Stadium Review: Fenway Park

Even with being a fanatical Yankees fan, going to Fenway Park has been on my bucket list, and near the top.

Finally, this year we finally got to go. Here’s my review:

Buying tickets: First of all, my family and I lucked out, kinda. Because it had been raining and was cold all day in Boston, ticket prices for the Red Sox-Orioles game Saturday night had dropped significantly, and we were able to snag seats behind the catcher. However, if thats not the case, you’ll be dropping some serious dime on tickets.

Where to go before the game: I’d say, in my ball park experience, that the area surrounding Fenway is probably a step below Wrigley Field in Chicago. Around Wrigley, there’s a plethora of bars and restaurants. In Boston, you have a similar atmosphere, where you’re literally in a neighborhood and then BAM, its Fenway.

If you get to Fenway an hour or two before first pitch, I’d recommend going to Tony C’s. Its an absolutely huge bar thats filled to the brim with Sox fans.

PROS: When you’re actually inside the ballpark, if you’re as big of a baseball fan or sports fan in general, you’re in awe for a little. Growing up with the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, I could envision Bucky Dent hitting a home run, Varitek and A-Rod fighting, Roger Clemens and Manny almost fighting, great times.

In all seriousness, the beauty of the park is almost unlike anything I’ve seen in sports venues. The Green Monster is big and green, and the right field wall is as big as my fence, thought that was funny.

Another thing about Fenway, is that the stadium is so small (holding just over 37,000) that any seat is a good seat, and you can see everything on the field.

The Fenway Frank, I believe is right up there in ballpark hot dogs. Let me also say this, if you order any kind of food at a baseball game that isn’t a hot dog, you deserve to be violently thrown out of the stadium. That being said, the Frank is a step above a Dodger Dog, and behind Wrigley Field hot dogs.

The seventh-inning stretch is great, and also Sweet Caroline is something that I’ve always seen, and it was cool to experience that.

CONS: For being the oldest ballpark in America, you’d think that Fenway would be a little lower on the prices for food and drink, but oh how wrong you are. $5.75 for a Fenway Frank honestly is a little much for my taste, and if you drink, you’ll be dropping $7.75 for a beer.

Another tip if you’re going to be traveling to Fenway, go with small people. Why do I say that? Its because the seats were meant to fit people from Indonesia. The seats at Fenway are so small and so close together, that for three hours you’ll be touching shoulders the entire game.

Final Analysis: Fenway Park is great, and in the top 3 ballparks I’ve visited in my life. Its the oldest baseball stadium in America, and a part of sports history in a great sports crazed town. Even for a Yankees fan like me, you’ll love it.

FINAL SCORE: 9.2

 

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My Conversation With Jay: The Red Sox Fan

The bar was packed, even with over two hours until first pitch. Though, my father and I were able to secure two seats on the bar. We look to our right, and there was Fenway Park, right outside the window.

After exchanging some pleasantries with the bartender, asking what food was good and what not, I started to strike up a conversation with the gentleman to my right.

His name was Jay, native of New Hampshire, hard-core Bostonian, and one of the most pathetic creatures I know, a Red Sox fan.

Mostly everyone who knows me, understands of my devotion to the New York Yankees, and even more so, how I feel about the Sox. However, I’ve always been enthralled with the Red Sox fanbase, and never have had the chance to discuss their fan-hood with a native.

As I enjoyed my burger and he sipped on his IPA, it was clear that he loved the Sox, like really loved them.

“Every year, I change my license plate to something about the Red Sox,” Jay said. “In 2002, I had it to remember Ted Williams with his batting average and number, he also died that year, so sometimes it feels I had murdered him.”

We discussed everything, from the rise and tragic fall of Tony Conigliaro, and also his top five Red Sox players of all time, Williams being number one, David Ortiz at two, and then  some forgettable names rounding out the list.

It came time that I asked him about the 1986 World Series, my personal favorite. 31 years after that historic, but if you’re a Sox fan it was a pure hellish night, and Jay is still in disbelief.

“It still baffles me,” said Jay laughing, but knowing deep down it still hurts. “We had them down to the final strike on two consecutive batters, how the hell does that happen? I still have nightmares about Bob Stanley.”

“And I’ll tell you something else, it wasn’t Buckner’s fault!”

After about 30-45 minutes of great conversation, I felt comfortable enough to tell him who I cheered for.

The way I said I love the Yanks was something out of Seinfeld. It was like the scene where George has to tell Susan’s father that his cabin was burned down. Its almost like I told Jay under my breath and very fast, very Costanza like. “Yankees!”

Towards the end, we talked a lot about what it means to him about being a Red Sox fan, and also the rivalry between Boston and New York.

“Baseball is just better when the Yankees and Red Sox are good, you know? 2003 and 2004, we’ll never have that again.”

I had always been fascinated by the fan-base of Boston, mostly because of the Red Sox, and how they somehow seem to represent the city that they play in, and my conversation with Jay perfectly fit my imagination.

He remembers exactly where he was during the 86 collapse. He could tell you what girl he was dating when Schilling pitched with a “bloody” sock. Jay embodied what you think of when you imagine a Red Sox fan.

