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.