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2013-04-11 08:27:46 AM  
They got a ways to go still. Safeco didn't sell out opening night, and the last two nights have seen at most 7,000. Stupid low numbers. Of course when you're losing to the Houston Astros using minor league pitching that might be a factor, but I don't know.

Take a bow Howard Lincoln and Chuck Armstrong. Amazing careers, the both of you. Took a team from the gutter to the top (nearly) and then right back to the gutter again.
 
2013-04-11 08:59:24 AM  
The sell out has been a myth for awhile, but they still put butts in the seats.  This is not really news to Red Sox fans.
 
2013-04-11 10:33:36 AM  
Good riddance to the pink hats
 
2013-04-11 10:55:13 AM  

Dinobot: Good riddance to the pink hats


Go back to the good old days when you could wallow in misery alone?
 
2013-04-11 11:00:23 AM  
I'm more annoyed by Hammerhand blowing the save last night, good joorb there Skippy.
 
2013-04-11 11:12:15 AM  

Reverend J: I'm more annoyed by Hammerhand blowing the save last night, good joorb there Skippy.


Even the best closer is going to blow a save here and there, especially at the beginning of the season. I stand by Hanrahan as a good closer. I'd take him over Addison Reed...Reed is a good closer, but he delivers a lot of nail biters.
 
2013-04-11 11:24:40 AM  

SkylineRecords: Reverend J: I'm more annoyed by Hammerhand blowing the save last night, good joorb there Skippy.

Even the best closer is going to blow a save here and there, especially at the beginning of the season. I stand by Hanrahan as a good closer. I'd take him over Addison Reed...Reed is a good closer, but he delivers a lot of nail biters.


Y'all mad bout janssen. Non flashiest closer on the cheap is just how I like it.
 
2013-04-11 11:26:42 AM  

Reverend J: I'm more annoyed by Hammerhand blowing the save last night, good joorb there Skippy.


As someone who watched him all last season, when he's on, he's great. But if were able to sustain it, he wouldn't have been playing for the pirates
 
2013-04-11 11:33:21 AM  
Still less embarrassing than Yankee Stadium, particularly down below the moat.

waswatching.com

/yankee fan
 
2013-04-11 11:35:19 AM  
Not sure why the MLB thinks they should be selling out 50K seat stadiums on a "school night" all across the country.  Especially in April when the games "dont mean anything".

/every game counts
//not really though
 
2013-04-11 11:40:27 AM  

Fear_and_Loathing: The sell out has been a myth for awhile, but they still put butts in the seats.  This is not really news to Red Sox fans.


Yep. They would sell tickets up to the 7th inning, dump the leftovers on their official reseller, then boom, sellout.
 
2013-04-11 11:44:02 AM  

DemoKnite: Not sure why the MLB thinks they should be selling out 50K seat stadiums on a "school night" all across the country.  Especially in April when the games "dont mean anything".

/every game counts
//not really though


MLB needs to highlight the 'retro' atmosphere and target the childless hipster demographic.  There are craploads of those in Seattle, New York, Boston, etc.
 
2013-04-11 11:47:37 AM  

DemoKnite: Not sure why the MLB thinks they should be selling out 50K seat stadiums on a "school night" all across the country.  Especially in April when the games "dont mean anything".

/every game counts
//not really though


This . I was at Royals games in KC Tuesday and Wensday. How can you expect a parent to take thier snowflake to a school night game. Esp on two cold rainy nights. Last night was horrible miserable and a night for hardcore fans only.
 
2013-04-11 11:52:48 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: DemoKnite: Not sure why the MLB thinks they should be selling out 50K seat stadiums on a "school night" all across the country.  Especially in April when the games "dont mean anything".

/every game counts
//not really though

This . I was at Royals games in KC Tuesday and Wensday. How can you expect a parent to take thier snowflake to a school night game. Esp on two cold rainy nights. Last night was horrible miserable and a night for hardcore fans only.


They were showing parts of last nights KC game on espn. I've seen AA games with more crowd noise. Makes sense with weather/Wednesday night but it sounds bazaar when you watch it
 
2013-04-11 11:57:33 AM  

DemoKnite: Not sure why the MLB thinks they should be selling out 50K seat stadiums on a "school night" all across the country.  Especially in April when the games "dont mean anything".

/every game counts
//not really though


I didn't think MLB actually expects that kind of turnout. In fact, I almost only see poor-attendance-figures-on-a-random-school/work-night being flaunted by people who hate baseball and want to rub its perceived precipitous decline in fans faces.
 
2013-04-11 12:19:13 PM  

Homer Nixon: Still less embarrassing than Yankee Stadium, particularly down below the moat.

[waswatching.com image 850x637]

/yankee fan


That game was probably announced as a sellout.
 
