Metro Card Update

Sloan Baker

Now that Emilie Cole has told us how to get a new Curly W SmarTrip card, we'd best run out and get it.

According to WTOP, the Nationals season schedule magnets -- which will be given out to the first 20,000 people at the ballpark on Thursday, April 10 -- can demagnetize paper Metro farecards. Now there really is a reason to go with the Curly W.

By Sloan Baker  |  April 3, 2008; 6:46 PM ET  | Category:  Sloan Baker
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Uhhh....thats wonderful but how about some discussion about the baseball game? This sounds like a promotional site for gadgets and Metro.

Posted by: JT | April 3, 2008 9:33 PM

the Grounds Crew is not intended to address the baseball game; the Sports coverage will ably cover that. Grounds Crew is limited to fan reaction to the fan experience.

If any Grounds Crew blogger discuss the game, they're immediately shot, or

forced to attend Orioles games.

Posted by: editorial staff | April 3, 2008 9:41 PM

@JT: The subtitle of this blog specifically states that it's about Nationals Park, not Nationals games. I recommend Svrluga's Nationals Journal for game talk.

Posted by: Section 312 | April 3, 2008 10:08 PM

This isn't news, this is a matter of common sense. WTOP was silly to call it an exclusive, and it doesn't deserve this much hype. Always keep magnets away from farecards, it isn't anything new.

Posted by: OTP | April 4, 2008 5:15 AM

This blog is a dud. Who would want to discuss a ballpark after the first day? And by the a city that has two hundred black men shot to death every year your comments about being shot are not in very good taste.

Posted by: Potomac | April 4, 2008 8:34 AM

Prefacing my comment: Grounds Crew members aren't in cahoots with one another, or biased toward the Post, so I hope this isn't written off just because I am a GCer.

In a city with a unique population of natives and transients, no national political recognition yet being the center of national politics, a huge disparity between economic classes, a history of some serious racism, and a myriad of other problems that thousands of good-hearted people are working on everyday...there was built a $611-million baseball stadium.

For better or worse, it was built.

The Post (also for better or worse) opened up its resources/dedicated 'valuable' time and space for a group of area residents to give their $.02 specifically on the stadium - and franchise from a resident (and also fan) experience-basis. There was an open call for folks to join Grounds Crew, and so here we are on our own volition.

We want to report on any little detail involved in our experience with the stadium and team. Sometimes that might seem "trite" because we're talking about cold hotdogs or a silly Metro pass. But on the other hand, if I go to a game and see the negative effects of the development on a fellow human being I will also post about that. I should also throw in here that in this world of instant and abundant information, there is tons of coverage on every aspect of the park out there.

We all appreciate your feedback and the whole point of this project is for discussions like these!

Posted by: Emilie | April 4, 2008 9:28 AM

___________ in a city that has two hundred black men shot to death every year your comments about being shot are not in very good taste. ____________

funny, the asian, white, and hispanic dead think your comment in not in very good taste.

Please remember the writing process, the publishing process, and especially the BLOGGING process. An article on an insipid, or funny, or insignificant thing does NOT diminish the significance of other stories and other items. Newspapers that print only the horror stories of the worst societal flaws and excesses WON't BE READ. And a new baseball park is, by definition, news. New vendors are NEWS. New fan experiences, or Metro cards, or employment opportunities are news. And the pleasant and trivial goings and doings of fellow Washingtonians deserve a place, and it's great that the Post hasn't limited its coverage to sports writers or local celebrity columnists.

A dirty little secret -- all of these posts are just intended to get you to comment, and to read and explore. I'm sure that the Washington Post inserted the "will be shot" comment to get more readers.

Next week will be dead puppies.

Please lighten up.

Posted by: reader | April 4, 2008 10:14 AM

"reader" has a problem with her caps lock button

Posted by: responder | April 4, 2008 10:15 AM

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