Monday, June 02, 2008


We all know how baseball organizations often offer strange promotions to entice fans to the ballpark.

In our rather tough economic times, a summerlong trend is likely to be the additional creativity shown by teams.

The Minnesota Twins are the latest to play off the issues of the day, and try to help out a little bit as money becomes tighter.

Attendance at the Metrodome is down a tad this year, even though the Twins have been playing some really good baseball so far.

(Don't blame the schedule-maker, as the home schedules through June 1 the last two years are quite similar. The Twins have had seven games total against the Yankees and Red Sox already, along with series against former Twin Torii Hunter's new team and the hated White Sox.)

With that in mind, the Twins are trying to help fans deal with the rather high gas prices you see these days.
"Tanks from the Twins" provides a ticket discount equivalent to the national average for the price of a gallon of gasoline.

The amount of the ticket discount will adjust each Monday morning reflecting the most current national average for a gallon of gas. During that week, a single-game ticket in the Upper Club and Lower Reserved sections of the Metrodome purchased for any game during the 2008 season will be discounted by that amount.
It doesn't sound like much, but as someone who will pinch a penny or two off the average price of a gallon of gas whenever possible, let me tell you that it helps.

Given the fortune possessed by the Pohlad family, I'm sure they could afford to whack a few more dollars off tickets in a few more Metrodome sections. In the end, I'm not sure whether to applaud the Twins for this, or call them out for a half-assed, hollow gesture.

By the way, Pohlad's, I live about 150 miles from the Metrodome. Any chance you give me a bit more of a break, since I can't get there on a gallon?

(Thanks, Minneapolis Star Tribune!)

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