Take Us Out to (Anywhere but) the Ballgame


So we woke up this morning with a clear day before us, which led me to say to the wife and kids, “Why don’t we go to the Mets game?”

Then, quickly, I realized something: Who the hell wants to go to a Mets game?

I’m not trying to dog the Mets again, but … well, why would anyone pay money to see such a thing? I actually went to Stubhub, where tickets for Rangers Mets at Citi Field were selling for about $15 a pop. There are four of us, so that’s $60. Plus another $10 (or so) for parking. Plus a bridge toll. Plus, oh, $30 for food. Put differently: For relatively cheap baseball tickets, I’d be dropping more than $100.

The worst part—attending a Major League Baseball game is sorta dull. I hate to admit such a thing, because I covered the sport for Sports Illustrated and, as a boy, lived and died with my teams and favorite players. But, well, yawn. As a writer—great. As a paying customer—eh. My kids would be excited for roughly half an inning. Then they’d wanna walk around. Then we’d sit. Then they’d ask for food. We’d buy food, walk some more, sit. I’d try and explain some intricacies (why Daniel Murphy didn’t swing at a 3-0 fastball, for example), and both the boy and the girl would yawn. Come the fourth inning, we’d start talking about leaving. Come the fifth, we’d be gone.

I believe baseball to be a wonderful game. I do. But, whether I’m jaded or tired, I just don’t feel like watching any longer.

It’s not especially fun.

4 thoughts on “Take Us Out to (Anywhere but) the Ballgame”

  1. GoodGodAmericaSucks

    Pretty much every sport is more fun to play than it is to watch, but the gap between the two re: baseball is arguably the largest.

  2. sanford sklansky

    seems to me you might be bit jaded. Instead of buying food bring food unless the Mets don’t allow it. Even you had to buy the food 100 is pretty cheap day for four at the stadium. I wonder where those seats were for 15 dollars. I am guessing they were not that great. Of course if you kids aren’t baseball fans than maybe it is not the right thing at any price to take them to a game.

  3. Blah, blah, blah. $100 is cheap for four people in NY. And you don’t need to buy their food. Why do we have to eat all of the time? Just have a sandwich at home and then wait until you get back. And you also don’t need to drive. Take public transport.

    But that being said, perhaps it’s too much of a trip for kids. The same thing is true for many other excursions. Take them once every four years and make it a very special treat. Let them watch a few innings at home, get bored, go outside, run around, come back in for a few more innings, stop for a dinner break, watch a few more innings. Go to bed. Wake up the next day to find out the final score.

    Really. And let them grow into the nuances of the 3-0 fastball. They just want to see their team win.

  4. It amuses me every year that at about opening day someone does a study of how much a baseball game would cost for a family of four. It is an astronimical number no matter what. They get mid-level seats, 4 hot dogs, 4 drinks, a ton more food (which is admittedly expensive), usually a few souvenirs, etc. And then the numbers are trotted out under the “Look at how expensive it is to go to a game!!!!”
    When, with some seat exceptions at some ballparks, tickets for MLB are amazingly affordable and available when compared to the other major sports. Maybe not NHL, but I’d venture to guess it is cheaper than that as well. Yet you will never see stories about “Look at how expensive it is to go to an NFL game!” where the cheap seats are still more expensive than the multiple mid-level seats.
    Anyway- yes, unless your kids are really into baseball, going to a stadium and seeing a game live isn’t a great experience. But I’d counter that if going to a game is important enough to you, keep going, and eventually they will get into it and want to stay the whole time. And eventually you won’t have to be pestered for more food every other inning. Love to games with my son (7yo), but half the time we leave during the 7th or 8th because I’ve had enough of the whining for more food, despite my best efforts to explain the game to him…

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