Were the federal government shutting down during the minor-league baseball season, there would no doubt be dozens of hilarious promotions across the country, in which furloughed government workers would get complimentary peanuts, or sections of “government” seats would be cordoned off behind yellow tape, or teams with questionable names (hey Senators) would be locked out of their clubhouses.
Seeing as how it’s the minor-league offseason, though, the Potomac Nationals are doing what they can to stay involved.
“Amidst the ongoing federal government shutdown which began today at midnight, the Potomac Nationals are giving back to government workers for their steadfast support of P-Nats Baseball,” the club said in a release. It goes on:
The Nationals are offering courtesy 2014 P-Nats Opening Day tickets to those government employees who have been furloughed as a result of the shutdown, in addition to the opportunity for these government workers to serve the team in a game operations role during the ’14 season as part of the P-Nats’ gameday staff.
All federal government employees who have been furloughed may receive one free 2014 Opening Day ticket by showing government identification at the Potomac Nationals Front Office at any point throughout the course of the 2013 government shutdown during regular business hours (9:00am to 5:00pm).
The first qualified federal government employee to apply for the 2014 gameday position in person at Pfitzner Stadium will be hired in an effort to assist in recouping compensation lost during the shutdown.
Near as I can tell, this could lead to a situation in which the P-Nats have an announced Opening Day attendance of 800,000 next spring.