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July 17, 2010 - Al Stephenson
We made the trip to Cleveland this morning. My daughter wanted to go to an Indians game for her birthday and it had been awhile since we had visited Progressive Field. The Tribe was playing a makeup game against the Tigers. Game time was 1:05. Herein lies the problem.
Arriving at the park around 11:15 we headed to the ticket window to get our ducats. After a brief conversation we settled on a location and headed for the gates. There were not a lot of people around and several were in Tiger gear, but I was anxious for the gates to open so I could take in batting practice.
We waited patiently as ticket takers slowly made their way to the turnstiles. Looking around at the smallish crowd, I decided that a chance to get a ball in BP would be pretty good. That chance never happened.
For whatever reason the gates were not opened until noon. Five minutes into the facility and batting practice was over. Normally the gates would open an hour and a half before game time. Not today, and I wonder why. Since it was the first game of a day night double header, perhaps they were short of staff. Whatever the case I felt slighted.
I didn't mind the wait as much as I wasn't happy that I missed BP. The ticket price was not reduced, but my ballpark visit was.
The view from my seat would suggest that major league baseball teams should be a little more concerned with the treatment of fans. We have to endure price increases to pay exorbitant salaries.
If you want to keep us coming to the games, you need to give us the full experience - which should include BP!
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