MLB Baseball Party Craft Suggestions

by keithallison

The 2013 MLB Season is now underway! With all kinds of changes heading into the season there’s excitement in the air. The one constant is that the New York Yankees are still the most sought-after ticket in baseball. And right behind the Yankees are the Boston Red Sox whose re-tooled lineup has been solid. And in the National League, the LA Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are two of the most popular teams at the moment. But regardless of what team you root for, TL has the MLB baseball tickets you need to get into the game, so don’t wait another second.

For 2012, Fox revised its schedule. While the 3:30 p.m. EDT starting time continues, weekly games on Saturday NASCAR race dates in Texas, Richmond, and Darlington, start at 12:30 p.m. EDT. And starting with the UEFA Champions League Final Match Day until the Saturday before the All-Star Break, all Game of the Week games would start at 7 p.m. EDT. The Baseball Night in America moniker was used for all MLB on Fox games in that span.

The 720p high definition simulcast of MLB Network launched simultaneously to the regular channel. After much discussion, MLB Network decided to use the 720p format instead of 1080-line-interlace because it believes 720p shows the motion of baseball more accurately and will degrade less when recompressed by cable operators to save bandwidth. As Mark Haden (VP of engineering and IT of MLB Network) says: “That’s our best shot of maintaining quality to viewers.” All studio programs and original shows are shot in HD, as well as all self produced games such as those of the 2009 World Baseball Classic and Thursday Night Baseball, as well as simulcasted locally produced games on Saturday Night Baseball. The network is also currently remastering 30 World Series Films in high definition. Also during MLB Tonight the channel shows exclusive live HD look-ins to games in progress via its local channel. Programs not available in HD originally have unique stylized pillarboxes: brick walls reminiscent of an older baseball stadium, with the MLB Network logo in the middle. Beginning on March 27, 2009, pillarboxes with a more generic design were used with some programming: solid blue bars with the logo in the middle. The brick wall design pillarboxes continue to be used at times as well.

The current logo came into use in 1970, but that is not the answer you might hear given in MLB logo trivia. In 1969, a similar logo was designed, but it only stayed in use for one year. It would take a big time baseball fan to know the difference in the two logos, as well. The first one was almost the same as the logo that is used now, except for one huge difference. It did not have the “Major League Baseball” text beneath the player. Other than that small difference, the logo designed in 1969 and the one designed in 1970 (which is still in use today) are the same exact logo, down to the colors and all.

Major League Baseball 2K10 or, in short, MLB 2K10, is a MLB licensed baseball simulation video game published by 2K Sports. MLB 2K10 was available for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii and Nintendo DS. The game was released on March 2, 2010.

During the week of the All-Star Game, Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter did not travel to the game site as it normally does; the 2007 site was AT&T Park in San Francisco. The reason was that MLB stripped ESPN of its on-site credentials for its studio crew as punishment for leaking the rosters of the All-Star teams before TBS did. TBS’ announcement, which was billed as exclusive, was scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern time but was delayed for nearly two hours, by which point ESPN, in apparent violation of its contract with MLB, went ahead and revealed the rosters anyway. ESPN later agreed to promote playoff coverage on TBS and Fox (alongside its own radio coverage) in return for Baseball Tonight going on the air shortly after each night’s games concluded.

Roster, or squad, sizes differ between different leagues and different levels of organized play. Major League Baseball teams maintain 25-player active rosters. A typical 25-man roster in a league without the DH rule, such as MLB’s National League, features:

