Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger
I disagree with that. Its a business, always was, always will be, and the customer is the fan. Its more underlying in sport (the businessman always on the hustle at the customers expense) than in other areas of business, but its there. $10 for a beer at the stadium, $8 for a hot dog, etc... I feel that the least they could have done was offer him some sort of real financial compensation, or lifetime
season tickets (after all, the guy gave the ball back for NOTHING, if thats not a super fan what is?).
Especially here in NY where people (myself included here) are often priced out of tickets to ball games. Yankee Stadium in particular is ridiculous. To take your family to the game will cost you at least $500 (between parking, tickets, souvenirs, hot dogs, ect) and all of that goes to the NYY or whatever team you are going to see (Mets, Giants, Jets, Rangers, Knicks). I don't know what rices are like at Turner Field, but I'm pretty sure most places don't even come close to NY prices, and most franchises around the country don't make what NY teams do.
The Huffington Post did a great article about how you need to take out a mortgage to have Ranger season tickets (which I had to give up...its far more pricey than my bespoke hobby).http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-ru..._b_891242.html
I think I partially agree with you. I do find it disappointing that the Yankees didn't do more for the guy, and lifetime season tickets would have been a great gesture. I think where we disagree is in the judgement of the guy who gave the ball back. It was a really cool thing to do, and I found it jarring that people were so willing to criticize him.
Reading about the expense of sports of up there is shocking to me. The food at the Ted is expensive, but they let you bring your own stuff, provided it's non-alcoholic and drinks are in plastic bottles. You can get tickets in the upper deck behind home plate for $20 each, and they're not bad seats. Parking is $10-15. So, figuring in the cost of snacks (say $10), a few beers at the asinine prices ($28), tickets ($50 with "service fees"), and parking ($15), the missus and I could see a Braves game at the Ted for right around $100. Add in a couple of kids, and it's about $150, a bit more if you get them souvenirs. That's certainly not cheap, but it pales in comparison to what you're describing.