Spring officially started on March 20th, and with it comes an exorbitant amount of pollen in the air, those tax deadlines you’ve been putting off, and baseball! That’s right, Opening Day is just around the corner and we here at MRM Agency are just as ready for those stadium lights and unforgettable hotdogs as anybody else. In anticipation, we asked you all about your thoughts on the upcoming season and have collected what you had to say here for everyone to see.
We got a fair amount of responses on our online survey from people all over the country, not just from the DFW metroplex (though, we did get a lot from the DFW metroplex). Alongside the Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, and Kansas City Royals, there were folks rooting for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies, and more!
Across all the participants, common themes showed up. The one that surprised me personally was that most people enjoy baseball games for the atmosphere more so than the actual game itself. That’s why I like baseball games, but I didn’t realize that’s why other people liked them too. One interviewee, upon further questioning, said that “You can watch baseball as a blind man trying to read a newspaper.” He was being humorous, but his point was that you don’t need to watch the game to enjoy the game.
Opening Day comes with a lot of tradition for some folks. 74% of participants had something positive to say about it, saying that it was either a time for cookouts and going to the ballpark, or that it simply marked the transition of seasons for them. (Interestingly, there was much back and forth on whether Opening Day marked the start of Spring or the start of Summer. I would’ve figured a more continuous opinion, but there was not).
About the same number of people (72%) knew that Opening Day this year was pushed back to April 7th due to negotiations on the Collective Bargaining Agreement. That’s a week later than usual, but we’ll still keep the 162 game season. The last time the season was cut back (with the exception of 2020’s lackluster 60 game schedule) was in 1995 when they started on April 25th with a 144 game schedule. Thankfully, this year's pushback will not cost us any games.
You can find the rest of the informational tidbits in the infographic we put together for your viewing pleasure. I had a lot of fun interviewing and looking through survey responses. Shout-out to the person who said their son drives them nuts for MLB tickets every year; we empathize with your pain.
If you’d like to see bigger and more in depth surveys in the future, let us know by leaving a comment here or on any of our social media platforms, like Twitter or Instagram. And if you’d like the chance to participate in such things in the future, follow us there as well because that’s where we share them.
Now go enjoy the upcoming baseball season! Buy your tickets in advance and wear sunscreen like smart and responsible adults. Or don’t, that’s your prerogative (we won’t judge).