2013-05-17 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

More Than A Ballgame
By Ilyassha Shivers

Greetings to all my friends and family; I hope you are enjoying this experience as much as I enjoy sharing with you. I may go a little off the deep end this week but please bear with me. My beautiful wife of 17 years who I have taken to hell and back, which is also another story for a different day, had four tickets to attend a Mets game at Citi Field. She called me and asked if I was interested and, of course, I was but then came the problem of whom to take. It was a given that I wanted to take my son but after that the choice became difficult. I didn’t want to offend any of my nephews, but they really weren’t interested. I could not believe it.

Why would anyone not want to experience a live sporting event? Then I realized the reason is they didn’t understand what they were missing. Many of today’s youth are not exposed to things at an early age. Then as teenagers they become stuck in their ways and are much more comfortable staying home with their face glued to a television set.

As I looked around I realized something else, this was a family affair. I saw dads with their sons and entire families together not so much enjoying the game but the time spent together. Don’t get me wrong. I understand there are many reasons why your average young person might not make it to a game. The cost of the tickets, transportation and food at the ball park is ridiculous. Then there is the element of time. If a parent is not working the last thing they would want to do is sit in some ball park and watch a bunch of grown men who are paid millions of dollars to play a game.

I had a good time and it wasn’t because I am a huge baseball fan. In fact, I’m not. However, the time I got to spend with my son Elijah was priceless. Even if we didn’t go to the game he probably would have been content just spending time having fun. So the moral of the story is that major league sports are overpriced. Our young people are too concerned with video games and social media, and it’s important to spend time with your children because when it’s all said and done all we have are memories.

Keep reading and email your thoughts and suggestions to me at shiverswave@gmail.com. But most important read The Wave.

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