Sunday, November 16, 2008

I saw the following letter on the New York Times Web site:

To the Sports Editor:

Re “Boldly Going Where No Stadium Has Gone Before,” Nov. 12: The Yankees’ brass has really missed the mark with the decision to flood the new Yankee Stadium with a “constant state of the artness.”

Attending a baseball game should be a haven of simple, unencumbered enjoyment, solace from what is otherwise an overstimulated video-game-like world. A historic franchise renowned for on-field excellence should not resort to bells and whistles to attract and please fans. This is one longtime Yankees fan who does not think all of these technological additions improve the baseball-watching experience.

This is exactly what we're going for with the Vintage Base Ball Federation. The game is good enough to stand on it's own without a lot of extras. NBA-style "game presentation" just isn't necessary. Vintage Base Ball is becoming more and more popular by getting back to the basics. The Pawtucket Red Sox have lived by a philosophy for over 30 years that emphasizes a clean, safe stadium, reasonable ticket prices and a focus on the game down on the field. They drew over 636,000 last season, fifth best in all of minor league baseball.

I have no problem with the typical minor league on field promotion. And I understand that the high rollers at the new Yankee Stadium may want more than a game against the Royals in May for their $2,500 seats. My point is that a lot of the noise and nonsense you get in a lot of places these days doesn't add to the game.


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