Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

June 17, 2014

Beer at Bowen spurs family boycott

— — Growing up in Southwest Virginia, one of my fondest memories was playing baseball. I played Little League through high school. In high school, I had the opportunity to catch for Billy Wagner at Tazewell High.

Now an adult, another memory was being able to take my children to Bowen Field to watch the Blue Jays and teach my kids about baseball. However, this past week that opportunity was taken away. With the announcement that the Blue Jays would now be selling alcohol at baseball games, we, a family of four, will no longer be purchasing season tickets to the ball games.

They claim that the addition of selling alcohol will draw more people. This may be true but at what expense? Now more added security will have to be present to settle down those who get out of hand because even though there may be designated areas, the effects make there way into the stands. Children will now have to witness more commotion than ever before.

Bowen Field was one place where a family could go and have a good time, but sadly not anymore. I think those who made this decision need to re-evaluate and frankly, come to their senses! I do wish the best of luck to the Blue Jays, and would love to be there cheering you on! Who’s with me?

One upset and former fan,

Brian Mullins

Tazewell, Va.

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