Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field

This post serves little purpose other than to share the following information:

  • The BBB recently traveled to see the University of Miami host Florida State at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
  • There is actually a ballpark named “Alex Rodriguez Park”.  This fact becomes somewhat less surprising when you consider he paid for it.

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To be precise, he contributed $3.9 million dollars to its construction upgrades.  The alumni were somewhat displeased that his name was affixed to the stadium’s scoreboard.  The school frequently refers to the stadium as “The Light”, in reference to Mark Light, son of the stadium’s original benefactor. Mark died of muscular dystrophy.

  • You may recognize the name Charlie Leibrandt, former left-handed pitcher of the crafty variety for Kansas City.  According to Royals Review, Mr. Leibrandt is the twenty-fifth greatest Royal of all time.  His son, Brandon Leibrandt, is the pitcher in the video below.  He is also a lefty.  Still a college pitcher, his level of craft is yet to be determined.  He gives up a walk to Hurricane batter Dale Carey, ranked eighty-fifth in the College Top 100 prospect list of the 2013 Baseball America Prospect Handbook.  This is the BBB’s favorite new book.
  • The batting cages are named the “Pat Burrell Batting Cages”.  We’ve not fully researched this, but we’re jumping to a conclusion as to why they are named this.

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Pat Burrell did not perform well as a Tampa Bay Ray.  He was paid quite handsomely while not performing well.

  • High above the Light, and many other ballparks, the American flag continues to fly.  There is really no point to the video below, other than to show you that Brandon Leibrandt exists, Dale Carey exists, a scoreboard with the words “Alex Rodriguez Park” exists, and most assuredly, the American flag still exists.