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  • catbox_9
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    I went to the second exhibition game and the first real game. It was quite an interesting experience for me. I've seen MLB games in 28 other stadiums so I have a bit to compare this one to.

    The stadium is quite old so it's a bit cramped. At a place like Fenway or Wrigley you can overlook this as there's a ton of history. Sydney Cricket Ground has no such baseball history (yeah, I know some games were played here forever ago, but that doesn't really count). It's also a cricket stadium so the amount of foul territory made for some pretty awful seats if you weren't behind home plate. Concessions were also ridiculously priced. I think a hat was something like A$50-60. Australian dollars are worth $0.94 so you can do the math there.

    Baseball isn't that popular in Australia and the fans around me kept getting confused by cricket-like rules that didn't apply. A foul ball in the seats behind home plate in baseball is not something to get excited about

    I think this whole thing was an ambitious attempt by MLB but I think they were also looking at the dollar signs when they did it. There's plenty of countries with lots of baseball tradition that would have loved to do this. Australia has a lot more money than these countries. Australia has a baseball league now, but baseball is still way behind other sports in Australia.

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  • brewcrew82
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    Originally posted by island slugger View Post
    Can't you guys take a joke?
    I can't, no.

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  • island slugger
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    Can't you guys take a joke? If you look closely it saids its a BUZZFEED ARTICLE! of course it's not serious... just a genuine reaction from an Australian person who has never seen a baseball game before.

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  • brewcrew82
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    There is no way it's serious. You'd see the exact same article if the game was played in the UK.

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  • jeter2
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    Originally posted by island slugger View Post
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/simoncrerar/...-seen-baseball
    funny buzzfeed article by an Australian explaining baseball
    IDK if he's serious or trying to be funny but that was a dumb article.

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  • island slugger
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    http://www.buzzfeed.com/simoncrerar/...-seen-baseball
    funny buzzfeed article by an Australian explaining baseball

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  • Phils V. Pirates
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    Originally posted by brewcrew82 View Post
    I'd like to see Australia pull decent crowds to the WBC qualifier before we start planning for more MLB games and lauding this as a huge success in growing baseball in this country.
    I think your concerns are justified. It is sort of like soccer here: When the US hosts the World Cup, the stadiums are packed, but it doesn't really translate to support for the domestic league (MLS). In Australia's case, crowds come out for two MLB teams...but the ABL season is over and won't start again until October. That's too long a time to try to carry a baseball buzz in terms of fans showing up for games.

    But the success of the MLB games might be used to convince Australia to allocate more resources to developing baseball, like the article discussed. At least it would be some benefit coming from the games.

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  • cutchemist42
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    Originally posted by brewcrew82 View Post
    I'd like to see Australia pull decent crowds to the WBC qualifier before we start planning for more MLB games and lauding this as a huge success in growing baseball in this country.
    I was actually expecting maybe some WBC news to come out of this event, like announcing a qualifier.

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  • greenpoint
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    Originally posted by brewcrew82 View Post
    I'd like to see Australia pull decent crowds to the WBC qualifier before we start planning for more MLB games and lauding this as a huge success in growing baseball in this country.
    Oh c'mon brewcrew82, just let me see the Mets at the SCG before we decide no more MLB in Australia!

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  • brewcrew82
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    I'd like to see Australia pull decent crowds to the WBC qualifier before we start planning for more MLB games and lauding this as a huge success in growing baseball in this country.

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  • cutchemist42
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    Sydney Morning Herald has a few decent articles on the subject. One I liked was this one, showcasing how much Australian baseball players have brought into the economy, and a desire for more international games to be played beyond the WBC.

    http://www.smh.com.au/sport/australi...322-hvllo.html

    http://www.smh.com.au/execute_search...&ss=smh.com.au

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  • Lime
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    attendance was listed at 38,266. I was asleep and have no opinion on how accurate that is.

    another NYT article talking about MLB's ambitions/intentions

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/22/sp...-day.html?_r=0

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  • dviera78
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    Impressive shut out victory from Australia over the Diamonbacks, considering that same team lost all of their games at the WBC excactly one year ago. It kind of shows about the good level the WBC had. Regards!

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  • brewcrew82
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    It seems a very generous 14,000. A lot of the crowd seemed preoccupied and barely paying attention. It looked like your average ABL game sadly.

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  • cutchemist42
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    Boxscore said 14,000 for the game. Also, an article on the game.


    http://www.smh.com.au/sport/baseball...320-hvky4.html
    Last edited by cutchemist42; 03-20-2014, 07:03 AM.

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