You can’t scatter your ashes at Safeco
So that guy who ran on the field was attempting to spread his mom’s ashes (Seattle Times, elsewhere). The Mariners have decided to forbid fans from scattering remains on the field.
“We’re not denying these people their last wishes because we’re mean,” Hale said. “There are too many questions. Where do you put them? How do you handle that? There are a lot of good reasons for us to have policies that don’t allow these kinds of things to happen.”
Rebecca Hale’s the head PR person for the team. Anyway, I have a couple of thoughts:
– What good reason do they have to forbid it? It’s not a biohazard or anything. Doesn’t this just force people to disrupt the game, since it can’t be done in a normal manner? I don’t think people should disobey the law, but seriously, if that was my Dad’s dying wish, there’s really no question it would happen. It’s unreasonable to expect denied people to act reasonably.
– Why do the Mariners get to make that decision? It’s not their stadium. If the PFD wants to allow it, shouldn’t that be their call as long as it doesn’t interfere with the team’s schedule or the condition of the field?
– Other teams have handled this differently. The Cubs, for instance, like to pretend nothing happens — if you ask them what happened when a fan leaned over the rail and dumped something out, they just go “I didn’t see anything.” I’m just saying.