4:43 pm January 23, 2012, by David O'Brien
January 29th, 201212:03 am
Guess the poor non season ticket holders get to continue to get ripped off paying %700 more than outside the place.
January 29th, 201211:42 am
DOB, what’s this about a one game play-in between two wild card teams?
One game doesn’t sound very fair if the first wild card team beat out the second, say by 5 games or something.
Please explain the proposal if this is being misunderstood.” — spring’s around the corner
You know I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and I’m beginning to like it more. It’s bugged me how, over the years, wild card teams like the Marlins won everything, even though they didn’t even come close, in some cases, to winning their division. Now at least there is some punishment on a WC team to make it a little harder. Maybe have to use their ace a little earlier, travel a little more, etc. Now I say this knowing that our Braves best chance at playoffs is probably WC, but you know, fair is fair, and if that’s the case then so be it. — wjones
I agree with wjones. It’s not perfect, but it’s impossible to make a perfect system while also preserving the 162-game schedule and preventing the World Series from going into mid-November or the season from starting in mid-March. And since they’re going to add a second wild-card team in each league — that’s not up for debate any longer — the one-game playoff between two wild-card teams doesn’t bother me.
Some argue that at least a best-of-three would be better than a one-game playoff, but think about it: If you play a best-of-three, there’s a very good chance a team is going to use both of its best two or three starting pitchers before going into a division series against a relatively rested division winner, and then what are the chances the wild-card team is going to beat that division winner? Not good at all.
And like you pointed out, adding a second wild-card team and the one-game playoff between wild-card teams does add more incentive to win the division, since in the previous format the only incentive to win the division rather than the wild card was to get home-field advantage. Other than that, the wild-card team entered the playoffs on same footing as the division winner from its own division.
January 30th, 20126:16 am
What this means is that unless you’re part of the 2% (if that many), who can afford a season ticket, you’ll still have to pay humongously, to eat a hotdog at the game.
And they want me to think they’re helping me…..I’ll sit at home, tune into a game and eat hotdogs out of my freezer (cooked by my loving wife), before I’ll drive 120+ miles to Atlanta, pay for parking, go through the humilitating search and then pay them to watch me go broke, while I eat a hotdog!!
March 13th, 20128:10 am
As a former NY’er and Mets season ticket holder at Citi field, I can tell you the place never sells out… Even New Yankee Stadium never sells out. Prices up there are way too high…
In 2009, I had season ticket behind home plate in the Upper Level, 2 seats, cost me $4,000. This season, I bought a plan in the Upper at Turner, better location in 401, for less thna $1,000 for 2 seats… Trust me, prices are not the issue. The problem I see is accessibility to the ballpark. Mass transit is essential and Turner field, while built at a good spot considering the Olympics and all, is now on ‘outdated’ spot for baseball… Nowadays, the ballpark would probably be built in Midtown with a ballpark village or bars and restaurants around it… Now THAT would draw full houses…
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