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Phillies Fan Finds Loophole To Exploit Nationals ‘Take Back The Park’ Initiative

By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Washington Nationals effort to keep Phillies fans from taking over their park during the May series between the two teams has prompted reactions from amusement to outrage.

It has also spurred one Phillies fan to action, and he found a way around the Nats plan.

Tthe Nationals think that by limiting pre-sales for Phillies games to credit hard holders in the D.C. metro area, they can keep the Phillies red army out of their stadium. (See Related Story)

Well, think again …

“Who are they to say we can’t pay for an admission ticket and go to see their games?” Phillies fan Earl Driscoll wondered.

Driscoll, of Roxborough, was not about to take the Nats plan lying down.

“I went to their website and I saw a way in,” Driscoll explained.

It turns out that directly under that “Take Back The Park” link, there’s one for five game flex plans.

Driscoll found one that not only has both the May and October Phillies series in it, it also has five games for the price of four.

But perhaps the richest irony is the plan’s theme.

“Celebrate manager Davy Johnson’s illustrious career with this special package,” Driscoll said.

Driscoll bought tickets with his Philadelphia-based credit card.

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  • Thanks for the money!

    Man, the Phillies game AND you get to see the Nat’s take on the Astro’s? You must be PSYCHED!

  • Matt

    This is ridiculous. Is this guy gonna go to the 3 games that the Phillies aren’t playing in this 5 game plan? Just go on stub hub or something. This is exactly what the Nationals want you to do. They don’t actually care about whether or not Phillies fans come this is just a marketing ploy.

  • Dave B

    Its easy to get the tickets:
    First, buy an American Express Gift Card at a store like Wawa or CVS, and make sure the value of the card will exceed the total purchase amount of the tickets you will be buying. You can use more than one card if necessary. Step two is to call the toll-free customer service number on the back of the card and tell the AMEX representative that you want to register the card for online purchases. They will ask you for your name, home address and email. Give them your real name and email and then give them a fake address in DC, MD or VA. The easiest way to do this is to go on Google maps and find the address of a large apartment complex somewhere in Maryland (just skip the apt #). Now you can go online and purchase the tickets from the Nationals. You will get a print out that you can present to will call at the stadium to pick up the tickets. To use up the remaining value on your AMEX gift card(s) just use it to buy gas.

    • Kristina

      That’s a lot of effort to give the Nats your money but, uh, OK, sure!

  • Chris

    The last time the Phillies had a losing season they had a lower attendance than the Nats ever have. Bandwagoners.

    • S

      Comparing apples to oranges, the Phillies had been around for over a century and played in a dumpster of a stadium, the Nationals are new and play in a state-of-the-art stadium, there’s no excuse for people not to come

      • chris

        I agree 100%. The team and stadium were bad so you stayed away. Bandwagoners.

      • Kristina

        The Phillies having been around for 100+ years vs. the Nats having been in DC for seven (and sucking severely during part of that time) makes the argument that the Phillies should have had way more fans at their games, even if their stadium was a dump. Yeah, we have a nice stadium, but it’s expensive and a lot of people — not me but less passionate fans — don’t like to pay to watch bad baseball. We’re finally fielding a team that is worth watching to the casual fan. I’m sure when the Phillies someday suck again, or even get mediocre, you won’t be selling out every night.

  • Greg McAlister

    Surely all my fellow Phillie fans aren’t such bandwagon fans that they weren’t around to remember when the Vet was either filled with Met fans or nearly empty.

  • Kristina

    Thanks for supporting the Nats! Cool!!!

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  • Christopher-Michael Snyder

    Although it would be humorous to watch the game on television and see only 5,000 people in the stadium to watch the game I feel that the move is just stupid. What does it say about your fan base and team when you have more people from the visiting team that would rather pay for tickets to their stadium and travel greater distances to the stadium than your own fans? Quite simply…Nationals fans should know that if they want to get into a game they should purchase their tickets earlier just like we Phillies fans know that we have to for ANY home game. If it’s such a big deal to them perhaps they would want to move their franchise further away. But that doesn’t work…you can see seas of red in San Francisco when the Phillies play there.

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