Some Dodgers fans decided to splurge on seats at Chase Field's Batters Box Suite behind home plate last night, an investment of more than $3,000. That kind of money doesn't buy respect, though, as they learned when Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick demanded they change their clothes or seek seating elsewhere.
Viewers of last night's game may have noticed some odd activity behind home plate during the first inning, with Kendrick—in the words of one observer—"pointing his finger, raising his voice, and frustratedly flipping his arms in the air." Sure enough, ushers soon arrived with Diamondbacks shirts and caps in hand, which led to scenes of fans changing their clothes throughout the first inning.
We thought the episode all a bit odd, so we asked the Diamondbacks what happened. Here's their reply, which we'll note was sent in Comic Sans:
Due to the high visibility of the home plate box, we ask opposing team's fans when they purchase those seats to refrain from wearing that team's colors. During last night's game, when Ken Kendrick noticed the fans there, he offered them another suite if they preferred to remain in their Dodger gear. When they chose to stay, he bought them all D-backs gear and a round of drinks and requested that they abide by our policy and they obliged.
A round of drinks! Sounds like a great deal, except that the suite is all-inclusive to begin with. Regardless, you've been warned. Don't wear opposing gear behind home plate at Chase Field unless you want to go home with new, free clothes. And look how happy those Dodgers fans look!