Brendan, you pinko-commie bastard. Of course you think the Trop is a bad ballpark. You and your left coast pals think the government should replace everything old with something new. I mean, after all, why enjoy what we have if we can borrow to build more stuff?
The fact is, the Trop is a good ballpark. No one is going to argue that it is the best ballpark in the league, but it isn’t the worst either. We got so far down the road of wondering whether or not a city in this community would build the Rays a new yard that we just assumed the Trop must be bad without further evaluation.
But, that is ignorant, like you Brendan, you ignorant slut.
The Trop has great sight lines from every seat (I know this personally because one of my many jobs during my 8 summers with the Rays required me to go find specific fans in the ballpark to give them contracts for nice catches and to get them autographs on home run balls), a comfortable fan-friendly environment, and a rocking atmosphere when its filled with fans (which, as I have written extensively, will happen more frequently as the economy turns back around).
At best, you might be able to critique the Trop’s infamaous catwalks. Don’t go there. The catwalks are awesome. Yes, the catwalks interfere with game action. That is what makes them great. If you object to the interference, you are un-American and should pack you things for the next boat to Havanna.
There is simply nothing more American than ballpark quirks that screw with the action. Don’t believe me? What about the Green Monster that sportswriters spill so much ink fawning over trying to convince America that Fenway Park isn’t a gilded era trash heap? Doesn’t the Green Monster turn routine fly balls into doubles every night? The catwalks only do it a half-dozen times a season. Which is worse? Also, don’t forget about the jet-stream at Replica Yankee Stadium, the hill in centerfield in Houston, the huge foul area in Oakland, and all the other quirks in baseball.
If you hate Trop because of the catwalks then you also have to hate Fenway Park and Replica Yankee Stadium.
If you hate Fenway Park and Replica Yankee Stadium, you also have to hate apple pie, the American Revolution, George Washington, and fireworks.
Don’t think I am just going to stand here while you bad mouth apple pie, the American Revolution, George Washington and fireworks you tea-drinking, whig wearing, crown loyalist. Go watch the royal wedding and leave baseball to the Trop and its catwalks. (In case you were wondering, I was totally humming God Bless America while typing this last paragraph).