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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Some Ballpark Irony

Today was my intern orientation at the ballpark. One of the things we did was go down the list of the season's promotions. On Thursdays, beers are a dollar. This is a standard minor league promotion, and it apparently only resulted in one fan's ejection last season, which is good, because you never know when I might have to work the pub area on a Thursday.

However, this season, Senior Citizens Day happens to fall on a Thursday. The next week, the team hosts "Faith and Family Night" on a Thursday. Should be interesting to see how the drinking crowd gets along with its grandparents/bible thumpers.

Also, the team holds an annual "Patriotic Night," where the team offers some promotion to members of the military, has a color guard for the anthem, arranges a fly-by, etc. It all sounds good, except that this season, Patriotic Night happens to be a game against the Vancouver Canadians. I guess we'll just have to remind them which country is in charge, eh?

(Seriously, though, I hope the fans don't go down the San Jose Sharks road and boo the Canadian anthem.)

One final ironic note - as we took the tour of the stadium (a nice minor league ballpark, by the way - I believe seating capacity is 4,600), we passed the door to the visitors' clubhouse, which bore a sign reading, "No visitors allowed."

Tiger Stadium used to have a famous sign similar to this, but I don't think it was a deliberate homage.


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