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Monday question: Take me out to the ball game

Posted by Robin Abrahams  May 2, 2011 06:04 AM

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Bostonians do take their sporting life seriously. What's your take on this common occurrence, folks? 

My husband won 2 Red Sox tickets for EMC seats that were raffled off by his company. He told me I should take our son since I am more of a fan than he is. This was my son's first Red Sox game and we were so excited. It was really cold out but we didn't care we were having a blast. The seats were really good - second row. My son watched as foul balls came our way and boy I'll tell you I would have given anything to have him catch a ball. 

There were 4 empty seats in the front row and thru 5 innings no one came to sit there. My son asked if we could move there since no one was sitting there. I told him these were assigned seats and we could get in trouble if we were to do that. After all these were EMC seats - you know where you just didn't do that sort of thing up there. Well the 7th inning came and down came a father and his daughter and sat right in front of us in the first row. The next instant a foul ball came our way and wouldn't you know it came right to the guy in front of me. 

At first I was happy for the guy until I asked him if those were his seats. Of course they weren't his seats he brought his daughter down from six rows back to sit in those seats. I was so angry but I managed not to say anything but my son was so upset after I had told him that it wasn't right to move to those seats and here comes this father teaching his kid it's okay to sit anywhere you want. Although my son seems to have gotten over it I haven't. We were so lucky to have those seats and it was really a great time for me and my son but I just can't let it go. I just feel horribly wronged and had I just said sure go sit there to my son he'd be celebrating not only his first Red Sox game but with a foul ball to boot. My guess is that I am old fashioned and we should have just moved to those front row seats until someone kicked us out. What do you think? Was that guy a real scum bag or should I just let it go and stop screaming foul play?

What do you think, readers? I'll post my advice on Friday, and don't forget to come back on Wednesday for a live chat from noon-1. 
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