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Tuesday, August 31, 2004



Even when I've sat in the pricer seats at a Phillies game (which is not all that often) I've never encountered such requests. It is a little more laidback down there but not to point where I can't get up and cheer for a good hit.


About 10 years ago, when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were in their prime, my family were season ticket holders. They weren't floor seats or anything ludicrous, but they were perfect - almost exactly the angle that the television cameras have when you're watching the game at home.

At one point during a tight playoff game, Jordan went up for a spectacular dunk, so I stood up, raised my hands, and screamed (along with what I thought was the rest of Chicago Stadium) when I was literally shoved from behind.

I turned around quickly, and some woman just gave me what was probably the same condescending look that you got. I was floored - what was she expecting? Was I not allowed to cheer because SHE happened to be sitting behind me? In my mind, if she cared enough to 1) attend the game, and 2) actually get physical when she missed a play, then she should be enthusiastic enough to stand once in a while when something huge took place.

People are unbelievable sometimes...

Sharon Berkson

I haven't ever encountered that. I remember going to games with my dad when I was younger, and we had good seats. Never happened. Doesn't happen much here in Arizona. Arizonans are very laid back. I am also a "bit" shorter than you, so that could be a factor.


I've been to games in five major league ballparks - not bad for someone in Oklahoma - and even in Atlanta, where the noise and attendance levels are famously low, fans stand up.

I had an experience similar to yours at a concert in Dallas earlier this year. A large woman and her two teenage daughters were sitting in front of us at a Barenaked Ladies concert. They either didn't know or didn't care that no one sits during a BNL show. These three women pouted, threw tantrums, and finally just moved to empty seats at extreme stage left and sat with crossed arms and frowns for two hours. They could see that everyone was standing, that they were the sticks in the mud, but it didn't matter to them - they wanted several hundred folks to conform to their expectations.

What to do....I think you did the best you could, save finding other empty seats elsewhere. But I certainly wouldn't have sat for those three women.


Isn't that the point of the good seats -- a better view and more comfortable environs? Have some sushi, sit down, and watch the game, son. Let the riff raff get all fidgety for you. :-)

Danny Goodman

Down at the end of the right field line of the Club Level (where I get to spend a few games a year) the seats are loaded with veteran stand-up-and-cheer-ers. But we also suffer on that level: no Stinking Rose garlic chicken sandwiches. :-((


I seldom stand at ballgames. But if someone with a paid seat in front of me stands for a play in the field, I don't gripe. I just try to see around them.

If they're standing for no good reason (e.g. waving at their friend in the GA seats while talking at the cell-phone), I have little problem with yelling "DOWN IN FRONT". When that doesn't work, I've (once) gone as far as throwing an empty beer cup at the offender.


Many years ago at a Giants game, back when nobody went to Giants games, we were sitting about 10 rows up from first base, on the aisle, in the middle of a game. A young woman walked down a few rows in front of us and began talking to a friend seated on the opposite aisle. She was standing upright in the aisle, chatting away, and completely blocking my view of the plate. I yelled "Down in front!" 3 times and she glanced at me, then ignored me and kept chatting.

Finally, I stood up and walked down to ask her to please sit down. She said she didn't have to because "it's a free country". As I was contemplating that bon mot (I'm bad at arguing with imbeciles), the usher appeared and informed the woman of the unfortunate suspension of her civic rights: she had to take her seat. She did, and a constitutional crisis was averted.


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