Over the past week, we have been counting down the days until spring will finally be here. As a sports enthusiast, spring is an amazing time of the year. During the 93 days of spring, the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments take place, the NBA and NHL playoffs will start and almost end, and the NFL will have its annual draft at Radio City Music Hall. But the top thing I am looking forward to this season, is the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season on March 31.
Is there any sport more connected to spring then baseball? When Spring Training officially began in late February, everyone began to see the light at the end of the dark, cold, winter tunnel, and began eagerly awaiting the start of the baseball season. There is nothing quite like sitting at ballpark when the weather is warm enough that you can wear just a T-Shirt and shorts, but cool enough that you won't break a sweat sitting in the sun. Perfection.
As a Red Sox fan myself, there is not really the same excitement as in years past, but that doesn't matter. I love baseball. And if you are a die-hard fan like me, you always stick behind your team, for better or worse. Despite the less-than-stellar outlook for the Red Sox this year, I can't wait for all the baseball debates I will have this year. The most heated sports arguments always seem to be between baseball rivals. There is not a Yankees fan out there that I don't love arguing with (except my wife; we have agreed not to talk about it, specifically anything Derek Jeter related).
When the season starts, I can always count on tuning into a game every night for the next six months. There is nothing quite like it. I love all sports, but Major League Baseball has a much more sentimental value in my heart and that is why it's my favorite thing about the spring season.
What sports event or game that are you looking forward most in spring 2013?
This week there are more TSO and Rihanna shows on sale. Additionally, Aerosmith and Lady Gaga have announced new tour dates. And there are a number of sports and theater onsales, too.
Average prices at TN.com for concert onsales*
- There are 29 more Trans-Siberian Orchestra shows on sale from Friday to Monday, and eight more Rihanna shows on sale Friday.
- Yesterday Aerosmith announced more dates for its successful Global Warming Tour. The new leg of the tour picks up on November 8 and ends on December 13. The dates are on sale Monday.
- Last week Lady Gaga announced the second leg of her Born This Way Ball tour. It begins in early January and runs until mid-March. Eight of these dates are going on sale this Friday.
This week: a unique Mad Men-inspired video, an embarrassing baseball error and the stir around Michelle Obama's nails.
Mad Men Rickroll
A comedian compiled dozens of one-word clips of "Mad Men" scenes to create a whole "music video" to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up." Enjoy. And don't say I didn't warn you.
Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention has caused quite a stir, but not just for political reasons. Apparently women everywhere are clamoring over the nail polish she wore during the speech, which turned out to be...well, read the article.
Awkward Rockies error
It's one of the easiest parts of the game: the catcher just has to throw the ball back to the pitcher after each pitch. But in this case, the pitcher missed the catch, allowing the Braves to score an unearned run and, ultimately, win the game.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
I know you all look forward to our Friday editions of "What People Are Talking About This Week," but this week there were enough sports highlights that I decided to make a special Thursday edition.
R.A. Dickey gets yelled at
One of the best pitchers of the season (let's go Mets!), R.A. Dickey has been wearing friendship bracelets that his daughters made for him before he embarked on a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in January. For some reason, in last night's game an umpire decided that it was a violation of the uniform code and made him CUT THEM OFF on live television. His poor girls.
Have a nice Thursday!
The Texas Rangers have been among the top teams in Major League Baseball in 2012, and on TicketNetwork.com, they have also been the most sought-after tickets in the league.
Games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington have accounted for nearly 12% of all MLB tickets sold through the TicketNetwork.com marketplace, nearly 3% more than their closest competitor, the New York Yankees. Even more impressively, the Rangers have sold more than two times the number of tickets than any of their American League West rivals combined. The team has had an electrifying first half (see video below to see Mother Nature's proof) and currently boasts the second-best record in baseball, having out-slugged their opponents all season long, scoring a league-leading 443 runs.
Having the Rangers and Yankees atop the rankings is not really a surprise as they are the two best teams in baseball, but one surprise is the disappointing Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox have been a fixture as one of the top selling teams in previous years, but they have not lived up to those standards in 2012. The team currently ranks No. 11, behind teams like the Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates and even the typically attendance-challenged Tampa Bay Rays.
Top Selling MLB Teams on TicketNetwork.com
|#1. Texas Rangers
||#16. Minnesota Twins
|#2. New York Yankees
||#17. Kansas City Royals
|#3. Milwaukee Brewers
||#18. New York Mets
|#4. Detroit Tigers
||#19. Houston Astros
|#5. Atlanta Braves
||#20. Philadelphia Phillies
|#6. Pittsburgh Pirates
||#21. Cincinnati Reds
|#7. San Francisco Giants
||#22. Cleveland Indians
|#8. Colorado Rockies
||#23. Los Angeles Angels
|#9. Tampa Bay Rays
||#24. Baltimore Orioles
|#10. Los Angeles Dodgers
||#25. Toronto Blue Jays
|#11. Boston Red Sox
||#26. Miami Marlins
|#12. St. Louis Cardinals
||#27. Arizona Diamondbacks
|#13. Washington Nationals
||#28. Chicago White Sox
|#14. Seattle Mariners
||#29. San Diego Padres
|#15. Chicago Cubs
||#30. Oakland Athletics