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Dodgers to give away free tickets to members of the military all month long

May 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

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There’s some one-upsmanship going on at baseball ticket offices. First the Nationals — in a prearranged promotion — gave away tickets to military members. Then the Mets joined in on the spur of the moment for tonight’s game.  Now the Dodgers are doing it too, but they’re going a step futher:

The day after U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden, the Dodgers announced they will give free tickets to military members during the month of May. Any active, reserve or retired member with a valid military ID can receive two complimentary tickets at any ticket booth on the day of the game. The tickets will be for the best available seats.

Which team goes all season long first? There are enough who don’t draw so well that it could be done by many.  The only place you may really see it get difficult to manage would be San Diego due to the sheer number of military and military vets in the area, but even then, it’s not like the Padres are selling out the joint.

I bet someone does it this week.

  1. tartan1 - May 3, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    That’s one way to fix the security problem.

    • IdahoMariner - May 3, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      I hate to be cynical, but my immediate thought was the opposite — that if you give free tickets to members in uniform, it would fix the problem (because of the rules about how to behave in public when wearing the uniform) — but as a prosecutor who all-too-frequently was faced with misbehavior (from DUIs to aggravated assault to domestic battery) by members of the service when out of uniform or once out of the service, it seems just as likely that they could get out of hand, too.

      I hope everybody just plays safe and has a good time, because it IS a good way to honor their contributions. Whatever their motivation, if they’ve got the seats, I am glad they are using them this way instead of just letting them go unused.

      • Jonny 5 - May 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM

        Amen to that. A friend of mine was attacked after bumping shoulders with a guy at a bar. The guy then grabbed my friend by the neck and slammed his head into the floor knocking him out. It took about 4 seconds and he never saw the guy before in his life. I was there and by the time I got to where they were, he was on top of my sleeping buddy, so kicked the guy as hard as I could and the dude got up and ran. Turns out he just got back from Afghanistan.They guy was very apologetic, took all the blame, and paid the bills.Of course all after charges were filed. But yeah, um sometimes they aren’t the model of civility. Get this, he was in the police academy at the time and was begging for the charges to be dismissed so he could still become a cop. Which lucky for us never happened.

  2. yankeesfanlen - May 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Our military forces are certainly deserving of this honor.

    And now I get cynical: This thoughtful gesture loses importance the minute it goes beyond the original thought of the Nationals bestowing the free pass because they wouldn’t fill the stadium anyway, and that was coincidentally pre-planned. Nor the Mets. Nor the Dodgers with 62,000 capacity.
    Phillies and Red Sox can’t, they’re sold out every game.The Yankees almost but the logistics might make it dicey, not counting the not-invented-here syndrome.

    I’m proud of the Yankees because they stepped in with a contribution to the tornado victims down south, the Japanese s
    tsunami, and various other relief efforts without prompting, most times before MLB, as an organization, chose to notice.

    • lanflfan - May 3, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      The Yankees were not the only organization to help the victims of those events, yet you don’t mention anyone else.

      And, the official seating capacity of Dodger Stadium is 56,000, with standing room areas adding a little more, that maximizes the capacity at 57,099. These have been the official capacity figures since the Stadium opened in 1962. A city “use permit” prevents any additional seating being added unless some is then subtracted (as has been done for all recent renovations). If you are going to criticize someone at least get your information correct.

      And yes, our military, vets and active service, deserve this honor (without the cynicism).

  3. Jonny 5 - May 3, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    It’s a very sensible way to fill seats if you don’t reach capacity. Like Len says, it’s not possible for some teams to do because the seats are bought and paid for already. But if you had a team with some empty seats why not give them away to people who will more than likely buy things? Food, beverages, hats etc…. Every team with empty seats would probably make more $$ by doing this. That’s probably why the Mets and Dodgers were the first to act.

  4. koufaxmitzvah - May 3, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    The boycott is on, and Frank feels it. Let’s see if he gives our soldiers free parking, too. Or at least cut it to $10.

    Go back to Boston, Frank.

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