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Monday, January 18, 2010
Marlins have a new home (sort of)


Gosh, I'm sure going miss Land Shark Stadium.

Or not. But better than this again:


For those scoring at home, that's seven names in 18 years. Rather than try to moralize (when money's involved, what's the point?) I'll simply raise an issue of practicality. If you're writing a history of the Florida Marlins, how would you deal with all those different names? If you're a Marlins fan and you're telling a story about a game you attended in (say) 2003, how are you supposed to remember what the stadium was called that year?

I suppose that if you're writing a book, you can just keep a sort of running count, and if you're good enough you might even turn the name changes into a running joke and have some fun with it. If you're just a guy telling a story, you can just pick your favorite name and stick with it; you're just telling a story, after all.

It's people like me who are supposed to know, or at least take a few seconds and look it up. But it's damned inconvenient, and I resent all the money grubbing.