BRENT BLANCHARD knows that those who missed the Phillies clinching the World Series because their tickets were sold out from under them can never get that experience back.
But after a meeting he had yesterday with John Weber, VP for sales and ticket operations, it sounds like the Phils will try to make up for things next year. Blanchard said he was told that team officials were amenable to talking to everyone who had a problem that Wednesday night in October on a case-by-case basis.
Blanchard said he will be contacting everyone who reached out to him over the next couple of days to pass along Weber's message and number. "They did acknowledge that it did happen to a couple hundred people," Blanchard said by phone. The Phillies did not return several phone calls seeking comment.
Blanchard and a couple of associates purchased an ad that ran in the Daily News and Inquirer last week asking to hear from other fans whose tickets for the second half of that crazy Game 5 were invalidated, keeping them out of Citizens Bank Park. He said he started hearing from others as soon as the first ad ran.
Saint Joseph's is playing its home men's basketball games this season at the Palestra as renovations proceed at the Fieldhouse. While a peek at the $30 ticket price for Hawk home games this season might raise an eyebrow, the school is running a number of promotions around their ticket sales. One is a buy-two-games, get-one-free promotion for every St. Joe's home game except Penn.
The Philly Sports Congress calendar for 2009 already is filled, with everything from NCAA hoops in March to a meeting of the World Rowing Forum in November. The one other date that's circled is Jan. 9, but that has nothing to do with the present. Instead, it's when bids are due to play host to Army-Navy during 2010 through 2014. *
- Paul Vigna