Don’t blame the fans for stay­ing home

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Jim Mundy, El­li­cott City

The Sun has printed an­other ar­ti­cle about the lack of a full house at Cam­den Yards while its re­porters be­rate the fans for not fill­ing the park (“De­clin­ing crowds at Cam­den Yards con­cern Ori­oles, fans and busi­nesses,” Sept. 21).

The writ­ers even pointed out that “the play­ers have no­ticed empty seats.” Let’s talk about that.

I went to the game two weeks ago. For a fam­ily of four to get four bleacher seats — the cheap­est seats in the sta­dium at $26 apiece — was $104.

Af­ter buy­ing four hot dogs, four so­das and two ice creams, a sou­venir key chain and pay­ing for park­ing, the to­tal for the evening was $200. If my wife and I had had a beer and if I had bought bet­ter seats, the cost would have hit $275.

Be­fore The Sun’s writ­ers blast fans again, they should think about the fact that we are watch­ing a field that is packed with mil­lion­aire ath­letes, and just to see them play is for us the equiv­a­lent of a monthly util­ity bill or car pay­ment.

Maybe your re­porters ought to look again and see what we fans see: Greedy play­ers that re­strict our abil­ity to sup­port them be­cause of what their salaries force us to pay out for tick­ets.

But will Manny Machado love see­ing us in the stands as much next year, when the Ori­oles can’t pay him $400 mil­lion for the next 10 years?

Will he set­tle for just $300 mil­lion so that ticket prices only in­crease 10 per­cent and we can af­ford to watch him play?

Don’t make the fans the en­emy. In­stead, have the play­ers look in the mir­ror be­cause that’s where they’ll see base­ball’s real en­emy, and it is them.

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