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Final Game Cancelled

At 9:15 p.m. tonight, the game was called off.

This being the final home game of the season, here are the pertinent ticket details:

Season Ticket Holders
-- The value of your season ticket(s) and applicable season parking pass(es) for this game will be credited to your Nationals season ticket account and will be applied towards the cost of your 2009 season tickets.

Individual Ticket Buyers
-- Fans who purchased individual tickets and/or parking pass(es) in advance for this game may redeem their tickets for the same price or lesser value tickets for any Monday - Thursday non-premium game during the 2009 regular season, based on availability. Fans must present the September 25, 2008 game ticket at the time of redemption. Individual parking passes may be presented at the same parking lot for the game in 2009 that you choose to attend.

Group Ticket Buyers -- Fans who are in possession of group tickets (i.e. 25 or more tickets purchased through the Nationals Group Sales Department), may redeem their tickets for the same price or lesser value tickets for any Monday - Thursday non-premium game during the 2009 regular season, based on availability. For further information regarding your group ticket purchase for September 25, 2008, please contact your Group Leader or your Washington Nationals Group Sales Representative at 202-675-6287, Option 1.

Complimentary Season Ticket Exchange Tickets -- Season ticket holders who are in possession of tickets for the September 25, 2008 game, that had been exchanged as part of our Unused Ticket Exchange Program, may redeem their tickets for Upper Gallery Level or Upper Right Field Terrace seats for any Monday - Thursday non-premium game in the 2009 regular season, based on availability.

Complimentary Tickets -- Complimentary tickets that are not part of the Season Ticket Holder Exchange program have no value and may not be redeemed for a game in the 2009 regular or post season.

Raincheck redemption will begin when individual game tickets go on sale for the 2009 Nationals season (late February/early March).

By Chico Harlan  |  September 25, 2008; 9:16 PM ET
 
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Comments

so no make-up game I guess? The Nats get screwed in the Strasburg Sweepstakes.

Posted by: brent | September 25, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

OK, after my discussion of hat mojo the other day, I'm brekaing out the secret weapon: My blue and green Mariners hat from the first season they switched to the new logo (1993?). I will wear it proudly in the rain and let its presence egg them on to wins in their final series so that we get first prize in the sweepstakes.

Root for Putz (the closer, not the guy doing this post)!

Posted by: PTBNL | September 25, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

No makeup game will be scheduled according to ESPN.com

Posted by: BSG | September 25, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

1a: thanks for the youtube link of Charlie and Dave dancing. All the comments they made on-air and I never did see them actually dance.

Here's to having something to really dance about in that booth next season!

Posted by: i hate walks | September 25, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

You're welcome, IHW. I provided the link but credit for the video goes to Bottomfeeder Baseball. I'm all for having something to dance about next year!

You are a man of many hats, PTBNL, not a putz. :-D

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 25, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I was new posted and feel compelled to say this to the Nats fan community:

Tonight might just be the night that the Lerners finally lose me and access to my wallet.

Sure, I knew it was gonna be a little wet tonight - but its the last home game and, ahem, FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT ya know.

Seriously, I cant imagine what in the hell they were thinking.. where were the promised prizes and giveaways? The couple thousand people that showed up tonight are certainly the CORE of your fan base. We showed up for a "meaningless" game on a wet night to show our support for our players and the Lerners showed concern for keeping the concessions open one more night - and boy were they understaffed even for the small crowd.

Arrived at 6:15 thinking there might be a little fanfare. Nope. Nothin. Sat there for two hours in various levels of sprinkle/rain. Wouldnt that have been a good time to have stupid Clint giving away crap. Put the giveways up on the video screen, show us the "season highlights" give us something to do other than increasingly think how stupid we are for sitting there!

I hear that Clint was giving away 2 for 1 pizza coupons - cant you get that deal every Tuesday by picking up the phone? oh he did have ice cream coupons for kids.

Why wasnt there a promotional item for everyone.. man, with only a few thousand people in attendance they certainly still have left over t-shirts and promo items they could have handed out!

Alot of minor league teams offer 1/2 price concessions during rainouts or dollar dogs.
Not at the Food Court on South Capitol- there they put the hated Mets game on the jumbotron and continue as usual, because now I see that SOCH and all the other naysayers might be right.. the Lerners dont care about the "product" nearly as much as selling $7.50 beers and $5 hot dogs.

