Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Don't let a good family baseball game go to waste
"SCOOP — POLITICO’S Kenneth P. Vogel: “The Boston Red Sox come to Washington next week for a three-game interleague series … More than a dozen lawmakers — including seven from Massachusetts and its neighboring states (aka Red Sox Nation) — have scheduled fundraisers at Nationals Park when the Sox come to town to play the cellar-dwelling Washington Nationals. For between $1,500 and $5,000, lobbyists and political action committee managers can take in a game and a beer with a powerful lawmaker who controls the fate of legislation they’re paid to sway. Donors who give $5,000 to Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) get two tickets to the game, plus the chance to watch batting practice from the exclusive President’s Club seating area beforehand, according to his invitation. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) says donors will enjoy a pregame ‘dinner reception at the President’s Club, then enjoy the game in the best seats in the house — behind home plate!’ Langevin — a big Sox fan, according to his spokeswoman, Joy Fox — quickly sold out 50 tickets for between $1,500 and $2,500 a pop. Not a bad markup, when you consider the face value was $200 each.”" I say hand out some tickets to a school or charitable organization. With so many out of a job and the price of admission so high, a simple ballgame is no longer affordable to many families.