Monday, June 22, 2009

avoiding conflicts...

Fun story.

At AT&T Park last night just before the game started, we were walking through the crowded upper deck concourse on our way to our seats. I had been taking pictures of the ballpark, the architecture, the water and the boats... It's a beautiful park and I wanted a lot of pictures (I ended up with about 85, not as many as I thought). So my camera is in my hand as we're walking through the crowds, until apparently some woman thought I was taking pictures of her. The camera was off, and I wasn't even looking at her, but that's besides the point. The boyfriend: not happy. This guy (who looked like a smaller version of Andy Pettitte [who I wouldn't want to get in a fight with]) marches towards me and yells "So you like taking pictures of people?" That was apparently all he had to say, though, and he stormed off.

Imagine if Gerlo's students ran into this guy in Europe? (Gerlo taught digital photography for Emerson's summer Kasteel program, with most assignments beginning with "go to [city name] and take portraits of the people you see")


  1. sounds like something out of a television since you guys seem to have all of the good weather with you, can you bring it back east when you come? it's a little wet here...

    also, i heard a great trivia question on weei yesterday which couldn't be more appropriate for you two right now. without looking, can you name all of the stadiums that do not have naming rights...

  2. After a long discussion, we count 12 (maybe 11): Oriole Park, National Park, Rangers Ballpark, Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium, Oakland Coliseum, Kauffman Stadium, Metrodome, Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and (debatably) Turner Field. We're mixed about Turner Field though - I don't think it counts as a naming rights stadium, but MIke is less sure.

  3. Thanks for this question. It entertained us for a good half inning of baseball. We went through all 30 ballparks by name, and debated the "naming rights" definitions for any of the close ones. For example, Wrigley Park and Wrigley brand gum? Or Turner Field, and all the Cartoon Network influences covering the center field concourse.

    The conclusion the two of us came up with was that a ballpark named after an individual owner (Wrigley, Kauffman, Turner) doesn't count because they did not have to pay for naming rights. So by defining naming rights by requiring some sort of payment from a third party, we came with those 12 that Justin listed.

    Although, at the beginning of this season it was 13. And after this season ends it will be 13 again. Dolphin Stadium in Miami is currently named Land Shark Stadium, after an Anheuser Busch beer, but the name is only for the 2009 NFL season, and will expire before the start of the 2010 MLB season.