Thursday, April 7, 2016

Play Ball!


I read this in the Washington Post:

 Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost pointed out that fans who paid $1,000 for one of the premium seats wouldn’t be comfortable sitting next to a fan who had bought one of the seats on the secondary market and maybe had “never sat in a premium location.”


I had not realized that baseball had become the sport of the wealthy and socially elite.  I always thought it was the "great American pass time."  Peanuts, beer and cracker jack.  Now the hoi polloi are to be relegated to the nosebleed section or otherwise hidden from view.

Well, good on John Oliver for buying tickets for several lucky people who promised that they would dress like someone who never before sat in a premium location.

14 comments:

  1. Preach it! I was on my soap box today in my blog post.

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  2. Well, who knew you had to have the correct pedigree or bank balance to sit in the fancy seats. These are probably the same people who complain about political correctness. Rules are always for someone else, including good behavior.

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  3. Well, who knew you had to have the correct pedigree or bank balance to sit in the fancy seats. These are probably the same people who complain about political correctness. Rules are always for someone else, including good behavior.

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  4. The odd thing is that even as baseball has lost some of its luster to football and basketball and other sports, it seems to become a bigger and bigger business. I read recently that the average major league player now makes $4.4 million a year ... not like the old days!

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  5. Give me a ticket and I will go wearing a large trash bag and a ball cap.

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  6. Professional sports are money-making machines. I don't understood the allure of either the athletes or the teams. It's not really about "sport" anymore. I guess the high-paying seats are the sanitized version.

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  7. I had to laugh at the Ninja Turtles who sat in the expensive seats. You go Donatello. Baseball (my main sport that I adore) really is an expensive afternoon anymore. I'm happy with the TV version.

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  8. It is a shame professional sports tickets have gotten so pricey. We take our grandkids to spring training and minor league games. Lots of fun, cheap food, great seats, bargain prices.

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  9. Ah the big business of sports. I could care less about major sports. In Western Pennsylvania we have a 1% extra sales tax to build stadiums for which I can't afford to buy a ticket. So while I am not a fan, I am a supporter. For instance the last car I purchased I turned over $250 to the Steelers, Pirates, and the Penguins.

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    1. Wow. I had no idea. I wonder how those who complain about tax money going to food or health care can even put up with that (she asks with a tinge of sarcasm).

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  10. I do love John Oliver! I just read this and sit here shaking my head. What is wrong with people? And seriously, when did baseball become the game of snobs? Don't get it.

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  11. I'm not sure I agree. We don't go to movies any more, not with the rude people on cell phones and all. I know at a hockey game nearby, they charged a man who threw a can of beer, which hit a mother and child. Mind you, why take an infant to a game?! There are people who can be terribly rude and obnoxous!

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