Friday, July 13, 2001
Luke's Codes of Baseball Etiquette, one in a series:
Must one sit in one's assigned seat? No. In fact, one is often obliged to claim an upgrade.
Is upgrading stealing? Yes, but so is charging $4 for water. The market is a conversation, and how much a fan pays for a seat sends an important message to owners. The fan who pays $65 for a seat at Yankee Stadium is saying, "This seat is worth $65, maybe more." On the other hand, the fan who pays $15 for a seat and sneaks down to the lower level is saying: "Look, you pukes: This seat is worth $15 and that's all I'm going to pay. If charging $65 for a seat and $6 for a dog is the only way you can make a buck, maybe you shouldn't be in this business. Or maybe you should trim your payroll! You sicken me!" This is an important conversation.
Besides, from the Black Sox to Albert Belle, the shenanigan has been a baseball institution. Thievery is even built into the game. Think stolen base. Think hidden-ball trick. Think Bobby Thomson and the '51 Giants.
I always enjoyed upgrading my ticket at the Oakland Coliseum, with its giant swaths of empty seats. With an $8 upper-deck ticket I'd sit a short toss from the visiting bullpen; not once was I given the boot. Wrigley Field is amenable to squatting, too, even when it's sold out. In none of the dozen games for which I have had a standing-room-only ticket have I actually had to stand.
There are a few rules a seat thief must follow:
I'm not sure whether Sandy and I will be seeking any upgrades. We've done it before, leaving the United Center's rafters to be among the ugly sweaters at a Bulls game. But I'm thinking that as these may be our first and last visits to these stadiums, we won't want to squander our time dodging ushers.
We got Kottke'd! Thanks, Jason!
Thursday, July 12, 2001
Today's topic at The Topic Project is "road trip."
1. "On the Road Again": "Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway/ We're the best of friends/ Insisting that the world be turnin' our way"
* that I have heard and remember offhand
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