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Thanks to a U2 concert, the Marlins will be the home team in Seattle this weekend

Jun 24, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT


Because of U2 — who, if you try hard enough, can be blamed for most of what has happened for the past 25 years or so — the Marlins/Mariners series, originally scheduled for Sun Life Stadium in Miami this weekend is being played in Seattle.  But, as was the case when the Blue Jays/Phillies got moved to Citizens Bank Park last year, the out-of-town team will be the home team.

And heck, maybe the Mariners will feel more like the road team anyway.  This series was supposed to be part of an east coast swing for them, so their travel schedule breaks down like this: Philly, Washington, and then back to Seattle to face the Marlins and Braves. The Marlins’ travel plans are less jerky. They were at home in this last series against Anaheim, but they were going to be heading out west to face Oakland in the series that starts on Tuesday anyway. With their day off yesterday — which the Mariners didn’t get — their travel was much less taxing.

Still, I don’t know that it’s enough of a handicap to make up for the fact that Marlins have to play a “home” series several thousand miles from home.  In order to even things up more, I believe that the Mariners players should have to stay in a hotel in downtown Seattle, while the Marlins get free run of the Mariners’ players’ homes, cars and whatnot.*

*The whatnot is negotiable on a family by family basis and really is none of our business. 

  1. shaggylocks - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    I think all interleague games should be played this way. Pitchers hitting in front of a Fenway Park crowd! The DH in Wrigley Field! Interleague play is already an aberration before God, so why not make the side-show even more entertaining?

  2. easports82 - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    First time in 6 years I could’ve seen the M’s live without at least an hour of travel and U2’s concert on screws it up. Thanks, Bono.

    BTW, the concert is on Wednesday. Takes more than 2 days to setup a stage?

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      The stage is massive, so yes.

      • easports82 - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        So they need extra workers? Can’t take a run to Home Depot and find some guys that have construction skills to get it done?

    • ksiner - Jun 24, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      Who wants to see the Marlins anyway? They suck.

  3. sdelmonte - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    I don’t get it. Why can’t rock bands schedule around baseball teams?

    • FC - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      It’s not the rock bands. The owners in Miami have rightfully calculated that they will get more attendance and far more money catering to Bono than hosting a 3 game series of the Marlins (who on the best of days get fickle attendance) vs the barely above average Mariners. Come on man, it’s a no-brainer from a financial POV.

    • jwbiii - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      Rock bands schedule around what they’re told to schedule around. This is a stadium lease issue. The Marlins are apparently not a priority for the owners of JoeProSharkLife (did I get that right, OG?) Stadium.

      • jwbiii - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:45 PM

        Eh. JoeProDolSharkLife Stadium.

  4. Jonny 5 - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    lol…. The Marlins kinda screwed over the Mariners there huh?

  5. orange1605 - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Great job Craig — Except the Mariners played Philadelphia in Seattle and will play Atlanta in Seattle, too. So the travel was to Washington and back.

    Not that the details matter here or anything. Hurts when you can’t copy and paste something from another person’s story.

  6. jimbo1949 - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    You can dress it up however you want, but the Feesh will definitely know by the size of the crowd that they are not at home.

    • easports82 - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      Unfortunately, after the last couple seasons, that’s debatable.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:24 PM

        They had a good crowd June 17th – 19th from what I saw. But Florida baseball teams take it to a new level when it comes to lack of attendance.

      • easports82 - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:01 PM

        Little sarcasm thrown in there. M’s easily draw better than the Marlins.

  7. IdahoMariner - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    If I’m the Marlins, I can’t get too pi$$ed off at U2 — the stadium management sold them out for concert revenue. (I’m guessing stadium management = Marlins owners, but I really need to get back to work, so I’m not gonna go look that up.) Besides, the weather will probably be less oppressive in Seattle, and it’s not like Marlins home crowds give them any kind of boost.

    Also, whatever the merits of their music or their personae, I can’t get behind U2-villification because they (or, Bono) have done a lot of good work to help those in third-world countries improve their living conditions. Whether it was out of the goodness of their heart or because they dig being looked at as good guys, I don’t care, because the end result is the same.

    • jwbiii - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:35 PM

      No. Stadium management = Dolphins owners.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      There are a lot of people in Ireland that are pissed at them for moving their residency to the Netherlands to avoid paying taxes. They avoided paying something like 50 million euros. While i would have done the exact same thing, U2 comes across as a little hypocritical on this. Besides Bono’s mullet at Live Aid will never be forgotten!

