Baseball – A Rite of Spring

opening_weekOpening Day in Major League baseball is a rite of Spring. A sense of renewal nearly leaps from the green Field Turf, or filters through the air as the Rogers Centre roof (hopefully) opens up for the sun to shine through.

With the Jays getting a bunch of good players up from sunny Florida in a big off-season trade, optimism is going to be tingling all over the GTA this year.

My hand will be tingling too when I timidly trade my hard-earned cash for a beer or two.

The costs of the suds at the ballpark are outrageous. In that regard, Toronto has the 4th highest price for beer among all 30 major leagues teams [2012 figures].

Interestingly, the Rogers Centre has historically caught some flak for their alcohol policies, specifically having served minors and allowing service to the point of intoxication.

As a consequence, they were forced to go alcohol-free for a small number of games in 2009. Additionally, in an effort to control rowdiness they adopted a limited service policy for Opening Day 2012.

Let’s be optimistic that the high price of beer keeps down the hooliganism in 2013.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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