Quoting from Casey’s letter to Ted Lerner:
Dear Mr. Lerner,
I write regarding the recently announced “Take Back the Park” ticket policy at Washington Nationals Park and to respectfully request its elimination. I am concerned that dedicated Philadelphia Phillies fans will be unfairly denied access to games when their team plays against the Nationals....
I appreciate the desire to enjoy a home field advantage, but this unprecedented policy solely and unfairly targets Phillies fans....
In the spirit of good sportsmanship and healthy competition, I urge you to reconsider the policy and immediately allow Phillies fans equal access to ticket sales at Nationals Park.
Now, a rational person could come up with a million rational responses to the Nats’ campaign, but I’m pretty sure none would require Congressional intervention to preserve good sportsmanship.
Regardless, when a U.S. Senator writes you a letter, I suppose you have to respond, and the response came earlier this month from Nats COO Andy Feffer.
Quoting his letter:
Dear Senator Casey:
We received your recent letter and appreciate your interest in the Washington Nationals. We believe, as you do, in the importance of protecting the interests of our constituents by providing them opportunities that bring the community together to support our hometown team.
Our “Take Back the Park” initiative is an effort to recognize and acknowledge our fans by providing them the first opportunity to purchase tickets. This is similar to many teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, that offer priority access to tickets and special events to designated groups and fans before going on sale to the general public. As previously mentioned, tickets to the May 4-6 Nationals vs. Phillies series will be made available to the general public at a later date.
This season is sure to be an exciting one and this is our way of thanking our fans for their loyalty over the years. With one of the youngest and most talented rosters in all of baseball, including Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Stephen Strasburg, we are excited to create a long-term and competitive rivalry with the Phillies that everyone can enjoy.
We look forward to our first series with the Phillies and hope to see you here at Nationals Park this spring.
So that should be that. Now, go buy some tickets for that series.