Every year, my fantasy baseball league gets together to attend a St. Louis Cardinals game. We almost always choose a date in May that ends up being really cold. Tonight was that night.
I attend these games for the camaraderie and out of solidarity, but I must admit I’m not there for the baseball. Live baseball is fine, but it just doesn’t get me excited. I don’t even watch baseball highlights.
So when you add to that the element of cold–tonight was 55 degrees, probably colder up in the top row where we were–I started to care more about my comfort than about staying at the game. In no other circumstance would I choose to be outside in that weather.
In the past, I haven’t had much of a choice. At least a few of us would carpool to the game, and most of these guys want to stay until the last out.
This year, however, I drove myself and one of my friends to the game, and I figured he could catch a ride home with someone else. So after shivering my way through 6 innings–including an eventful 6th inning when the Cardinals took the lead with some dramatic home runs–I decided to call it a night.
It felt a little weird, as I’ve literally never done that before, but I got 66% of the value of my $7 ticket. And as soon as the heated seats of my car clicked into high gear, I knew I had made the right choice.
What would you do? Do you stick around until the end of sporting events no matter what, or does your comfort come first?