|This interaction between players and fans at Uni-Trade|
goes away when you install a screen extending
past the dugouts.
Vela Jr. wants to add to the existing screen which stretches from just short of the first base dugout to just short of the third base dugout. The screen is vertical only, and has no horizontal connection to the upper deck in the stadium.
Vela Jr.'s desire for the screen is based on an incident where a small girl was hit in the eye by a foul ball last year. ( Just added this at 3:00 pm: Not that it makes any difference to the debate, but for disclosure purposes, the little girl who got hit in the eye is ex-Laredo Councilman Johnny Rendon's granddaughter. At the meeting last night, no decision was reached and council moved to have some sort of "public meeting" where they will measure the number of people showing up and what they have to say as being how they will determine whether or not to install the screen.
I have a different approach to determining whether a screen is wanted, or not, by the baseball fans. Let's let them decide. Post a survey inside the entrance to the ball park on game day. This way you get people's opinion that have paid for a ticket, and eliminate the opinions of those that do not use the park. The first home game is a week from this Thursday. If the fans want a screen it can be installed when the Lemurs are on the road, the next week.
I personally have conducted my own poll of those that I know go to the games regularly and the numbers come out 8 to 2 against additional netting. Contrary to what Councilman Vela Jr. says, Laredoans are not different than other baseball fans, and they do know how to pay attention during a baseball game, and they do make sure they are watching their kids for the entire game. They understand that baseball is a game where interactions of fans and players are normal and that the interaction should not be hindered by fences and screens.
|This kid will not get to interact like this|
if a net is installed.
|I have this on my Facebook page also. You can see it a little better.|
Tom Wade Laredo on Facebook.
Anyway, I would suggest you call your councilperson if you have an opinion and let him/her know what it is.
I ask you to comment here, and let me know your thoughts.