Hall of Famer Robin Yount has some very strong feelings on Old Timers Games. He hates them. Will never play in them and says “I ain’t playin’ so don’t ask me to come.
His comments can be read at length in Bob Wolfley’s column at the Journal-Sentinel today. His basic argument: kids will be confused seeing players who were supposed to be really good stumbling around the diamond trying to play in their 60s and 70s. And that would be bad for the kids, etc.
Which, OK, but I think he underestimates kids a great deal. When I was a kid I’d see some old Detroit Tigers players in uniform hitting fungoes or something and my uncle would tell me that so-and-so played in the 50s or 60s. I was able to process it pretty well. I think the kids today could handle seeing old Robin Young lumbering around too if he’d just relax a little and have some fun.
Over the weekend an Instagram post emerged of a concession worker at Comerica Park in Detroit spitting on pizza crust before covering it with sauce and then, presumably, serving it to a customer. It’s pretty gross, so you probably don’t want to see it. But if you just can’t help yourself, here you go.
If you DO NOT want to go to that link, know that the employee was identified and arrested and could face charges. He has also been fired and Detroit Sportservice, the concession company which runs things at Comerica, shut down that stand. The guy who took the video was suspended for an unrelated uniform violation. There’s a minor dustup emerging between him and the company, as he claims that he tried to tell people about the spitting coworker and was ignored, but the story makes that seem fairly implausible. It sounds to me anyway like the concession company handled it about as well as they could under the circumstances.
In other news, many ballparks allow you to bring in your own food subject to certain restrictions. I can’t say I’ve ever had a bad experience with ballpark food, but if that sort of thing worries you, perhaps you should investigate the rules for brown-bagging it in to the old ball game.