People liked Friday’s Baseball Question of the Day, so let’s keep that feature going until we get tired of it.
Today’s Baseball Question of the Day: What’s your favorite ballpark? Difficulty: it has to be a park that is not the park of your favorite team. My favorite park is Petco Park in San Diego.
For one thing it’s just gorgeous. Not just the view, which a lot of people talk about, but the park itself. There’s a lot of greenery inside the place — on concourses, above escalators and things — and there are waterfalls and pretty finishes and surfaces.
It’s a very clean park, too. They take very good care of it. It’s sixteen years old now, but I was just walking around it this past December during the Winter Meetings and it’s still like new.
The food and beer are the best in the majors, in my opinion. It’s easy to get to no matter where in the city you’re staying. If you’re there you’re, by definition, visiting San Diego and that’s the best place in America as far as I’m concerned.
How about you? Extra weight given to answers which go beyond “it looks pretty on TV” or whatever. I mean, I know the view from the press box or behind home plate at PNC Park in Pittsburgh is great — people love that skyline — but why do you like it beyond just that? I’m curious as to what makes for a great ballpark experience for you beyond just the game being played in front of you.
Hit me with your ballpark takes. I wanna know.
Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.
Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.
Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.
As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.