Reid Ryan Wants a More Fan-Friendly Astros, So Here Are Our Suggestions
|Here are a few more suggestions for making the Astros more fan-friendly.|
It's nice that the Astros are going into poor neighborhoods and doing things for disadvantaged youth. But why not let one of those kids throw out a first pitch every night? And you know those people who sit behind home plate but are too busy talking on their phone, or flashing themselves, or are just there to be seen? Move those people up to the suite level. It's not like they're there for the actual game.
Let the disadvantaged kids sit behind home plate every night. Take a section of people sitting in the outfield deck every night and move them behind home plate. Reward the people who actually want to watch the games. Give them good seats. Banish the politicians and the idiots and the owners' pals to the crappy seats. It's not like they'll actually know the difference, and meanwhile you'll probably make some real fans of the kids.
2. Chop Food Prices
Forget about celebrity chefs and specialty foods in the suites. If the food can't be made available to every fan in the park, then don't bother serving that food. Have dollar dog nights and dollar Coke nights -- and no, not small hot dogs and small-sized soft drinks. A person shouldn't be required to take out a bank loan to buy a bottled water or a beer.
It's bad enough the cost of merchandise, but let's make the food choices cheap and simple. Adopt the Bill Veeck approach. Worry more about choosing the best-tasting mustard to serve in the ballpark and less about what the crazy celebrity chef wants to try out on the folks in the suites. The families in the stands buying the hot dogs are the future of the team, not corporate suits sitting in the suites.
1. Get Rid of the Damn Sign
Everyone agrees that the idea behind the Community Partners is a good one. Celebrate the corporations that do good things for the community and link them to the baseball team. Make it possible for the entire world to know that everybody is a good corporate citizen. But everyone can also agree that putting that damn erector-set-looking sign up in left field was a bad way to show off that corporate citizenship involvement.
So move the damn sign. It doesn't matter where the sign goes, just put it someplace where it doesn't ruin the view of the skyline or the view of the fireworks on Friday night games.