Fenway Park's Other Beer-Drinking Problem
I went to three Red Sox games this season, and all three were losers.
So were the beers: Heineken, Bud Light … I couldnâ€™t bring myself to drink a Miller Lite. I tried.
After the third game, I joked with a friend that I had to stay away from Fenway â€” like a lot of (older) Red Sox fans, I still give in to superstition, to that fog of paranoia that even a little, mundane action within my life, (e.g. removing a piece of lint from my Sox ball cap) could suddenly swing the balance of Red Sox Nation, taking a sudden, hopeful winning streak in the opposite direction.
In essence, Iâ€™m still living in the 2003 season.
I spent a lousy $8 a pop at each of the games I went to, and I feel utterly cheated now that I know that the off-duty pitching rotation was drinking beer, too, probably something colder and better than what I had in hand â€” and getting paid while conning me into thinking they were getting paid to win.
Hey, Larry Lucchino and John Henry, I bet those guys youâ€™re paying millions for drinking on the job werenâ€™t buying from the concession stand. Do you? They had the good stuff bought on their own dime (or, I guess, yours) while you were soaking me for a Heineken that I wanted no part of.
You guys owe me. You also owe the fans who fork over a dayâ€™s pay to come to your shenanigans.
The only thing worse than drinking overpriced beer is being forced into a narrow, lousy selection of overpriced beer. Itâ€™s time to change your miserable slate of drafts. Itâ€™s also time you lower your prices.
Iâ€™m glad that in recent years I have been given the option to take a walk from my not-so-great seat in nose-bleed land for a draft of Harpoon. At least you have some sense of whatâ€™s right in Boston. But câ€™mon, $8? How much do they charge for beers at soccer games, anyway?
I donâ€™t mean to get all Occupy Fenway on you two, but realize that my people arenâ€™t drinking Sam Adams Utopias in their off time and paying for box seats. We deserve some modest consideration.
Hint: You can start by kicking the Heineken to the curb.
Larry, John, if youâ€™re going to leave it to others in the post-Theo era to clean up the mess, ahem, the pitching line-up, certainly thatâ€™s your business.
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