Yesterday the Mets debuted netting at Citi Field behind the home and away dugouts. The netting goes down the first and third base lines, and extends all the way to the middle of the outfield. The Mets are one of ten MLB teams to have netting in attempt to prevent fans from getting injured at games.
Going to a baseball stadium should be a wonderful experience and no one wants to leave by going to the hospital, however, on some occasions it happens.
At baseball games there are probably over 50 foul balls per a 9 inning game. Fans should be alert and focused on the game at all times (besides getting up and leaving to get food or going to the bathroom). The problem with this generation is that fans would rather pay money to go to a baseball game and sit on their phone.
The lack of attentiveness is increasing their risk for injury from flying objects. If fans would simply watch the game that is right in front of them, maybe they would have the reaction time to move away from the foul ball. Of course that is not always the case with the increase of exit ball velocity because of big time hitters.
“In this day and age with technology and cell phones, you definitely need it because people are looking at their social media,” a fan told The Daily News. “I could be sitting here looking at Snapchat and all of sudden I get hit in the head.”
I personally laugh at that statement because I know that when I attend the game the only time I look at my phone in between innings where it is safe for me to not pay attention.
When I am at a baseball game I give my undivided attention to what is happening pitch by pitch. When I look around me I find that other people are on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat talking to their social media buddies.
If you are gonna sit there and look at your phone the whole time then why did you even pay money to go to the game? Was your $40+ ticket worth a filtered Instagram picture that writes “#metsgame”? But hey I guess it’s their choice! I’m just here to enjoy a ball game.
The netting is 97 percent transparent so fans wouldn’t be obstructed from the view of play.
However, the netting takes away part of the game that fans love the most, interacting with the players. Fans that used to arrive at the field early to watch batting practice and get autographs behind the dugouts can no longer experience that fully. They would have to go where there is no netting which is located by the field level foul poles. During the game players can no longer throw a ball into the stands for one lucky fan. Instead he would more likely have to launch the ball over the netting but which isn’t ideal.
“They’re not going to have the memory,” another fan told The Daily News. “They’re not going to come home with the ball that so-and-so gave them and show their fans. They’re more concerned with letting them play out in center field in the little kid park and not watching the game.”
“You don’t feel like you’re a part of the game. You feel like you’re away from it, you got to get kids into the game because they’re going to be your future fans. They’re not going to feel the same feeling for the players,” the fan continued.
On the other hand I think it is great that the Mets are taking safety measures to keep fans safe at all times. I don’t blame them because who would want a potential negligence lawsuit.
Even though it clearly states on your ticket to be aware of bats and balls that fly into the stands! I just think that the amount of injuries caused by foul balls could have been prevented if fans would just pay attention.