Some would say it is a box seat right behind home plate. Others would say it is the first row behind your favorite team's dugout, or maybe the Green Monster seats behind Manny Ramirez, or the sunny bleachers at Wrigley. It could be one those Crawford Boxes in left at Houston, or one of those luxury boxes like the Stan Musial Suite at Busch Stadium or the Mountain Ranch Club atop Coors Field.
You will never agree on this one, because frankly there is no such thing as a best seat in baseball. During the course of a very long summer, it's always nice to move around and try out different perspectives, such as that spectacular View Level View at AT&T Park or the sight of the Pittsburgh skyline from a seat on the third-base side at PNC Park. But there is one seat that we probably all would fight over, if given the opportunity, and that opportunity is now here for the Dreamseat.
Sign up now for the MLB.com Offseason Package, and you will be automatically entered in the MLB.TV Dreamseat Sweepstakes. One lucky fan will win a Dreamseat Home Theater Recliner, which goes for $999 at the MLB.com Shop. To understand exactly why a $14.95 Offseason Package subscription is a small price to pay for this opportunity, just consider the 2007 World Champions Dreamseat now available to Red Sox fans. If you win, then yours would be customized in the colors and marks of your team.
The sweepstakes entry deadline is at the end of this month, and the drawing will be held on Dec. 7. Then you can actually enjoy the MLB.com Offseason Package from the comfort of that Dreamseat. Here are the benefits for those who sign up:
Exclusive live coverage from the Winter Meetings on Dec. 3-6 in Nashville, including live Rule 5 Draft coverage.
Live video and audio from select 2008 Spring Training games (just one or two live MLB.TV exhibition games make this $14.95 easily worthwhile).
Unlimited access to MLB.TV and MLB.com Gameday Audio archives from this past regular season and postseason, so that you can relive all of those amazing moments that were just played.
MLB.com Mobile Team Alerts, so that you'll have text messages whenever there is breaking news, trades, free agents signings, Winter Meetings updates and whatever else you need as the truly modern Hot Stove fan.
MLB.com Shop discount. Get 10 percent off your next checkout at the MLB.com Shop. If you spend a little over $100 at the Shop on that first wave of holiday buying, then this subscription price basically makes up for itself. If you buy a Dreamseat there, then you've just saved $100. Or maybe you'll win one.
The best seat in the house is truly up to each individual baseball fan. If you were in the right-field power alley at Jacobs Field during the American League Championship Series, then you were in prime position to catch that Kenny Lofton home run as it bounced off the platform into the crowd. If you are a Bleacher Creature out in right field at Yankee Stadium, then you are going to savor one last season in The House That Ruth Built. Pick any seat at Camden Yards, because that is the place that started the whole wave of retro-traditional parks that made you love wherever you are sitting.
Every seat in baseball is technically a dream seat, because 79,502,524 fans can't be wrong. But here's one that is as comfortable and warming as more baseball in the offseason from MLB.com. Sign up for a chance to sit in one.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.