Team “freezes” ticket prices!
I realize this may not catch as many headlines as what we’re going to do about Jason Varitek, or possible free agent moves, but I think it does signal something very important.
As a member of the Front Office, it means that I can take a great deal of pride in the organization I work for. Could we have raised ticket prices again this year? Sure. But we didn’t. And I think that’s pretty cool.
To me it signifies that our owners and those in the position to make this kind of call have not made the disastrous mistake that so many owners in other organizations and have made throughout sports history. That is, becoming detached…arrogant…greedy. They realized that a lot of fans are struggling out there; that the economy is not so hot right now, and we need to make sure that we do not pile it on and make matters worse for struggling families.
The great organizations know how to make money (to keep their team competitive) and yet hold the line when their conscience speaks up. As for us, I know this offseason, a lot of money will continue to be spent to improve our team and our beloved Fenway Park. In fact, renovations to the park are already well underway. And if you ask me, reinvesting in the team and the ballpark is the way to run an organization. It may cost a boatload of money, but at least you’re spending it on things that will benefit the fans.
I won’t continue to toot our horn too much on this, because I know we still do have the highest ticket prices in baseball. But I just wanted to say that I’m proud and happy that we made the right decision.
By the way, tickets will be first available starting December 13 (as part of our annual Christmas at Fenway event).
All the best from a very active Front Office,
“The Voice of the Nation”
PS – I’m so glad to see that so many have been posting comments to the previous entries. Please continue to do so! Or, if you’re a little shy, you can always email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
PPS – I’m sorry the best picture I could come up with for this post was of Arnold Schwarzenegger from that horible “Batman and Robin” movie. If anyone has any more creative suggestions, please let me know…I’d be more than happy to change it.