Real baseball at half the regular price. Maybe major league teams are serious about giving back something to the fans.
The Minnesota Twins seem to be - for the opening four games, at least.The Twins made a goodwill gesture to their fans, offering all tickets to the opening series against Baltimore from April 27-30 at a 50-percent discount.
"We logged in the first couple of hours more calls than we had in the last couple of weeks combined," Twins spokesman Dave St. Peter said.
The Philadelphia Philles are offering discounted tickets until May 21. Richard Deats, the team's director of ticket operations, said the box office at Veterans Stadium did a brisk business Monday.
"We always sell out our home opener, and we're nowhere close to selling out the 27th or 28th, so, whatever our home opener ends up being, we probably won't sell out," Deats said.
Opening day for many teams will be April 26. AL and NL schedules are being revised, and the leagues expect to have them ready by Monday.
Only one team, the Colorado Rockies, will have a new home this season. Coors Field was supposed to open Friday in a game with the Phillies. With the regular-season debut delayed, Rockies officials said they will attempt to get April 7 ticket holders into the new home season opener, no matter when it is. "They probably won't be the same price range. People who have bought advance tickets have been assured those seats," Rockies spokesman Mike Swanson said.
There were lines at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, where about 20 people were on hand when ticket windows opened. Most windows had lines four and five deep throughout the day, Indians spokeswoman Sue Gharrity said.
The Baltimore Orioles, the only team that refused to field a replacement team in spring training, sold more than 25,000 tickets. The St. Louis Cardinals said the switchboard lit up "like Christmas trees" for orders, and fans lined up outside Fenway Park in Boston.
At The Ballpark in Arlington, some fans showed up to return tickets to Texas Rangers games wiped out by the strike.
"Most of the calls we're getting are informational, because people don't know when we're opening," Rangers spokesman John Blake said. "We're trying to hold off on a ticket policy until we hear what the schedule is."