Thursday, May 01, 2008


Hey, look, Rogers Centre finished ahead of both Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park in's Ballpark Rankings.

Some would say a win is a win is a win, since it's been a while since the Jays have put three wins together. However, the categories that put the Cable Box into 18th place, with the House That Ruth Built in 20th and Fenway in 21st out of 30 major-league stadia, are kind of dubious.

Rogers Centre was put over the hump by being a strong fourth in Neighbourhood (i.e., dining/entertainment options close by) and a solid sixth in Hospitality:
"Yankees fans regularly come and cheer as loudly as they want and nothing happens to them."

The real sticking point to seize upon is the Jays' 25th-place ranking in Fan IQ -- ahead of only the Texas Rangers and the four youngest franchises (Arizona, Tampa Bay, Florida and the team which replaced the Expos). Being slightly less dim than Texas doesn't exactly merit a victory celebration at Dairy Queen.

Bear in mind that we're all in this together. There is to be no nerdishly trying to separate yourself from the lowbrows, no-brows and ignorami who give Mike Wilner such joy on The Fan 590 on a nightly basis, always furrowing their brows in a vain attempt to understand the situation. As long as there is a group of Toronto sports fans who revile A.J. Burnett for being a ".500 pitcher" when Roy Halladay has a 3.26 ERA and a 2-4 record, you are in it. As long as there are people who believe Vernon Wells getting in a teammate's face would have any impact on his ability to hit a 2-2 slider with two on and two out, you're among them. As long as there's is a soul who can't wait to read a certain baseball writer's mailbag each Wednesday, you are not free.

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