September 12, 2013

I spent $47.50 to watch the Seattle Mariners play baseball, but that’s not the whole story

Yes, I’m a baseball fan, which means I’ll try and squeeze in one more game before the season ends, even if it involves watching the Houston Astros, the worst team in baseball. As of this moment, the Astros are 50-96.

More shocking, though, was the reminder of just how expensive Safeco Field is. Over nine innings I had three premium beers, one bratwurst and one hot dog, and one pretzel with cheese, and I’m just now looking over my receipt and I see they charged me $2 for a cheese cup! Grand total: $47.50.

Photo by Rolf Boone

But that’s not the whole story: the ticket was free, but had a face value of $32. So I could have spent as much as $79.50 for last night’s game. My friend, Jeremy, spent about the same and also got a free ticket with the same value.

So imagine the grand total if we had both paid for tickets and food? That’s two guys, about $160, to watch the perennially underachieving Mariners lose to the Houston Astros in three hours, before 11,656, about 30,000 or so short of capacity.

Not only did the Mariners lose Wednesday night to the Astros, they also got swept by them, losing 6-1 Wednesday, 13-2 Tuesday and 6-4 Monday.

Play ball!

–Rolf Boone


Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.