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10 minutes ago, DrungoHazewood said:

I agree with all of that.  But...

- It's a poor experience when you go to OPACY and there are more visiting fans than home fans, even in the box seats and the warehouse restaurants.  I would rather have stayed home.

- OPACY is two hours from my house.  No matter how often I would like to go, there just aren't many times I'm carving out eight or nine hours a day for baseball.

 

I stopped going to Yankees/Red Sox games at OPACY after being at a game in 2001 where obnoxious Yankees fans shouted "let's go Yankees" for nine innings in my section.  

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Reading this thread shows just how much the game has changed.  I used to go to the games to see the "games inside the game" that went on sometimes pitch by pitch.  You can't see that on tv.  I was a season ticket holder (13 to 29 games) from 1989-2002 and attended an awful lot of games without paying for parking (used the light rail at OPACY), food (eat on the way to the park), or drink.  Yes, i have many books of scorecards kept during those years.  Pitch counts, balls, strikes, etc i have a system.  I do still do this at minor league games.  This is what i like to do at games, rather than walk the concourse, go shopping at crazy prices, or try to get drunk for close to a week's paycheck.  I'm really not a fan of watching on tv since Mel Proctor/John Lowenstein were canned.

Now i get my fix at minor league games, which i would rather see these guys trying like hell to get to the big leagues than seeing the showboating bat flipping bs so many stars do.  Manny lost a lot of my respect seeing him act so non-chalant in not running out grounders and not giving his all in the field before being traded.

MLB has basically priced out the fans of my ilk from going to many games a season anymore.  What working man can afford to go to 29 games now?  Certainly not me. 

I would rather go to see the game being played than play on my smart phone.  I can do that in the bathroom.

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17 hours ago, Chuck A said:

Reading this thread shows just how much the game has changed.  I used to go to the games to see the "games inside the game" that went on sometimes pitch by pitch.  You can't see that on tv.  I was a season ticket holder (13 to 29 games) from 1989-2002 and attended an awful lot of games without paying for parking (used the light rail at OPACY), food (eat on the way to the park), or drink.  Yes, i have many books of scorecards kept during those years.  Pitch counts, balls, strikes, etc i have a system.  I do still do this at minor league games.  This is what i like to do at games, rather than walk the concourse, go shopping at crazy prices, or try to get drunk for close to a week's paycheck.  I'm really not a fan of watching on tv since Mel Proctor/John Lowenstein were canned.

Now i get my fix at minor league games, which i would rather see these guys trying like hell to get to the big leagues than seeing the showboating bat flipping bs so many stars do.  Manny lost a lot of my respect seeing him act so non-chalant in not running out grounders and not giving his all in the field before being traded.

MLB has basically priced out the fans of my ilk from going to many games a season anymore.  What working man can afford to go to 29 games now?  Certainly not me. 

I would rather go to see the game being played than play on my smart phone.  I can do that in the bathroom.

Per 2018 pricing, you were able to get a 12oz domestic draft for $4 at OPACY.  If you were to drink 20 of these 12oz drafts (impressive), you're talking $80.  This equates to $2/HR.  Federal minimum wage is $7.25 and Maryland $10.10.  Something doesn't add up.

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9 minutes ago, CarrRun49 said:

Per 2018 pricing, you were able to get a 12oz domestic draft for $4 at OPACY.  If you were to drink 20 of these 12oz drafts (impressive), you're talking $80.  This equates to $2/HR.  Federal minimum wage is $7.25 and Maryland $10.10.  Something doesn't add up.

If I recall correctly there was a year (or two) where the concession prices were lowered to "reasonable" levels. Then in 2019 the prices went back up again and discounts were only offered to season ticket holders. 

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On 2/9/2021 at 10:20 PM, ThomasTomasz said:

I actually really like the party decks they put into Fed Ex Field behind the goal posts.  They took out some of the seats and made an open patio, with a large bar in the center that extends from the wall back into the concourse.  If you are standing and aren't at the railing to look out, they have RedZone and the live game playing on TVs around the bar.  That would be pretty cool to have.  

You could put it down the left field line where those seats point at the wearhouse  and not home plate 

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On 2/9/2021 at 10:20 PM, ThomasTomasz said:

I actually really like the party decks they put into Fed Ex Field behind the goal posts.  They took out some of the seats and made an open patio, with a large bar in the center that extends from the wall back into the concourse.  If you are standing and aren't at the railing to look out, they have RedZone and the live game playing on TVs around the bar.  That would be pretty cool to have.  

You could put it down the left field line where those seats point at the wearhouse  and not home plate 

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  • Remove the entire left field upper deck beyond the fair pole and make that area above the club level seating a giant social/standing room zone with a brand new wide screen scoreboard as the backdrop, ie the Scoreboard Pavilion. Convert the remaining club level seats out there to a bistro table zone.
  • Move the fences back, all of them
  • Create a grassy berm (like many of the spring training parks) in left field beyond the fence and make that area alcohol free and for families and kids only 
  • Open the Concourses in the remainder of the upper deck and lower deck seating bowls and create more standing room areas

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I'd like somebody to take a can of yellow paint and paint the bottoms of the foul poles yellow instead of black.

Every time I've passed by the right field foul pole at Camden Yards, I've been struck by the fact that the first foot or two of the pole that extends above the top of the wall is painted black.  I haven't inspected the foul poles at all other major league parks as closely, of course, but from what I can see on TV, the poles are yellow all the way from the top of the pole down to the top of the wall, so that the distinction between a fair and a foul ball is as clear as it can be.  To the best of my knowledge, Camden Yards is the only place where it is this difficult for the umps to see where the foul pole meets the top of the wall.

I can remember a play some years back where a visiting player hit one down the right field line.  The ball bounced back onto the playing field and the umps ruled that it had hit the wall and was in play.  The Oriole right fielder got the ball back to the infield and the batter pulled up at second for an apparent double.

Buck Showalter challenged the ruling.  He said it had been a foul ball.

Replay review showed that not only was it a fair ball, but it had actually hit the black portion of the foul pole above the top of the wall.  Buck had challenged his way out of a double into a home run.

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