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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Opening day at Fenway, and we were not there

Is there anyone else there in Beantown that is feeling really left out? The boys of summer are back at Fenway and who in the hell can afford to see them? The prices have skyrocketed like a Big Pappi hit outta the pahk. I was watching the opening day hoopla on TV today, and saw a story about some slob of a gas station owner charging $90 to park for the game. Sorry, but that's outrageous. Mumbles Menino has promised to investigate. I'm not holding my breath.

When I was a kid you could sit in the bleachers for a buck. A buck. Everyone could afford that, and if you couldn't make it to every home game, you could watch the game on TV or listen to it on the radio. Well, if you don't have NESN, you ain't watching the games on TV this year. It's pay pay pay for the privilege of loving the home team.

And the cost of bleacher seats, if you could ever find any? $23 for a single game, $21 if you have season's tickets. Those are the cheapest seats in the house, folks. And their aren't particularly 'family friendly' either. The bleachers usually seat the more rowdy, drunken fans.

The most expensive are the new Pavilion seats for $195 each. Of course, those are corporate seats because who the heck can afford to spend two hundred smackers just for a seat? Even for the Sox, the Nation is getting shut out in favor of corporate seating.

I think it stinks. Middle class families wanting to take a couple of kids to see their heros play ball just can't do it like they used to. Even if they take the "T" into Fenway, the price of food, drink, souviners and tickets can make this easily a $500 day. That's not fair nor is it reasonable.

I've written to the Red Sox corporate offices asking if they could have some subsidized seating and maybe a lottery that people under a certain income could enter. Hah! Never heard back from them.

I don't have an issue with John Henry, Larry Luchino and their ilk making money. They're put a ton into the team to make them world series champions, to add valuable seating to Fenway, and to make it a viable park once again. Heck, the redid the bathrooms and now it's not a horror movie to pee in Fenway, even for men. But... to segregate the poor fans and to make it impossible to watch their team, even on television, is wrong. It's wrong spirited, it's mean, it doesn't help to carry on the fan base to the next generation. Why should the love what they can't even see?

Note: To solve our own presonal dilemma of how to watch the Sox, we're getting FIOS installed tomorrow and we'll be watching online. It's the cheapest way possible. Sad, but true. Nothing like gathering around the computer to watch a game. Man, that sucks.
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Blogger BSumner said...

Before the babies arrived.. we use to go to 4-8 games a year. We always did the grandstand seats at $40 a pop... and parking at McDonalds was $25 (still is, I think) but you have to BE THERE at 5pm to park or you'll never get in. They're full by 5:05. And it's tax deductible. We'd still manage to drop $175 with food/drinks/parking/tickets. We even managed to see a few yankee's games. Ahhhhhhh.. the good ole' days.

And why can't you get NESN? I guess we're spoiled with Dish Network, but is it not carried by cable? I noticed that channel 25 isn't doing the Friday night games anymore. Sucks.

12/4/06 12:03 AM  
Blogger nita said...

i've always loved the trip A teams or college teams. cheaper. hotter guys. :)

13/4/06 8:18 AM  
Blogger Misfit Hausfrau said...

So you can't even watch it on TV? Wow! The fact that the MLB allows this to happend just shows that they are out of touch with the typical fan.

13/4/06 1:15 PM  
Blogger Plain Jane said...

Wow... that sorta blows!

Here from Michele's this time...

13/4/06 6:23 PM  
Blogger Kross-Eyed Kitty said...

You MUST come to Toronto! You can buy $2 tickets here, and it will be an excuse to et away for the weekend!
Here via Michele's

13/4/06 6:27 PM  
Blogger Amanda Cowan said...

I agree..I remember going to local ballgames (In Phx, we only had minor league until the Diamondbacks) and you'd spend a couple bucks on tickets and maybe a couple more for snacks or whatever..Now it's a big freakin' event and OUR kids will miss out on that experience because if you do have the money you probably won't go that often and if you don't have the money then you're just SOL. It's pretty sad...

13/4/06 6:33 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

$99?? To PARK? Yikes... that's criminal! I guess nothing is cheap anymore. Michele sent me!

13/4/06 7:00 PM  
Blogger Kross-Eyed Kitty said...

YOu have the most organized fridge and cupboards that I've ever seen! Have a great weekend.
(My husband has the worst road-rage ever. I could throw up every time i'm in the car with him)
Here via Michele's...thanks for coming to see my blog!

13/4/06 7:45 PM  

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