2013-04-11 12:19:26 PM  

Killer Cars: DemoKnite: Not sure why the MLB thinks they should be selling out 50K seat stadiums on a "school night" all across the country.  Especially in April when the games "dont mean anything".

/every game counts
//not really though

I didn't think MLB actually expects that kind of turnout. In fact, I almost only see poor-attendance-figures-on-a-random-school/work-night being flaunted by people who hate baseball and want to rub its perceived precipitous decline in fans faces.


While I do hate baseball, I am interested in the business aspect of all sports which is why I commented.  Perhaps the MLB doesnt care in long run, but what about the individual municipalities?  Is it the best use of tax payers money to have a multi million dollar stadium that is only 10-20% capacity even on the weekends?   Why dont they pull the Jacksonville Jaguar thing and crowd everyone in to a small area to make it more intimate when the demand is obviously not there. What about the TV networks?  You can tell when producers use shots to show a full stadium to add drama vs when they purposely avoid showing a very sparse crowd.  Part of the TV experience is when there is a rocking crowd.
 
2013-04-11 12:22:53 PM  

thecpt: Mid_mo_mad_man: DemoKnite: Not sure why the MLB thinks they should be selling out 50K seat stadiums on a "school night" all across the country.  Especially in April when the games "dont mean anything".

/every game counts
//not really though

This . I was at Royals games in KC Tuesday and Wensday. How can you expect a parent to take thier snowflake to a school night game. Esp on two cold rainy nights. Last night was horrible miserable and a night for hardcore fans only.

They were showing parts of last nights KC game on espn. I've seen AA games with more crowd noise. Makes sense with weather/Wednesday night but it sounds bazaar when you watch it




Last night the ushers a little before first pitch told the fans in the two upper levels move to the bottom two levels. With the dynamic pricing tickets could be had at box office for 10 dollars. You talked of crowd noise in person it was actually rowdy in person. Even had teens spelling sweep thier five chests
 
2013-04-11 12:32:30 PM  

H31N0US: Homer Nixon: Still less embarrassing than Yankee Stadium, particularly down below the moat.

[waswatching.com image 850x637]

/yankee fan

That game was probably announced as a sellout.


I'd be real curious to see what % of seats for stadiums are bought for people way out of town, clearly for reselling all the tickets, vs. people that buy a season plan, see some games personally, and see games they can't make it to. I'd settle for Yankee Stadium, since I'd bet out-of-towner scalpers are a good chunk of their initial sales.
 
2013-04-11 12:34:00 PM  

DemoKnite: Is it the best use of tax payers money to have a multi million dollar stadium that is only 10-20% capacity even on the weekends?


I'm too lazy to look up all of the various particulars of the newer MLB stadiums, but I think they are trending "smaller"...to around 40k seats tops.

As far as the looming larger point regarding tax payer money; I love sports but I don't want a f*cking dime out of my pocket going to fund stadiums.
 
2013-04-11 12:47:17 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Dinobot: Good riddance to the pink hats

Go back to the good old days when you could wallow in misery alone?


Some of us like to wallow while watching the game as they blow a lead in the ninth.  With pink hats you wallow while watching someone standing up in front of you on their cell phone waving madly toward the opposite side of the stadium.
/Can you see me?
/Can you see me?
/Can you see me?
/Can you see me?
/Can you see me?
/Can you see me?
/Can you see me?
//We're going to Cask&Flagon!
//We're going to Cask&Flagon!
//We're going to Cask&Flagon!
//We're going to Cask&Flagon!
//We're going to Cask&Flagon!
//We're going to Cask&Flagon!
 
2013-04-11 01:07:27 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: Lost Thought 00: Dinobot: Good riddance to the pink hats

Go back to the good old days when you could wallow in misery alone?

Some of us like to wallow while watching the game as they blow a lead in the ninth.  With pink hats you wallow while watching someone standing up in front of you on their cell phone waving madly toward the opposite side of the stadium.
/Can you see me?
/Can you see me?
/Can you see me?
/Can you see me?
/Can you see me?
/Can you see me?
/Can you see me?
//We're going to Cask&Flagon!
//We're going to Cask&Flagon!
//We're going to Cask&Flagon!
//We're going to Cask&Flagon!
//We're going to Cask&Flagon!
//We're going to Cask&Flagon!


Urge to kill pink hats, rising! I was wallowing for 27 years before they finally decided not to blow it, now that we've won a few it's not nearly as enjoyable. Anyways, the real Red Sox hipster go to the Yard House, they have a much better selection of artisanal beers.

/Don't hate, I like baseball and good beer
 
2013-04-11 01:31:42 PM  
since this pretty much is a repeat of yesterday's thread, I'll repost what my take is on the "pink hats"

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I use the term to refer to people who come to the park ONLY to see the field, to take a lot of pictures (while standing up during an AB), who will not put the F'N phone down during the game.  Generally people who have no clue there is a game on and are being disruptive to those of use who pay to jam our asses into the same old tiny seats - some facing the wrong way - to try to cheer for and watch the game.

