Here's an idea that I pitched to Mentor. I know we got some youngies on the blog. Youngies feel free to skip this.
First some background:
- I got me some kids
- I like to go to baseball games
- Kids will get into Trouble when you're not watching them
- When you go to a baseball game with kids who will get into Trouble when you're not watching them, it's hard to actually watch the game.
I think some of you know where I'm going with this.
The most comfortable/effective place to watch your kids play on the playground actively forces you to look in the opposite direction of the game and/or any information regarding the game. I find myself not knowing what's going on in the game, especially on crowded days, not because my line of sight would be impaired, but because I'm forced to actually look in the wrong direction to pay attention to what's happening.
My solution. Add a miniature scoreboard on the opposite side of the playground so that parents who are in that area, watching their kids, can check in on the current game situation.
Also, a big criticism I have of Petco Park is that there is so much other stuff to do at the park that you don't actually experience the game itself. Depending on the features of the scoreboard, you're at least tuned into the situation and you have a better idea of if you should get back to your seats or if the game is so out of hand that it's OK to just chill at the playground for a while.
So there it is. An elegant solution that not only keeps the parents (and potential kids) more involved in the game, but also eases fears of losing a child because you were too busy watching
Miguel Tejada Cameron Maybin wow the crowd.
SOMEBODY CALL MENTOR. Go Padres.