As my father and I departed, I told him maybe we’ll see you guys in the playoffs this year. He raised his glass and said, “we can only hope so, go Sox.”

Also, his current license plate is in remembrance of October 27th, 2004, the day the Red Sox won their first title in 86 years.

 

Miami Monday: Malik Rosier

No question about it, the uncertainty that has ruled Hurricanes spring camp has been whether or not Malik Rosierwill remain the starting quarterback.

After a month and a half of debating and practice, head coach Mark Richt has made it clear Rosier is still the starter.

With less than four months away until Miami meets LSU on September 2nd in Dallas, now is the perfect time to preview the Senior Quarterback, and highlight his pros and cons.

PROS:

Rosier is coming off of a 2017 season which saw him lead Miami to a 10-3 record, their best season since 2003, a trip to their first-ever ACC Championship, and a spot in the Orange Bowl. Other accomplishments for Malik included defeating FSU, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.

During that time, Rosier set the school record for “touchdowns responsible for” with 31. Starting all 13 games in 2017, Rosier has now helped regain Miami’s winning reputation, something that hasn’t been at the program for over 10 years.

Above all, Rosier has had a tremendous spring. After an entire season being the starter, the Mobile native knows the offense, and is competing well against other Quarterbacks, including N’Kosi Perry, someone who fans have wanted to see for a long time.

Another plus for Rosier and the entire offense coming into the new season, is a talent group of receivers. Though losing weapons from 2017 to the NFL like Braxton Berriosand Tight-End Chris Herndon, Miami has been able to almost reload as opposed to rebuild at the Receiver position.

Ahmmon Richardsis expected to be fully healthy by the time LSU rolls around in September, is by far Miami’s most talented Receiver, and a future player on Sunday’s. Speedy Sophomore Jeff Thomashas coaches reminiscing of Santana Moss, and is anticipating an outbreak season in 2018.

Lawrence Cager, along with new comers Mark Pope and Marquez Ezzard, round out an extremely talented receiver group. While on Tight-End, Miami has room for incredible potential. Returning is Michael Irvin II, who started the final two games of last season, and has had a great spring. Coming in the summer, are highly talked about new-comers Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory. Jordan is believed to the best recruit in the nation at the Tight End position.

CONS:

Now to the side where Miami fans will be intrigued. Though winning 10 games last year, Miami lost its final three matchups, and Rosier didn’t exactly play spectacular. In those three losses to Pitt, Clemson and Wisconsin, Malik completed just 44.9 percent of his passes.

Though Clemson was clearly better than Miami, fans remember the losses to Pitt and Wisconsin for Rosier’s shortcomings. Against Pitt, Rosier continually missed receivers. Then in the Orange Bowl vs Wisconsin, he threw three costly interceptions, including a miserable throw in the end zone in the second half, just as Miami looked like they were about to take the lead.

So yes, accuracy is an issue, and a problem that even Mark Richt has addressed. Though, on the bright side, Rosier completed 64.3 percent of his passes during the Spring game several weeks ago.

Along with accuracy, interceptions played a role in Rosier’s streaky play, as he led the ACC with 14 picks thrown last year. Even in games where Miami won, like Virginia Tech, Rosier still threw three interceptions.

ANALYSIS:

At the end of the day, what Malik Rosierbrings to the table, and will most likely keep him the starter at seasons beginning, is his experience.

Something that Perry, and talented Freshman Jarren Williams don’t have, is a 75-yard game-winning touchdown drive in Tallahassee to beat FSU for the first time in seven years.

So, Canes fans, take a deep breath, and believe in Rosier.

 

Design & Color Reverse Post

 

Nike Roger Federer ad

Designed by @FEDERERFAN07

This ad was designed by @FEDERERFAN07 and you can find more of their designs by clicking on the picture or by visiting https://federerfan07.com/2013/01/23/nike-tennis-earn-the-advantage/. I’ll be looking at this ad of Roger Federer, and seeing how they used basic principles.

PROXIMITY 

Proximity is important because it shows what items have a relationship in physical closeness. In this picture, the words in the top left corner have a relationship for several reasons. One of those reasons is due to the fact that they’re close together, and they also are the same font and style.

REPITITION

Repetition is when a picture repeats some aspect of its patter or design. With this particular image, again, the bolded letters are the same patter, style and font. I like the repeating usage in this picture because it conveys a strong message next to the athlete.

 

ALIGNMENT

Alignment is crucial in design because it allows the picture to look more calming. In this picture, I believe the bold words and the way they look make it much more calming to look at, and it just looks stronger. In the bottom, the smaller words look really good, and are also nice to look at.

CONTRAST

Contrast, in my opinion, is the most crucial element when looking at a picture, because it shows which image catches the eye. In this image you have several illustrations of contrast. First, the big bolded letters, because of obvious reasons, they’re big and white! Next, the Nike swoosh catches your eye because its a very recognizable brand and symbol.

COLOR

I really liked the color on this picture for several reasons. First off, the big bolded white words in the left color really stand out. Then, I really like Roger’s shirt, light blue, because it looks good next to the white letters in the opposite corner. Finally, the blue words at the bottom catch your eye easily.