Saturday, November 17, 2007
Disheartened Sohna and I were to read and hear that some Season Ticket Holders of Our Washington Nationals did not get any of their expected choices during the recently completed Relocation Process. Hopefully, The Team will take care of those Ticket Holders who feel they should have received better seats. We only wish those folks the best. Never, do you want to move from an older stadium to a new one--feeling left out. Especially, after supporting Our Team for over three seasons.
Having said that, NEVER could this process be perfect. That's an absolute impossibility. There is No Way Our Washington Nationals could have satisfied every single person 100%. Just not going to happen--over anything so complex--granting new seats at New Nationals Park. No, its not as easy as many have stated. Yet, for the most part, from what I had read and heard over the past 24 hours--far more seem happy than sad over their given seat assignments. And before anyone starts hammering away on me and Section 320--many of US did not get everything we wanted, also. We were in the same boat as you.
In fact, a complete Makeover of The Former Section 320 is officially in the works. Drastic Changes are in store. Yes, The Section 320 from The Old Ballyard on East Capitol Street, The African Queen and I came to love, will no longer exist on South Capitol Street. A Breakup based on many factors. Most of which really could not be avoided. Its the nature of the beast when wants and desires change. New Nationals Park is a completely different venue from RFK. The New Stadium is geared to make money on its most desirable seats. Expectantly--seat prices went up. That Rising Cost Factor a key decision maker for some--and understandably so.
Others were concerned about sitting in the Sun. One of the very best enjoyments from sitting in Section 320--was NEVER being affected by Rain, Sun, Sleet or Snow. Always, we were protected thanks to the Mezzanine Overhang above. Any Overhang at New Nationals Park mostly does not exist. Much of the park will sit in the sun during Day Games. Anyone that has roasted at RFK during any summer baseball game--will understand that worry. Its a big one, especially for those who have enjoyed the comfort of shade protection since 2005.
Also--some wanted to move behind Our Washington Nationals New First Base Dugout at New Nationals Park. In particular, Sohna and I did not wish to remain behind The Visiting Dugout and listen to the many StubHub and Ebay Buyers and Fans from The Visiting Teams. Those Away Team Fans that consistently sat behind The Top Drawing Teams at RFK Stadium's First Base Dugout. No, for us--and other friends as well--the less Tomahawk Chop, Phillie and Mets Fans as possible--the better.
At the same time--all of us had completely different Priority Status, affecting the final outcome greatly.
Would we all have LOVED to stay together in our same configuration enjoyed over the past three years? Yeah, you better believe it--that I have no doubt. And to their great credit--Our Washington Nationals were willing an attempt, to move all of us, as ONE GROUP, to a set part of New Nationals Park. Together, I am certain we could have remained a group. But, it was also made clear that ALL OF US would have to settle for less, in seating, to satisfy everyone. Priority Status was a Major Factor, but so was price point. In the end--some of us attempted to stay together, but it simply didn't work out.
No one is to blame. Neither Our Washington Nationals, nor any of Our Friends. We shall miss them greatly--but that also doesn't mean we can't still enjoy each others company during baseball games on South Capitol Street. Spread Out we are--but some not so far away to be anything but distant cousins.
Sohna and I were placed in Club Level, Section 218. Others were placed in Sections 207, 210 & 220. All those friends also in nearby Club Level locations--just not within shouting distance. A few have been placed in Section 113 down the left field line. Even some more--down the right field line in Sections 223 & 225. A couple of folks we have yet to hear from. One of Our Good Friend's Ticket Group--that sat to our right at RFK had a breakup. A few of those folks are looking to join with others right now.
The Baseball Games will go on. So will Our Friendships.
The Fact that we shall no longer be completely together will not spoil our fun. When Sohna and I first sat in Our Seats in Section 320 for the very first time in March, 2005--We didn't know ANYONE. Come March 2008--The African Queen and I may well recognize some familiar faces--but we are confident new friendships are on the horizon. And, just as much entertainment as well. Unquestionably, we shall come across even more Baseball Fans of Our Washington Nationals that enjoy the fun we always relished in Section 320 at RFK Stadium. That, I have no doubt.
Now, Section 218 is Our New Location--but the The Nats320 Blog WILL NOT change its name. Sohna and I experienced SO MUCH Happiness, Amusement, Thrills and Satisfaction among Our Dear Friends there--we don't ever want to forgot those last three FABULOUS YEARS on East Capitol Street. Really, they were WONDERFUL!!
The only questions now are whether MY BEST FRIEND SCREECH!! will be able to fly up to see us? And, what are we going to do about the "Let Teddy Win!! Chant. I am sure Teddy will be able to hear us from Club Level--down on the field--lets just see if he can climb that railing in front of us in New Section 218 for one of his Virtuoso Performances. Now, That WOULD BE IMPRESSIVE!!
Good Luck to EVERYONE looking to get their seat assignments changed. For the baseball games to be fun--you got to enjoy the seat you are sitting in.
Sohna and I look forward to seeing ALL OF YOU at New Nationals Park in 2008.
PS--Yes, The African Queen and I will miss Our Friends from Section 320. But, at the same time--we are very happy with our relocated seats at New Nationals Park.