That wasn’t how the Red Sox saw the opener of their three-game set going with the Yankees.
They blew a 3-0 lead in the eighth inning on a less-than-stellar performance from trade-deadline acquisition Addison Reed and walked away with an embarrasing 5-4 loss which put an end to their seven-game winning streak.
Charlotte, N.C. The metro area is about half the size of Phoenix’s and the Triple-A stadium in town, BB&T Ballpark, can’t be expanded. Unrelated: The county and city governments are resisting demands by people wanting to bring Major League Soccer to the city to pay for a $150 million stadium. Even if the corporate community decided it could make money on a baseball project, we’re talking about a facility that would be multiple times more expensive.
Las Vegas. Sin City extended itself to get the Raiders to come there. The D-backs might be disappointed if they’re intent on using other people’s money to conduct business. Plus, they’ll start life there as the No. 3 franchise (behind the Raiders and the NHL’s Golden Knights).
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San Antonio. The Alamodome can’t fit a regulation field (as the dumb exhibitions played there have shown). Plus, the San Antonio option quietly disappeared after the Marlins used the market as a pawn in its own extortion plot (see: free Marlins Park).
The common thread in the flawed alternatives? Subpar markets and/or facilities. Chase Field is a desert oasis in comparison, random geyser eruptions notwithstanding.
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Rockies/Diamondbacks 鈥?Living in the Dodgers’ shadow in the NL West, both the Rockies and Diamondbacks made nice moves this summer. Colorado added All-Star reliever Pat Neshek and catcher Jonathan Lucroy.