The All Star game used to be played just for fun, but that has recently changed. On the surface, the All Star game is significant because it decides who gets home field advantage in the World Series. On a deeper level, fans just enjoy seeing the best of the best play in a game between the leagues.
However, the All Star game and the things that go along with it have been receiving a lot of heat due to pricing. The ticket costs a lot of money and it isn’t appealing to the average fan anymore, it is appealing to the celebrities and to those Americans who have a lot of money. Sure everyone would like to go the All Star game, but only a select few have the money to go to one. You have to factor in gas, refreshments, ticket pricing, parking, etc.
There are so many advertising promotions and TV revenue, that one would have to wonder why are tickets so high, there is already so much money to be made. I mean ESPN makes so much money just from hosting the Home Run Derby. FOX makes a lot of money just from hosting the All Star game. The ballpark itself makes a lot of money from hosting all of the festivities. When everything is said and done, there is a pretty penny to be made.
You know I love the All Star game and everything with it, and I would love to go there especially today since it’s at Yankee Stadium. However, I don’t have the money to be able to go to it. After all, isn’t the All Star game supposed to be totally for the fans? It doesn’t seem that way anymore. To me, it seems like the All Star game is a time where tons of money could be made, and that’s exactly what’s happening. There is so much history with the All Star game and Yankee stadium, and it’s a shame all the loyal baseball fans can’t enjoy the game because of costs.
I feel that, yes, people care about the All Star game, but it’s not as important as it used to be. Many people, I agree with them, feel that it’s just a marketing and advertising event now, no one cares for the fans. Another thing, baseball ticket prices in general are just so high that it’s hard for many people to go to games anymore, let alone the All Star game. Even playoff tickets are just so expensive.
My goal for baseball is for ticket prices to be slashed down, and make everything more fan friendly. Yes, new baseball parks are nice, but I would be just as happy with cheaper pricing, and the All Star game to be played for the fans without all this advertising going on.
So that’s just my feelings about everything, feel free to comment about what you think regarding the All Star game.