Thursday, March 01, 2007
After returning from New York City late last night on The Acela Express Train, I jumped into my car parked at Union Station. As usual, my car radio was tuned to WTOP. The sponsor on last night's WTOP sportscast was The Washington Nationals. The team has finally started their advertising campaign that has been basically non-existent during the first two seasons of Baseball In Washington.
The first ad I heard concerned the pride of Washington's Head Groundskeeper in taking care of the field at RFK Stadium. At the end of the 30 second spot, the announcer says "He (Groundskeeper) has 'PLEDGED HIS ALLEGIANCE' WILL YOU?" It was interesting.
But, then about 10 minutes later was the "DORIS" ad, which I got a kick out of. Its well known that many fans over the first two seasons of Nationals Baseball, those that are not season ticket holders, have poached some of the better seats on those days attendance has been light at home games. At times, its a problem, when folks buy $5 seats and come sit in some of the best seats in the house. Every once in a while, I don't mind someone doing this. But, I know, for a fact, there are many others that do this for 40-50 games and year. And, as a Full Season Ticket holder for two full seats, The African Queen and I don't wish those carpetbaggers consistently getting in on the cheap and sitting a few rows away for us. That's unfair to many of us who fully support Our Washington Nationals. We pay $6,000 for our seats. Why should some sit next to us for $200.
"Doris" is a supposed USHER at RFK Stadium. And, in this radio advertisement, "Doris" has 'Pledged Her Allegiance' to keep the poachers away and in their originally purchased seats during the 2007 season. Last September, in a "Round Table" discussion between Team President, Stan Kasten and Season Ticket Holders, which Sohna and I attended, this subject was one of the topics.
I was very pleased that Our Washington Nationals are taking this issue seriously. Its only fair to those that support the team the most--with their wallets and pocketbooks.
THANK YOU!! WASHINGTON NATIONALS!!