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Monday, April 13, 2009
Banning beer sales is not the answerThe writer's heart is in the right place, I suppose, but I find this kind of sentiment rather empty and misguided, no matter what the circumstances:
They have his image on their outfield wall, his number on a patch over their hearts and his memory inscribed in a place even deeper.
I'd rather see donations directed towards the trust fund which has been set up to aid the lone survivor from the car in which Adenhart was riding.
More generally, I'd rather see long term shifts in policies that affect things like land use, population density, and mass transit which will in turn limit the overall number of vehicle miles driven and that give people more transportation options, both in connection with drinking and/or entertainment venues and in day-to-day life. No, that sort of thing won't do anything in the short term, but neither will symbolic, prohibitionesque gestures like the one Jeff Miller is proposing here.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 10:00am
J. McCann said...
As an Angels fan and responsible beer drinker, what they need to do is have some kind of “drunk bus”.
If you’re the driver and you get loaded, have a bus to take you home or to a train station or something. Have the team move your car to the drunk lot, and get it the next day.
Something like that.
Posted 04/13 at 10:30 AM
Richard in Dallas said...
Craig, I rarely disagree with an opinion of yours, but this has got to be an exception. I am NOT in any way, shape or form a teetotaler. There is very little in life that can compare to a nice warm beer on a blazing hot afternoon at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (maybe you can take on awkward, politically motivated names next), but a game without alcohol (ban is too strong a word) would be a fitting tribute to a bright young star snuffed out by too much of a good thing.
1)Too much of a good thing can be bad
If the Angels are willing to do this in tribute to their rising star, it would raise my already high opinion of a class organization. I tought that you would see that too. I hope, after further consideration, that you do.
Posted 04/13 at 10:48 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
You’re more than welcome to disagree with my opinions, and are probably right to do so much of the time, so no need for the disclaimer.
On this: I’m just dubious that the Angels doing such a thing would make a hill of beans’ difference, and believe that such an exercise would constitute relatively empty symbolism. Unless we’re going to blame alcohol itself as opposed to the people who make stupid choices when consuming it, why not have a sell-out night with beer sales, the revenues from which would fund the good works on which we agree?
Like I said, people may differ about this. I simply think that such an event would be quickly forgotten at best, and an exercise in hypocrisy at worst.
Posted 04/13 at 11:51 AM
Richard in Dallas said...
Craig, if the event causes one person to think more and drink less one time, the time when they would have done some damage to a life, would it not be worth it? I have teared up several times over the Adenhart death, picturing my own son being the victim in a similar circumstance. The loss of such a young man, with a bright future, who had, among other things, a family who loved him and was CRUSHED by his loss. I imagined how proud his parents must have been, their greatest accomplishment in life taking on the world and winning, and then he was gone. I really don’t feel that ONE alcohol free night at the ballpark would be “empty symbolism”. It might cause a few of those in attendance to realize for the first time in their adult lives that my third point in my earlier reply is true: Baseball without beer is still fun!
Posted 04/13 at 12:17 PM
our culture still thinks that drunk driving is, in some way, okay - just something that “everyone” does on occasion.
Witness the billboards by the side of the freeway that promise to beat your speeding ticket for $400, and your drunk driving charge for $1400.
Until our society realizes that drunken driving far more than 3 1/2 times as severe a crime as, say, doing 72 in a 65 on the last day of the month, we have a severe problem.
Posted 04/14 at 09:23 PM