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One of the great things about the US used to be baseball.

by Ziks511 / September 15, 2008 6:44 PM PDT

I used to see my beloved Orioles in their heyday at an affordable price. Now I am informed you need to either be the CEO of a Fortune 500 Company (exaggeration for effect, but not much) or a friend of his to acquire his left overs. Even in the early 90's I got to see the World Series for less than $100 a seat. Now seats for spring training may be more than that. I wanted ball players to get more money, but I didn't want to see the game become inaccessible to its most ardent fans. Sure baseball on a Plasma screen is nice, but a ball park is better.

All I can say is ain't it a shame,


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Yes, it is terrible. The government does not
by Kiddpeat / September 15, 2008 10:43 PM PDT

insure your right to see a baseball game. You actually have to pay for your own ticket. What a hardship!

You don't know much about the US these days. Did you know that baseball went on strike for a year, and no one noticed? Yawn. If you think that baseball was "One of the great things about the US", you simply don't know much about the US.

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KP this isn't about agendas
by Ziks511 / September 16, 2008 11:56 AM PDT

it was actually about trying to find common ground with you and some of the other members. Try not to predict my emotions or thoughts in the absence of a hint of a statement at least half the time I'm going somewhere else

Nowhere in even my fevered imagination do I think I am owed a ticket, nor did I hint at such in my post. I just deeply regret being able to afford seats, and the truth is I have taken my son to The Sky Dome, now the Air Canada Centre on the largesse of friends who do make the kind of money you need for the games

I was just comparing what used to be an affordable pastime and delight with what it costs now. Did you grow up in Chicago, did you go to games at Comiskey Park or Wrigley Field. Wasn't it wonderful to be surrounded by 40,000 other folks focussed on grown men playing a kids sport magnificently. Granted the Cubs won there last series in "47 I think and the Sox only very recently, and no I don't follow the sport as closely as I did in Baltimore or here in Toronto, not least because the Jays have played wretchedly all season until they recalled the glorious Cito Gaston of revered memory to put some brains in the front office, and a boot up the *** of the players.

The status of baseball will be in flux until there's a hint of a though among owners and players representatives that there is plenty of money to go around, and that having a happy crowd who can afford games is a plus to the experience.

I neither know if, nor who, is to blame for the high prices. I simply deplore it as unAmerican, and suggest a review of Ken Burns masterful documentary in 9 innings.

Olive branch extended, the ball is in your field, get the guy running to first,


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You make it sound like the stadiums are empty.
by Dan McC / September 16, 2008 10:25 PM PDT

Attendance is pretty good around the league. Good teams usually draw good crowds. It's pretty much that simple.

It is not a typical year but the Yankees have drawn an average of 53,000 per game. This is baseball. We're not talking 53,000 every other Sunday. That's every day.


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Thanks for the info, perhaps I'll make it for next training
by Ziks511 / September 16, 2008 11:36 AM PDT

season. My statement however was clearly speculative and not based on information, that's what the word May means in the sentence.


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Sure, but there is still
by Dan McC / September 16, 2008 1:03 PM PDT

minor league baseball. Very affordable and usually easier to get to than the bigs.


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The Albuquerque Isotopes are AAA and
by drpruner / September 16, 2008 3:57 PM PDT

belong to the Marlins. AAA ball is very good, indeed. However, the prices are up, to pay for the stadium upgrade, and gas costs add to it. (When the Abq Dukes, owned by LA, were here, many HofFamers went through, incl Lasorda. A real bargain.)

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by Paul C / September 16, 2008 10:16 PM PDT

Here we have the Triple A Indianapolis Indians, who play in a beautiful downtown ballpark: http://www.ballparkdigest.com/visits/indy.htm .

Victory Field is one of the most lauded ballparks built in the last 20 years; go to the Indy Indians' Web site and you'll see kudos from the likes of Bob Costas, who hails the minor-league ballpark as one of the best ever built.

The link has the wrong prices, though: Ticket prices have soared by a whole dollar for all seats since that was posted. Devil

$9 - $14 for a day of baseball? Works for me!

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Very true.
by Ziks511 / September 17, 2008 8:56 AM PDT

Sadly Toronto no longer has a minor league team. A propos of nothing in particular, did you know that Babe Ruth hit his first professional (but not Major League) home run in Toronto in a gorgeous old wooden park that used to be on Toronto Island? This was succeeded in the 20's by a brick stadium which was torn down in the early 1970's when the minor league team, the Toronto Maple Leafs (not much inventiveness here about team names) went belly up.


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