Why your national pastime sucks

I came to Deadspin’s latest installment of its excellent “Why Your Stadium Sucks” series because it mentions our book (remember the book? if you like the website, you’ll love the book), but stayed for the excellent reader comment on his experience at the Seattle Mariners‘ Safeco Field, which concludes:

These journeys really impressed upon me that professional sports in the US really is no longer about anything going on on the field. It’s really just a corporate beer garden designed as an alternative to some big budget action film, or theme park or shopping mall or some sort of mindless “family” entertainment in which the goal is to placate your offspring with as much food as they can ingest and to acquire some more cheap, shiny stuff from China that no one really needs.

For my own take on Safeco, see this oldie but goodie.

2 comments on “Why your national pastime sucks

  1. How could you have missed the fact that that comment was left by someone with the awesome handle “Ghost of Zelmo Beatty”?

    It would have been even better if he had spelled the guy’s name right.

  2. I couldn’t agree more! In fact, in Chicago, Wrigley Field is OFTEN referred to as the largest and most expensive beer garden in the city!

    20 something year old drunks with gobs of disposable income outnumber by a large margin families and fans of baseball…it has alienated most real Cubs fans…