Purgatory Online

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Following up on his lowering beer and concession prices, new Angels owner Arte Moreno is lowering ticket prices for certain seats in an effort to draw more families and children. Maybe it's just me, but I think it's pretty funny that a businessman would take the kind of steps to bring kids to the ballpark that Disney wouldn't.

Which is not to say I enjoy sitting near large numbers of kids, because generally parents seem to have an attitude that anything their kids do is okay as long as they're at the ballpark. Shrieking, whining, kicking seats, whatever. And if it does dimly impinge on them that perhaps el nino diablo is bothering people who actually came to watch the game, their temporary solution is always to buy them something with sugar in it. Brilliant.

I guess I never understood the impulse to bring a child to a baseball game if he or she isn't going to watch it. There are thousands of more comfortable places to be with a kid than a baseball stadium, where you're expected to stay more or less in one place for three hours, surrounded by strangers, on hard seats. I know for sure that if I didn't love to watch baseball games there's no way in hell I'd spend money to do that alone, much less with a child. But compare the number of parents you see explaining a play to their child, or teaching them to score a game, with the number who are completely ignoring them and you'll see what I'm saying.