Sunday, April 4, 2010

Four day weekend!

You know you're in America when a major religious holiday is pushed as being something other than about religion. Christmas is the gift-buying thing and Easter is the rabbit and egg deal (Do rabbits lay eggs?). Hell, even shopping malls and stores were closed today, which is probably a major cut into their profit margin, but never fear - Memorial Day is coming soon.
Mom and I went to late lunch at Cracker Barrel for Easter. It's hard to stick to a diet plan when the menu is full of "chicken-fried [stuff]" and "half-pound meat." I had trout.
Jesus is on Twitter. I'm surprised he only has 63,000 followers.
I'll be in Wasington, D.C. (our nation's capital) tomorrow watching the Phillies season opener against the lowly Nationals. President Barak Obama will be throwing out the first ball, and I suspect that there will be a select few yahoo's who will boo him, regardless of his throwing prowess. He played a neat game of HORSE with Clark Kellogg on CBS the other night, but I didn't see any of that highlighted on the news shows the way his partial game of bowling was highlighted during the campaign. Maybe that's because he's pretty good at basketball? We like to showcase failure - especially when it's someone we like to see fail. Calm down, folks. It's just politics. Your health care fears are mostly a product of fear-mongering media and partly your own fears of change.
Meanwhile, we bought tickets for the game through StubHub, the official partner of Major League Baseball. Supposedly, I bought our $150 club box seats from someone who couldn't use them, and that's a nice idea. However, today I got an e-mail from the Nationals thanking me for buying tickets for opening day. How would the Nationals know I bought tickets for opening day if I didn't buy them from the Nationals (I wondered quietly to myself)? They know because I probably bought them from the Nationals and not from a fan who couldn't use the tickets. Methinks that Major League Baseball teams see the partnership with StubHub as an opportunity to make a few extra bucks from ticket sales rather than a real method for fans to disperse their unwanted tickets. The $85 club box seats that we paid $150 for would see the $65 go into the coffers of the Nationals rather than some fan. That's a tiny bit disconcerting, especially when they promote StubHub as a fan's resource rather than a team's resource. Such is life in the 21st Century, I'm guessing.


susan said...

Have a great time at the game. I am so glad baseball season started. Daffodils, and pansies are blooming and baseball, life is good! ;-)

And yes, rabbits lay eggs. Remember the Cadbury bunny commercial?

Hoppy Easter Anthony and Anthony's mom. And Thor.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anthony,

My name is Jeffrey Kline from StubHub’s Executive Customer Care team. I read your post and wanted to thank you for your feedback regarding our partnership with Major League Baseball. I understand you have some concerns regarding email communication sent to you by the Nationals after placing an order through StubHub. I apologize for any confusion created by the email communication and would therefore like to take a moment to discuss our Major League Baseball integration and how it works.

At StubHub we are fans like you and created our marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets. In our journey to make this process as easy, safe, and convenient as possible we have partnered with MLB to be their Fan to Fan market of choice. This means that when a buyer purchases tickets on StubHub for an MLB event (excluding Minnesota Twinns and Toronto Blue Jays) the tickets the buyer receives are generated by integrated technology between StubHub and MLB, but are ultimately still being sold by another fan. The fan selling their tickets starts by listing their tickets via StubHub and entering their ticket barcodes during the online listing process. Once the barcodes are entered, StubHub passes the barcodes to MLB who then invalidates the original tickets and issues brand new tickets with new barcodes to the StubHub buyer. The StubHub buyer can then access these new tickets via email or through their StubHub account. During the ticket reissuing process, the buyer’s name and email is shared with MLB for order identification purposes with StubHub.

If you had not already signed up to receive email notifications from the Nationals, our partnership could certainly explain why you had been contacted via email from the team after placing a StubHub order. I hope this sufficiently addresses your concerns but if you do have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at with your StubHub order number and I will follow up with you directly. We hope you had a great time at the event!