Monday, March 2, 2015

BaseBRAWLING: Pace Of The Game & Expansion


As an avid listener of MLB Network Radio daily, an issue that always arises is the game being too long. And I agree…to a point.

To lifelong fans, baseball is a slow build to the ninth inning. The art of teams feeling each other out for the first five or six innings. The starting pitchers, starting to tire, and look for every last little bit of energy they have to finish an inning. The managers and bench coaches strategizing on what to do next. Then it’s a cat and mouse game of match ups and numbers. Right handed pinch hitter-left handed specialist. The set up man. The closer. A beautiful game of chess not confined in terms of time. THIS is the game that I love.

Is three plus hour games, everyday, hurting the popularity of the game? I don’t think so. It’s the lack entertainment between pitchers that bore people. People listen to commercials and don’t watch. At least in my house. It’s a quick bathroom run. Or grab another drink. You hear Flo on the TV, but you really aren't paying attention. You have seen that same commercial 622 times this week. 

In the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning, you have fans ready for the finish. Eagerly anticipated if their team can hold on to the lead, or make an amazing comeback. But with these commercials, you cut into that anticipation.

I am not in favor of a reliever having to cut down on warm up pitches. Or the amount of relievers you can put in. What needs to happen is that these corporate sponsors need to get their product placement in vignettes that can play during the warm up commercials. Get that fan pumped up that Antonio Bastardo is coming in to face one batter. Make it fun. “Geico presents ‘Lights Out Time’” blah blah blah. Is the commercial of Flo giving K-Rod the ball too much? If it entertaining and keeps me interested enough not to change the channel, then I say yes.

The game is not broken. We just need to change the other aspects of the non-action to make it more entertaining.

Baseball is bigger than ever. And expansion will happen eventually. Will it “thin out” talent? In theory, but I think baseball is baseball and I love it no matter what.

The Marlins and Rockies are over 20 years old. The D-backs and Rays are over 15. Is it time to add two teams? How about four?

I once had a conversation with my father and said that in by the time my youngest son is an adult, there will be a Major League Baseball team in Cuba. And it could be a real possibility.
With the United States finally making an attempt to rekindle relationships with Cuba, the idea of a MLB team in Havana is more than a wild idea. It’s a reality. Not today or tomorrow, but what about 2030?

In the meantime, I feel that Montreal is ready for another shot. They packed the old Olympic Stadium with over 50,000 screaming fans for exhibition games. MLB and the players did the city of Montreal wrong with the Strike of '94. It is time to make it right.

Then you add San Juan…and Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. Wait. What?
Yes, the idea of a shared Caribbean team is not that far-fetched. 41 home games for one team and 40 for another, with shared playoffs, and alternate years.

Can the governments of both Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic sustain a team like, say, New York could? Hell no. There would need to be some major help and major restructuring economically and politically, but it’s there. How many Latinos are living on the mainland in the United States and love baseball? Millions. Can you imagine the merchandise sales of a All-Caribbean team? And it could go back into the system to help raise youth awareness in baseball.

The owners are making money. The players are making money. The networks are making money. What percentage would everyone have to give to make this work? Building fields not only in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, but the projects of New York City. Or Cleveland. Or Los Angeles. The answer is a small percent. Baseball is a nine billion (9,000,000,000) dollar a year industry. 1% of that is $90,000,000. ½% is $45,000,000.
Baseball can thrive again in the inner city and poorer countries. Baseball just has to work together.

2020 welcomes the new Montreal Expos and Caribbean United.

If I were King of Baseball.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BaseBRAWLING Is Back!


Happy Pitchers and Catchers Day!!!

The Blogger Is Back!

Call me "old school", but after trying my hand at the Podcasting world, I decided that I like the written word better.

A few years back, I attempted to do a weekly BaseBRAWLING column here on www.WorldOfCORINO.com, and got sidetracked. But now, I have set aside the time needed to get my views on my favorite sport out. And yes, these are my views. That doesn't make them right. I am a guy that has been fired five times from Out Of The Park baseball teams. I think I know baseball like pro-wrestling fans think they know pro-wrestling. At the end of the day, I am a fan and there is nothing wrong with that.

The Hot Stove season has been probably the most exciting it has been since I started watching baseball as a small child. Its a great time to be a fan...unless you are a Phillies fan.



And I am...

I get it. It's time to rebuild and I understand it. I actually even welcome it. But its the denial of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s rebuilding process that irritates me as a life-long fan of this team. And I think it irritates normal Phillies fans too. We aren't the Yankees. We have lived through some very bad teams. More bad than good actually. Pat Combs, Steve Jeltz, the wrong Abbott brother? I lived through it. 

