Posted: Oct 27, 2005 9:17 pm |
Edited by: Whiskey Bent
Although I think the Astros did quite well in the series, the Sox clearly dominated and deserved the win. However, This
is a pretty shitty thing to do if you ask me.
And damn, fucking both Liz Phair and Lyle Lovett sucked balls singing. Gross.
damn link is screwy, here's the story
[i]Major league baseball orders Astros to open roof
BY JIM SALISBURY
HOUSTON - The Houston Astros were none too happy with Major League Baseball's decision to play Game 3 of the World Series under the stars on Tuesday night.
MLB rejected pleas from Astros management to play with the Minute Maid Park roof in the closed position.
"They're either (A) ridiculous, or (B) American League fans," Astros catcher Brad Ausmus said of baseball officials before the game. "What next? Are they going to fill out our lineup card?
"The bottom line is it's ridiculous for MLB to tell the Houston Astros how to prepare their stadium for the World Series."
Baseball has jurisdiction over stadiums in the League Championship Series and World Series.
Jimmie Lee Solomon, MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations, made the call to open the roof based on favorable weather. The game-time temperature was 61 degrees.
"It's a beautiful night," Solomon said. "There's not a cloud in the sky. Why not have the roof open?"
Teams with retractable roofs often prefer playing with them closed to contain crowd noise.
The Astros were 36-17 with the roof closed during the regular season and 15-11 with it open.
Astros officials cited fans' comfort, not their two-games-to-none deficit against the Chicago White Sox, as the reason they wanted the roof closed on Tuesday night.
Houston manager Phil Garner said baseball's decision showed "a disregard for the comfort of our fans."
Commissioner Bud Selig countered by saying: "It's a beautiful day. In Milwaukee, you don't get a day like this until the Fourth of July. We tell the clubs all the time, weather is a determining factor in (how to position the roof.) This fits the Astros' own criteria."
Some Astros players wondered if the Fox television network was behind the decision.
"If I see a blimp up there, I'll know why the roof is open," third baseman Morgan Ensberg said.
Solomon was adamant that the network had not been consulted.
Ensberg acknowledged that Astros players believe a closed roof is beneficial to them.
"When the roof is closed, it's loud," he said. "You won't be able to hear. It's a great home-field advantage. The crowd will affect (the White Sox) if the roof is closed.
"Obviously we're on the losing end of this. But we'll be men about it and play ball. I'm 30 years old. It's not like someone stole my dog. I can deal with it."
Rally goatees. Many Astros players had been wearing beards throughout the postseason.
After falling behind two games to none in the Series, players shaved off part of their beards and were sporting goatees on Tuesday night.
Clemens update. Houston's Roger Clemens threw in the bullpen before the game.
Astros general manager Tim Purpura said he had no reason to believe Clemens would not be ready to pitch Game 5, should the series go that far.
Clemens had to leave Game 1 after two innings because of a strained left hamstring.
Clemente award. Selig and Robert Clemente Jr. presented the Roberto Clemente Award for excellence on the field and in the community to Atlanta Braves righthander John Smoltz before the game.
Smoltz and his wife formed the John and Dyan Smoltz Foundation in 1997 and have helped raise millions of dollars for the Kings Ridge Christian School, which the pitcher cofounded.