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Daily Notes for April 4th

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.

1. Actual, Real Game: St. Louis at Miami, 19:05 ET
2. Timeless Video: Marlins Home Run Display
3. Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: New York (AL) Radio

Actual, Real Game: St. Louis at Miami, 19:05 ET
Regarding What the Deal Is With This Game
The deal with this game is that it’s the first regular-season contest of the 2012 season both (a) being played in the United States and also (b) not involving the A’s and Mariners.

Regarding What Else the Deal Is
Another deal is that it’s also the first real-live game to be played in the Marlins’ new ballpark, ever.

Regarding How the Learned Reader Might Feel About That
Ambivalent, probably.

On Why That Might Be the Case
Because new stadia — especially new stadia replacing older, multi-purpose stadia like Sun Life — generally represent improvements, aesthetically speaking, over their predecessors. On the other hand, they’re also almost always the product of public funding, which, according to economist Andrew Zimbalist, is like the worst thing.

For How Much Longer the Author Could Hold Forth on Stadium Financing
About three more seconds.

What He’d Do After That
Maybe start talking in a hilarious accent — as, like, a diversion.

What He’d Do After-After That
Remind the reader that Josh Johnson is pitching for the Marlins (exciting!); Kyle Lohse, for the Cardinals (say wha-?).

Television: ESPN.

Timeless Video: Marlins Home Run Display
According to YouTube there is no description available for this video, which seems like an entirely fair characterization.

Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: New York (AL) Radio
Recently, we released the results of our television broadcaster rankings — itself the product of reader crowdsourcing that started in late November. Now, FanGraphs is asking readers to rate the radio broadcast teams for all 30 major-league clubs (Click here for more on this project.)

Rate other teams: Washington / Toronto / Texas / Tampa Bay / Seattle / San Francisco / San Diego / St. Louis / Pittsburgh. / Philadelphia / Oakland / New York (NL).