I’m not a traditional sports fan. You won’t find me watching baseball, football or basketball on TV let alone in the stands at a game. But a friend went to a ball game just to see the Washington Nationals play. It was actually four girls out for the novelty of the outing. Not huge sports fans but just for something different to do on a nice sunday afternoon.
The spent most of the game in idle chatter about things that were important to them: work, relationships and other life things. Not much attention was being paid to the game, I’m told. Finally, in the severth inning, the guy in the seat just in front of them turned around and berated them for their “idle chatte” and asked them in a not too polite manner to shut up for just one inning. You see, he had come hundreds of miles (from Toronto) to see the game and would really like for them to keep quiet for a little while.
Now it doesn’t seem like too much of an unreasonable request. I mean, if you’re at the game you should have at least some interest in watching it. On the other hand, it’s not like they are attending a tennis or golf match where spectator silence is expected.
Not being a major sports fan, I’m not sure of the etiquette at a stadium like this. On the one hand, I feel for the guy trying to watch the game. On the other hand, I don’t know of any specific rules requiring attendants to “pay quiet attention” to a baseball game. Sure, being rowdy and generally disruptive is bad form, but are you required to keep the bulk of the conversation to the game in progress?