Minnesota Twins Festivus: Target Field Souvenir cup refill sticker
By Nate Palmer
Even the Minnesota Twins need to be part of Festivus and in this airing of grievances, we take a shot right at the concession stands.
The Minnesota Twins may already be looking forward to Christmas morning and hoping for something big and shiny under their tree or in their stocking. While a lot of fans are hoping that it will be coal as those “cheap Pohlads” refuse to spend money on free agents there is another holiday we must not overlook. Today, December 23rd is Festivus.
Festivus as made famous on the sitcom Seinfeld as a holiday celebrated and created by Frank Costanza. It was a holiday that haunted his son George’s childhood, especially the portion that involved “feats of strength.” Today we are most concerned with the part of Festivus centered around the “airing of grievances” but if you need to become more acquainted with the holiday here is a clip for you.
My grievance starts with attendance at a Twins game on a beautifully sunny and slightly humid day at Target Field. After finding our seats and getting the whole family settled the next item on the agenda to be sure we can take in baseball in such a beautiful environment is some food and beverages.
We all know that everything you buy at the ballpark is always overpriced, so one of the things we often do is buy one souvenir drink to share to try and maximize our dollar as much as possible. This past season we bought the souvenir drink and added the refill option for what I believe was $13.
The woman behind the register did a wonderful job of serving up our beverage and providing me with correct change. She also made sure that I knew to not lose the sticker that was on my cup so that I would be able to redeem my refill later in the day. Sounds easy enough, right?
That was until that cup hit the beautiful Minnesota summer sun rays. That cup started to sweat and drip like mad. And in case you didn’t know, stickers and liquid/moisture don’t go well together. Keeping that sticker on a cup that two adults and a toddler were grabbing at was a miracle.
There has to be a better way to signify a refill on a souvenir cup than a sticker on a cup. Even simply handing customers a small voucher would create less anxiety than watching the sweat of the cup make that sticker droop, slide, and slightly tear.
Better yet, why of all the items on the menu do we have to pay so much for a fountain drink? Anyone who knows anything about food service knows that fountain drinks are the biggest money maker. You would think Target Field could also while they are at it knock a couple bucks off a fountain drink.
That will probably never happen, but at least please let’s fix the sticker refill thing. We will all have enough emotions to keep in check simply watching the product on the field this coming summer. That sticker doesn’t need to be adding any negativity to our lives.