Monday, February 15, 2010

Small All-Star Game?

'Duk over at Big League Stew muses over the idea that the baseball all-star game ought to be played in a small environment like Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY - where the annual Hall of Fame Game is played.  His thought is that baseball ought to be antithetical to the NBA's practice of holding their All-Star Game in the biggest venue possible, which they did last night in Jerruh-World.  From Big League Stew:
It's really an interesting dynamic if you think about it. Though the NBA All-Star Game would have been awesome if played in a high school fieldhouse, we made a big deal of it being played in the biggest spot possible. We also rarely decry the fact that such an intimate sport is played in bland and corporate settings that seat 20,000 people and over.

But when it comes to baseball, which hosts a playing surface many times bigger than a basketball court? Well, the closer the better. We stage a ballpark revolution that puts more of us on top of the action. Foul territory and steep upper decks are the enemy. We want to feel like we're watching from the top step of the dugout.
'Duk closes by saying that lost revenue is the major preventative factor of this event, and he is right.  Although, I am not so sure that a small All-Star venue is the best bet.  If they want it that bad, then play it in a minor league park that holds 15,000 people.  Of course, there is no novelty in that whatsoever, since they already hold AA and AAA all-star games there, but if they really want it that bad......

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