Baseball Proposals


Graphic of MLB proposal costs

Source: swimmingly.com

In honor of Opening Day yesterday,  swimmingly.com posted a graphic of how much it costs to propose at each Major League Baseball stadium. The MLB average proposal cost is around $300, with prices ranging from $38.50 to $2,500, depending on where and how extravagant you want to your proposal to be.

For a rock-bottom price, propose in Pittsburgh. There it costs $38.50 to put your proposal up on the scoreboard. In Oakland, the same type of proposal will run you $85. The Yankees, of course, charge a little more – $100 for a scoreboard message. But they allow up to 10 proposals per game. The Twins limit the number of proposals per game to one (at $209).

Of course, some stadiums let you go bigger – in Miami for $500 you get a message on the scoreboard, a shot of you and your sweetie on the video screen, a PA announcement, and a dozen roses delivered by the team mascot, Billy the Marlin. (In 2012, a guy snuck onto the field and proposed to his girlfriend after she sang the National Anthem – I wonder if the Marlins sent him a bill.) For $450, the Phillies give you four tickets to the game, feature your proposal live on the video board, provide a champagne toast, and give you a commemorative DVD of the occasion.

The Dodgers offer two options. For a mere $75 you can have a message displayed on the scoreboard, or you can shell out $2,500 to have your proposal shown live on the video screen. Of course, only one such proposal per month is permitted. (Some teams limit proposals to zero per month – the Orioles, Angels, Blue Jays, Royals, and Mets just don’t bother with such non-baseball silliness.)

Interestingly, it costs less than $200 to propose at a San Francisco Giants game ($175 if you choose a weekend or “premium” game, $145 for other games). Unless you’re Kanye West, then you forget the game altogether and just rent out the whole stadium for $200,000.

~ baseballrebecca

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Who Ya Gonna Root For?


The question of whom to root for in the World Series has been on my mind a lot lately.  In Washington and Baltimore, we got our wish – those who squashed our ALCS and NLCS dreams were punished and not permitted to advance to the World Series.  But the victory is only bitter-sweet, for we are drained of energy and devoid of baseball spirit after the crushing defeats of the Orioles and Nationals in their respective division series.  So now many of us just don’t know who to root for in the World Series.

I have to admit.  I don’t know a lot about the Detroit Tigers or the San Francisco Giants.  I know Verlander and Fielder of the Tigers did cute Chevy  baseball commercials, and the Giants were exciting to watch in the 2010 World Series.  But that’s about it.  However, being the Baseball Sociologist, my natural instinct is to turn to data gathering and analysis to assist my decision-making:

Stats San Francisco Detroit
2012 Won-Lost Record (regular season) 94-68 88-74
Team payroll $129,400,000 $136,500,000
2012 Attendance 3,377,371 3,028,033
2012 Attendance/game 41,696 37,383
Attendance: % change between 2011 and 2012 -0.3% 11.0%
2011 Population 812,826 706,585
Attendance as a percentage of the population 5% 5%
Population: % change between 2011 and 2010 0.9% -1.0%
Per capita income $45,478 $15,062
% in poverty 11.9% 34.5%
Unemployment rate (2010) 9.6% 23.1%
Bachelor’s degree or higher 51.2% 11.8%
% Vacant housing units 9.8% 25.8%
# Hall of Famers 55 21
# Times in the World Series 20 9
# World Series wins 8 4
Last World Series win 2010 1984

(Data Sources: baseball-reference.com, census.gov, bls.gov)

I’m leaning toward rooting for Detroit – the city that is.  Despite tough economic times, they’ve continued to support their team (an 11% increase in attendance since 2011).  Although the jury is still out on the economic impact of baseball, some experts believe that the World Series will have an impact of $26-28 million or more on the city of Detroit.  At the very least, the World Series should have a positive impact on the city by boosting pride, bringing media attention, and bringing people together to  root for their hometown team.

Happy World Series!

~ baseballrebecca

Happy 80th!


Willie Mays was born in Westfield, AL, on May 6, 1931.   Inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979, Mays’ career began with the Chattanooga Choo-Choos and the Birmingham Black Barons.  He played for the New York Giants from 1951 to 1957, and moved west with the team to San Francisco in 1958.  He finished out his career with the New York Mets in 1973 with a lifetime batting average of .302 and 660 home runs.

The San Francisco Giants have a birthday celebration planned for Mr. Mays during tonight’s game.  For those of us who can’t attend, here is  a cool photo montage from The San Jose Mercury News, and one of my favorite videos

~ baseballrebecca