Last night was Blazer season ticket holder night at PGE Park. Sat with my daughter's family ; a perfect night for baseball. Too bad the game wasn't very good (bottom dwellers in 2 divisions) though one Beaver was thrown out at home on what would have been an inside-the-park home run.
First, who I saw:
When we were standing in line for "dinner" (hot dogs/hamburgers, baked beans, cookies and drinks) a very tan Mike Rice walked by and I heard him say to someone "we'll play a month longer in the playoffs this season." Nice to dream about - wish we could write it in ink. Terry Porter & friends sat two rows behind us. As TP has always been my all-time favorite Blazer I was thrilled. I thought about taking his picture with my phone but he was so close that I couldn't have done it without asking first and it would have been awkward. My daughter and grandson were equally excited and I was surprised to see that my granddaughter noted on her Facebook status that we sat near him. Maybe Porter fandom is genetic?? My daughter had hoped for a picture too, but they were gone before the game was over.
Second, a rant:
Even though baseball was my first love I hadn't been to a game in decades. Some things were the same, some were quite different. An unpleasant difference were the "games" played by a few selected fans between innings ; just like the timeouts at the Rose Garden. We used to entertain ourselves between innings (and timeouts) without a problem - what happened? Do the people who decide on these games really think we need to be entertained? Do they honestly think these games are entertaining? The one at the Rose Garden that really gets to me is the "guess the new price" of Home Depot merchandise. It is blatantly a commercial and I resent it. At home I fast forward through 99% of the commercials but don't have the option at the RG. There is too much noise to carry on a conversation with my companion and I will not inconvenience my neighbors by trampling their feet to get out. Are attention spans so short that we have to disrupt the flow of the game with something unrelated? You used to be able to discuss what just happened in the game during these breaks but no longer. Is this part of the dumbing down of society?? To whom would I suggest a night where we had to entertain ourselves during timeouts?
Rant ended until the next time I am seriously annoyed.