Would You Do Me a Kindness? (Or, What MLB Teams Could Learn from Coldplay)

The most amazing thing happened to my sister and I on Wednesday night.  We were sitting in our waaaaaaaay up high nosebleed seats at the United Center, anxiously awaiting the start of the Coldplay concert whilst thumbing through the official Mylo Xyloto Tour program.  I was reading an interview with lead singer Chris Martin where he discussed his long held disdain for corporate sponsors taking up the prime floor seats at his shows with their stiff suits and stingy inability to have any sort of fun.

I was reading about how the band prevented that from ever happening again by sending their roadies into the rafters before the show to find their REAL fans and bringing them down, front and center.

Then a man tapped me on the shoulder and asked, “Excuse me, are you a big Coldplay fan?” with a delightful English accent.  “Why don’t you come with me, I’d like to ask you a few questions.”

HOLY BALLS, I thought to myself.

A few album name drops, a reciting of “Chris, Guy, Will and Johnny” and a proud display of the custom-made shirts my sister made for us that boasted our favorite Coldplay lyrics later, and this kind English gentlemen handed us two comped tickets.  TO THE FRONT FRIGGIN ROW!!!

My sister started crying with joy, I pinched myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming, and before I knew it, we were standing just a few feet away from one of the most fun, visual and musically stimulating concerts I’ve ever seen.  All around us were other gracious, seemingly dreaming uberfans plucked down from the rafters.  Every single one of us sure to remember that night in full, forever and ever.

I wonder if Major League teams have ever considered doing something like this for their fans.  I am guessing no.  But wouldn’t it be nice?  Wouldn’t it be nice if our favorite big league clubs would simply do us a kindness?  I’m pretty sick of seeing stuffy suits, collagen-plugged faces and Scott Boras sitting directly behind homeplate.

A man can dream right?  Hey, sometimes, dreams come true.

Happy Friday!

Jeff

8 Comments

As a person who goes to a ton of games in both New York stadiums, I’ll say no. In those two stadiums anyway, they’re light years away from kindness like this. If anything happens like this, it’s probably happening in a city like Baltimore, San Francisco, or St. Petersburg.
-Mateo

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It should be a staple of every ballpark. That would make me happy ;-)

That is one of the coolest concert experiences I have ever heard and it sounds like it couldn’t have happened for better fans. So glad you both had such a good time! Yes, I would adore it iff MLB teams did this. The Angels do move one group of 2 to 4 from the nosebleeds/bleachers to the infield each game but I believe it’s a drawing thing.
— Kristen

That’s good to know. I wish it could happen to a pocket of fans, so they can all revel in their good luck like we did :-)

Jeff-what an awesome experience! What a great bonding experience with your sister, too. I wish they would have done this for us at the Avril concert (though being that close to her probably would have ended with be being dragged off in handcuffs at some point…). MLB would really have a lot to gain by doing this, too, by proving to fans why baseball is America’s pastime!
–Mike

Haha! Yeah, I know what you mean about the Avril thing ;-) Definitely, something like this is all it takes to make a fan’s day/month/year!

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Had a friend go see Coldplay in Toronto last month, quite a show from what I’ve heard. At Blue Jays games they have lazy boy type seats along the first base line beside the dugout called the ‘comfort zone’. Each game they bring down a family or a small group. I definitely agree that it should be done league-wide, or close to. Share the wealth, right?
-Michael

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