Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....
Good god, I've lived in seven MLB cities, I think, with nine teams to their credit. As a baseball town -- and I know some people will balk at this -- I like New York the best. It's a surprisingly old-fashioned baseball town. If you go sit down at a bar, you're going to talk with the guy next to you about baseball first. In the midwest, you're likely going to talk about football first. Even in Boston it depends on the time of year. But it's very hard to escape baseball in New York. Everybody has some thoughts about it even if s/he doesn't exactly follow it. Kids play stickball in the street all over the place.
But as a baseball player? New York is a rough place to be no matter which team you play for. I think my first choice, in 2012, would be Miami. The sun, the life, that home run sculpture -- I would think it's hard to beat being a ballplayer there in 2012. Which is funny because I'd probably commit suicide before I'd live in Miami as a human, but not as a baseball player.
My second and third (ballplayer) choices would probably be Seattle and Philadelphia. At the bottom of the list are Houston, Minnesota, and Atlanta.
For the record, underrated as a city and, apparently, not a bad place to be a ballplayer in 2012: Baltimore.
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