(Nationals Chief Operating Officer Andy Feffer, right, mugs for the camera with some guy named John Riggins -- back in 2007 when The Feff was COO for NFL Players Inc. Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images for Players Inc.)
Spring is in the air! (at least in Baltimore)
Orioles: 10,000. Feffer: 0.
~0 Nationals fans showed up at Nationals Park on Saturday.
It's the dead of winter, and Nationals fans in Washington D.C. are dying for baseball. And yet, the Nationals seem oblivious. Exhibit A: the decision to kill off the ol' tried and true Winter Caravan, NatsFest, and Hot Stove Luncheon for season ticket holders. Old news, yes; the Nats delivered the verdict via a press release a few weeks ago:
“The feedback we received from our fans this offseason convinced us to do something new, exciting and unique,” Nationals Chief Operating Officer Andrew C. Feffer said. “Unlike previous years, the 2011 NatsFest will be more inclusive for all our fans and offer them opportunities to interact with their favorite Nationals. Through this event, we hope to engage our fans like never before and get them excited for what is sure to be an electrifying baseball season.”
Andy Feffer's focus group has spoken! But really, just who are these Nationals fan(s) who convinced The Feff that "new, exciting, and different" required killing off the winter events? Reading accounts of yesterday's FanFest in Baltimore amounts to rubbing more salt in the wounds.
Meanwhile, via Florida Today, ~200 baseball starved fans lined up at Space Coast Stadium in Viera on Saturday to buy Nationals Spring Training tickets. At least they were able to get a little whiff of spring.
How many days until pitchers and catchers report?