Bottom Of The Seventh, Two Beers To Go: Drinking and Baseball
Beer and Baseball. Both are great seperate, and they go together wonderfully. I love baseball, and I love having a cold brew while watching a game.
I am a huge proponent of having a beer at baseball games.
But I go to a baseball game, get this...to watch a baseball game.
A couple of weeks ago I went with my wife and her sister to see the Detroit Tigers take on the L.A. Angels. Her uncle had given us the tickets because he was unable to attend.
We arrive to Comerica Park and it happens to be Kids Day. They are collecting used ball gloves at the park. What a great night.
When we get to our seats, there is hardly anyone around. But as it gets closer to the first pitch, families start filtering in.
I see a father with his son. A family of five just in front of us. It looks like its going to be a beautiful night for a ballgame.
About the third inning, that all changed.
A group of three young people arrived behind us. All three visibly drunk, all three cussing loudly. I hear one of the girls exclaim, "Does anybody even come here to watch baseball?"
The answer is obviously yes.
This scene is something I have seen played out over and over again at professional sports everywhere.
I have seen it at basketball games, I have seen it at hockey games, football, baseball, and even college football games.
And it is clear that all this is not to enhance the enjoyment of viewing the game. It is for one purpose only...to line the pockets of the franchise.
I know this has been around long before I started going to games, but it is getting worse every year.
If you're coming to the game, come to the game. Have a beer, hell, have two beers. Enjoy the game, enjoy your friends. But let everyone else enjoy the game too.
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