Greeted by an array of “All Rise” signs in a ballpark that fits their style, Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer and made a pair of sparkling catches, leading CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees over the Houston Astros 8-1 Monday night and cutting their deficit to 2-1 in the AL Championship Series.
It’s clear that members of the board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority love baseball because some of them were willing to risk the board’s reputation as the marketers-in-chief of Las Vegas to spend $80 million on a naming rights deal many say is a preposterous.
With the New York Mets buying the Syracuse Chiefs, a Triple-A team in the International League, the 51s will be searching for a MLB team with which to affiliate. But don’t expect news anytime soon on the identity of that team.
It’s a rematch between the Cubs and Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. But their roles have been completely reversed.
A flight carrying the Chicago Cubs to Los Angeles was diverted to New Mexico early Friday due to a medical issue on board.
The Chicago Cubs win whenever they need to, with whatever it takes, even a seven-out save by Wade Davis to preserve a shrinking lead and a “Did that really happen?” four-run inning against Washington’s Max Scherzer in a thriller of a Game 5.
The Astros are a minus-175 series favorite over the Yankees (plus-155) and a minus-160 favorite in Friday’s Game 1, which pits Dallas Keuchel against Masahiro Tanaka (plus-150).
Though the total price tag will be around $150 million, the cost of building Las Vegas Ballpark, the future home of the 51s, will be about on par with the price of other recent Triple-A structures.
Didi Gregorius, following in the October footprints left by Derek Jeter, homered twice off Corey Kluber as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to complete their comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the Division Series and dethrone the AL champions.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s payment of $80 million for naming rights to Las Vegas Ballpark is as much about escaping a big cash drain occurring annually at Cashman Field as it is marketing the city’s brand.