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  1. I've been to the home opener and was there for the rainout with the Mariners. Mask is required everywhere and all the time unless you are in your "pod" and eating/drinking. Only supposed to eat or drink at your seat. Can order on your phone, but you have to go pick it up at the concession stand. Many but not all concessions are open. I have the feeling that some prices are higher than before but I don't really remember. $6.50 for regular hot dog and $8 or 8.50 for the larger hot dog. Sausage $9.00 I think. I didn't see kids prices but I wasn't really looking. Still some kinks to work o
  2. Well, if you noticed, I quoted the statement that 29 game packages were keeping their normal seats. My irritation with the O's is not about the seating change. Actually, I was somewhat surprised that we were so close to our usual seats. One of our friends with a 29 game package was moved from 16 to 8. I will say that I have followed the O's and had season tickets since the early 90's and watched some good teams and a lot more bad ones. The reason is that we enjoyed the game experience compared to watching on TV. Some of the restrictions they have placed on things carried into the stadium
  3. I have the 29 game plan and we were moved to same row one section farther from home, e.g., about 20+ seats worse. We have had our plan for many years in the same seats, but were told take it or leave it. We'll see how this works out, but we may well "leave it" after this year.
  4. When I played football in high school we played each year in a town in a very sandy area whose football field was sand with occasional sand burrs to hold the soil together. The high school fields there have greatly improved but they are probably still jerks.
  5. In this hypothetical, I probably wouldn't pay much. I do pay a lot more normally -- both MASN and 29-game ticket package, but it is hard to be enthusiastic this year for some reason -- not just a bad team because I watched and attended faithfully through all the bad years. Is it Covid-19? Who knows.
  6. Or something that would last as long as the drive to get there.
  7. Having grown up in West Texas and having lived both there and on the East Coast as an adult, mileage is the wrong measure. Where I grew up, 50 miles is a 45 minute drive without much stress. Around the DC beltway, 45 minutes gets maybe 10 miles at rush hour. Our commute to Orioles games is between 2-3 stressful hours for about 50 miles. We do it 30+ times per year, but that would be the equivalent of 150 miles in Texas.
  8. Well, I did re-up in spite of expressing some irritation the other day. I have watched and participated in a lot of baseball, both as an Oriole season ticket holder for more than 20 years and while working with the local youth baseball league as a coach and official. A lot of it was not winning baseball. I don't really care that we have traded two players I enjoyed because I also enjoyed watching some promising young players get a chance -- even when they didn't always look as good as I had hoped. Nonetheless, I did seriously consider taking my entertainment dollars elsewhere. Furthermore
  9. On the other hand, showing disdain for fans, especially season ticket holders, might change the number in the elevator. Was it smart to not pay Villar? Maybe. Was it smart to cancel FanFest (that has been a family tradition for us for many years)? Maybe. Is it smart to change the Dugout Club? Maybe. Does all that have a cumulative effect on my desire to fork out a lot of dollars for season tickets (as I have for more than 20 years, including last year)? You bet it does. We have not renewed. Maybe we will and maybe we won't. I guarantee that if they make me mad enough to make me cancel
  10. Probably showing my ignorance, but as long as we're setting up a computerized system, shouldn't the strike zone be 3 dimensional, so we know whether the pitch passed over a portion of the plate and/or through the required vertical zone? This is technically feasible, I think, but might require a lot more cameras/computing requirements. The one on TV seems to be a vertical plane located at some point over the plate.
  11. As a long time season ticket holder who has paid a lot of money over the years to watch an often miserable team, fanfest was one event I could look forward to with pleasure. My family and I attend and enjoy it. We don't care about autographs, but always enjoy the sessions where the GM and Manager can be optimistic, some players appear, etc. To me, it makes up for a little rebuilding pain. I will be very disappointed if they don't have it. I know a lot of what is said is too optimistic, but it's nice to see people on a nearby stage instead of a bunch of uniforms at a distance.
  12. No, I really don't care about either particularly. I am just saying that with the bad team we had, some of the things that statistics reject as being of minimal worth (and correctly I think) have some value to paying fans who want to remain loyal even in down years. I send the Orioles my money even in bad years because I am a fan. It would be nice if they would look for relatively cheap opportunities to make the losing less depressing while we all wait for the long term plan to pay off.
  13. I understand that, in terms of runs eventually scored, the steals by Villar and others had little value. As a person who paid for quite a number of tickets over the course of a really bad season, I enjoyed them. I believe the team will someday wonder what happened to all the loyal fans if they don't do at least something to keep losing teams interesting while the assets build up in the minors.
  14. When the Olympics were in Atlanta, a ticket buyer from New Mexico was directed to foreign sales.
  15. I don't have a dog any more, but I very much enjoyed walking through the "doggie section" and watching the dogs having a great time.
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