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PostSubject: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:55 am

It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day
Irish holiday is a reminder to fans of the color of the game
By Mark Newman / MLB.com

St. Patrick's Day means the traditional green jerseys and caps are going to appear across the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues today, and it also is an appropriate time to stop and appreciate what the color green means to baseball:

Grass stains on home white uniforms. Someone was going all-out. Another season brings the promise of diving outfielders on the daily highlights.

The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. It's the ivy. It's the seats wiped dry by those friendly ushers after a summer shower along the lake. It's the perfectly manicured grass. It's the old scoreboard beyond center field. It's the total picture, the color that permeates your soul.

That little green box with the letter "T" inside, found on every team's schedule page around MLB.com. Fans are generally in love with this little green box. It transports them to a place where they can order tickets at their own convenience, and once again the overall volume of people who are doing this is mind-boggling.

The Green Monstah at Fenway Park and those treasured seats high on top, overlooking Manny Ramirez in left, and paradise in general.

Green is the color of nature coming back from the dormant winter, springing to life, thriving a full bloom, and then repairing into other earthtones. It is the overall stage on which the greatest play is performed every day or night.

It's the relish some fans spread over a ballpark dog. It's the green peppers some fans get on their Little Caesar's pizzas, courtesy of Tigers owner Michael Ilitch. He owns that pizza franchise and hopes this baseball franchise brings him a title in 2008.

Thumbing through the 2008 National League Green Book and appreciating that it says the word "grass" as playing surface for every club. That's 16-for-16. The only remaining instances of artificial surface are in Minnesota and Toronto, and the Twins are scheduled to move to a new grass ballpark in 2010. Fans love real grass.

Alex Rodriguez & Derek Jeter Yankee Stadium Mini Dirt Collages. That's how the item is described at the MLB.com Auction, and the successful bidder will have a piece of memorabilia for two Yankee infielders with green eyes.

A green light to run or swing away on a 3-and-0 pitch.

Oakland's dominant color. The Athletics began in Philadelphia as one of the original eight American League clubs, languished in Kansas City from 1955-67, and then moved to Oakland. In 1972, the club returned to life by reeling off three straight world championships, and during the first season in that run, Charlie Finley's players wore solid green or solid gold jerseys, with contrasting white pants, as a radical departure and a fashion statement to this day. It's harder and harder to find any green threads anywhere else, with Tampa Bay the latest to toss aside the uniform color. It comes and goes, but in Oakland, it is always en vogue.

Augusta Greenjackets: Class-A South Atlantic League affiliate of the Giants. One of the best logos in the Minors, too.

Khalil Greene is someone who comes to mind on this day. It is not hard to imagine him and his Padres teammates hoisting the first-ever World Series trophy for San Diego this fall. He will be playing shortstop behind theoretically some of the best pitching in the game, and some people believe it is a club that has come of age.

The color of the silhouette batter in the Major League Baseball logo -- during 2008 Spring Training. On Opening Day, he is white again. In spite of decades worth of theorizing about Mickey Mantle or maybe Pete Rose, the official MLB answer to the question about the silhouette batter's identity is this: There is no identity and there is no story. The only thing we know for sure is that he is not an active player, and he was created so that he could be hitting from the left or right side.

Palm fronds, seats, railings, walls, press box, grass and honestly just about everything you see at the Giants' Scottsdale exhibition home.

Green is the foliage that dominates beyond the center-field wall all season at Coors Field, providing a great batter's eye. It is something no batter ever looked at in late October until the amazing Rockies reached the 2007 World Series.

The little green arrow in the mini-scoreboard on the MLB.com homepage -- indicating that the game is in-progress, and denoting whether it's the top or bottom half of the inning. Green is good. Green means baseball is live.

Green means youth, and an MLB.TV-watcher on Sunday would have seen the Tampa Bay Rays' broadcasters talking about Evan Longoria at third base. Should he go or should he stay? Rays TV analyst Joe Magrane noted that "the pitchers haven't really ratcheted it up another gear with breaking pitches, but his power to all fields has been immeasurable." He also said of Longoria: "Once he makes the team, you're looking at a 10-year All-Star." Will Longoria be this year's Ryan Braun? For now, the question is whether the third pick overall in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft will win the job at third base out of spring and force Akinora Iwamura to move over to second.

"That one's gonna get outta here. It's up on the berm." That's what the Fox Sports Midwest broadcaster said after new Seattle pitcher Chris Reitsma was taken deep by Milwaukee's Gabe Gross in the sixth inning of Sunday's Cactus League game.

