Last weekend, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a Texas Rangers game (thanks Mom & Dad). While this isn't something we do all the time, we've all been before and even attended playoff and World Series games way back in the glory years (2010 and 2011). While walking around the ballpark deciding if I was going to eat a 2 ft long hotdog referred to as a "Boomstick" all by myself, a few other thoughts occured to me.
1. Looking at all the young boys and girls walking around with their families, how many of them were at their first game?
2. How long had these parents been waiting to be able to take their kids to a major league baseball game?
3. Did they buy their teeny tiny Rangers jersey just for this big day?
4. Was this a one time luxury event for these families to be here?
5. Will they eat a "Boomstick"? Will they share it?
6. How many couples were on a first date?
My point is, especially working in sports, I feel that sometimes I forget how special it can be for people to attend major sporting events. That's why here at Old Hat, we amplify the sports experience. It's for the fans. We want to do everything we can to be sure these fans have the time of their lives at the games. You never know if that is their only opportunity to go.
So, I finally settle into my seat along the first base sideline, and I'm waiting in anticipation for the Texas Rangers starting line up to be announced. No...not because I can't wait for the team to take the field, but because I really want to see what their player features and intro video look like.
People continue to fill in the seats around us as the game begins, and a family with two young girls probably ages 10 and 6 sit in front of us. They look excited to be there, and Dad even has his glove on and is ready for a foul ball to come his way. Not even 10 minutes after they sit down, all of a sudden, Dad starts heckling the Tampa Bay pitcher. And LOUD. We also were sitting just under the level above us...so there was an echo. Everyone in our section started looking at each other like "uhhh is this guy for real?" It was awkward. And the worst part was, he knew he was loud and obnoxious! But he kept doing it. He truly thought the pitcher could hear him, and that any time he threw a bad pitch, it was because he got "in his head". A few things said by this guy:
- "HEY PITCHER!!!!!"
- "INSERT LOUD NOISE/SCREAM HERE!!!!!!!!"
- "Go home! No one likes you!"
- "You throw like a girl!" (Which then his daughter turns to him and says, "But daddy, I'm a girl..."
Now, while some of these phrases can be offensive, he never once said a "bad" word. At what point can or should someone call security if at all? Is he doing anything wrong? No not really. He's just annoying. But hey, he bought a ticket just like everyone else. He's passionate. He's expressing himself. But unfortunately, the only thing being amplified in this situation is his voice. What if the three kids sitting behind him don't get to come back to another game for a few years? This guy is going to be what they remember.
What do you think? Where's the line? Was this guy over it? Should security be called and have this turn into a bigger situation? Can he cheer and say whatever he wants? How would you handle this as an employee?
Besides that drama, I enjoyed the game. The Rangers won!
As you know, football is fast approaching, and we've been super busy with a lot of football projects. This year, we've been able to do a lot of concepts we haven't done before, and the results have been awesome. I can't wait for all of you to be able to see the epicness we've been churning out.
Speaking of epic and football, NFL Films/HBO's Hard Knocks started back up last week, following the Houston Texans. I'm always amazed at what they put together in such a short turnaround. I mean sure, it's relatively easy to get amazing footage when you have 5-6 camera crews and a plethora of robotic camera set ups, but sifting through the ~350 hours of weekly footage to create a 1 hour episode is incredible. Last week's episode was full of getting to know certain players, the basic culture that Head Coach Bill O'Brien has established and great practice footage, including a look at the fight that took place during their joint practice with Washington [giving me even more reason to hate our NFC East rivals; Go Cowboys]. While I didn't love the overall pace and stringing together of storylines, I still greatly enjoyed the episode and can't wait for a new one tomorrow.
Last week I came across an Instagram account called @billys_friend via @pitbullsofinstagram. Their mission is to improve the image of shelter dogs by donating photography services to increase dogs chances of being adopted. This is how we found our dog, Happy. He's pictured below as Ernie (middle box, last row), and his mom was Mollie (pictured in the center). Mollie was a foster dog, and what we found out later was the foster mom was a photographer. She placed this photo on Facebook the morning the puppies would be at the shelter. All eight boxer/pit bull puppies were adopted within two hours.
Here's Happy now, waiting to eat a snow cone.
If you're looking to adopt, check out Billy's Friends or your local animal shelter.