The "Golden Age" of the Phillies was amazing. 2007-2011 was the best. I loved every moment of it. But, its over. The fans know it. But I don't think RAJ knows it. 

We can sit here until we are blue in the face and discuss how bad the long term contracts that were handed out have bitten them in the butt, but that doesn't get things done.

If I was "King Of The World" (Stolen from a writer we dare not speak of) I would do the following. Granted, these are pretty out there, but what the hell right? Its MY blog!

1. Ryan Howard has to go. 5 years/$125,000,000 hurts to even write. He is due 25 million in 2015, 25 million in 2016, and a club option for 23 million in 2017 with a $10,000,000 buyout. Ouch. So you have a minimum of 60 million for a guy that experts say is worth 5 million at most per year.



What to do? What to do? 

As I pitched on Inside Pitch, MLB Network Raid,  on a few Friday's with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden, I would trade Ryan Howard even up for....wait for it....Alex Rodriguez.



Yep, A-Rod to the Phillies. 

28 other cities gasped, New York celebrated, but every Phillies fan I have talked to about this trade, LOVED it.

Can A-Rod hit 23 HR's and bat better than .223 at Citizens Bank Park (and strike out less than 190 times in 648 Plate Appearances)? I say YES.


Plus, Philadelphia loves a redemption story. Remember that this is the city that embraced Michael Vick. And A-Rod never killed a dog. He is just a liar and a cheater. As a Phillies fan, I will take a cheater over a murderer any day of the week. And so will Philadelphia.



A-Rod puts on the #3, dates a Philadelphia model, and hits 5 HR's in April, and give him the keys to the city.

For Howard, he gets a change of scenary, a short porch in right field, and the benefit of not being A-Rod in Yankee Stadium.

2. Cole Hamels has to go. I love Cole Hamels. Maybe my favorite pitcher since Steve Carlton. I love him that much. I love what he did for Philadelphia. And I would also love to see him leave Philadelphia.



He has a contract that makes him valuable to teams. And RAJ knows this. But what is it going to take for him to pull the trigger on a trade? The rumors were Will Myers for Hamels for a while. I liked it. And everyday, there is a Cole Hamels to the Red Sox rumor. I like that too. 


Its no secret that the Phillies have money. Will they be a huge player in the free agency field of 2017? They sure will. BUT, they need to re-build now to prepare for 2017. The old guard, as great as they were in 2007-2011, have to go and its time to give the Darrin Ruf's, Cody Asche's, Maikel Franco's, Kelly Dugan's, and the Ken Giles' a fighting (dare I say, PHIGHTIN'?) chance.

3. Jonathon Papelbon: Just go.



It is February 18 and today, King Corino, predicts that his favorite team will be 68-94.



Next Week: International Expansion!



Monday, January 26, 2015

Curt Robinson: The Journey-Step 4


Enjoy Step 4 of "The Journey", a documentary on teenage professional wrestler and high school Freshman, Curt Robinson.

In this episode, the young Robinson wrestles his first official match. Which just happens to be against King Corino for the WAW British World championship!


Robinson is the son of award winner actor/writer Rob Dimension.


Follow Curt Robinson's journey via Twitter at @CurtRobinsonPro

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

CORINO FEATURED IN COMIC BOOK

2015 is right around the corner and it is already going to be an exciting time in the World Of Corino!




As announced last month, King Corino will be a featured villain in a graphic comic book called "The Anointed One" starring fellow ROH star, Caprice Coleman.



Look for it in early 2015!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

20% OFF WORLD OF CORINO SHIRTS AT PRO WRESTLING TEES!


The holiday season is here and Pro Wrestling Tees is having a site wide sale, including all World Of Corino t-shirts.

Now until December 1st, get 20% off every shirt. And with every King Corino, American Tiger Colby Corino, Mr. Wrestling 3, and Premier Wrestling Federation shirt purchased, you will receive an autographed 8x10 photo.







Monday, November 3, 2014

KING JOINS FGXPRESS AND POWERSTRIPS!

"Are you in pain?"

That was the first thing my friend and co-worker, Gino, asked me during a phone call a few weeks ago. He knew the answer. 


"Dude, I have been wrestling for 20 years, you know I am in pain everyday."


Then he said something that rang true.


"Are you in financial pain?"


Duh. We all are. It doesn't matter if you make $52,000 a year or $520,000 a year, everyone wants more to feel comfortable. I know I do. 


