Recently my son and I went to a Giants game on a weekday afternoon. We decided to splurge and get tickets in the hoity-toity club level -- an area with better food, great views, and an indoor concourse where you can escape from the weather if you want to. In the first inning, Giants first baseman J. T. Snow hit a long drive to right-center field. My son and I stood and cheered as Snow chugged his way to third base -- a triple, one of the most exciting plays in baseball.
As the play was ending, I felt a tug on the back of my shirt. I turned to see a woman in her sixties sitting behind me. "I can't see", she said. "You blocked my view of the entire field." I was dumbfounded. I've been attending baseball games for 35 years or so. I have never, ever been asked to sit down WHILE A PLAY WAS GOING ON. I wasn't sure what to say. "Um, I was watching the play. It was a triple!"
"Well, I couldn't see it. You blocked my view."
"If you want to see, you could stand up too!", I suggested helpfully.
She pondered that for a moment, then gave me a condescending look.
Then I thought, she's kidding. So I asked her: "You're kidding me, right?"
She: "No, I'm not kidding. You blocked my view."
Me: "Do you tell everyone who stands up in front of you to sit down during a play?"
She: "This is the first time it's ever happened, and I've had these seats since opening day."
Now I was sure she was kidding. But I asked again, and again she said she was serious. And just then, another Giants batter hit a long drive. I looked around the ballpark. People were standing up, cheering, watching -- but not in the immediate vicinity of the club level. Here, people clapped in their seats. This was a revelation. Apparently, I was paying the price for the nice seats by having entered a low-cheering zone.
I could have pushed it, but I wanted to enjoy the game, not fight with some woman. For the rest of the day, I was careful not to block her -- either I didn't stand, or I stood one space over (the seat next to me was empty). So, was she crazy, or has this become the norm in the club level?