Remember the season three episode of Seinfeld called The Letter, in which Elaine is thrown out of a Yankees game for wearing an Orioles hat?
Here, refresh your memory:
ELAINE: No! I don’t have to take it off. Why should I take it off? This is ridiculous! GEORGE: Just take the cap off. ELAINE: George, we are at a baseball game! This is America! WEST: Look. Either you take the cap off, or you’ll have to leave. ELAINE: Well, I don’t care, I’m not taking it off. GEORGE: Just take the cap off. ELAINE: No!
After a few more minutes of arguing, Elaine is removed from the premises. It’s all very absurd and hilarious.
Except, as we learned this week, it’s not as absurd as Seinfeld writers seemed to think in 1992.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a policy in place that requires fans sitting behind home plate — in seats that cost up to $3,700 — to wear neutral colors or Diamondbacks gear. Colors and clothes from opposing teams is not allowed.
NBC Sports received this statement from the Diamondbacks this week:
At the time of purchase, we ask that those fans sitting in the home plate box, which is visible on TV, wear either neutral colors or D-backs attire which the team will provide.
The reason this has all come to light — again — is a fan was seen changing clothes behind the plate on TV last Sunday.
You can watch it here:
. @TerezOwens @TMZ_Sports what do you guys think? AZ back at it! pic.twitter.com/YM31GXz4Fq— Steven Gomez (@Bleeedblue_) April 13, 2015
The incident Sunday was friendly, according to a report from azcentral.com, with a few Diamondbacks fans giving up their clothes to a Dodgers fan to wear.
But, still, what a ridiculous rule. It’s petty and asinine for Diamondbacks ownership to even be concerned about this.
The Cubs are headed to Chase Field on May 22, and Chicago fans headed to the game may get a rude awakening if they want to wear Cubs gear.