this upcoming season, can Phoenix afford to rest Nash?
Why not instead limit Nash to 28 to 30 minutes per night?
He’d get his rest, and the Suns would benefit from having him play as many games as possible.
Let me see if I have this straight: The Coyotes hired Doug Sulliman as an assistant coach even though Sulliman has been out of the game for 15 years.
I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that Sulliman is the brother-in-law of Coyotes’ GM Don Maloney.