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Monday, April 05, 2021

Texas Rangers sell over 38,000 tickets to home opener, marking one of the first full-capacity sporting events in a year

The paid attendance at Monday’s game was 38,238, a figure which Rangers spokesperson John Blake described as a sellout. The stadium’s overall capacity is 40,518, according to Blake.
The Rangers are the only Major League Baseball team allowing full capacity seating at their ballpark, thanks in part to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott doing away with mask restrictions last month and allowing businesses to open at 100% capacity.

“It felt like it was my debut all over again. It was a good feeling to just have the crowd there cheering us on,” said Rangers infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa. “I think the introduction when I first came out early in the game, that was probably one of the coolest moments of my career to this date.”
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Monday felt like “a real game” and that it “resembled some sort of normalcy.”

“We were excited, man. We haven’t played in front of any crowd. We played a little bit in Kansas City, a little bit in spring training, but full capacity, it’s amazing how quickly we get used to certain things and not having that, was ‘Oh, this is what it felt like,’” Woodward said.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2021 at 11:53 PM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:02 AM (#6011898)
Blake: "Aside from the tickets we couldn't sell, the game was sold out."

A billion dollars because the owners "needed" (someone else to pay for their) air conditioning, and the first thing they do is leave the roof open letting all that precious costly A/C out.
   2. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:15 AM (#6011899)
Get used to it. I'll be surprised if there are less than 200k at the Indy 500 this May.
   3. Mayor Blomberg Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:21 AM (#6011900)
I thought Texans were Patriots and Patriots were boycotting MLB?
   4. catseyepub Posted: April 06, 2021 at 07:59 AM (#6011920)
Love that move by Texas, will be making a road trip there.
   5. greenback used to say live and let live Posted: April 06, 2021 at 09:54 AM (#6011938)
Get used to it. I'll be surprised if there are less than 200k at the Indy 500 this May.

At 3+ million shots per day, end of May is awfully different from beginning of April.
   6. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 06, 2021 at 09:59 AM (#6011939)
Mid-Summer, I hope to be kind of normal. By Fall, normal. This seems a little rushed.
   7. Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 06, 2021 at 10:06 AM (#6011941)
About 15% of Texans had the full complement of vaccine shots (either the two required, or single J&J), and 29% had at least one shot.

That seems awfully low to have a large scale public event like that, especially since all the videos and pictures suggests that mask usage was not enforced (or performed, for that matter).
Sitting might not be horrific (except everyone shouting), but I can't imagine they funneled all 40k+ people through the ramps/stairs/hallways/exits with much personal spacing.

They really should have waited a few more weeks at least.
   8. Rough Carrigan Posted: April 06, 2021 at 11:55 AM (#6011966)
#7, if there aren't any particular repercussions from it, then you're wrong. We'll see.
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:07 PM (#6011969)
Assuming older, sicker people stayed away (unless vaccinated), it shouldn't really be an issue.
   10. Greg K Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:11 PM (#6011971)
Heh, it's funny...before seeing this I watched the condensed game and thought, "it's kind of fun listening to the ambient noise of a nearly empty stadium".
   11. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:13 PM (#6011974)
#7, if there aren't any particular repercussions from it, then you're wrong. We'll see.

How would we know? One hundred or even one thousand transmission events would be swallowed by the noise in a state of about thirty million people with thousands of new cases diagnosed every day.
   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:26 PM (#6011975)
About 15% of Texans had the full complement of vaccine shots (either the two required, or single J&J), and 29% had at least one shot.
That’s 8,251,415 people with 1 dose, and 4,670,842 fully vaccinated. For all we know, the Opening Day crowd may have been largely self-selected from that group, and those who already had the virus. Texas was in pretty good shape, with only the 41st most confirmed cases per capita among the 50 states & D.C. over the last week. Let’s see what happens.
   13. McCoy Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:35 PM (#6011979)
Did most people look like they were over 75 and or obese and diabetic?
   14. mathesond Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:38 PM (#6011982)
Did most people look like they were over 75 and or obese and diabetic?


Well, they are baseball fans...
   15. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:40 PM (#6011983)
I'd also imagine the number of people that have already had COVID is MUCH higher than we know. Almost my entire family (parents, two sisters, one brother-in-law, and three nieces and nephews) got COVID in April. Not one of them had symptoms severe enough that they would have been tested last Spring and Summer. Only my 77 y.o. diabetic Dad had any meaningful symptoms; he said it was like a really bad head cold.
   16. . Posted: April 06, 2021 at 12:41 PM (#6011984)
Pro sports have been causing flu deaths for decades.
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 06, 2021 at 01:18 PM (#6012004)
#7, if there aren't any particular repercussions from it, then you're wrong. We'll see.
"If you play Russian roulette, and you don't end up shooting yourself in the head, then it wasn't a bad idea!"

I'm not saying that the risk level is necessarily the same as Russian roulette - just pointing out that your premise is fundamentally wrong.
   18. greenback used to say live and let live Posted: April 06, 2021 at 02:14 PM (#6012032)
I'd also imagine the number of people that have already had COVID is MUCH higher than we know.

Zombie Quotes for $200, Ken.
   19. Jeff R. Posted: April 06, 2021 at 02:57 PM (#6012041)
Pro sports have been causing flu deaths for decades.


Why don't you just come right out and call it the China Flu already, then.
   20. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: April 06, 2021 at 03:34 PM (#6012051)
More dead, opening day sellout or Josh Hamilton throwing a ball into the stands?
   21. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 06, 2021 at 03:41 PM (#6012055)
I'd also imagine the number of people that have already had COVID is MUCH higher than we know.

Actual cases are probably 3-4x reported cases in the US. The multiple may be a bit higher in some states that were hit particularly hard early on before there was widespread testing available. I think this ballpark number is pretty widely accepted now—to the extent I have seen any disagreement with it, it’s usually people who think it’s higher, not lower.

So yeah, I agree with you that actual cases are much higher than the cases we *know* about for certain. But also, just about everybody who’s making policy already knows this, except for the people who think the number is much higher.
   22. Hank Gillette Posted: April 07, 2021 at 01:58 AM (#6012184)
Actual cases are probably 3-4x reported cases in the US. The multiple may be a bit higher in some states that were hit particularly hard early on before there was widespread testing available. I think this ballpark number is pretty widely accepted now—to the extent I have seen any disagreement with it, it’s usually people who think it’s higher, not lower.


Assuming the 4X is correct, more than half the people in both Dakotas have had COVID-19.
   23. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 07, 2021 at 09:28 AM (#6012195)
Assuming the 4X is correct, more than half the people in both Dakotas have had COVID-19.

That seems plausible although the multiple will vary from state to state. But yeah, S Dakota has one of the highest rate of COVID deaths per capita despite avoiding the early waves when the disease’s fatality rate was highest. So it’s possible.

FWIW, my experience has been the opposite of snapper’s. Nobody in my family or circle of close friends has had COVID (that we know of; it’s possible someone had an asymptomatic case). I certainly have coworkers and less close friends who’ve had it, even some friends who have lost relatives to it. But for me it’s easy to believe there’s a large portion of the population who haven’t had it yet, and who would be vulnerable to the spread if they just started behaving like normal again without being vaccinated.
   24. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: April 07, 2021 at 10:26 AM (#6012201)
Did most people look like they were over 75 and or obese and diabetic?


The BTF softball game was cancelled last year.
   25. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: April 07, 2021 at 09:51 PM (#6012329)
Everyone who attends this game is going to die.

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