“When the Nationals take on the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 5, fans who pay an extra $10 will be able to stay after the game and visit booths from Christian colleges and shops, meet characters from the “Veggie Tales” Christian video series and hear a concert by the band Mercy Me.”
Sounds like a Goddamn blast! Do I get a discount if I wear my Creed Human Clay tour t-shirt? (off topic – I was looking at Creed’s wikipedia entry a few minutes ago and it turns out their original band name was Naked Toddler. Sort of creepy, no?)
When I first read about this, my jaw sort of dropped and I thought this was the worst thing I’d ever heard of. But I thought about it some more, and it’s actually not all that weird. What the group says makes sense:
“We would not be in 46 markets if we were about the business of offending people. This is no different from Realtors Night or 4-H Night, where they’re attracting a particular demographic. We go to great lengths to avoid being confrontational.”
Ok. I can dig that. Baseball’s a business, I understand that. Still though, last time these guys distributed a bunch of material comparing homosexuality to alcoholism. That’s a little too Ty Cobb for me…
Would I take my kids to the ballpark that day? Absolutely. Would I stay for the Mercy Me show? Probably not. But it all depends on how much my kids like Veggie Tales – which is hopefully very little.
All in all, it’s not wrong. It’s just, I dunno, icky…