As a 41 year old man, that still is heavily involved in professional wrestling and a business outside of the ring, I always think of another way I can support my family. 





Maybe its buying a newer second car. Maybe its a vacation you wanted to take your wife on. Maybe its extra money to send to your son that is in college. Maybe its money in the bank you want. There is no such thing as "too much money".

I was skeptical at first, as anyone would be. I thought "OK, this is going to be one of those deals where I sell crap that people don't want and has awful quality." But Gino is my friend and I always like to support my friends in whatever business they choose.


Two days later, I get the PowerStrips in the mail. I put one on my aching shoulder and in a few hours I'm putting away stuff for my wife that I was dreading, I am at the gym doing shoulders and wondering how, and I am pain free. I literally kept this patch on for about 18 hours. I was amazed. And SOLD.





The next day I called Gino and said "Please let me be a part of this." He didn't even have to ask me to join. I was in. I knew that this was not only a great product, but a great way to ease that financial pain we are all in.

Whether you are looking just to buy PowerStrips for yourself or join our team in distributing them, you can not go wrong. Take it from me. A guy that lives with pain everyday.


Check out my personal FGXpress website by clicking the link. Read up. Google it. Read the reviews. This stuff is LEGIT. And then email me at StevenCorino@GMail.com and lets get you in the right direction to ease two of you pains: Physical and Financial.


What do you have to lose? 



Pain


Friday, September 26, 2014

2015: The King of Old School Becomes King Corino!

As we approach the 21st year in the career of the King of Old School Steve Corino, it is time to recognize that things need to change...well, a bit.


In the year 2015, the image of many fans that see Steve Corino will see him as either a veteran professional wrestler that does his best to entertain fans and be like the vets that he learned under. A guy like Jack Victory.

Other fans will see him as the co-host of Ring Of Honor's weekly television show on the Sinclair Broadcasting Network of stations.





After consulting many wrestlers and personalities in the non-wrestling world, everyone agreed it was time to update who the King of Old School Steve Corino. And it was simple...


KING CORINO

Many wrestlers and fans already call him "King" and its a testament to the hard work he put into the King Of Old School character.





"I'm excited to re-brand myself for 2015. The name 'King' has nothing to do with royalty, or a ripoff of Jerry Lawler. If I was ripping off anyone, it would probably be King Curtis Iaukea. He was just King. Not a king, but King. Like me." said the former ECW and NWA World champion. "Newer fans that tune into ROH may wonder who a scarred up older wrestler named Steve Corino is. Being King Corino gives them a tip that I may have been someone. Haha"




The benefit of re-branding to King Corino also gives him the opportunity to market himself with a new line of shirts from Pro Wrestling Tees.




January 1, 2015 starts the reign of King Corino. Wait, not reign. You know what we mean!





Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Tour In Full Swing!

Check out the Live Events section to see the 20th Anniversay Tour in full swing.

August features stops in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Illinois, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Hubert and Havelock North Carolina, and Chicago! 







Friday, June 13, 2014

Matt Hardy On The Steve Corino Next Week!!!!!


Former WWE star and current ROH savior, Matt Hardy joins us next week on The Steve Corino Show!!!!



Allison Danger on the Steve Corino Show!



Former SHIMMER star and International pro-wrestler, Allison Danger joins us on The Steve Corino Show!




Now, don't listen to Dan McGinn. There is no funny business going on as Allison and I do not confirm or deny that we are brother and sister!

We also cover the Pixar Theory and the roll that the WWE is on. 






You can listen to the Steve Corino Show on the Place 2 Be Nation website, Stitcher Radio, and on iTunes.




Pro Wrestling Tees Contest!

Starting today, June 13 and running until July 4, when you purchase a Steve Corino, Mr. Wrestling 3, American Tiger, or Premier Wrestling Federation t-shirt at Pro Wrestling Tees and Tweet out a picture to @KINGCorino, you will receive a $5 REBATE on each shirt you purchased!!!!







If you buy all 4, thats $20 you get back just for Tweeting out a picture.

Not only that, we will feature you right here on World Of CORINO.


*The Fine Print*


**If you have been blocked by Steve Corino on Twitter, you are not eligible. This contest is for real fans only.


**Shirts purchased from June 13-June 30 will have rebates processed via PayPal by July 5. If you purchase between July 1-4, you rebate will be sent before August 5.


**There are no maximum limit BUT remember that if you purchase a shirt for someone, they have to Tweet it out! 


**If you do not have Twitter (and you should have it) and have a picture, email it to CorinoWrestling@gmail.com.