Public officials aren't looking askance at a publicly-financed ballpark in Virginia

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As I wrote earlier today, here is the New York Times this morning:

“With state and local budgets stretched by the recession, politicians are only now starting to look askance at privately held teams trying to tap the public till.”

Here’s Ballpark Digest, reporting on the ballpark situation in Richmond, Virgina — home of the Eastern League’s Flying Squirrels — just this afternoon:

[T]he Flying Squirrels clearly caught the imagination of the community, leading the Eastern League in attendance. And that seems to have impressed Richmond city leaders, who now are talking favorably about public funding of a new ballpark.

Political leaders only “look askance” at these things after the ballpark is built and after the riches they claim it will bring to the community fail to be realized.

Troy Tulowitzki poses as a pitcher on photo day

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Update: The photographer was apparently in on the action, according to Topps. Still pretty funny. (Hat tip: Mike Ashmore)

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.