Friday, October 8, 2010

Extreme Makeover: Home Plate Edition

This off-season the Astros are implementing their first renovation to Minute Maid Park since taking down that Enron sign.

Trying to keep up with the massive screen that shows us the taut skin of Jerry Jones to the north, they'll put in a 7,000 square foot HD video board in the outfield.

"We wanted to give fans the utmost experience...Fans have flat screen TVs and high-definition TVs at their homes, and now they'll have that at the ballpark. We need to constantly upgrade the ballpark especially in this era."

Pam Gardner:
"We've been researching this for the past 3-4 years. We knew we needed bigger, number one, because that's the trend, and we knew we needed HD."

A couple of things about this:

1. It took the Astros 3-4 years to decide on a tv. That says more than we can ever comment on. You give me $1000 and send me to Best Buy to get an HD tv, and I'll be watching Gladiator within the hour.

2. Sure, I buy the "It's been 10 years since we did anything to Minute Maid, so it was time to upgrade" rationale. We also can't discount that Drayton is basically staging his house, getting it all pretty to sell, with a cool new park and low payroll.



Ryan Sides said...


John Bateman said...

He is not so young any more. Unless he dies this year the estate taxes when he does I believe will take almost half his money.1.4 billion divide by 2 is 700,000 million. If club is worth $550 million or so it does not leave much to operate with. Not sure if this is how estate tax works since I am still working on my first $100,000 and I am just 10% of the way there. I understand him wanting to sell the team at this point and it seems it would be a good opportunity. Bad economic times and all but a better tv deal coming up pretty soon, lowering payroll,turning the corner and pretty much a guarante of 32,000 a game when they are just average or at least not godawful.

The Constable. said...

Good point, John. I'm working on my first $100,000, and I'm 1% of the way there.

Kathy Amen said...

Not sure how I feel about the expanded "ribbon" they talked about. Those things make me a little crazy.

Chris said...

If it's anything like the board the Royals have, I'm all for it, that thing's fantastic.

Anonymous said...

I've always wondered why they hadn't made the jump to the pole-to-pole ribbon boards - more distraction - more revenue stream. Just like the new members-only club in place of the writers boxes, which just happens to be about fifteen feet behind my season tickets.

I've always enjoyed that area because I can hear the goings on of the writers and their stat announcements. Didn't realize last Sunday was my last time to enjoy that. The stadium is already so saturated with visual noise that it's hard to follow the game - which Uncle D treats as an afterthought anyway. A few times in the past, I've considered moving my tickets to the right side of the park so I could watch the game without seeing the giant wall of distraction in right field. What's always kept me from doing it is sitting in front of the writers. I enjoy that a great deal.

Next season my seats will be somewhere near the bullpen. Thank you Uncle D for once again putting profit ahead of the fans and the game.