Annual Orioles’ fan teabagging still in effect in 2010

No matter what good the Orioles front office has done over the past couple of years there always seems to be an event of some sort which reminds us that it is still the same old Orioles running the show. Last year it was Adam Eaton’s marionette corpse trying to pitch. This year, the Orioles have decided it would be a great idea to charge extra money for tickets purchased on the day of the game. While I know it is still not expensive by any means to go to a game at Camden Yards, it seems a questionable time to be imposing price increases on your fans. Now in order to get tickets at face value, you will have to go to the Orioles box office in person in advance of the game you would like to attend. Ordering tickets via the web and telephone will get you literally raped by Ticketmaster. This is not convenient at all, especially to folks like us who go to 30ish games a season without a single one of them being planned in advance. The ESH are not wealthy folks and we go to games on a whim and buy the bargain seats, usually spending 6 to 8 dollars per ticket. A 2 dollar increase on those tickets is quite substantial, it could possibly deter us from going to as many games as we usually do. Everyone suffers in that situation, most notably the visiting team’s right fielder.

Obviously the O’s are thinking… I don’t know what the hell they’re thinking. I have a pretty good idea of their plan but I wanted to throw in the obligatory Major League quote. The O’s season ticket sales are down substantially again and they are attempting to make some of that money back by targeting the smallest group of fans they can. On any given night, walkup same day ticket sales are likely the minority in attendance. I just don’t see this being a great time to increase ticket costs for any group of fans. We are in the midst of 12 consecutive losing seasons, the economy is still in recession, and the team has just cut payroll once again. It just doesn’t seem to be the right situation to try to squeeze more money out of fans and possibly deter some from coming.  This team should be trying to draw more fans and this will do exactly the opposite. The Orioles will probably not notice much of a difference however since this will only affect a small number of fans in the big picture.  However, it will certainly affect our group and trust me…they want us there as much as possible whether they know it or not.

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