Where are my seats? And how much will they cost?
As frustrating as last night's loss was - Tony Batista running through the stop sign, and Cristian ".324" Guzman following with a triple - there really are two significant questions about this franchise this season, and they'll be partially answered in the next two days:
1. How will they restock the minor league system and make this team competitive sooner rather than later?
2. How much will seats cost in the new ballpark?
Tomorrow, the first few rounds of the draft will be held, and the Nationals have - all together now - five of the first 70 choices. We'll chat with some of them tomorrow, and they'll be excited, and the Nationals will say they got exactly who they wanted and they're very excited, but we really won't know how good they'll be for at least a year and probably five in most cases.
But the seating? Well, we'll find that out today. In the early afternoon (just after my chat, which has been moved to noon (please make a note of it)), I'll be down on M St. SE hearing about the relocation process for season ticket holder - basically, what seats you'll be able to buy and how they compare to your seats in RFK - as well as the pricing structure for the entire ballpark at the corner of South Capitol and Potomac SE.
Here's the section on the Nationals' web site with all the information, and here's a rather elaborate PDF of the entire relocation process.
So in the next couple of hours - and even in the chat - would you do me a favor and list a few things you wonder about the new park, or questions I might ask. As a part of a season-ticket holding group myself, I love getting to play the part of customer and asking how we patrons will be treated.
We know this: If you were a season-ticket holder in 2005, when baseball returned to D.C., your place in line is ahead of folks who bought in 2006 or this year (though given that the number of season tickets sold has fallen from about 22,000 in '05 to - and I quote Kasten here - "15 and change" this year, I'm not sure how many new customers there are).
And as an added bonus, when you offer questions or suggestions, I'd love to hear your thoughts on whether the new park will solve the attendance problem. Will we see 40,000 a night? Or will it be what appears to be the core fan base of about 20,000?
Also, I was unable to attend the Nationals' garbage clean-up at the Anacostia River yesterday, but Steinberg went, and he provided a pair of brilliant reports (that's the link to part I, and here's the link to part II).
Talk to you at the chat, which is at noon. And sorry about taking a couple days off without telling you. I don't have another day off until - well, until well after the upcoming road trip, so no worries.
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