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This is a bummer..
Nats Go Quietly As Reds Sweep [WPost]
And our current best starter, John Patterson --
Attendance is suffering too:
Nats Play to Empty Seats at RFK [WPost]
Nobody looks good in this whole mess except the team (and sometimes not even them). But MLB's dawdling for many months on the owner question has had many ill effects.Baseball 3 comment(s)
The lack of TV broadcasts is a huge deal. The broadcasts are where people actually get to know the players personalities and quirks. Baseball is a slow game and it's enormously helpful to know who you are looking at and some idea of what they might be up to. I have noticed the crowds at RFK suffer from the same disease that I first noticed at Camden Yards when I moved down here from NY. For whatever reason, a lot of people just don't give a crap. A lot of them have no emotional investment in the team, so they just sit in the crowards and talk about how their stocks are doing or how awful the traffic was coming in.
First off, this team needs an owner and an identity. They put the selling of the team off for ever; they needed an owner in place last season or the start of this season. The tickets are over price. The prices rival that of major baseball market teams, Yankees and Red Sox. Their premium priced games is a horrible business idea, just rape the fans more MLB. Concessions are horrible; I hear it from everyone that goes to the game. Here is my personal experience on Opening Day: Out of beer at one stand, 5 minute wait at another beer stand. One concession area was out of hot dogs, came back 20 minutes later got a dog and then they were out of condiments. Traffic is shitty getting to the game from 395, but that isn’t the teams fault. Get people in management that know what they are doing and hire people that “like” working at the game. That is one major difference between RFK and Camden Yards; the people working the Camden yards are friendly!!!! When tickets went on sale for opening day, they have 6 ticket windows open to sell tickets for 150 plus people. Waited in line for 30 minutes after tickets went on sale any only moved 15 feet. The previous poster said “A lot of them have no emotional investment in the team, so they just sit in the crowards and talk about how their stocks are doing or how awful the traffic was coming in.” agree with that statement, a lot of the people there have no idea about what is going in.
I agree across-the-board. Sorry about the "crowards" typo. The only other ticket pricing I pay attention to is Shea Stadium with the Mets. They have the grading system where the ticket price depends on the opponent and/or the promo giveaway. If they start pulling those tricks this early, they would really alienate the fanbase that already exists. My recollection from last year was that Mets games were more expensive, but I just hit mets.com and you can get seats to "value" games for $5. Shea is a lot like RFK, a giant round stadium holding 50k+ with some truly awful and distant seats. But for a "premium" game those awful seats are $22, while at RFK they would be $7.Add a comment...
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