Yankees Suck T-Shirts Not Allowed at The Ballpark in Arlington

I feel pretty strongly when it comes to being a fan that one should support his/her team to the fullest and not downgrade the opponent. Dressing up in ridiculous garb, painting your face, and cheering for your team is extreme but in the positive sense. Threatening an opponent with death is taking things way too far. Wearing a “Yankees Suck” shirt expresses a negative sentiment but is more harmless. Anyway, a fan at the park for one of the Rangers/Yankees games last week in Arlington encountered some controversy because she wore a Yankees Suck shirt to the game.

Once inside the ballpark’s Diamond Club for a pregame dinner, [fan Kristen] Knapp-Webb was informed that the anti-Yankees message on her shirt was a violation of the Rangers’ code of conduct for fans. At the least, she had to turn it inside out.

In fact, the Rangers organization imposes a dozen rules of conduct on fans who attend games in Arlington.

Rule 11 states: “Any person wearing clothing with language, graphics or revealing parts of their body that may be offensive to another guest may be denied entry into the stadium or ejected from the stadium without refund.”

The Rangers instituted this rule based on previous complaints by fans. The Red Sox, Mariners, and Orioles have all outlawed the Yankees Suck shirts so by no means are the Rangers in the minority. Now normally I believe this sort of negative sentiment is against the spirit of proper fandom, but when it comes to the Yankees, I think an exception has to be made. Does it get more American than rooting against the Yankees (or for them for that matter)?

(via Circling the Bases)

Alamo Dome Seats Ripped Fans Off

I remember looking at the photos online when I was getting prepared to purchase my Final Four tickets for the trip I wound up not taking. I automatically ruled out certain sections based on the charts I saw. Now I know why. We have visual photo evidence from Sports by Brooks depicting how horrible some of the seats were:

When players are beginning to resemble a farm of fire ants more than the physically imposing specimen they really are, you know things are bad. Typically I say you have to be there when your team wins a championship. In this case, watching on 15″ kitchen TV would be an unequivocal improvement. I’d like to see some of the representatives from the Alamo Dome actually take a hike to section 330 and truly tell me tickets should be sold for that section. Now you know why the attendance was over 43,000. What a disgusting ripoff.

Is Going to Games Too Expensive?

I’m sitting here wondering why my Bruins are about to play their rival and very fine basketball team — the USC Trojans — in the semi-finals of the Pac-10 tournament, and I’m not going. I have the day off from work and actually have the opportunity to watch UCLA play which is rare since their games are usually on Thursdays and either Saturday or Sunday — all days that I work. So why wouldn’t I be jumping at the chance to go watch them play? I think there are a few issues at hand. For one, this is only the Pac-10 tournament; it’s dumb and unnecessary considering the teams already play a round robin during conference play. Meaning the Pac-10 tourney is solely designed to generate revenue. Give me one other reason why it exists.

My reluctance to attend a Pac-10 tournament event may also be tied to a larger issue: going to games is too expensive. I know this isn’t exactly a new issue here — I already shared that it costs around $500 for a family of four to attend a Laker game. But honestly, aren’t prices getting a little absurd? Throw in parking and food, and you’re talking serious cash. Just going to the ballgame with a family is a good chunk out of the average fan’s weekly salary. Is it all just becoming a corporate game where only big companies can afford the tickets? I think so, that’s why I’m settling for watching the game on TV.

Now I turn it to you. You’re all pretty good sports fans, so how often do you go to games? Is it only worth it to go if you’re in premium seats, or are the cheap seats the best deal in the house?

Lakers Still Ripping Off LA Fans

By now you’ve probably come to know, if you didn’t already, that EVERYTHING in LA is more expensive. It’s not surprise off of course, that it cost more for a family of four to attend a Laker game than any other team in the NBA, according to Team Marketing Reports. But going to a Clippers game, though it’s in LA, doesn’t measure up anywhere nearly as high as attending a Laker game. Simple answer: attending a Laker game is a status symbol amongst the Hollywood crowd posing as Faker fans.

See, there is a downside of liking a trendy team — they become too popular and it ruins things for the actual fans. The fact that it costs the typical family of four around $500Â to attend a game is ridiculous. Once prices hit a level like that, it turns me away. Bottom line is the Lakers are a .500 team with an outside shot at the playoffs yet they’re still charging like they’re aiming for a three-peat. If fans want to see a difference, then they have to decide they won’t show up to games and support the outrageous costs. Either that, or jump on the Clipper bandwagon where the prices are at least semi-reasonable and the product is comparable. Honestly, nearly $500 for a family of four to attend a game and have a decent time? That’s absurd.