It seems to me, that baseball cannot be enjoyed like it was when I was a boy. When I went to my first Phillies game in 1972, I think my father spent $25 on two tickets, two sodas, and two hot dogs. Now with the stratospheric ticket prices to help pay all those over priced salaries, that the owners pay the players. $25 does not even get you a bleacher seat! The last time I went to a Phillies game, for a good, quality? seat it cost me $50 dollars. My two sodas, and hot Italian sausage sandwich cost me over $25 alone.
With the price of gas as high as it is, all the traffic you face getting there, the parking fees, that can cost up to $20, just to have someone park your car, and hopefully your car is not scratched,dented, or stolen. It makes more sense to me to just stay at home, and watch the same overpriced players for a lot less out of my pocket. Baseball will always be my favorite sport to watch, and study the history of this game that has been in play since 1876. But with the ever higher cost of ticket prices, and food and beverage, it looks like I will not see a game live anytime soon.
Another thing that has hurt baseball is mind boggling salaries, and steroids. You see all those high priced ball players take the field, but you can't tell who is playing honestly. When Mike Schmidt, hit his 500th home-run in 1987, he was just the 14th Player to reach that milestone in the first 111 years of major league ball. But since 1987, eleven "suspected" players have reached that milestone, taking the prestige of that milestone away. I can no longer look at any of those hitting, and pitching records, without first suspecting some sort of chemical enhancement. Now that we all know that Alex Rodriguez is the latest to fail a test of performence enhancing drugs, I feel that I am forced to watch the sport that I love the most, with a suspect view.
While I will always watch baseball on t.v.. I do not see myself going to the local ball park any time soon.