      • FC - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:14 PM

        Taxes after a certain bracket are simply mind-boggling and excessive it’s no wonder they decided to find a tax haven.

      • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:28 PM

        FC, no disagreement with you at all, I would do the same thing, but U2 is notorious for telling other countries what they should be doing with said tax money.

      • jwbiii - Jun 24, 2011 at 6:54 PM

        I thought Ireland was a tax haven for artists.
        1) Did this change?
        2) Is everything U2 has done since “Joshua Tree” been officially recognized as commercial dreck?
        I can see either, or both, of these things being true.

  8. b7p19 - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    “The whatnot is negotiable on a family by family basis and really is none of our business.”

    Brilliant. Subtle, yet strangely obvious.

  9. Andy - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    While I don’t have an opinion on this I would like to point out a few things:
    1. Calling U2 charitable and having done good things? Sure, they’ve thrown a little money off to charity here and there, but they can afford it and most of it is just posturing by Bono to make himself look like a good guy and the saviour of earth. Rock stars should shut up about that kinda stuff, play music and don’t pretend that just because they’re famous their opinion is worth more than ours.
    2. Bono and George Dubya Bush are buddies and Bono thinks Bush did a great job. Yeah, that sounds like a guy who cares about weak and poor!
    3. U2 are tax refugees, which is more or less the lamest and weakest thing rich people can do to a country that raised them and gave them the opportunity to get where they are today.
    4. U2 are the most pretentious people ever.
    5. U2 have for many years tried to tear down buildings in historic central Dublin to build a huge high rise hotel that would totally change the complection of the area.
    6. U2’s music is the most boring music ever.
    7. Seriously, U2 suck!

    • goforthanddie - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      Don’t confuse “U2” and “Bono”. Half the band’s just along for the ride and financial godhood.

      • JBerardi - Jun 24, 2011 at 6:30 PM

        And that differentiates them from Bono… how?

      • goforthanddie - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:06 AM

        JBerardi: Bono’s ego-feeding extends beyond music. I couldn’t even tell you the bassist’s name. And remember, Bono IS the biggest piece of shit in the world.

  10. Old Gator - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Speaking of the “whatnots,” Craig, did that proposed movie about the Petersen-Kekich wife swapping fiasco ever get made, and if so, how did I miss it?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      Nah, I think it got shelved. One of the principles — not sure which — decided not to cooperate. While I think Matt Damon and Ben Affleck still have the rights, I believe they lost enthusiasm for the project given the player’s objection.

      • jwbiii - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:29 PM

        Jennifer Garner for Luciana Barroso? There has to be a ptbnl in there somehow!

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:22 PM

        I would guess it had to be Kekich who didn’t want to think about it, since he came up on the short end of the situation when Petersen’s ex dumped him. If I’m not mistaken Petersen and Kekich’s ex married and stayed that way.

        Well then, they’re a couple of Boston boys, so I guess if they’ve lost their interest in kicking the Borg around, there’s always Wade Boggs and Margo Adams.

  11. psousa1 - Jun 24, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Someone should kick that little sawed off runt, Bono, in the jimmies. Also even Bono would agree to have the DH used in all interleague games regardless if it is in the NL stadium. NL is the only league in the world where the pitchers hit. Would rather see Ortiz, Thome or Guerrero hit than watch a player keep the bat on his shoulder or flail away like they are swatting a fly.

    • easports82 - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      Based on the watching players hit instead of keeping the bat on the shoulder, can the M’s get a second DH for Figgins?

  12. broseph20 - Jun 24, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    If I own the stadium do I want 17 people at the stadium over a weekend, or 70,000? I am sure U2 will have a greater impact on the South Florida economy than the marlins will all year.

  13. ksiner - Jun 24, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Best thing to come to Joe Robie, Pro Player, Dolphin, Landshark, Sun Life…. [enter company name here] stadium since Prince at the Super Bowl

  14. bgaw - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Craig- you’ve got the M’s schedule messed up. They played the Phillies at home last weekend and will be playing the Braves at home next week (hope you weren’t planning on driving down to Turner.)

  15. goforthanddie - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    You’d think MLB would have contractual priority to the dates it wants.

  16. tepiii3 - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    This article is an great example of how poor reporting has become in modern times. It starts, “Because of U2”, are you kidding me! Get off your as and do some research and speak to the buildings management. What do you think they are going to say, Bono forced their hands. Seriously Craig you are a joke

  17. foreverchipper10 - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Someone needs to step up and reinform Bono that he is, in fact, number two.

    • jwbiii - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:42 PM

      He is very much aware of that.

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