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Saturday, July 11, 2009

NBC Sports: ‘Haunted’ Milwaukee hotel scares MLB teams

First Carlos Gomez heard voices. Then he watched his iPod go haywire after he got out of the shower, sending him scrambling for the lobby without stopping to put on his pants and shoes.

After last year’s experience, the Minnesota Twins outfielder didn’t want to go back to Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel. But Gomez had to stay there when the Twins were in town to play the Milwaukee Brewers last month, so he brought some protection: Teammate-turned-roommate Francisco Liriano and a Bible.

“Everything’s scary,” Gomez said. “Everything in the hotel, the paintings and pictures, it’s a lot of old, crazy stuff. No good, man. No good.”

The Pfister is Milwaukee’s most regal address, having hosted every U.S. president since William McKinley in the 1890s and scores of celebrities who can take a self-guided tour of the hotel’s Victorian art collection. Today, it’s the place to stay for upscale business travelers and out-of-town visitors, including many Major League Baseball teams. MLB commissioner Bud Selig, from Milwaukee, is a frequent visitor.

But some players don’t care for the 116-year-old hotel’s posh accommodations and reputation for privacy. They swear it’s haunted.

why not?  it’s been that kinda day in baseball…

Coot Veal and Cot Deal's cols=“100” rows=“20” Posted: July 11, 2009 at 01:30 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: July 11, 2009 at 03:19 AM (#3249931)
Should have gone to the Ramada like the Yankees.
   2. The District Attorney Posted: July 11, 2009 at 03:35 AM (#3249937)
MLB commissioner Bud Selig, from Milwaukee, is a frequent visitor.
Spooky!

The scariest thing, though, occurred the last time the Mets were in Milwaukee: the hotel was hosting a "furry" convention.
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: July 11, 2009 at 03:42 AM (#3249941)
First Carlos Gomez heard voices. Then he watched his iPod go haywire after he got out of the shower, sending him scrambling for the lobby without stopping to put on his pants and shoes.

Carlos Gomez = Smitty?
   4. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: July 11, 2009 at 03:43 AM (#3249942)
Smitty = all of us.
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 11, 2009 at 03:57 AM (#3249946)
The scariest thing, though, occurred the last time the Mets were in Milwaukee: the hotel was hosting a "furry" convention.

That was Pittsburgh.
   6. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: July 11, 2009 at 03:59 AM (#3249950)
All cities that are not New York are the same.
   7. The District Attorney Posted: July 11, 2009 at 04:07 AM (#3249956)
Was it? Sorry, Pfister Hotel.
   8. God Posted: July 11, 2009 at 04:28 AM (#3249969)
IIRC, the American League was actually founded at the Pfister Hotel. So that alone is reason enough to dislike it.
   9. Dr Love Posted: July 11, 2009 at 04:29 AM (#3249970)
Then he watched his iPod go haywire after he got out of the shower


Don't shower with your iPod.
   10. Marc Sully's not booin'. He's Youkin'. Posted: July 11, 2009 at 07:04 AM (#3250023)
I won't go into detail but I have had some extraordinarily unusual life experiences unfold at the Pfister.
   11. Bhaakon Posted: July 11, 2009 at 07:11 AM (#3250024)
Sounds like a case for Scooby Doo, possibly with some help from Phyllis Diller or the Harlem Globe Trotters.
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2009 at 07:15 AM (#3250026)
I won't go into detail but I have had some extraordinarily unusual life experiences unfold at the Pfister.

isn't that an invitation for us to ask for more details?
   13. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: July 11, 2009 at 07:44 AM (#3250030)
Happy Days was set in Milwaukee, and Heather O'Rourke's character's last name was Pfister. That's all I'm saying.
   14. Roy Hobbs of WIFFLE Ball Posted: July 11, 2009 at 09:23 AM (#3250035)
I won't go into detail but I have had some extraordinarily unusual life experiences unfold at the Pfister.


Tease.
   15. pv nasby Posted: July 11, 2009 at 12:29 PM (#3250053)
I won't go into detail but I have had some extraordinarily unusual life experiences unfold at the Pfister.


Shouldn't that be from or thanks to, not at?
   16. Guapo Posted: July 11, 2009 at 02:09 PM (#3250094)
   17. Jeff K. Posted: July 11, 2009 at 02:15 PM (#3250101)
Tease.

That's not unusual. What actually happened, because he told me, is that he was teased at first by two Smurfs (one of which was Daisy, but that means the other was a dude), but then Halle Berry walked in with Gargamel and they're like "Oh, this isn't our room" but then Gargamel started chasing the Smurfs, and Halle Berry figured he was as good as OG would have been but then she ripped off her mask and it was Tonya Harding and that is why Marc now has one kidney, a nasty scar, and a good story.
   18. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: July 11, 2009 at 02:25 PM (#3250106)
McKinley. Like every Irishman, he quit on the job.
   19. Xander Posted: July 11, 2009 at 02:37 PM (#3250113)
His iPod didn't go crazy because the hotel is haunted, it went crazy because Apple makes really crappy hardware and even worse software.
   20. jwb Posted: July 11, 2009 at 04:03 PM (#3250156)
Thank you Jeff K. for clearing that up. I was afraid pfisting was involved.
   21. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 11, 2009 at 04:06 PM (#3250159)
Spoken like somebody who's never had one. I had a third-gen iPod, which still works fine, and a first-gen iPhone, which broke down exactly once (and was replaced for free under warranty within 24 hours).

The phone even survived unscathed after I dropped it down not one but two flights of stairs, and the headphones still work despite riding through the washing machine in my pants pocket. I've literally never had a tougher media device.
   22. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: July 11, 2009 at 06:12 PM (#3250251)
Actually, maybe this is what happened to Sully. NSFB.
   23. jwb Posted: July 11, 2009 at 06:22 PM (#3250267)
"When Lampshades Attack" would be a good name for a band. It's nice to see that the Oingo Boingo kitty has been able to find work.
   24. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: July 11, 2009 at 06:34 PM (#3250275)
I got an iPod at Christmas '05, I've dropped it uncased to the ground MANY times, and it still works perfectly. It's scratched all to hell, but it still works.

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