Friday, April 22, 2016

From the Comfy Chair

Let's talk about community building.

I wasn't here for the game threat Wednesday night. I was off having a wonderful evening. I came home not knowing the score and thought I'd check in. Big mistake. My buzz was immediately harshed. It felt like the place had been trashed with furniture thrown around the room.

I get that I'm more zen about losing than most people. I get that a lot of you are really passionate about the game. I get that some of you hate Thole with the passion of a thousand burning nuns. (Yes, there's a story behind that expression.)  I just wish there was a better way of handling losses. There's going to be more and some are going to be huge punches to the gut. I don't know. I'm writing this Thursday after and I'm still feeling pretty down about it. Just throwing it out there.

In happier news, there's been talking about having a JITH game night. We would need a group of at least 20 to be eligible for group ticket pricing. Because of the dynamic ticket pricing, we're better off planning for a game a few months out. This would also give out of town folks a chance to plan if they want to join in. A weekend game would make it easier to have people but they will be substantially more expensive and the seats will probably not be as good.

We should also think about opponents. Yankee and Sux games will also have the same problem as a weekend game. If we are thinking about a weekend game, I'd suggest either Seattle (July 22-24) or Houston (August 12-14). For a weeknight, there's KC (July 4-6), San Diego (July 25-27), Philly (June 13-14), or Arizona (June 21-22). I think we'd be able to get amazing seats for the last three. The rest of  weeknight games are all AL East teams so we could always go that way too, although I expect they'll be busier.

So let's hash it out below. It would also be great if someone stepped up to organize this.

Having said that, nego is in town for the Dodgers series (May 6-8). It's probably too short notice to plan a group ticket outing but I think it would be great to have a get-together while he's here.

The other idea I'd like to throw out there is a road trip to see the Bisons. I've never gone and while the men in my family have no trouble going to another major league park on a trip I'm not invited to, I can't convince them to go to Buffalo. I've never seen a AAA game and would like to. I don't drive so I can't go alone. (Not worth it in travel time & accommodations to go alone.) They play on June 2nd, which is an off-day for the Jays. (And 2 days before my birthday. Hint, hint.) The same situation exists on June 20, June 23, July 18, July 24, July 28, August 11, and Sept 1st. Something to keep in mind is that as the season goes on, the Jays may lose some of those off-days to make up for rain outs so earlier in the season would be better.

Anyone game?