Christopher has lived in the San Diego area for most of his life. During that time he has been to countless Padres games and swears he has never seen them win. Yesterday, which happened to be the day after we ended our second project, we headed down to the park once again to root for the Padres. They won. I think I was more excited than Christopher was.
The tickets were free, so we saved some money there, but we had an emergency with our kitty (that led to a trip to the vet and now the joy of tackling her twice a day to give her oral and topical antibiotics), and ran out of time to eat before we had to leave the house. Leaving when we did, we still missed the the top of the first.
We decided to eat at the park, knowing that it would be an expensive meal. We were right. I went to get us food during the top of the 3rd. Christopher handed me $15 and I laughed. He forked over another $20. I figured I would be bringing back change.
As I approached the counter I debated what to get. Due to the economy and the Padres low attendance, the stadium has a meal deal: 5 for $5. With that you can get a hot dog or veggie dog, peanuts, popcorn, a cookie and a small soda (16 oz). For $10 you can substitute a draft beer for the soda.
I knew I wanted a beer, which is always overpriced at games, and we both wanted two veggie dogs, because they are so small. Neither of us would eat the cookies and Christopher had told me twice that he wanted a pretzel, so I figured that was an important item. I felt silly as I agonized over what to do. How much would it cost to get two extra veggie dogs? Would Christopher still want a pretzel if I came back with all the rest? What if I brought back the goods and he didn’t want popcorn and peanuts? Did I want peanuts?
We were both pretty hungry and I didn’t want to mess it up. I left my phone in my purse which Christopher was watching, so I couldn’t phone a friend (Christopher) for help. Despite the low attendance (which was still over 27,000 people), the line was long and I was almost up to the front. Did I really want to trek back to the seats and get in line all over again?
In the end, I made the choice that I thought would be best. I stuck to our original plan. As soon as the cashier finished ringing me up I wished I had gone with the deal. I am pretty sure that when I handed Christopher his $1.50 in change he felt the same way.
Despite the fact that the stadium is offering reduced prices, an article in Friday’s New York times claims that wholesale food costs went up in April, while a second article by the same reporter discussed the fact that consumer costs have held steady. Another article in the business section, also from Friday, points out that even though prices to the consumer are steady, there are several large food manufacturers which, “concede that they cannot ensure the safety of items -from frozen vegetables to pizzas- and that they are shifting the burden to the consumer.” It is unclear which ingredients may be responsible, and several items have been recalled this year including six tons of frozen egg rolls.
This made us consider the food from the game. These companies probably played a role in most, if not all of what we ate, which is probably the case at most ball parks. It hit home that price shouldn’t be our only concern when buying food.