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MLB coming to London!

Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by Freakbro, May 8, 2018.

  1. Freakbro

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    It has just been confirmed that MLB are to host two regular season games at London Stadium on the 29th & 30th June 2019, and it's the New York Yankees and The Boston Red Sox! :cool:

    Not sure how much support there is on here for baseball, but I'll definitely be going.

    I haven't kept up with it for years, but have always loved baseball since playing for the Boston Red Sox in my teens....(in the East Midlands League :p)
     
  2. Doctor McNinja

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    I used to watch it all the time back when it was on Channel 5... JG (the Gould Fish) and JC, Mike Carlson, Erik the producer. I started watching because I had trouble sleeping and Baseball was boring and was sure to put me to sleep, or so I thought. Then I carried on watching, mainly due to the chemistry of the presenters, and then it was for the games themselves.

    I still vividly remember hearing one of my letters on unbreakable records being read out live on air. If only I still had the recording!

    Then after the economy went down the toilet and Channel 5 didn't renew their coverage for 2009, I kind of drifted and lost interest due to the difficulty of following the sport and the lack of the MLB on Five team of presenters...

    Sorry to go off on a tangent their. It's good news to hear that MLB is coming to the UK. I just hope it gets some traction and makes the sport more popular in the UK.
     
  3. neviditelny

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    I'm tempted to go for at least one of the matches, not because I actually follow baseball, but more for the sake of why not? Let's give it a go :)
     
  4. molinari

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    Good news, I'd be interested in watching a game or two here.
    I'm off to Seattle in the summer and desperate to see the Mariners play :), although the wife is far from keen :(.
     
  5. SickAsAParrot

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    Yup I'd be interested in going, I've followed Baseball off-and-on since the late 80's, and I went to see the off-season exhibition game between the Mets and the White Sox (I think) which took place at the Oval. I don't remember it being that great but my mate nicked a mascot's towel.
     
  6. McBain

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    Interested in this! Watched the Yankees in the Yankee stadium about 15 years ago and loved it.
     
  7. Freakbro

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  8. Yas786

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    Registered for my tickets, miss watching baseball when growing up. Although whenever I’m in Toronto I’ll go watch a few Blue Jay games.

    But yankee’s and Red Sox should be a belter of a game. They usually are.
     
  9. byeo

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    I've registered interest but it depends on the cost. I saw the Yankess vs Red Sox back in 16' at Yankee Stadium. I've got bored with the NFL in London so this might spice things up for me.
     
  10. rubberduck

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    Still miss Channel five coverage.
     
  11. AETAaAS

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    That's interesting. I wonder how big a following MLB has in the UK.
     
  12. iamtheoneneo

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    Went to see Miami play a few year back and it was fun. Don't follow the sport at all but for a one off I'd be up for this.

    But yeh cost is important.around £50 a ticket would be OK I guess.
     
  13. Grimley

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    So do I. I went to an MLB game on the 4th July many years ago (Orioles @ White Sox) I had a great time. I don't go to many live events these days so I'd go if I can. Realistically I don't think I'll get tickets, I can see these going on sale when I'm at work & there's a fair few ex-pat New Yorkers & Bostonians that work here who would jump at the chance, plus the fans who would make a holiday of it from the states. Tickets would sell out in minutes. Shame really as I'm a half hour train trip from the venue.
     
  14. SickAsAParrot

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    Tickets going on sale at the beginning of December (through Ticketmaster, boo!), just hope they're not too stupidly priced, I imagine there's an incentive to fill the stadium which is gonna be difficult if they're £80 a shot.
     
  15. Shimmy

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    I'm definitely going, been playing baseball in the UK leagues for the past 5 years.

    Really looking forward to it :cool:
     
  16. SickAsAParrot

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    Nah I'm definitely priced out of that, no way I'm paying those sorts of prices for a half-decent view. It said last night that the pre-reg tickets were sold out, so it'll be interesting to see how quickly the general sale tickets sell today. Some people must be stinking rich.
     
  17. planty

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    I got a couple of tickets up in the gods this morning. Even they were quite expensive, but should be a good evening out!
     
  18. byeo

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    See, this is what I don't get. I paid $22 to sit up in the Grandstand at Yankee Stadium, behind the home plate and it was against the Red Sox. Ok I get that they play a stupid amount of games in a regular season so a sell-out is rare but why can't they price these London games better to gain more interest?
     
  19. planty

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    I know what you mean, but it looks like both days have sold out so I imagine the MLB will be happy enough. Hopefully it might lead to more (cheaper!) games in the future.
     
  20. Participant

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    Great money spinner. Very high prices but then it's a new venture.

    Sorry to get all deep but the world feels like a smaller place every day.