I'm sure if I went back home and started to try to get the wave going at the MFA or start cheering "Let's Go Van Gogh" at the top of my lungs those patrons wouild have a few choice nicknames for me

//although come on, thatwould be funny
 
2013-04-11 01:39:56 PM  
I was at the game last night.  Took my 8-year-old.  Not a bad night to see a game, until the rain and the blown lead and all.

i131.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-11 02:02:20 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Dinobot: Good riddance to the pink hats

Go back to the good old days when you could wallow in misery alone?


I'll be wallowing in Mariners misery tonight, 10,000 of my closest friends, Felix Hernandez on the mound. We never quite had pink hats here (except when the damn Red Sox were in town) but we definitely had our share of bandwagoners a few years ago.

Safeco's added new bars this year, can't wait to check em out. Wise move -- team sucks again, but we have taps everywhere close by. Wouldn't want to miss anything.
 
2013-04-11 02:03:38 PM  

swankywanky: since this pretty much is a repeat of yesterday's thread, I'll repost what my take is on the "pink hats"

------------------------------------------------
I use the term to refer to people who come to the park ONLY to see the field, to take a lot of pictures (while standing up during an AB), who will not put the F'N phone down during the game.  Generally people who have no clue there is a game on and are being disruptive to those of use who pay to jam our asses into the same old tiny seats - some facing the wrong way - to try to cheer for and watch the game.

I'm sure if I went back home and started to try to get the wave going at the MFA or start cheering "Let's Go Van Gogh" at the top of my lungs those patrons wouild have a few choice nicknames for me

//although come on, thatwould be funny


The ones that REALLY pissed me off were the ones where someone in the group would get up every half inning to go get a beer, then come back in about five minutes after the inning started.  Then they'd inevitably leave after 5 or so (after getting there late because they were drinking on Lansdowne) to go drink more on Lansdowne.

\worst was the time there was a guy who did that AND complained because a dad and his daughter sat in their seats that were soooo important...in the second to last row on the third base side.  And then left around 8 or so.
\\Would love to have decked those jackasses
 
2013-04-11 03:31:49 PM  

FriarReb98: swankywanky: since this pretty much is a repeat of yesterday's thread, I'll repost what my take is on the "pink hats"

------------------------------------------------
I use the term to refer to people who come to the park ONLY to see the field, to take a lot of pictures (while standing up during an AB), who will not put the F'N phone down during the game.  Generally people who have no clue there is a game on and are being disruptive to those of use who pay to jam our asses into the same old tiny seats - some facing the wrong way - to try to cheer for and watch the game.

I'm sure if I went back home and started to try to get the wave going at the MFA or start cheering "Let's Go Van Gogh" at the top of my lungs those patrons wouild have a few choice nicknames for me

//although come on, thatwould be funny

The ones that REALLY pissed me off were the ones where someone in the group would get up every half inning to go get a beer, then come back in about five minutes after the inning started.  Then they'd inevitably leave after 5 or so (after getting there late because they were drinking on Lansdowne) to go drink more on Lansdowne.

\worst was the time there was a guy who did that AND complained because a dad and his daughter sat in their seats that were soooo important...in the second to last row on the third base side.  And then left around 8 or so.
\\Would love to have decked those jackasses


That's why I take my son to Sea Dog games in Portland(but any minor league team will do).

These type of people give Red Sox fan's a bad name. I have no problem with drunks or obnoxious fans. I do however hate people who do not respect the game. If walking into Fenway from concourse and seeing the park open up to you doesn't give you a warm fuzzy, you need to leave.
 
2013-04-11 04:19:14 PM  

ThatGuyGreg: I'd settle for Yankee Stadium, since I'd bet out-of-towner scalpers are a good chunk of their initial sales.


Mostly corporations, especially in the LL.
 
2013-04-11 05:26:53 PM  

FriarReb98: The ones that REALLY pissed me off were the ones where someone in the group would get up every half inning to go get a beer, then come back in about five minutes after the inning started. Then they'd inevitably leave after 5 or so (after getting there late because they were drinking on Lansdowne) to go drink more on Lansdowne.


I thought the point of baseball is that it was slow and relatively boring because it was invented and perfected in an age when there literally was no other leisure activities, so they wanted to stretch it out and give people an excuse to drink, filter in and out and generally waste a whole afternoon while still being outside and with friends
 
2013-04-11 05:41:58 PM  

DemoKnite: Not sure why the MLB thinks they should be selling out 50K seat stadiums on a "school night" all across the country.  Especially in April when the games "dont mean anything".

/every game counts
//not really though


MLB doesn't. That's why they don't have attendance-based blackout rules like the NFL (MLB blackout are based on TV deals with networks).
 
