The 2013 All-Star Game Dilemma

metstars25s-2-webIf there is one thing that is not a secret to Mets fans it is that the 2013 All-Star Game is going to be played at Citi Field. Now, I have to be honest upfront. In general, attending sports events is one of my biggest vices. I enjoy watching a game on TV as much as the next person but not nearly as much as being there. And I call it a vice for a reason; I would say I have spent an ridiculously disproportionate amount of my life’s earnings on tickets. Clearly a great amount of my most precious commodity – time – has been spent at parks, stadiums, and arenas. But I am not remorseful about it, life is to be lived. For me going to games is that high on my value chain. I wanted to start with that preface, because this is where I am at with the All-Star game: I can’t get over the price, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to purchase tickets.

It’s a dilemma for me. On one hand nobody in the family has been to an All-Star game, a Home Run Derby, or any of it. On the other hand, there are four of us and to go to one day’s events will be difficult to do for less than $1,500. What I am finding is a battle between my desire to just go, and the hard fact that I find this the most illogical purchase I have ever encountered. Sure, it might never be back in New York in my lifetime. But one day is a glorified batting practice; the other is a glorified exhibition game. In my value system I cannot equate it to a playoff game and playoff games are cheaper than this. I’m not easily shocked by prices, I have lived in New York my entire life, but these prices shock me.

But again, in my heart of hearts I do want to go. And then as I figure this must be one game that MLB knows how to price and also sellout, I wonder – what am I missing? So I think about buying tickets again. But then I don’t buy them, and the whole cycle begins again.

May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Chicago White Sox with a bloody nose during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsThis won’t end, of course, unless I cave or until the game comes and goes. Maybe subconsciously I’m waiting for something or someone to help me make the decision. Like Matt Harvey being named starting pitcher, or David Wright winning the vote. Or I’m kidding myself and caving is inevitable. Or perhaps finally, after all these years, I’m growing up a little, getting responsible.

No, it can’t be that.

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  1. As a kid, I used to love the All-Star games. Mays, Clemente, Aaron in the outfield! But interleague came along and took a lot of air out of it. The kids love all the bells and whistles (the pageantry) nowadays, and the game is mostly a joke. The mentality of the contemporary player has shifted significantly. I sat up and watched Pete Rose slam into Ray Fosse. These days, honestly, sometimes I watch a few innings, some years I miss the entire game. I never for a second considered this a must event for me to attend. Besides, I’m saving up for all those post-season games next year! You know, the great competitions. That’s when you reach into the wallet and go for it.

    OTOH, I get it, the game is at Citi Field, and this feels like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you’ve got the money, you should go. But if you’ve got to pick and choose, like most folks, this would not be the game for me.

    • Michael Geus says:

      That’s what confuses me. I could see it would be some fun, but it is priced like it is the seventh game of the World Series. I suspect the crowd must include a lot of people who aren’t big baseball fans, just people with money worried about being at an “event.”

      I don’t love going to sporting events so I can say I went, I love the experience of a fantastic game.

      I think you can see which way I am leaning today.

  2. Eric says:

    The Interleague Play—the great TV exposure….. you’ve ALREADY seen the big stars play.

  3. The only part of the ASG I enjoy is when they announce the players. Basically everything before it and after it I don’t watch with the exception of the Futures Game depending on who is playing.

  4. Michael Geus says:

    Not related to this topic, but Jon Niese has a slight torn rotator cuff. Jeez.

    • Not a surprise. A few weeks back I linked to a piece by Joe Janish, I think, who was musing about Niese’s lower arm angle, etc. All the signs were there. Clearly they hoped to manage the injury, get through the season, but that did not work. I suspect that Gee is in a similar boat. And Marcum lives in that boat, actually, he’s swimming in the ocean.

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