A three-game series between the Florida Marlins and Seattle Mariners from June 24-26 will be moved from Miami to Seattle because of a U2 concert that will happen three days after the series would have concluded. Read that again please.
A three-game, Major League Baseball series is going to be moved all the way across the country in order to accommodate a one-night event that will happen three days after said series will end.
The Marlins will be listed as the home team for the series and the game will be played under National League rules, so there will be no designated hitter.
The crazy part about this is that the concert isn’t actually scheduled until June 29, but the team must vacate the stadium to “allow setup time for the concert.”
Look, I like U2. Nice band. Had a lot of great hits during the 90s and a few that cracked my rotation in the 2000s. Bono seems to be a nice guy who wants to help the world fix its problems. And hey, he’s certainly gotten headlines from the disaster that has been Spider-Man on Broadway. That said, is this really necessary?
You need at least three days worth of setup time for your band’s show? Isn’t that a tad excessive? I mean, unless you have a Caligulan orgy on stage with your groupies, or fill the stadium with water and stage a full-scale reenactment of the Battle of Trafalgar, there’s not much you can do at a stadium rock concert that we all haven’t seen before.
While Bono has been ripped before as being a bit of a conceited prick, this just seems a bit much.