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Nats Sold Out, Due to Dogs

Urgent phone call from Barry Svrluga in Atlanta. The Nats will play in front of a sold-out Turner Field on Sunday. Why?

The club hosts the season's second "Bark in the Park." The event offers Braves fans a chance to bring their dog out to the game. WAG-A-LOT will help transform Coca-Cola Sky Field into a doggie paradise. There will be pools, water misters, games and veterinary services for all the dogs.

Let's see, Sunday at 1 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.......nope, can't think of another sporting event with both Atlanta and dog connotations going off at that time.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 7, 2007; 2:47 PM ET
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Insert Michael Vick, Atlanta Falcons quip here.

Steinz needs back up.

Posted by: | September 7, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

So the Braves can't sell out playoff games, but 'Dog Night' brings 'em in?

Posted by: Kim | September 7, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse


Looking forward to you taking over the United coverage while Goff's in China. Are *you* looking forward to it?

Posted by: Mike in SD | September 7, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

When the Nats played in Cincinnati on May 22nd, 15 thousand showed up at Great America. The next night, nearly 32 thousand. Why the huge bump in attendance? Bronson Arroyo bobble-head night!

More than double the crowd for a 25 cent figurine of a sub-.500 pitcher with a bad haircut.

Posted by: Kev | September 7, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: chimprage | September 7, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

AARGH! I'm going to this game! Turner Field already stinks as it is. Go Nats!

Posted by: Lee | September 8, 2007 8:20 AM | Report abuse

This is your best blog post ever. Congrats.

Posted by: dc | September 8, 2007 10:47 PM | Report abuse

i'm sorry. so...the nats can't get above last place and fans are trying to call out turner field for being fan-friendly? it's fun to go to games there because they have what we like. turner field doesn't sell out playoff games because it's huge and people have to work, at least in some cities. at least we win baseball games...sometimes. even when everything else in our season is going wrong; even when we're losing to the marlins in front of a crowd of, i dunno, 12 or so, we're still able to beat the Nats. The team is pathetic and plays in a pathetic hand-me-down field that even a pathetic hand-me-down football team won't play in. Word to the wise: focus on playing and recruiting like a professional team - then, maybe you can consider criticizing another stadium's policies. Or maybe read a decent columnist with some actual theories. At least Boswell knows what he's talking about...

Posted by: kat | September 9, 2007 12:19 AM | Report abuse

So if you are allergic to dogs, does that mean you are SOL? That's a pretty pathetic move by the braves. Way to alienate a whole bunch of people.

Posted by: FS | September 9, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

This story went to the dogs early!
Hey Dan, how bout a follow-up on that
"Take Back Our Park" (from Red Sox Nation) this weekend. Was just wondering how that campaign worked out....ROFLMAO.

Posted by: caphcky | September 10, 2007 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Kat needs a hug - and a fact checker. Nats aren't in last place.

Posted by: Rob Iola | September 10, 2007 8:08 AM | Report abuse

More facts for Kat:

Turner Field isn't huge. At nearly 50,000 it's still in the middle of the pack for stadium size.

Folks work in every other playoff baseball town, and they don't have problems getting to games.

The city has become apathetic to the team.

Posted by: Kim | September 10, 2007 9:14 AM | Report abuse

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