A luxury

I recently went through reading some of my favorite blogs, Red State Blue State always being a favorite and Julia’s Rants, always good for a read. Now, I came across an article while reading Julia’s Rants that intrigued me. The article talks about Mark Teixeira, Jason Varitek, and Scott Boras (everyone’s favorite person, ha ha). My thoughts, however, really have nothing to do with the article, rather something that was said during it.

While reading, Peter Gammons mentioned something that I had heard previously, but had not yet applied to baseball until he said it. His words were this:
“On the front page of the Sunday New York Times, there was a
story that 10-12 major Broadway shows are closing down this month, the
most ever. And I kind of compare that . . . they’re luxury items the
way baseball games have become luxury items, and I think that may be a
tell-tale sign about the economy.”

Hmm… interesting. I did read about the Broadway shows closing down, which for me wasn’t a big deal because I’m not really a musical type person; but I had never thought of baseball as a luxury item. When I first began writing this blog, my thought was that I’d write something about how the economy being in shambles doesn’t seem to be having any kind of effect on our richer teams. But then, it took a different turn once I re-read that sentence again. “… baseball games have become luxury items…” Really? I had never thought of baseball as a luxury item, it was just… baseball. Something that I cared and loved so deeply, something that was more than just a game to me, something that practically ruled my life and I’d be watching MLB Network if I could get it.

The point is this: was going to a ball park a luxury? I had always thought the very game of coors-field.jpgbaseball was a luxury. Going and seeing one of the greatest games every played, cheering for your team, breathing the fresh air, the prospect of catching a ball, the hatred of the other team… or the Yankees… or the other team… cough…, the very love of the game. These things are indeed luxuries. But a game being a luxury “item”? It had never dawned on me before this moment. I am so damn lucky that I can watch baseball, that I can live baseball, that I can breathe baseball. And yeah, it should be a luxury “item” to go to a game, it should be a luxury “item” for the very reason in and of itself that baseball is a luxury. To breathe it, to care about it, to have a completely unnatural obsession with it.

Now that I’m no longer living on student loans, I realize, oh crap, am I even going to have enough money to go to a baseball game? I’ve gotta go buy crap at King Soopers so that I can get those awesome pavillion seats for $10 dollars. Then, no trip is completely without nachos. Yeah, god only knows what is in the “cheese” but hey, if it doesn’t kill me, it makes me stronger, right? This also, however, created another problem. I had told Tom, who is about to embark on a ridiculous journey, that I’d hit up games with him, and I also wouldn’t mind seeing the infamous Rockpile Ranter. Hmm… there’s that ADD kicking in with all the side tracking. Back to baseball being a luxury “item.”

I guess when it comes down to it, the difference between baseball being a luxury and baseball being a luxury “item” is that there really is no difference. That when I go to the park, I’ll admire those mile high seats, that I’ll remember during one of the fire works games how I took some grass (it’s dead now, obviously, but, it’s in a little plastic baggy, tee hee), that I’ll not die of a heart attack eating those nachos, and that I’ll breathe. I’ll take a deep breath knowing that I can afford a luxury. And damn, what a luxury it is.  



  1. ohy22xd

    Nice blog. Yeah, I like Julia’s blog too. Her blog is just as good as yours!
    For me, going to the ball park is a gift. Cheering for your team, watching your favorite players play, having a great time, it’s a gift for every baseball fans out there.

  2. juliasrants

    Thanks for the “shout out”. I think what Peter hit upon is what many baseball owners are worried about – in this current economy when people have to choose where to spend their precious few dollars, will there be money left to go to the park and see a game. Here is Boston, even the “cheap” seats would cost my family of 4 over $200 to attend when you factor in parking & food & tickets & program…you get the picture. While my family is in the fortunate position that we could go to a game if we can actually GET tickets, I know plenty of people for whom that is not an option right now. We all have the luxury of watching games on TV – but for too many going to a game is a luxury that is not to be this season.


  3. iliveforthis

    hyunyoung- Thank you so much. It is absolutely a huge honor to be told that my blog is as good as Julia’s. And just going to the ball park is always a gift because you’re apart of something so great.
    Julia- Since I don’t live in Boston, I don’t know how much tickets are generally, but that was definitely one reason that I was glad that the Rockies didn’t win the World Series because I imagined ticket sales getting boosted up. If I go through King Soopers, I can get tickets in the Pavillion, which is behind left field/center field for $10 bucks a piece; otherwise they’re usually around $25. And those are pretty nice seats. I just hope people can keep afford to be apart of something so amazing this season.
    Don- I’ll look forward to those nachos. Ha ha. I’m super excited to get out to Coors Field and watch some action. Looking forward to seeing you in the near future!!!

  4. prosenivy

    Couldn’t agree more. Baseball is a luxury in and of itself and being able to attend a baseball game live is a luxury. One can’t exist without the other, they are basically one in the same and there is no difference. This economy is so screwy and horrible and all by itself, it is making it harder to attend games. I don’t know why baseball isn’t trying to fight back the other way and try to make it easier with a cap. These salaries are what’s making prices go up every year. Stadiums don’t help, but a new one is only every once in a while. These players need to realize that their careers are giant luxuries and stop being so crazy about the money. Actually, no. Strike that. It would be responsible of them to do so, but like everyone else, they have the right to get as much as they can for what they do. Baseball needs to put the cap on…no pun intended. Otherwise, they’re going to price themselves right out of everyone’s reach and the only decision they’ll be happy about is making MLB Network included in people’s cable subscriptions for free. That’s the only way many people are going to be able to enjoy the game at this rate. And of course nachos…I don’t care what’s in the cheese either. It’s delicious.

    Prose and Ivy

  5. iliveforthis

    Ryan- First of all, glad to hear the support on the nachos. 😉 Second, hearing you say that players have the right to get as much as they can for what they do reminds me of the Joker from the Dark Knight saying, “if you’re good at something, never do it for free.” While I agree that players absolutely have the right to get as much out of what they can, I think sometimes the things they demand, or maybe the things their agents demand, are down right ludicrous (also, every time I try to spell that word, it always ends up being spelled like the rapper the first time I write it). I mean, I think that if you’re good at something, you’re good at it, but you’ll always be fighting to be the best. Having such outlier salaries like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter make it seem like they should be perfect in every aspect of the sport. One can only hope that players find the… hum… ble… ness… humbility? Humbolity? Whatever, the humble side of things to realize that while they may be good at what they do, the rest of us who can also be good at what we do can’t ask for such outrageous salaries.
    Oh, and I definitely appreciate you reading my blog!!

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