I am writing in reference to the Feb. 13 article about selling beer at professional baseball games. Actually, I am writing to express my astonishment at the attempted justification of said beer sales by our local governmental officials.
In the article, Mayor (Alfonso) Ortiz apparently believes that selling alcohol at the field won’t add to the chance a driver will be involved in an alcohol-related accident at or near the ballfield. Why? Because, according to City Attorney Dave Romero, it takes four beers to get drunk, not the three beers people will be able to buy during a two- or three-hour game.
Using this logic the umpires and ballplayers can also have three beers during the game because it really won’t affect their performance. Mr. Romero should be a defense lawyer for all the DWI defendants around here.
I have no problem with someone drinking beer in appropriate situations, but if you can’t enjoy a baseball game without having to drink alcohol then there is a problem. The only real justification for selling beer at a ball game is the profit the team owners make by doing so.
I agree completely with Councilwoman Gurule-Giron, this is not reason enough to place people at added risk.
If the owners will not bring their team to Las Vegas, fine. Little League games are more fun to watch anyway.