The sounds are a little different inside Miller Park during a weekday day game.
It’s not that it’s much quieter or more empty than a night game, although it’s pretty easy to tell the difference. Even though the parking lots today were jam-packed, there are lots and lots of kids here. And adults who probably should be at work.
"If you play hooky from school, you can play hooky from work," says Brewers Senior Media Relations Director Mike Vassallo. "Maybe guys just taking an extended lunch break to join us at Miller Park."
They used to call it the "businessman’s special," which harkens back to a time that men in suits and hats used to ostensibly get some work done on a home team’s getaway day. From my view in the press box, I can’t see anyone in a suit or tie, but maybe there’s someone closing a deal down there over a Miller Lite.
Says Vassallo, "It’s a slower-pace sport, unlike basketball or hockey, where you can't really sit down and have a conversation without losing track of the action on the court or the ice. Baseball is a slow-paced game. It makes for good conversation, and, I'm sure, good business for people who want to come here."
That’s not just code for finding an excuse to day drink – although in some cases, I’m sure it is.
"It's amazing what you can accomplish by simply stepping out of the office," says Dani Kapitz, who works in corporate real estate, and is watching the game with her boss who has season tickets. "There are some theories that you should work for 45 minutes and break for 15. While that isn't always realistic, it is very convenient and productive to work in a different environment and Miller Park fits that bill."
Dani Kapitz, getting "work" done.
As for the kids, you can hear the higher voices of baseball-crazy children cheering.
"There's a different sound to the crowd," says Vassallo. "A little bit of a younger energy to the crowd."
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