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We Don't Need No Stinking Roof!

October 26, 2006 1:47 PM

The World Series looks more like the Global Warming Effect Series this year. It's cold and rainy and unpleasant. And more than a few people have used this to justify the notion of putting a roof on our new park.

And while we must admit that an outdoor World Series in these parts would have been a chilly affair this year, we must also consider this from Detroit catcher Vance Wilson:

Coping with adverse conditions is what makes major leaguers mentally strong, Wilson said. Champions emerge not only because they're better, but also tougher.

"I'm not a big fan of domes or teams in tough cities that build retractable roofs," Wilson said. "That's what I liked about playing for the Mets. Whether it was cold, rainy or whatever, you had to deal with the conditions.

"That's part of competing. It would be great if everything was perfect and it was 85 and sunny every day. But this game wasn't built upon that."

Same goes for the fans, right?

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Considering the few number of World Series games that have been postponed due to weather, I find it hilarious that people would attempt to use the most recent postponement as support for a retractable roof.

Posted on October 27, 2006 at 08:27 AM by Aaron Juran Highlight this comment 1

A cantilevered roof with columns and beams will be fine for this ballpark. Those features from both the bottom of the roof and from a venue's exterior create unobstructed protection for fans in the upper deck. For example, RFK Stadium has such a roof. Further, it is a beautiful format (in my opinion). It will still offer outdoor baseball :):).

Thanks.

Posted on October 31, 2006 at 7:06 PM by Chris Highlight this comment 2

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