The saving grace for me in all of this is that I was able to have a long talk with a couple other guys who sit in my section. Everyone had stories to swap about our various interactions with the team. Let me assure you that no one is happy nor feels like they are receiving adequate value for their dollar. While not eye-opening, it was certainly a confirmation of what has been hinted more and more lately. The Lerners are pissing off the few fans in town.

Bottom line. Fan appreciation activities and swag was advertised and some real fans showed up - and left sitting in the rain!

Granted - the ticket exchange program announced above by Chico does sound fair, but everyone seemed to be in agreement that we get very, very little from being season ticket holders and that it is a much better financial decision to buy day-of tix in 09

Posted by: Angry in Alexandria | September 25, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Great. Screwed out of two tickets. I am not getting season tickets again next year. Thanks Nats.

Posted by: Bergmann on Man | September 25, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

The nats had nothing to do with the decision to cancel the game. It was MLB. You can thank them for not rescheduling the game.

Posted by: natsinthevalley | September 25, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Unlike, say, the Chinese government, we don't control the weather either.

Posted by: Fake FO | September 25, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Well, they did throw out free t-shirts after announcing the game was officially cancelled! Woohoo! Free worthless shirts!

And the stadium employees could not have been phoning it in more than they were tonight. They were officially in a "last game of the year, can't be bothered to care" mode. Except for the usher who, for whatever ungodly reason that I can't fathom, decided she needed to check my ticket to keep me from walking from one section to another (within the same ticket class). WTF?! It's raining, the tarp's still on the field and you're checking tickets?!

I like to go to the last game of the year, but this whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth. Not the way you want to go into the off-season . . .

Posted by: Bucky Katt | September 25, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

somehow this is an apt metaphor of the nats season.

Posted by: natsscribe | September 25, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree. A final F* you to season ticket holders who aren't renewing. Lovely. Makes me really encouraged to find another season ticket group next year.

Posted by: Tracy | September 25, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Charlie and Dave explained on the radio tonight, that, when it is the last game between two teams in the season, the Umpires, not the team, have control over the decision whether or not to start the game.

While you might criticize the Lerners for not doing more for the fans who did show up -- and a free ticket voucher to ANY game next season would have been nice -- the decision about the game was not theirs nor anyone else on the Nationals.

That said, the Nationals need to get a LOT better in the in-game experience and how they treat season ticket holders and regular fans.

And Stan, please stay, we need you, Washington needs you, this ship sinks without you on it....

Us fans have a lot to be "soar" about this year! But maybe the Nats will "sore" in 2009!

Posted by: Steve | September 25, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh, tonight was what you made of it, and we had a great time, even if we are soggy. At the end, after the grounds crew dumped the water off the infield cover and then put it back on, the players all came out, everyone came down by the Nats dugout and Manny made a short, heartfelt speech to thank us, then the players were all throwing the shirts - and who knew that Willie Harris was such a ham, showing off when his highlights were being shown on the big screen, then getting crowds on one side of the dugout to shout, then the other - then throwing baseballs to the crowd. If you wanted the night to be terrible it was, but it was also terrific if you wanted that. We'll be back next season.

Posted by: Traveler | September 25, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm betting those of you that aren't renewing season tickets can probably use them as straight rain checks next season. I have found that the Nats have been very good about things like this. It never hurts to ask. As for me, my ticket for tonight was a rain check from the rained out Cardinals game. I have no clue how my ticket will be handled.

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | September 25, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Why the sense of entitlement for other season ticket holders? Something I am missing? I get preferred seats at a discount vs. what the team offers online or at the ticket office.

I would think the rain dampened some of the fan appreciation activities. Octoberfest was moved to a conference room from outdoors. The DJ that plays at the centerfield gate was there. Clint was on TV, unfortunately, giving out the advertised cheap freebees. The charitable foundation was selling team used items and autographs for cheap. They played season highlights after the game was cancelled (like they did at the end of the game last year) and top Nats plays during the rain delay. And all paid ticket holders get a full refund/new ticket in return.

