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Nats going back to old rainout policy

May 8, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

Associated Press
Last night's scheduled series opener was postponed due to rain.

After a backlash from fans upset over a change in club policy for using tickets from postponed games, the Nationals today reversed course and re-instituted the exchange policy they used through their first eight seasons.

Fans were surprised Tuesday afternoon to learn the Nationals were no longer allowing rain checks to be exchanged for future games, only for the officially rescheduled game. (In this case, Tuesday's postponed 7:05 p.m. game will be made up Thursday at 4:05 p.m.)

The club, though, announced late this afternoon they are going back to the original policy.

"The Washington Nationals wish to announce that all fans who purchased tickets for Tuesday night's postponed game with the Detroit Tigers will be guaranteed their same seats for Thursday's scheduled 4:05 p.m. makeup game, or will retain the option to exchange their tickets – as they have in the past – for anyRead more »

  1. Dave - May 8, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    We spoke, they listened. (At least I hope that's what it is.)

  2. Section 222 - May 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Well, that didn't take long. Three cheers for whining and complaining about stupid policies. It worked.

  3. Dave - May 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Right on, Deuces. #thiswillnotstand, you tweeted. You were right.

  4. Jane-o - May 8, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Is tonight's game still on?

  5. Sec. 3, My Sofa - May 8, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    I can just see it:"What do you mean, you forgot to announce the change?""I forgot?? I thought you were going to write that up back in January."

  6. Section 222 - May 8, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Thanks Dave. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. If only my prognostications about baseball were as successful.

  7. Avar - May 8, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    What about future rainouts? The announcement only refers to last nights game.

  8. Candide - May 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    New-posted:Mark tweeted: Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 10m#Nats announce they've changed their rainout ticket policy, will allow exchanges for future games as they'd done in the past.Then Boswell tweeted:Thomas Boswell ‏@ThomasBoswellWP 11mNats should switch back to old rain check policy: xchange for future tickets, subject to availability. Not legal issue, but good ethics & PRMark needs to hit Boz up for a drink!

  9. skidge - May 8, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Yes, unless more was said than is being reported, it could very well be a one-time exception to a revised policy. (Although that would seem incredibly stupid at this point…)

  10. skidge - May 8, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    From Dan Kolko on Twitter: "For those asking, #Nats adjusted rainout policy (in which exchanges are allowed) will apply to entire 2013 reg.season. Not just Tuesday game." I'm happy now!

  11. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 8, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    BTW pouring here in ManasasDid anyone hear if MLB announce anything on John Hershbeck? Or are they are going to say it is OK for umps to ne the aggressors in argument.

  12. Pilchard - May 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Curious as to whether MLB teams like the Red Sox, Yankees and Cubs that have limited available tickets for future games only allow exchanges for the rescheduled games or whether the Nats were the first (and only) to limit the exchange for the make-up game.

  13. John C. - May 8, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Good for them. It's easy to just dig in the heels when pushed, but the Nats didn't do that. Of course, I already gave away my tickets for Thursday – but they're going to a coach who is bringing some little leaguers, so they certainly won't go to waste :)

  14. Ivan Tuski - May 8, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Wooooooo Hooooooo do the right thing!Now I can hit the concession stands full force

  15. Tcostant - May 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    I think this rant helped too, when other towns call you out that says something:http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/hardball/up_harvey_tickets_rare_matchups_swaLU7hCoAIH4zdu2qLYiK#axzz2SnWRQZ68In the end, I'm glad the Nationals saw the light and switch back to the old policy. But I'll never forget, that they tried to pull a fast one on us, like Congress passing themselves raises in the middle of the night.

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