Council Auctions Off Baseball Tickets It Doesn’t Have was originally published on City Desk on Apr. 27, 2009, at 3:00 pm
As their baseball-suite squabble with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has festered over the past two weeks, members of the D.C. Council have had a ready reply to any accusations of cravenness in their ticket-grubbing: We don’t use them ourselves! We give them away to constituents!
LL is glad to see that those magnanimous impulses haven’t seen stymied by the fact that the council still has not been given any tickets by Hizzoner.
To wit, the auction fundraiser for Murch Elementary School, held Saturday at the Washington Hebrew Congregation -- check out Lot 923: “Nationals Tickets in the City Council Skybox.”
“Enjoy the Nationals from the best view in the house,” the auction booklet reads. “Watch the game from the City Council’s Sky box. The package includes a catered spread of tempting food and beverages (beer, wine, soda). Four tickets to a 2009 home game of your choice.” The donation comes courtesy of Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Council.
The estimated value of the lot: “Priceless.”
But maybe the skybox wasn’t working for you. Maybe you’ve been reading the headlines and wanted to bank on something a little more reliable. Or perhaps you’ve got more of an executive-branch mindset. In that case, may LL direct your attention to Lot 111: “Run With the Mayor! Get New Shoes, Too!”
“Join D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and members of the Fleet Feet AOAT team for an early morning track run on a Wednesday of your choice. Track your split times, trade triathlon training tips, and chat with the mayor in an informal setting. Before you go, be sure to stop by Fleet Feet, a Washington institution for serious runners, and get fitted for a free pair of brand spanking new running shows (up to $110 value).”
And how to arrange the run date? “Contact Murch Dad James Byles to coordinate your track date and pick-up time.” Byles, of course, is the member of Fenty’s running team that he attempted, unsuccessfully, to nominate to the Public Employee Relations Board.
And how much is such a rendezvous worth?