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Oh hey, look. It's not April and the +Baltimore Orioles have the best record in baseball. I'm confused, did I trip into a time machine that dumped me out in 1997?
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Show me a better minimalist sports page with static URLs and I'll use it.
 
The O's being in first are just statistical noise from small sample sizes so I'm not going to waste brain cells getting all verklempt over it.

Now, that Angles eating up last place in the AL West... Perfect Strangers - The Dance of Joy
 
Lookit this jerk, being a buzzkill up in this here piece. This is the best start to the season the O's have had since 2005.
 
What ended up happening in 05?
 
O's on pace for 110 wins! Seems legit.
 
+Tim Nguyen Just wait until Pujols remembers to start cycling again. Then you'll be sorry.
 
I use sports.yahoo.com too, it's hard to beat. Plus it feels like it's from 1997, which would make Tom happy. And, small sample size notwithstanding, the Orioles seem more legit right now than their previous strong starts (although beating the Sox doesn't carry like it used to, this is not your 2007-era Sox).
 
+Janak Parekh +Tom McGhan ... I think I was suggesting that if you were going back to 1997... to buy Yahoo stock. No comments intended on the sports site of choice. (glares)
 
+Louis Gray I would start setting aside money to buy GOOG. Actually, scratch that, AAPL is the best of all. ;-)

+Tom McGhan, amongst the other best records, who's the best in the NL? The Nats and the Dodgers. The Nats! Bryce's steal home last night was awesome. Personally, outside of my favorite team, I'm rooting for the Nats and the Rays.
 
+Janak Parekh I would buy the YHOO stock first, sell at peak, and then buy GOOG. (If this were 1997 and going forward)
 
I can't, in good conscience, root for the Rays as they're the only team with a stadium worse than the +Oakland Athletics.
 
I rooted for the Rays this weekend... to lose.
 
I like the Trop. It makes no sense to not have a domed roof when you have summers in the 90s.
 
Oh my, a hot summer, how can you play baseball in that.
 
Live in Florida in August where it can be 90 plus in the shade and then come talk to me.
 
The Trop is also awesome because that's where my college held commencement.
 
I'm not seeing awesome being correctly associated in any of your comments so far. Maybe if you said something about alligators or mosquitoes, I'd understand.
 
I am associating awesome (perhaps unrealistically) with memories and sentimental value. It's hella hot during most of baseball season so there were nothing that hit the spot like going to the Trop and having a beer at "the Beach."

Before they rebranded to the Rays (don't get me started on that), we had a Manta Ray petting pool in the outfield.

I also got to walk on the field, into the dugouts, and onto the next batter's box, (and got in trouble, ... long story)

All that adds up to awesome for me.
 
I have very fond memories of playing with centipedes at the base of some bombed out temple in the streets of Saigon when I was five... :)
 
Pretty severe dude... But like I said, it's awesome to me. While I LOVE Oriole Park at Camden Yards, I loved it's predecessor too, Memorial Park.
 
+Tim Nguyen: Florida or Texas (or Arizona) heat isn't quite the same as the rest of the country. It gets hot in NY, or heck in CA right now, but not the levels of humidity that Florida gets. Nor the frequency of thunderstorms. There's a reason Miami, Tampa, Houston, Phoenix etc. all have domed or retractable-roof stadia.

(That said, nothing to do with the "awesomeness" of the Trop. I will say, there's one thing I like about these older, less popular ballparks (including Oakland): tickets are cheap, nay, affordable. A new ballpark often means ticket extortion.)
 
You can have an awesome dome and you can have the modern-day equivalent of the Metrodome.
 
+Janak Parekh Cheap seats at the Trop were ~$7, probably still under $10. Compare that to the home loan needed to buy a ticket at that monstrosity at which the Yankees play.
 
In my defense, I'm an O's and Rays fan, it's in my nature to like things that may be fundamentally broken. ;)
 
+Tim Nguyen: again, not defending the Trop. But, having bought Yankee tickets, I can certainly whine at some of the new cookie-cutter stadia, too. And, I don't have to go see the Trop to root for the Rays remotely. ;)
 
Can we all just agree that, without making any sweeping generalizations, everything in Florida is terrible?