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There's a movement in the San Francisco Bay Area to do something about this whole corporate naming thing going on at ballparks, and it's gaining steam, but could use your help...

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The plot is simple. The wonderful Giants baseball stadium at 24 Willie Mays Plaza next to the Willie Mays statue has been called PacBell Park...then, (for ca. $50M for the naming rights) SBC Park...and now the name will change again, since SBC has eaten AT&T and now is in the process of becoming what it ate. So there's a window to influence the name change. A bunch of baseball nuts are urging SBC to 'do the right thing' and rename the park "Willie Mays Field at AT&T Park." They've got an online petition to that effect which you can reach by clicking on http://www.maysfield.org and then clicking on the petition button at upper right. Then you enter your name and a comment if you want to and that's it.

The columnist Jon Carroll has written about this here.

and we think other media folks will be picking this up soon. If we can get the petition looking muscular there's at least a chance that SBC/AT&T will decide to be a kinder gentler telecom and do the right thing, especially since they'd end up looking real good in the process.

Worth a shot, I think. Please sign and tell your friends.

Any help would be appreciated. I know it's not top priority stuff, but still...

Anyway, thanks.

Originally posted to KumarP on Sun Dec 18, 2005 at 10:45 AM PST.

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  •  Since I'm a baseball fan (none)
    I'm recommending your diary.

    The Say Hey Kid deserves to be so honored. Hank Aaron, too.

  •  You notice the Gints haven't won a Series (none)
    since they traded the Kid to the Mets? Curse of the...

    How bout at LEAST a law that says the name has to stay the same for 5 yrs.

    BTW when they had a chance to sign Vlad they might have been able to break the Curse. I'm proud of being 'Far Left' but when even my GM calls me Lunatic Fringe....

    "The pen is mightier than the sword, but only at a range of greater than five feet" Malaclypse the Younger

    by buhdydharma on Sun Dec 18, 2005 at 11:46:05 AM PST

  •  best all around ballplayer - all time (none)
    played the game with grace & joy. i heard that he'd play stickball with the neighborhood kids before games. imagine that. a layer living in the same neighborhood as the fans? a different time in baseball & a different time in america.
    i halfway expect the capitol & white house to be given corporate monikers soon, in some ways it might be a show of honesty.

    i'm an agnostic, i'd be an atheist if it weren't for mozart

    by rasbobbo on Sun Dec 18, 2005 at 11:57:50 AM PST

    •  I saw Willie from his rookie year on (none)
      I saw him play many, many times in person. He was a joy to watch, and I hope they name the ballpark after him, period, with no corporate name attached.

      But the best all-around ballplayer of all time is playing today, right now. His name is Alex Rodriguez.

      "Lash those conservatives and traitors with the pen of gall and wormwood -- let them feel -- no temporising!" -- Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1837

      by Ivan on Sun Dec 18, 2005 at 12:41:01 PM PST

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    •  Wille Mays (none)
      Got to see him - in Wrigley - several times.  Quite a ballplayer.  I suspect (to use a very old way of looking at it) that a team of nine Willie Mays would have little trouble beating even a team of nine Babe Ruths.

      Hit, field, run, throw, the guy did it all.

      My baseball fandom goes back over 40 years, and if I were going to put together a "my lifetime All-Stars" team, he'd definitely be in the outfield.

      Along with, in no particular order: Henry Aaron, Ryne Sandberg, Johnny Bench, Brooks Robinson, Luis Aparicio, and others.  (Feel free to add to this list.)  And my starting pitcher would likely be a little bit of a surprise to some, Ferguson Jenkins.  Hey, six straight 20-game seasons?  With the CUBS?  How good would he have been playing with people who hit behind him on a regular basis?

      Have at it...

      If you vote Republican, you vote for corruption.

      by MN camera on Sun Dec 18, 2005 at 01:18:56 PM PST

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