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    Anyone watch American-style baseball when it was over in Sydney? Curious what you thought of it.

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    Watched a bit of the first game (I have it on the PVR so I can skip innings breaks). Crowd a bit quiet, but I could sit at the SCG with nothing going on for hours....quite a special atmosphere if you're facing the old stands. I watch a fair bit of MLB through ESPN (well, I have it on in the background while I'm doing non-creative work tasks at night).

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    • #3
      I missed the giant hot dogs.

      Barry

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      • #4
        We've had a struggling baseball league in Aust for as long as I can remember, very much a minority sport here, perhaps a little more popular than cricket in the US.

        I've been to a few matches in my years, what did I think of them, bit of a novelty, not desperate to go again.

        I did hear a reference to an upcoming visit by American baseball players a while back, however the media coverage while they were here must have been minimal, I was not even aware the visit had taken place.

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        • #5
          The organ music cracks me up! ;-D

          The (US) national league is played on daytime TV here..... or at least has been.
          Was aware of the visit.

          Yelta mentions cricket, Andy.
          Fancy sitting through a 5 day game of our national sport?

          :-D

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          • #6
            Sadly Chokkidog one of our cricket leagues has adopted the organ music stuff, think its Bigbash, no awards for originality there.

            I wonder how long we will continue with the 5 day test match format? the pressure must be on (in this day of instant gratification) to condense the experience into a shorter format, minimise expenses and maximise profit, its always about the money.

            As a matter of interest I thoroughly enjoy the major test matches (particularly when we're winning)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Yelta View Post
              Sadly Chokkidog one of our cricket leagues has adopted the organ music stuff, think its Bigbash, no awards for originality there.
              ...
              As a matter of interest I thoroughly enjoy the major test matches (particularly when we're winning)
              A few sports have copied the American sports formats: the melodramatic basketball commentary, the half-time football extravaganza (though we seem to think our own stars aren't good enough and need to import them) and the organ accompaniment.

              I don't like Big Bash and T20 formats and hanker for the strategy of the 5 day test. The last couple of test series were interesting - well it's always good to win the Ashes and we also beat the #1 side.
              I think a 4- or 3-day test format could be worth trying.

              As for baseball, I didn't see the Dodgers vs Diamondbacks but I watched a couple of games on World Series when I still had Foxtel. I think it could work if it is promoted the right way. The NBL in Australia is an example of the potential. if you can get kids interested.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by flynnaus View Post
                I think it could work if it is promoted the right way. The NBL in Australia is an example of the potential. if you can get kids interested.
                Our tiny population is our biggest problem Flynn, too many promoters competing for a very limited $ our 23 million population has to spend, seems most sporting codes (perhaps except the AFL) are feeling the affect.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Yelta View Post
                  Our tiny population is our biggest problem Flynn, too many promoters competing for a very limited $ our 23 million population has to spend, seems most sporting codes (perhaps except the AFL) are feeling the affect.
                  Even with the larger US population, baseball is overshadowed by American football. There are so many different sports leagues from which to choose. More and more baseball is a sport for oldsters like myself.

                  Originally posted by chokkidog View Post
                  The organ music cracks me up! ;-D
                  Yes, we would call it "cheesy." But it's part of the game!

                  Originally posted by chokkidog View Post
                  Yelta mentions cricket, Andy.
                  Fancy sitting through a 5 day game of our national sport?
                  The only way I could do that would be to watch it with one of you guys explaining what was going on. I have no idea how it works, and there is virtually zero cricket played in the US.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by chokkidog View Post
                    The organ music cracks me up! ;-D
                    :-D
                    You should come to the Movies in North Sydney.
                    The Hyden Orphium is a real "retro" theater complete with an Original 1925 Wurlitzer 240 pipe organ that rises from the stage floor for a brief cheering interlude before the movie starts !

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                    • #11
                      I'm sorry but massive crowds for the Tests last summer and a record breaking turn out at the MCG? Test cricket is not going anywhere Yelta except up.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ASchecter View Post
                        Yes, we would call it "cheesy." But it's part of the game!
                        Andy, I don't mean in a bad way! But I would have loved to have been at the board meeting when someone asked the question:

                        "what can we do to add interest to the game?" and a retired organ grinder with a twinkle in their eye and a passion
                        for melodrama said... "leave it to me!"


                        Originally posted by blend52 View Post
                        You should come to the Movies in North Sydney.
                        The Hyden Orphium is a real "retro" theater complete with an Original 1925 Wurlitzer 240 pipe organ that rises from the stage floor for a brief cheering interlude before the movie starts !
                        Awesome!! That'd be way better than watching a bunch of ads!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by blend52 View Post
                          an Original 1925 Wurlitzer 240 pipe organ that rises from the stage floor for a brief cheering interlude before the movie starts !
                          I used to love that stuff in one of the major cinemas in Brissy many years ago; I think it might have been the Wintergarden. Almost as good and sometimes better than some of the movies that were on offer...

                          Mal.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by blend52 View Post
                            You should come to the Movies in North Sydney.
                            The Hyden Orphium is a real "retro" theater complete with an Original 1925 Wurlitzer 240 pipe organ that rises from the stage floor for a brief cheering interlude before the movie starts !
                            I have similar recollections.

                            Regent theater, Rundle Street, Adelaide, Knight Barnett kept us entertained on the Wurlitzer that emerged from the orchestra pit with him in full flight, brilliant, memories of a bygone era.
                            St Peter's College Wurlitzer

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                            • #15
                              The Wurlitzer pipe organ now in the main auditorium of the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace at Cremorne Sydney, was originally installed in the Wilson Theatre in Fresno, California in 1925.

                              The Orpheum was a derelict cinema on the north side of Sydney that was bought by Mike Walsh in 1986, restored and enlarged to six screens using Art Deco/Modern style architecture.

                              Barry

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