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Getting fans home after Nationals games

Thank you to LivingSocial for putting its money behind its commitment to support sports, the arts and dining in the D.C. metro area [“LivingSocial to fund late Metro for Nats playoff games,” Sports, Sept. 28]. Somehow, this relatively new company was willing and able to do what the Washington Nationals, Metro, Major League Baseball and the D.C. government couldn’t do: Ensure that Nationals fans can get home from playoff games that go into extra innings. If the Nationals want to fill the ballpark, they need to give fans a way to get there and back home. If the District wants residents of Virginia and Maryland to come into the city, support the team and visit new businesses on the waterfront, it needs to give them a way to get there and home.

LivingSocial got the job done, and this diehard Nats fan from Virginia really appreciates it.

Sharon Ladin, Alexandria

Thunderous applause to LivingSocial for stepping to the plate while the Lerner family, which owns the Nationals, continues to treat fans as nothing more than piggy banks. In 2008, it was abhorrent that the Lerners decided to withhold rent from the city and sue it for damages because they weren’t satisfied with the state of completion of their $611 million gift (even though the stadium was complete enough to host games and charge full price for tickets). Now, just in case anybody had any doubt about how little the Lerners think of the city and Nationals fans, they have succeeded in passing to somebody else the cost of late Metro service for people attending playoff games.

Well, I’ll still root for the Nats (albeit considerably less wholeheartedly). But I sure won’t go to another game or buy any merchandise until the Lerners make amends.

David Sundland, Washington

As a resident of Maryland, I was disturbed to read that our governor was willing to contribute to the costs to keep Metro open extended hours if any Nationals playoff games run late.

In a time when state and local governments are struggling to pay for necessities such as infrastructure construction and repair, education, etc., why should anyone but those who directly benefit from the playoff series — the Nationals ownership — pay for this?

I’m sure employees of many businesses would like extended hours for Metro, but their employers can’t afford to pay for the luxury. The Nationals have a favorable lease for a stadium built for them by the residents of the District, and the team will benefit most from attendance at their games. The team should have stepped up to the plate.

Jack Ross, North Potomac

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