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Meet the people who work at the ballpark

Jul 7, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

Including a very honest usher who, I'm just sayin', could make himself a few extra bucks if get got wise.

Not the players and the umps, but the behind the scenes folks like vendors and security guards and stuff.  Daniel Paulling of the Kansas City Star has interesting profiles of a bunch of them who work at Kauffman Stadium.  This bit — about a security guard who works down by the players’ wives section — caught my eye:

Burnett has developed a system where he can spot people who have
moved down to better seats.

While he doesn’t want to share too
many secrets, he said the way a person acts and other little things are
big giveaways.

It’s not terribly hard to spot people trying to trade up.  The key is what you do about it.  Some guys — like this guy — kick ’em back to where their real seats are.  Other guys just turn a blind eye, realizing that as long as the real ticket holder isn’t there it probably doesn’t matter.

But some guys — like the ushers at a ballpark I’ve been to a few times but which I won’t identify because I don’t want to get anyone in trouble — will steer you directly to a primo, unoccupied seat as early as the first inning for as little as a finsky.  They’ll even wipe it down for you as if you bought the seat yourself.

But, hey, if the guy in Kansas City wants to leave a few Lincolns on the table, that’s no skin off my nose . . .

  1. birdmancometh - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    I’ve had some of the same treatment Craig. A Finsky seems to be the going rate.

  2. Jonny5 - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Well at KC a finsky may be pushing it. The guy could get laughed at for implying a finsky would get you closer seats ,I mean for a finsky you could just buy better seats in KC. Right?

  3. kioteh - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Man, if you’re going to through up a Kauffman pic at least you could make it of the new stadium and show it some love. It’s a beautiful park.

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