Wednesday, March 30, 2011

True and Irritating

Over at Fraters Libertas, Chad the Elder makes a point I've been meaning to make:

So this year when spring again rolled around (at least on the calendar), my wife decided to call the Twins ticket office and see about getting some ducs. And that’s when she learned that the Twins are too busy counting their money to worry about whether families can afford to attend their games. I guess you can’t really blame them. When it comes to sports, Target Field is the hottest ticket in town and with demand outstripping supply there’s really no reason for the Twins to offer discounts to anyone (well, except for those noble federal employees). Still, there’s something grating about an organization that was more than happy to dip their hands into the public coffers to scoop up as much as they could to build their magnificent facility not making more of an effort to allow more of the people who are paying for Target Field everyday to actually set foot inside it.
Just so. I don't know if you've priced tickets for Target Field, but it's getting damned near impossible for a family of four to attend the game for less than $100. If you want to sample the ballpark fare, you can safely assume you'll end up shelling out $150, or even $200 for the experience. As it happens, I have a family of four and I'm guessing we'll be able to attend 1, maybe 2 Twins games this year. While the Metrodome was a poor place to watch a baseball game, we were able to get there numerous times a season. Target Field is for the carriage class right now and unfortunately I'm not a member.

If you want to see the Twins and don't mind a longer drive, you might want to go see them in Kansas City instead. There's plenty to do in KC and if you make a mini vacation out of it you'll have a very good time.


Brad Carlson said...

I guess I would ask this question: What is more important to you fans?

a) Discounted tickets to Target Field.


b) Joe Mauer remaining with the Twins.

Mr. D said...

That's a fair question, Brad. Or put another way:

Is watching Joe Mauer in a magnificent venue worth four times as much as watching A. J. Pierzynski in an antiseptic dump?

The answer depends on whether you value the superstar player in particular or the game generically.

Bike Bubba said...

All I can say is that the Saints and the town leagues are looking pretty good these days......