And so, two years later, the Nationals are finally attempting to say sorry to their fans for the Opening Day 2010 debacle engineered by Stan Kasten and a fleet of Phillies Party Buses (whereby tickets to Opening Day at Nationals park were made available to Phillies fans via group sales long before Nationals fans here at home had any chance to purchase their own tickets individually. Video above of the results.) through a "Take Back the Park" campaign. Via the official release by the Nats:
"Beginning today, single game tickets for the May 4-6 Nationals vs. Phillies series will only be available to season ticket holders and fans who reside in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia. This exclusive presale will ensure that the team’s most loyal fans have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to cheer on the Nationals when they play their NL East rivals to the north."
If you're from the DMV, go here.
*shrug* Guess it's a good thing for the Nats to give hometown fans a chance to buy tickets via presale before those heathens from up North can. However, according to the great @JWerthsBeard on Twitter, it seems that Nats ticket reps may have already been reaching out to "local" Phillies fans to make sure their needs were met? Who knows?
As frustrating as it is to attend Nats-Phillies games at Nationals Park and be surrounded by drunken goons from up North year in and year out, Nats Enquirer staff really only had a problem with the handling of the 2010 Opening Day debacle, and the fact that the Nats (especially Kasten) never apologized to fans or owned up to it publicly. *shrug* Okay, apology accepted. But winning will fix most of these problems, anyway.
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