I'm frustrated with a disappointing season and unfulfilled expectation, too. But blame mother nature, not the team for tonight.

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | September 25, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

I was out there tonight, and although it was fun to wander around the concourse, it was frustrating that the advertised fan appreciation giveaways were pretty much nowhere to be found. 2 for 1 Papa John coupons? Seriously? The T-shirt throwing by the team once the game was canceled was nice, but if you weren't down by the dugout your chances of getting one were slim.

The ticket exchange policy sounds good, although simply saying that your ticket is a rain check good for any game next season would be alot simpler. Oh ok, fine, blackout premium games to prevent everyone from using their rainchecks to go to the Red Sox series, depriving the Lerners of the sell out windfall they are looking forward to. But the other restrictions seem petty. And consider this -- lots of season ticket holders are actually groups, which divide up their tickets. Crediting the account instead of just letting people use the rainchecks is going to force all of those who had tickets for tonight to ask for a refund from the leader of their group.

Anyway, kind of a fitting end to a disappointing season, and still it was fun to be out there and I'm going to miss Nats Park all winter long.

Posted by: Section 222 | September 26, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else go last night?

They never intended to play that game. Why do I say that? With the radar looking as bad as it did, the Nats either needed to call that game off a 6PM, or.... try to play it. When 7:10 PM rolled around, there was a light drizzle, light enough that they should have been trying to get a few innings in. That weather wasn't going to get any better. I think the Nats just took advantage of the opportunity to have the bar open for a few hours.

As for Fan Appreciation Night - as a Full STH, I don't feel that the Nats offer much other than a discounted seat. They did have CLint giving away stuff - but he'd pop up on the jumbotron every 15 minutes and just hand out stuff - it wasn't exactly random. I did appreciate getting to see some of the Cubs/Mets on the big screen - it's not the hated Mets, it's a game with playoff implications. Maybe the Brewers game would have made more people happy. The Nats probably don't have permission to show either game.

Throwing the t-shirts into the stands was nice, but I was up in the porch at that time and no-one threw me a t-shirt. I did get 2 bags of cracker jack on the way out - so, at least you can count on the cracker jacks being fresh next April.

Posted by: Sec 114 Row E | September 26, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

To Tom Boswell,
Better late than never.

Posted by: swanni | September 26, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Sorry the game got cancelled, but not the fault of the Nats. I love baseball, love that we have a team, but I have to complain about something (maybe it's the weather)...as others have said, last night we waited, and sat and ate full priced food. The Nats should have had a "plan B." WE all knew it was going to rain; it was raining most of day. How about having Clint (don't get me started!) do more giveaways starting at what should have been game time. And with so few of us there, just give us...something! Even at the season ticket holders’ picnic in the park Saturday, we got license plate holders -- whatever, but it was something we could take away. Still and all, it was a season of very high highs (opening night) and the lowest of the lows. I am glad I did not have to watch the 100th loss in person. I'm from Brooklyn, so I know I'll just have to wait 'til next year!

Posted by: bklynfan | September 26, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

According to Miss Chatter's blog, there were giveaways taking place along the concourse.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 26, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

That's weird. I think that I posted before the last few entries that appear before mine. Maybe the time stamp is off?

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 26, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

No, evidently it's just me that's off...

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 26, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

But we already knew that. New post up.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 26, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

can the fact that last game wont be played how does that effect the obtaing the first pick in the draft

Posted by: cos | September 26, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Check out the Nationals Farm Authority site for draft scenarios.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 26, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I didn't make it to last night's game (we only make it to weekend games for the most part), but I've attended previous Fan Appreciation Days. As far as I recall, there was never a guarantee that everybody would receive a gift item - whether season ticket holder or lowly self-mini-plan-creator like me. I never won anything on such days, nor did I catch any of the items that the team threw out after the game. But that's not why I went - it was to say goodbye to my guys for the year. I'll miss them, and I'll be there for them at the same time next year.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 26, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

So many cry babies, so few paper towels to dry there eyes.

The Nats have nothing to do with the weather, the game being cancelled or anything, but people come here and rip them? Please.

Oh yeah. The Nats have a great fan experience. What more do you want? A free massage or a hand job.

Posted by: Nats #1 | September 26, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

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