Net loss: Baseball's netting obstructs the view of the most expensive seats
A general rule of thumb that spans across most instances in this world is that the more something costs, the better it’s supposed to be. The amount you pay is supposed to be directly correlated to the quality you receive. For example, an Aston Martin costs a fair amount more than a Honda Civic because, for all intents and purposes, it’s a better car. It’s faster, it’s engine is more powerful, it’s interior is more luxurious, and everything about it is considered superior.
If you’re anything like me, though, then all you really care about is getting to Wendy’s before it closes and the extra $150,000 in added features doesn’t mean much. That’s why I don’t understand why people pay such exorbitant amounts for some things. Take sporting events, for example; why spend a fortune on tickets, gas, parking, food, and beverages just to sit in an uncomfortable, crowded arena instead of sitting in the luxury of your own home, on your comfortable sofa, and enjoy the game without all the noise?
The absolute worst thing you can spend money on, in my opinion, is a front-row seat behind home plate at a baseball game.
At least with football, soccer, and basketball games, the front row seats are right there in front of the action. Even hockey was smart enough to use Plexiglas as not to obstruct the view of their most expensive seats. Baseball, however, didn’t get the memo.
Baseball fans pay hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars to sit as close as possible to the action, but the league decided to ruin it by throwing a layer of netting between the action and the audience.
I understand why the net is there; to avoid any unwanted accidents. After all, there are a lot of foul balls and rogue flying bats and it can be extremely dangerous to sit so close. However, they didn’t need to put such a thick, obtrusive net in the way.
They could have used a clear mesh, or take a page out of hockey’s playbook and use a secure glass option. All the net does is obstruct the view and make the expensive seats not worth sitting in.
It’s like buying an Aston Martin but only being allowed to drive it in traffic. It just isn’t worth it.
So, out of all the terrible things you could waste your money on, expensive seats at a baseball game has to be right up there. Not only are you spending a fortune on the tickets, but also all the extras will burn a hole right through your pocket, and you don’t even get a good view of the field.
You know what seat has an excellent view of the field? The one from your couch!
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