Jul 15, 2022 - Sports

Enjoying baseball in the stadium's worst seat

An obstructed view of home plate at Huntington Park.
The view from Section 5, Row 2, Seat 18 at Huntington Park. Photo: Tyler Buchanan/Axios

For my money, there's never a bad seat when you're watching a baseball game in the heart of summer.

  • The exception might be Section 5, Row 2, Seat 18 at Huntington Park.

State of play: After a long rain delay Wednesday night, I went to the empty row to catch the end of the Clippers' game.

  • It was empty for a reason, an usher told me — the Clippers never ticket the seat because the dugout obstructs the view of home plate.
  • I was offered another row, but channeled my inner Bob Uecker in deciding to stick it out in the stadium's worst seat.

Zoom in: With a close view of the infield, it ended up being a great spot to catch the ballgame.

  • I got pretty good at figuring out the result of each pitch by listening to crowd reactions.
  • Not being able to see the batter gave me time to focus on other in-game moments that I often overlook, like the constant chatter between coaches, players and umpires.

The bottom line: If you want a unique Clippers experience, head down to Seat 18. Odds are, it will be empty.

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