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    There's that one thing

    My guess is that everyone here enjoys attending ball games in person (altough I havent done that in over a year- sept. 29th, 2004 if memory serves me correctly- and it could be a while before I do it again). But I'm sure that there is at least one thing we don't like about going to a stadium to watch a game.

    For me the one thing I hate, is those people who bring a book to the game and they read all trough the 9 innings, glancing at the field from time to time.

    That drive me up the walls. The people who do that, let's steer clear of the political corectness, shall we?, are woman 99% of the time, accompanying (SP?) a male friend of some sort. And they read. I absolutely cannot understand the reasonnning behind this. You don't want to be there, you don't care about baseball, you don't have to. Stay home. Obviously you don't have an open mind, there's a 0% chance you'll discover how great a sport it is, what's the point of coming in the first place? And if you're doing that as a favor to a male friend, we'll I don't know if calling that an half-assed favor is quite enough.

    And, philosophically speaking, I just don't understand how that can be acceptable. Take this from the other standpoint. A guy, accepts to go the a play with his lady friend, and brings a portable radio to listen to the game. He would probably have stuff thrown his way by the rest of the crowd (and be in the dog house for decades to come). That would be deemed unnacceptable, and I would tend to agree. But more than anything, that would be just another proof of how little progress men have made since the bronze age, how unreffined we are, how incapable we are of making an effort to open up our minds to new things, etc. Yet, when a woman does something in every way similar, it isn't that bad. After all, it's just sport. It's nothing serious. It's just grown man chasing a ball, a puck or what have you. Well, what exactly is theatre besides grown man and woman putting on whigs, makeup and prentending they're people they are not? I don't get that. Then again, one could say that what I don't understand about life could fill a pretty big warehouse.

    Were talking a warehouse the size of Siberia.

    Anyway, every time I see someone doing that, I always hope that the lady gets beaned in the head by a foul-ball, Drew Barrymore in Fever Pitch style. I know it's not right, but I do anyway.

    What about you guys? What don't you like about attending baseball games. there has to be something.
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    Why would you care what someone else does at the ballgame as long as it doesn't interfere with your enjoyment of the game?

    Do they bring large books that obstruct your view of the game?
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    There is one thing that I don't understand. I have seen it in both Angels Stadium and in Dodger Stadium. A lot of people show up during the third inning. They call it fashionably late??? And those people are about to leave during the eighth inning.

    To me it is a waste of money. Don't you want to see how the game ends?

    Maybe it is because I have been to only four MLB games in my whole life, but I can not understand this behaviour. I enjoy to walk around the stadium 2-1 hours before the game. I love to watch the batting practice.

    If you don't want to see the whole game, just give your tix to me. I will enjoy.

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    Classic Post AG. I can just see that woman reading her Cosmopolitan like if shes at home or in the lounge of the dentist.

    I don't really like mascots. I just don't get it. I guess we had Youppi, who was one of the best and the kids love them, but I get annoyed when they come around in the middle of the game and start doing their thing around me. Over the last few years I've been to dozens of Ottawa Lynx games. They have 2 mascots there. I was at the game with an aquaintance and he flat out told the mascot to go 'F'-off. That was mean spirited and unfair to the poor guy inside the suit who's just trying to do his job, but it was funny and we were left alone for the rest of the game.

    I also don't like idiots who standup and leave their seat in the middle of an at bat. Please, be curtious and wait for the at-bat to end. If I'm ever late for the start of an inning because I went for my hotdog, I always stand at the tunnel of my section until the end of the at bat.
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    I hate the loud foul mouthed drunk fan who believes that insulting another teams player will 1) Make his team win
    2) Make up for the fact that the player has more talent
    then him.
    As a 16 year old in San Francisco, I had brought friends to a Giants-Expos game. I would cheer when the expos would get a run, and some friendly people around would kid me about it saying the usual expos jokes and stuff.

    At one point a fat drunk man came near our seats and started insulting the expos rightfielder (we were placed in the right field bleachers). When he saw me wearing an expos cap, he started insulting me, calling me a fag and such. As I thought I was in friendly confines, I would kiddingly talk back to him, not thinking that anyone would take a sport which such seriouness. The man then called his friends near the bottom of the ninth inning, and me and my friends started to worry a little.

    When the game ended, and the expos had won we all said we should leave quick. One of the mans friends blocked my route and started shoving me with his stomach (it was not funny at the time but now that I think of it, the image is pretty funny ). My friends (who are I must say a little more athletic then me) pulled him away and a giants fan started arguing with him that I was only a kid. I was walking away pretty quickly after that, but I heard an "ooh" from the crowd behind me.

    My friends who joined me after had told me that the man had punched the giants fan who tried to help me.

    Some of the friends I had gone with were witnessing their first baseball game, and I think that experience left em with a bad impression of baseball. I think that children who see people act like this at their first baseball game must have the same impression, and start having bad feelings about baseball. The alcohol+ the crowd effect don't match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by runningshoes53
    Why would you care what someone else does at the ballgame as long as it doesn't interfere with your enjoyment of the game?

    Do they bring large books that obstruct your view of the game?
    It didn't bother me that much when it happened. But afterwards, I reflected on the matter, and that became my biggest pet peeve about going to a ballgame. If it happened today, I'm sure that would upset me in a big way. Beacuse of the double standard I eluded to in my previous post.

    Live and let live isn't necessarily my thing. What can I say?
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