2013-04-11 09:12:45 PM  

FriarReb98: swankywanky: since this pretty much is a repeat of yesterday's thread, I'll repost what my take is on the "pink hats"

------------------------------------------------
I use the term to refer to people who come to the park ONLY to see the field, to take a lot of pictures (while standing up during an AB), who will not put the F'N phone down during the game.  Generally people who have no clue there is a game on and are being disruptive to those of use who pay to jam our asses into the same old tiny seats - some facing the wrong way - to try to cheer for and watch the game.

I'm sure if I went back home and started to try to get the wave going at the MFA or start cheering "Let's Go Van Gogh" at the top of my lungs those patrons wouild have a few choice nicknames for me

//although come on, thatwould be funny

The ones that REALLY pissed me off were the ones where someone in the group would get up every half inning to go get a beer, then come back in about five minutes after the inning started.  Then they'd inevitably leave after 5 or so (after getting there late because they were drinking on Lansdowne) to go drink more on Lansdowne.

\worst was the time there was a guy who did that AND complained because a dad and his daughter sat in their seats that were soooo important...in the second to last row on the third base side.  And then left around 8 or so.
\\Would love to have decked those jackasses


I hate the "you're in my seat" douche too. If it's a sellout, playoffs, etc I totally understand. You paid for the seat, why should you have to stand?

Now, an April game with maybe 15k in the stands and entire sections available, you're an asshole if you get an attitude when someone is in your seat. Seriously, there are 65+ seats in the immediate area, just pick one and sir down.
 
2013-04-11 09:27:34 PM  

bearcats1983: Now, an April game with maybe 15k in the stands and entire sections available, you're an asshole if you get an attitude when someone is in your seat. Seriously, there are 65+ seats in the immediate area, just pick one and sir down.


It's not my fault you were too cheap to pay for good seats. Get out of my seat and YOU move.
 
2013-04-11 11:17:39 PM  
It's still better than Miami which was offering a promotion where for $20 you got a ticket to opening day, another home game, and a $10 merchandise voucher.

ElwoodCuse: Fear_and_Loathing: The sell out has been a myth for awhile, but they still put butts in the seats.  This is not really news to Red Sox fans.

Yep. They would sell tickets up to the 7th inning, dump the leftovers on their official reseller, then boom, sellout.


I think they stole that strategy from car manufacturers.  They pad their numbers for new car sales by sending them to the rental companies that they own.
 
2013-04-12 03:06:37 AM  

Generation_D: Take a bow Howard Lincoln


Well, his career did oversee the rise of Nintendo to the pinnacle of the video game industry at the time...  I miss old Nintendo Powers.

/got nothin'
 
2013-04-12 09:58:55 AM  

bearcats1983: Now, an April game with maybe 15k in the stands and entire sections available, you're an asshole if you get an attitude when someone is in your seat. Seriously, there are 65+ seats in the immediate area, just pick one and sir down.


Yeah, I just hate it when inconsiderate people want to sit in the seats they paid for.
 
2013-04-12 10:34:31 AM  

Yanks_RSJ: bearcats1983: Now, an April game with maybe 15k in the stands and entire sections available, you're an asshole if you get an attitude when someone is in your seat. Seriously, there are 65+ seats in the immediate area, just pick one and sir down.

Yeah, I just hate it when inconsiderate people want to sit in the seats they paid for.


Look, if it's the playoffs or a sell-out, I totally understand. It's the seat you paid for, you have full right to it. I'll even understand if it's the expensive lower tier seats. It's hilarious that some guy who is sitting in the upper level will get shiatty and demand that EXACT seat when there are entire SECTIONS of seats that are available. Even more hilarious when he goes to get an usher rather than just asking directly.
 
2013-04-12 11:26:34 AM  

bearcats1983: Look, if it's the playoffs or a sell-out, I totally understand. It's the seat you paid for, you have full right to it. I'll even understand if it's the expensive lower tier seats. It's hilarious that some guy who is sitting in the upper level will get shiatty and demand that EXACT seat when there are entire SECTIONS of seats that are available. Even more hilarious when he goes to get an usher rather than just asking directly.


Okay, yeah that is kind of sad.
 
2013-04-12 12:45:58 PM  
Upper decks should just be general admission anyway.
 
2013-04-12 01:56:37 PM  

IAmRight: Upper decks should just be general admission anyway.


Assigned seating becomes very handy when you have a large party and want to all be seated together.  And large parties tend to wind up in the upper decks.
 
2013-04-12 04:54:43 PM  
If there are open seats nearby, I generally don't care if someone is in my seat.  Don't make me go searching for seats because you can't read/too lazy to find your own.  But it doesn't take much effort to look at whoever is there and say "one of us is lost..." and compare tickets.  No need to get ushers involved.
 
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