After spending a couple days at Tiger games this weekend, and 5 for the season, I’ve noticed some changes around the ballpark.
People are happy. I’m not just talking about the fans. We were warmly greeted 3 times by various Comerica Park staff before we were even 30 feet inside the stadium. These were warm, genuine greetings and not some scripted dribble. I don’t know if the staff are effected by the winning, or if it is a service excellence iniative, but it was very noticeable.
I’ve written here in the past about my frustration that there is no merchandise from the visiting team available. When I was a kid at Tiger Stadium, my dad would always get me a pennant from whichever team the Tigers were playing. It was another way to commemorate the day, and add to my bedroom decor. I’ve wanted to do the same for my son, but visiting stuff was never available. And then today, while on the way to a family restroom (another wonderful Comerica Park amenity), I noticed a stand with Reds pennants. I’m thrilled, and hope it is something that is continued.
The price of beer
Let me start off by saying that I know beer at sporting events is expensive. I get it. But I was actually not too perturbed the last two years paying $8.75 for a 32oz Blue Light draft. At that point, it’s almost 3 beers, and that isn’t too bad of a deal. This year the 32oz is gone. It has been replaced by a 24oz $8 beer. I’m not so much disappointed about the significant rise in price, it is more than significant decrease in quantity. It’s not that I’m a drunk. I just liked getting my very big beer before the game, and then being set. I like the big cup. I like the message of “Drink Responsibly” being printed on something that barely fits in the cup holder. I liked the big beer. Please bring it back.
This is something that began last year, but I love the expanded stats on the scoreboard. With the inclusion of all the extra base hits, as well as OBP, it helps to get a better feel for the opposing players.