Indoor Stadiums: A Rant

tampa-bay-rays-tropicana-field-contractIndoor Stadiums just might be the worst thing that has happened to the game of baseball.  Currently, there is only one team in the major league that plays in a full-fledged dome, but other stadiums have retractable roofs, making them a sort of hybrid or half-breed, if you may.   That one despicable organization that plays in a dome you may ask?  None other than the Tampa Bay Rays.  You may be asking yourself “Zach, why so much animosity towards such an innocent structure?  What have they ever done to you?”  and what I’ll say to that is it is not about me, it is about the integrity of the game of baseball.  Baseball is the sport of the summer and is meant to be played outside, there should be none of this generated perfect environment bullshit.  “But Zach, due to the city of Tampa’s climate of having consistent hot and humid weather, playing baseball would be nearly unbearable in the outdoors.”  Oh yeah? Well then they should not have placed a team that could not handle some measly little heat.  You know what they say; if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen and go to Montreal because they deserve an MLB franchise more than your pathetic city.  Sadly, however this trend is a popular one over in the NPB in Japan.  Multiple stadiums in Japan are domes, a decision that is just too much for this little heart.  I hope one day that they all come to their senses and realize that their stadiums looks horrid compared to the beautiful masterpieces of their outdoor counterparts.  But I’ll cut them some slack for now.  That league is still developing and I am confident that they will turn the corner.  As for The “Tampa Bay No-Rays Because They Decided To Build An Indoor Stadium Making Their Name Quite Ironic,” there is no excuse.  You were given the chance to make a wonderful expansion team in the state of Florida and you mucked it up. Players hit a pop up and it literally gets stuck on the catwalks.  Yes it’s comedic at times, but wildly unprofessional nonetheless.  The only cool thing about the stadium is the fact that you have a tank filled with live rays that I can touch.  I like that.  That’s cool.  But alas, I finish with this.  Perhaps if you were to build a stadium that was outside, maybe you would have more Tampa Bay Rays fans instead of having your ballpark being a second home to Yankees fans.  Thank you, and goodnight.  

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