Posts Tagged: baseball


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Aug 15

Star Wars Villains Are Trying to Blast Baseball Players

Yesterday I went to see the Oakland A’s play at the stadium on Star Wars night and–what? You can’t believe I went to a baseball game? A friend of mine had an extra ticket and besides I’m plenty sports oriented. Why, in high school I played in girl’s softball–for a couple minutes until they noticed me and kicked me off the field. It’s true this was my first baseball game in twenty years, and I don’t know know much about sports–except that I’ve absorbed information over the years, on football and baseball, because it’s so much a part of our culture, so I was able to follow this A’s game. But how does anyone pay attention at a ballgame anymore? Giant HD jumbotron, showing Star Wars imagery and all kinds of other stuff, another screen showing the baseball action unfolding before you….but every time I looked away from the game itself down in the field, THAT is when someone would hit a home run. I tended to watch the audience folk, all kinds but a good many drunk husky people looking in their cell phones, waving small children to try to get them picked up on the jumbotron; also I watched the dudes who walked around selling things, each guy with his technique for grabbing your attention; flipping signs in patterns; one guy with cotton candy waved and shouted, “Who wants big bags of sugar?” People actually liked it and ordered…laughing as they did…

There was almost no security at this thing, and when security guards at the airport-screener type doors stopped people to look in backpacks, they barely glanced in them–which was a bit alarming actually.

THere was a video on the jumbotron of the Oakland A’s intercut with Star Wars storm troopers etc, the A’s as the good rebels, and the A’s would jump in the air to avoid a blast from a ray gun, would run ahead of Star Wars type ray blast strafing along the bases…The new Star Wars preview showed on the jumbotron too…people in the audience were dressed as wookies and other Star Wars characters…

There were fireworks afterwards, largely sponsored by CHEVRON…a wall below the audience lit up writing the letters C H E V R O N out one by one in sparkly fireworks…and then the audience was allowed to wait in a line and eventually stream onto the baseball field, to watch the main fireworks… actual BIG fireworks show started, to Star Wars music, and my friend and I sat on the field, watching it with countless other people, families mostly…getting a sense, too, of what it’s like down there on the field…So here was this thing run by Big Baseball and Big Oil, and Big Media, and you felt, yes, caught in a corporate web to an extent, but everyone was enjoying themselves–I really liked the fireworks–and somehow it seemed a kind of balance between corporate power and society, a little oasis in the corporate desert…