Aidan dropped me a note along with this picture:
For the answer, we seek the wisdom of Dave Howard who was once quoted by saying:
"The way we characterize “obstructed” is if you have an obstruction, something in front of you — a beam, a pillar, something that’s blocking your view."
So yes Aidan, this appears to be an obstructed view, even under David Howard's narrower-than-mine version of the term.
You have something in front of you, something that is blocking your view, such as a pillar or beam. My dictionary defines a pillar as "a slender, freestanding vertical support; a column." Whereas I don't believe the foul pole supports anything, the secondary definition is "such a structure or one similar to it used for decoration." A decoration is "something that renders something more ornate" and something ornate is "flashy, showy" such as the only orange foul poles in major league baseball. In my opinion you have a pillar blocking your view, thus it is an obstructed view in the sense of the Howard Definition.
Do I think the Mets should label as such? Yes. I'm actually surprised at your suggestion that they don't and am not sure they they don't. I know in the old Yankee Stadium (1976 version) I sat in seats that were called limited or obstructed or such. I don't remember about Shea and I don't know about Citi.
Do I think they should discount it? Yes.
Do I think this is a big deal? No. It's a foul pole at a baseball game. Just warn the buyer.
Main Mets Police page
Follow us on twitter @metspolice
send ideas/guest columns to shannon at metspolice.com
Friday, December 18, 2009
5 Responses to "Yes Virginia, There Is An Obstructed View At Citi Field"
Ceetar said :
December 18, 2009 at 7:44 AM
David said :
December 18, 2009 at 9:18 AM
December 18, 2009 at 9:28 AM
Ceetar said :
December 18, 2009 at 10:41 AM
nyengr said :
December 22, 2009 at 12:05 PM