The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth-largest city in the state of California, in the United States. A consolidated city-county, mainland San Francisco is located on the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula. Insular San Francisco includes several islands in the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Strait, notably Alcatraz, Treasure Island, and the Farallon Islands 27 miles offshore in the Pacific Ocean and also most of the privately owned Red Rock Island near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
San Francisco has a long history of events marking its growth from a small town to a big city
” In 1776, the Spanish were the first Europeans to settle in San Francisco
” In 1848, with the advent of the California gold rush the city entered a period of rapid growth
” In 1822, serious development by non-Spanish speakers began, when William Richardson, an English whaler redeveloped a section of Yerba Buena in what is now Portsmouth Square in Chinatown.
” In 1846, the Mexican-American War broke out.
” On January 30, 1847, a naval force under Commodore John D. Sloat claimed it in the name of the United States and renamed it “San Francisco”
” On April 18, 1906, a devastating earthquake resulted from the rupture of over 270 miles of the San Andreas Fault, from San Juan Bautista to Eureka, centered immediately offshore of San Francisco.
” The city was quickly rebuilt after the earthquake.
” The phoenix on the city’s flag represents San Francisco’s “rebirth” from the ashes of the fire that resulted from the quake.
” In the 1950s San Francisco hired Harvard graduate Justin Herman to head the redevelopment agency for the city and county.
” Justin Herman began an aggressive campaign to renew blighted areas of the city.
” His planning led to the creation of Embarcadero Center, the Embarcadero Freeway, Japan town, the Geary Street super blocks, and Yerba Buena Gardens.
Place of interest
San Francisco’s parks, museums, tours, and landmarks are favorites for travelers the world over and offer an array of activities to suit every visitor. But no particular activity or place makes the city one of the most popular destinations in the world. It’s San Francisco itself — its charm, its atmosphere, its perfect blend of big metropolis with small-town hospitality. Some of its main attractions are:
” Alcatraz Island
” Cable Cars
” California Academy of Sciences
” Coit Tower
” Ferry Building Marketplace (and Farmers’ Market)
” Fisherman’s Wharf
” Ghiradelli Square
” Golden Gate Bridge
” Lombard Street
” Pier 39
” The Cannery
” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts / Yerba Buena Gardens
Museums & Art Galleries
Notable San Francisco Museums include
” The Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA),
” The Palace of the Legion of Honor,
” The M. H. de Young Memorial Museum,
” The Asian Art Museum.
Other museums include
” The International Museum of Women,
” The Museum of the African Diaspora,
” The Contemporary Jewish Museum,
” The Museum of Craft & Folk Art,
” The Mexican Museum.
In terms of performing arts, San Francisco boasts
” The San Francisco Symphony,
” The San Francisco Opera
” The San Francisco Ballet.
San Francisco’s Ballet and Opera are some of the oldest continuing performing arts companies in the United States.
Like its population, San Francisco’s shopping is both worldly and intimate. Every persuasion, style, era, and fetish is represented, not in big, tacky shopping malls, but in hundreds of quaint, dramatically different boutiques scattered throughout the city. San Francisco has many shopping areas, but the following places are where one will find most of the actions:
” Union Square & Environs
” Chinatown
” Union Street
” Chestnut Street
” Fillmore Street
” Haight Street
” SoMa
” Hayes Valley
Food & Drink
San Francisco’s restaurants are so renowned that many people visit the city just to eat — and with good reason. The city’s brilliant chefs, combined with California’s abundance of organic produce, seafood, free-range meats, and Northern California wine, guarantee some of the world’s finest dining. San Francisco also has varied nightlife ranging from bars to lounges to clubs. Major areas of nightlife in San Francisco are North Beach, the Mission District, the Marina, the Castro, and South of Market. San Francisco also boasts of legendary pop music venues such as The Fillmore and The Warfield.
San Francisco Unified School District and the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s dozens of Catholic elementary and high schools serve the city. Despite its limited geographical space, San Francisco is home to a multitude of Universities and Colleges. Public universities include:
” University of California, San Francisco, primarily a graduate level health-sciences school, located north of Forest Hill
” San Francisco State University located in the southwest corner of the city near Lake Merced
” University of California, Hastings College of the Law located downtown at its Civic Center
” City College of San Francisco, one of the largest community colleges in the country is located in the Ingleside, with several extension campuses.
” Private universities:
” The Jesuit-run University of San Francisco, one of the first universities established west of the Mississippi, located in the center of the city
” Golden Gate University, a business and law school located downtown
” California Culinary Academy Le Cordon Bleu program located in the Tenderloin
” Academy of Art University
” San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking
” Alliant International University.
San Francisco is the home of many major league teams like
” The San Francisco 49ers National Football League team, who play at Monster Park
” The San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball team, who play at SBC Park
” MLB ‘s Oakland Athletics
” NFL’s Oakland Raiders
” The National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors play across the bay in Oakland
” The regional National Hockey League team, the San Jose Sharks play in San Jose
The Warriors and Sharks were once based just south of San Francisco, at the Cow Palace, located several yards south of San Francisco, in Daly City. The city is also home to some famous golf courses, including the Harding Park Golf Course and the courses of the Olympic Club.
Hotels & Accommodation
Luxury Hotels
San Francisco has elegant and grand hotels in its possession. Westin St. Francis, Westin Saint Francis, Palace Hotel, Argent Hotel, Mark Hopkins Intercontinental, Hilton, Fairmont, W San Francisco, Pan Pacific, Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Renaissance Parc 55, Ritz Carlton – are some of these big names.
All famous luxury hotels like Hilton, Hyatt, Palace Hotel, etc. have their branch in Fisherman Wharf.
Budget Hotels
If the visit to San Francisco is in a particularly busy season and booking in prominent hotels are over, here’s a list of moderate to very inexpensive alternatives – Alisa Hotel, Edward II Inn & Suites, Hotel Beresford Arms, King George Hotel, The Marina Inn, The San Remo Hotel.
Tours and Sightseeing
San Francisco has different type of organized tours they differ in the contents as well as the transport system. Tours are available by Bus, Boat, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) or on foot. The San Francisco Visitor Information Center, at Powell and Market streets, distributes free route maps. Blue & Gold Fleet and Red & White Fleet are two boat tours available. And Gray Line Bus tour is the San Francisco’s largest bus tour operator. The self-guided Private SUV tour, 49-mile drive is one easy way to grasp the beauty of San Francisco and its extraordinary location. Beginning in the city, it follows a rough circle around the bay and passes virtually all the best-known sights, from Chinatown to the Golden Gate Bridge, Ocean Beach, Seal Rocks, Golden Gate Park, and Twin Peaks.
San Francisco has the most extensive public transit system on the West Coast and one of the most diverse in the country. Muni is the city-owned public transit system, which operates the Muni Metro light rail system. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is the regional transit system, which connects San Francisco with the East Bay, through an underwater tunnel, and Northern San Mateo County, California communities and San Francisco International Airport on the San Francisco Peninsula. In addition, a frequent commuter rail service, Caltrain, operates between San Francisco, San Jose, California and Gilroy, California.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is located 12.9 km (8 miles) south of the city in San Mateo County on a landfill extension into the San Francisco Bay. It is the only major international hub airport in California other than LAX in Los Angeles.

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