So the Phillies/Blue Jays game that was scheduled for Toronto this weekend has been moved to Philadelphia because of the G20 Summit.

Look, I know it is probably harder than it looks to create the schedule, but are you telling me NOBODY noticed that there was going to be massive security problems in Toronto this weekend?

In baseball’s infinite wisdom they decided to move the series to Philadelphia and count it as a home game for the Blue Jays.

Now Toronto gets the money at the gate, but the Phillies get the concessions, parking, T shirts and Toronto misses out on the return of Roy Halladay.

It’s not fair I say and I think baseball could have found a neutral site for this game to be played.

And the staff at Sully Baseball have come up with some alternate locations that would have made it a little more ever for both squads.

La Stade OlympiqueMontreal.

It’s just sitting there, looking like the Starship Enterprise, in the middle of a big field in Montreal. Play it there. And you get to have a series in Canada!

Sure the stands will be empty and the few fans there will be apathetic thinking “What’s the point? This team isn’t staying.”

But how will that be different than the last bunch of years for the Expos?

Miller Park Milwaukee.

Isn’t that Bud Selig’s go to “in case of emergency” plan? Send them to Milwaukee?

Sure the Brewers are playing there this weekend. Have it as a double header! See the Brewers and Mariners in the day, Blue Jays and the Phillies at night!

Keyspan ParkBrooklyn.

Bring big league baseball back to Brooklyn for at least one weekend!

Sure it will be a stretch to call the Blue Jays the home team here… but with all the Mets fans in Brooklyn, the Phillies will DAMN SURE feel like the visitors!

Doubleday FieldCooperstown, NY.

I have been advocating playing an honest to goodness counts in the standings game in Cooperstown for years.

Why not now? It’s close enough to Canada to have a few people come down and it would be a nice weekend trip to the Hall of Fame and see a big league game while the weather is still nice in Upstate New York.

Estadio LatinoamericanoHavana, Cuba.

A global summit is happening in Canada. And someday Cuba will be opened up and asked to rejoin the economies of the world.

Wouldn’t a ballgame in their grandest ballpark be the first step? And maybe the Blue Jays and Phillies could smuggle some of their star players out with them!

Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth, South Africa.

Sure everyone is going bonkers over the World Cup in South Africa, but while they are thinking about sports, we can help introduce a little hardball there as well!

Although there is no avoiding the vuvuzelas there!

Stade de GeneveLancy in the Swiss Canton of Geneva.

If we need a neutral site, who is more neutral than Switzerland?

My family actually lived in the Swiss canton of Geneva when I was in the 3rd and 4th grade and when I lived there I played little league with the other transplanted American kids. Trust me, there are enough Americans living in Geneva to make it a packed house.

Hey, it was good enough for one of the best baseball movies ever… and evidently it is up for sale. If the field is going to fade away like Shoeless Joe walking back into the corn, it would be nice to play a real honest to goodness ballgame there.

Are you worried about attendance?

People will come, Ray. People will come.

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We do NOT need vuvuzelas at baseball games!

Seriously… who thought “Hey let’s take the most OBNOXIOUS part of the World Cup and bring it to America!”?

Obviously someone at the Florida Marlins promotions department, and I hope that person is currently looking through Craigslist for a new gig.
Whether you like the World Cup or it bores you to tears, we can all agree that the vuvuzelas are beyond annoying.
They are those horns that when everyone blows, they sound like a swarm of bees. And because they are always being blown no matter what is happening on the field, I can only assume the fans are just blowing them and not paying attention to the game.
It reminds me of something I noticed at the Chinese New Years parade I went to in Los Angeles this year. There were a few kids (and their parents) standing near us who had those little fire crackers that you throw on the ground and it makes a pop like a cap gun.
And they kept throwing them on the ground for 10-15 minutes.
Throw *bang*.
Throw *bang*.
Throw *bang.*

It went from annoying to obnoxious to “Do these brats even have parents?”

But here is the kicker. The kids throwing them didn’t look they were enjoying doing it.

They had a bored expression on their face as they threw it. And the explosion was a dull “snap.” They seemed to be saying “Whatever” as they listlessly threw them to the ground.

So why did they keep doing it? It wasn’t fun and NOBODY was enjoying it. Was it the strange obligation to have crap explode at a Chinese event?

Which brings us back to the vuvuzelas.
Are the people blowing them enjoying it? Is it fun to blow a horn for hours at a time?
There MUST be a point where the thrill of sounding like a bee wears off.

At least at the World Cup there is the excuse of this being a South African tradition.
They are NOT a Florida baseball tradition. Having a low payroll is a Florida baseball tradition.

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