I was at the game last night. My friend and I decided to go into Gate 6 because for the other two Cubs games we entered at Gate 4 and went up and down the 3rd base side. So as we are walking by CF and Monument Park we see the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar. There was next to no line so we decided to get in line and see what it would take to get in. When we walked up we were handed a voucher and walked right in, found a table and grabbed a beer. The whole process took about 3 minutes.
By the start of the game, the place emptied out to the point where we could grab a spot right along the counter prior to the seats. We had a perfect view of the entire and Brett Gardner’s catch in the first. The only downside in there is that there is no sound of what’s going on outside in the stadium. Instead, John and Suzyn are pumped in intermittenly.
In the 4th inning we went up to our seats in section 428. We met a couple that has had season tix for 6 years but got pushed to the grandstand, after sitting in the main section at the old stadium. They told us that the Mohegan Sun thing was a trial run where they were trying to get people to see what it was about and then hopefully buy tickets.
Pete was 100% right when he said that the stadium looked empty. I come from Ocean County, NJ to the stadium and it typically takes an 1 hr 15 minutes to get there. It took us 55 minutes last night. When you get to the stadium that quick with no traffic, you just know the crowd is going to be sparse.
We watched the end of the game from right behind home plate (obviously not in a seat because of the ushers). It was standing room but it seemed like it was where the fans had congregated.
It is a gorgeous stadium but you have to think about what the powers that be were thinking when the created the rules of the stadium and more specifically the pricing of tickets. Maybe they’ll sort it out. Like Pete, I remember being able to get there early and run down to get autographs. I remember getting Joel Skinner to toss me a ball one time and another time I had seats near the players wives’ when I met Wade Boggs’ wife. He sent me an autographed picture on their 1st off day in the 93 season.
I apologize if someone already posted this: Maybe the NYY are considering a DL for CWM as Pete suggested. That could be why Nardi C. is with SWB now, watching IPK (who pitched TU.) and PH (pitching Wed). Either could line up to take CMW’s spot for awhile.
Inqlings: KYW tops in billings – again
By Michael Klein
Apr 21, 2009
Cole Hamels and Heidi Strobel Hamels’ appearance on E! True Hollywood Stories, mentioned in Sunday’s column, is for a “Baseball Wives” episode scheduled July 8. Also booked, so far, are the Yankees’ Jorge and Laura Posada, the Marlins’ Scott and Carrie Proctor, and the Twins’ Casey Daigle and Jennie Finch.
I haven’t had a chance to read through the previous thread, so I’m late on his, but:
AJ has been a tremendous teammate. His support of Wang has been wonderful to see because Wang is truly in a bad way. I just can’t say enough good things about him. On the field, his teammates must love playing behind him as he just gets so amped up. AJ never blames anyone for his mistakes and he gives credit where credit is due. Off the field, he’s been a real source of support for his teammates, from Joba to Wang. Everyone raves about him – and yet he goes about his daily business in a quiet way, not seeking attention at all. I’m so thrilled with AJ – he’s been so much better than I thought, in every way.
I went to the new Stadium on Sunday. It is probably hands down, the best sports venue in terms of having whatever is your fancy.
All of us are going to have feelings that I had on Sunday-Missing the smell and sounds of the old ballpark. Not being able to have access to basically any seat in the house. At the old stadium I would buy whatever tickets I could get, sit there for a few innings and move down. That is not happening here, especially with the “moat”
However, I did like being able to get whatever I wanted to eat quickly, and not missing a whole inning waiting in line to go to the bathroom. I also don’t miss shoving through people to get from place to place.
At a tournament my company worked recently had a bank that shall remain nameless put red paper across the entrance of their suite, while also not putting their name on the nameplate outside the suite, for the reason some Yankee people suggest. They didn’t want to have anybody visiting the suite photographed having a good time.
I found out later from others in my industry that there is a significant amount of paranoia among corporations re: being photographed at high end or sports events they are sponsored.
Weird times we live in today. Imagine spending that kind of money on tickets and/or a suite and do everything possible NOT to be noticed?
oh i had a great time and it was because people didn’t show up. i always have a great time at the stadium (old and new).
my two main points were, some people got unfairly bumped out of their seats for whatever reason and unfortunately, for kids, unless mommy and daddy are loaded, you can’t get close during bp like you could across the street. i hope these two things change in the future
i was at my first game of the year last night, and i’m glad i have a full season of bleacher seats, because i don’t intend on ever actually sitting in those seats. i watched the whole game from the main level right behind the dugouts on either side. the place is absolutely beautiful.
one gripe, the out of town scoreboard no longer shows the stat line of pitching/batting performances in the games.
Haven’t made it to the new place yet (next month!) but they must let kids (not adults!) go down to the field to pursue autographs…. that’s just as big a part of baseball as anything else.
In 1966 I was eight years old and was able to get Clete Boyer to toss me a ball. However some big adult jerk behind me caught it and wouldn’t give it to me even though I was the one who called out to Clete for it…. but I’m not bitter… I don’t hate that putrid no good $#&^*!……
SJ- thanks for the story. But my question is this, if they are so embarassed, why are they still buying the seats? Hiding and/or not coming to the game because of that is so ridiculous and is more of a waste than anything…