September 18, 2009

The Real Cost of the Ball Game: Take me out to the ball game ... but you can keep your luxury seats and $11 burgers. A rant by Sean Elder via Reader's Digest.

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 08:40 PM - 6 comments

If there is a Wikipedia entry for "Get Off My Lawn", someone should just link this article as an example.

Even the author's name is "Elder".

And really- $11 is not a horrible price for a hamburger. That's a lot cheaper than 21's burger and cheaper than most better restaurants' burgers.

What he also fails to understand is that parks like Citi Field and Camden Yards and Citizens Bank, etc.. have all become the new "cookie cutter" ballparks. Yankee Stadioum is a welcome breath of fresh air. It's a real stadium. It's not a food court with a baseball field in the middle.

posted by The_Special_Juan at 11:17 AM on September 19, 2009

$11 dollars IS a horrible price to pay for a hamburger.

posted by THX-1138 at 03:16 PM on September 19, 2009

Terrible price for a stadium hamburger. Unless Wolfgang Puck and Emeril are in the kitchen and the servers are hired by Hooters HR.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:21 PM on September 19, 2009

"My brother and I went to see a game there in May, and our lower box seats cost $42."

Well guess what, chump, you're part of the problem. Stop spending your money at the ballpark! Stop watching games. Stop buying MLB merchandise. If enough people tune out, maybe they'll get the hint.

/end wishful-thinking rant

posted by mr_crash_davis at 08:03 PM on September 19, 2009

And really- $11 is not a horrible price for a hamburger.

Hamburger, HAMBURGER??? What in the name of unconstitutional socialism are you talking about? Hamburgers? At a ball park? Doesn't anyone remember that HOT DOGS are the food of choice at a baseball game? Call Homeland Security, start a Congressional investigation, put the FBI on this case. Peanuts, crackerjacks, beer, soda, almost anything (except ice cream in a stupid miniature batting helmet) can be allowed, BUT NOT HAMBURGERS.

Really, the hamburger is meant to be carefully prepared, placed on a plate, dressed with its appropriate condiments, and eaten slowly while held with both hands. This is way too much to ask of the true baseball fan. He has to juggle a beer, scorecard, and pencil. To do all this while holding a burger with 2 hands is just not possible. A hot dog, on the other hand, is easily held in one hand, and is small enough even to be held in the same hand as the beer. This leaves the other hand free to keep score, catch foul balls, or slap at mosquitoes. Hamburgers are just inappropriate.

posted by Howard_T at 09:27 PM on September 19, 2009

He just doesn't know where to watch a game...The Angels have $3 tickets and sitting in the boxes (10 rows from the field down the first baseline) can be as low as $33. Parking is only $8 (which I thought was a lot until I went to the Dodger's game)...yeah food is expensive but who goes to the game and buys food? We bring our own munchies and drinks ( have to buy their beer) so we can get the whole family into a game for about $32 cheaper than a movie

posted by Monica Poland at 02:26 AM on September 20, 2009

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