The Phillie Phanatic, the Pirate Parrot, Wally the Green Monster and any of those other lovable creatures who bring a Kermit kind of lovability to the game.

The bright color on the box containing the new MLB 2K8 video game especially for Xbox 360 systems. If you play Xbox, you know the color.

The color green is part of the World Baseball Classic logo, along with red, blue and yellow. At this time next year, expect to see plenty of it again. The tournament that had such blockbuster success in its 2006 debut will reappear next spring. Will Japan repeat? First there is the matter of declaring an Olympic gold medalist this August. The Padres and Dodgers just went to China. The global growth of baseball goes on and on, unabated.

Those little "Buy" buttons at MLB.com, when you attempt to log onto MLB.TV for the first time. They are well worth it.

It's the last year for Yankee Stadium. A whole lot of fans will be taking the 4-5-6 subway through Manhattan's Upper East Side and up to The Bronx to see what promises to be an emotional and memorable farewell season. To find the 4-5-6, all one has to do is look for the green symbols at the subway station.

The floating putting green on McCovey Cove beyond the right-field wall at the Giants' AT&T Park.

Hank Greenberg. He hit 331 home runs in a career that included a three-year World War II hiatus, spending all but the final season with the Tigers. Greenberg hit 58 homers in 1938 and is the only player ever to reach 100 RBIs by the All-Star break. His power and glove at first base (later outfield) made him a Hall of Famer in 1956.

Search for the word green at the MLB.com Shop, and you will find a wide array of items ranging from a Yankees English White/Green 59FIFTY Fitted Cap to a Mike Schmidt Autographed Green Jersey from Mounted Memories.

You know what a "greenfly" is? It's what baseball players and managers call pesky media who follow them around everywhere. This term goes way back in baseball history, and the analogy is to the kind of fly that incessantly annoys livestock and swarms manure. Still heard to this day.

It is the Team Greening program announced last week by Major League Baseball and the Natural Resources Defense Council. It is what so many clubs already were undertaking and turning it into an unprecedented kind of team mentality to make a difference. "Sound environmental practices make sense in every way and protect our natural resources for future generations of baseball fans," Commissioner Bud Selig said of the new program, which will expand on the industry's best practices, offering specific local advice concerning such topics as energy use, purchasing, concession operations, water use, recycling and transportation.

Green is everywhere you look around baseball. It is that incomparable expanse that opens up before your eyes as you step through a stadium concourse opening and into the pantheon of big-time baseball. It is 30 Major League Baseball fields, just waiting for The Show to return. Meanwhile, it is another chance to say Happy St. Patrick's Day to fans all around the game, celebrated on the field today with the color green.


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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:34 am

Green is the color of money.....
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:41 pm

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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:59 pm

Loved the green The D hats today!!!!! LMAO
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:43 am

They weren't even fitted caps!
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:27 am

The bases were green too, I noticed in the pictures the News had!!! LMAO too cool!!!
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:59 am

They should have used green baseballs too
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:23 am

They could have had green Magglio hair hats!!!! LMAO
I remember last year they had blue sweat bands for father's day and American flags on July 4th. What else do they do??? That's pretty cool!!!
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Tue Mar 18, 2008 5:59 am

iluvpudge7 wrote:
They could have had green Magglio hair hats!!!! LMAO
I remember last year they had blue sweat bands for father's day and American flags on July 4th. What else do they do??? That's pretty cool!!!

just as long as the hair wasn't green! Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:28 pm

gs78 wrote:
They weren't even fitted caps!

Bitch, Bitch, Bitch...... tiger
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:29 pm

iluvpudge7 wrote:
They could have had green Magglio hair hats!!!! LMAO
I remember last year they had blue sweat bands for father's day and American flags on July 4th. What else do they do??? That's pretty cool!!!

Pink bats and wristbands on Mothers day!!
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:35 pm

I personally liked the blue wristbands last year for prostate cancer awareness...
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:38 pm

Seems like they should have been BROWN....??
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:09 pm

EWWWW!
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:17 pm

tigersaint wrote:
Seems like they should have been BROWN....??

Rolling Eyes IDIOT!!
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:01 pm

That is what I do best! lol2


Glad you are back Tigersaint! Cheers 2


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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:06 pm

And Go Tigers!
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PostSubject: Re: It's easy being green on St. Patty's Day   Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:26 am

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