Manfred Mondays: The Food Fiasco

Manfred Mondays: The Food Fiasco

In an effort to better connect Generation Z with Major League Baseball, commissioner Rob Manfred has partnered with End of the Bench to publish a weekly column on the state of baseball, his efforts to make the game more youth-friendly, and any other general observations about the world of sports.

What’s Popping, Man Fam?

Rob “The Man” Manfred back after a week-long vacay, and let me just say - Barcelona (Barthelona for you non-peasants) was a blast, no cap.

After some much needed rest and “me time,” I am back with another edition of #ManfredMondays and this week I have chosen to take a harder look at our stadium situation.

I know you guys are really just not into the big, flashy ballparks we’ve had around for over a hundred years - it’s more about providing authentic and crafted experiences for each individual.

Because of that, I want to make an effort to improve our stadiums and tailor each night at the ballpark to you, Generation X. 

So the question is, how do we provide that? On the plane ride home I jotted down a few ideas I thought the #ManFam would like:

Sustainable Seating

Our ballpark seats are too close together, and more importantly, made out of materials that are bad for the environment. Next season, each seat will be properly spaced out (we stan social distancing) and be made of 100% recyclable material or compost. The overall aroma and aesthetic in our ballparks will take a hit, but I think we value Mother Earth more than a little stink, amirite?

Lawn Vibez

I know how much your generation enjoys events like Lollapalooza and being able to gather amongst thousands of other sweaty teens just to get a glimpse of your favorite musical artists like Doja Cat and Posty, so why not try that at the ballpark? Next season, instead of sitting in the seats, I'll move to open on-field seating. Just throw a blanket out in left field, take some designer drugs and feel the rush of watching your favorite players from your newly minted lawn seats live.

More Than A Game

Look, I get it, paying attention to just ONE baseball game can require a lot of patience and commitment and that’s okay! I Keeping that same Lolla-vibe going, I think next season it would be hella tight if we had multiple "stages" going at once. Six to eight teams all playing simultaneously at once! That way if you get bored, just pop on over to another one for a fresh new experience and vibe.

Dugout DJs

The days of having ballpark team members and mascots hopping on top of the dugouts to shoot t-shirts out of a cannon are OVER. Replacing them with full scale DJs is the much smarter and SAFER move. Sure, the noise will complete drown out the crack of batted baseballs, the PA announcer and pretty much everything else you’d normally hear at the ballpark, but if it helps you kids "feel" the game a little more and come back every night, I’m not above making the necessary changes!

As always, let me know what you guys think, and be sure to tune in to "Manfred Mondays," only on End of the Bench.
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