This could be the greatest invention known to sports fans since the donut bacon cheeseburger debuted at Raley Field.
Or it could be the worst.
Baseball fans, at least in Minnesota to start, have the ability to purchase beer from a vending machine. The self-serve taps already are flowing at Target Field, home of the Twins, where baseball's All-Star Game will be played one week from tonight.
By first purchasing a $10 or $20 card – employees will check IDs – Twins fans have the freedom to pour their own beer at 38 cents per ounce for domestic or 40 cents per ounce for premium brews.
Is this a good or bad idea?
The positives include not standing in long lines and the ability to pour a little at a time or a lot – which can be a bad thing for those who don’t know when to quit. In fact, fans can pour up to 48 ounces every 15 minutes. That’s four 12-ounce beers in about one short inning.
The Twins say an employee will oversee the machines to assist if there are questions or problems – and to make sure young-looking adults are re-checked for IDs and to turn around those who seem inebriated.
Intoxicated fans at ballgames is always a bad idea, but baseball fans – outside of those attending Giants-Dodgers games in the outfield pavilion at Dodger Stadium – generally behave themselves.
Just don’t expect to see beer vending machines at NFL stadiums anytime soon.
– Victor Contreras
What to watch/do
Baseball, Giants at A’s, 7:05 p.m., O.co Coliseum, CSNCA, CSNBA: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner is 6-1 with 1.32 ERA on the road this season.
Is allowing baseball fans to pour their own beers a good thing?
• Yes, it’s innovative.
• No, it’s a bad idea.
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The A’s will finish the 2014 season:
• Out of playoffs: 2%
• A.L. wild-card team losing in first round: 1%
• A.L. West champs losing in first round: 9%
• Win ALDS: 7%
• Win ALCS, lose World Series: 13%
• Lose ALCS: 16%
• Win World Series: 52%
Total votes: 134