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
July has lots of things to look forward to, including Independence Day (July 4) and Embrace Your Geekness Day (July 13). But what about live events after the fireworks are over? Check out our guide for the top July events:
American Idol Live: The hit talent show is hitting the road once again, kicking off a tour on July 6 in Detroit, MI. The show will visit dozens of cities before ending its tour in Milwaukee, WI, on September 11.
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Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks: The duo is joining forces for a brief summer tour. The Heart & Soul Tour begins in Cleveland, OH, on July 20, continuing through August 9.
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One Direction: The newest hit boy band continues its 2012 trek across North America through July 1. Tickets are also available for NEXT July (and June and August) for their 2013 dates.
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Other Concerts in July:
- Lynyrd Skynyrd begins July 8.
- Iron Maiden and Journey begin their respective tours July 21.
- Celine Dion continues her Las Vegas residency.
As a Mets fan, I was thrilled when Johan Santana threw the very first no-hitter in franchise history last Friday, after a mere 8,020 games played by the team. It seemed an opportune time to speak for all of us who root for the Amazin's. Since a sense of humor is pretty much a requirement for being a Mets fan, here's a list of pros and cons for becoming a fan of New York's "other team":
|The Mets did not end up being the last team standing without a no-hitter. Sadly, that award goes to the Padres.
||Since the Padres are four years younger than the Mets, we might still end up being the team that went the longest before getting their first no-hitter.
|The Mets have the best mascot in baseball.
||I've got nothing. I mean, come on...it's Mr. Met.
|The Mets have an awesome theme song, which has been around in some version since 1961.("Meet the Mets")
||From 2007-2011, the Mets have the lowest winning percentage of any team in the majors who regularly uses a theme song written before 1963.
|The Mets have the home run apple (see pic above), which is raised every time a Met hits a home run at Citi Field.
||Until this year, Citi Field was so huge that we didn't see the home run apple all that often.
|David Wright/Johan Santana
||Jason Bay/Fred Wilpon
|The Mets are the only expansion team to win more than one World Series.
||We play just across town from some other team that claims to have won 27 World Series.
|Celebrity Mets fans include Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and a myriad of others.
||Celebrity fans also include Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. That one hurts.
All kidding aside, I think the Mets are one of the most fun-loving teams in baseball; they genuinely enjoy playing the game and supporting each other along the way, through thick and thin.
What team do you root for? And why?
Growing up in New England as a Red Sox fan, Fenway Park quickly became one of those places that I had to see when I was a kid. When I was 10 years old I got that chance and I can still remember the feeling of seeing the ballpark for the first time because I still get it every time I go back. On television, Fenway seems huge with the "Green Monster" overlooking the entire stadium. Then when you walk in you realize that the park is small, intimate, and a great place to watch a game.
Today is Fenway's 100th birthday and for a century now it has been America's greatest ballpark. It is on almost any sports fan's bucket list of "places to visit before you die" and with good reason. No ballpark has ever been open for 100 years, no ballpark still standing has seen as much history, and no ballpark is as connected and important to a sports franchise and its fans.
It's crazy to think just five days before Fenway opened the Titanic sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, and it's crazy to think of everything that has happened since 1912. There have been 18 presidents, two world wars, the invention of the television, and something named "Snooki" became a pop-culture star.
Needless to say, people in 1912 never thought that Fenway would still be standing in 2012, but it is and by the looks of things it isn't going anywhere anytime soon.