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While at work today, Amy sent me this text:
There’s something waiting for you at the door!
I knew what it was. My Indians season tickets!
I raced home and met Amy and Olivia on the porch, as they were waiting with the tickets. We went inside and I opened the fedEx box. Here were the contents:
The package featured a Day Planner, which was the nicest of the three plans that I received. The Pirates sent out no such planner, the Reds sent a cheap calendar, but the Indians sent a nice bound book.
Inside there is a day by day space for you to plan your days around Indians games. Game dates and TV information is also listed.
The beginning of the planner has 18 pages of information for season ticket holders about their benefits, exchange privileges etc.
Next I looked at the part that is most exciting. The season ticket books. The covers of the books were beautiful, featuring Progressive Field beneath a setting sun.
This cover blows away the Pirates cover, and beats the Reds cover too, in my opinion.
I had high expectations when I opened the Indians ticket book to check out what the tickets themselves look like.
Are you ready to see?
Here’s sheet one, games 1-6
And sheet two, games 7-12
The tickets feature Justin Masterson, Shin Shoo Choo, Chris Perez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Manny Acta, Carlos Santana, Travis Hafner, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Grady Sizemore. They then cycle through several more times through game 81.
What do you think of the design?
I think its far too repetitive and boring. I like the idea of featuring players on the tickets. The Pirates and Reds also featured their stars on their tickets. However, the Indians tickets just look bland and plain after you look at them for a bit. All of the player portraits are painted in the exact same style, with the exact same background.
I’m going to go with Reds as the best design, Pirates as second best, and Indians third for 2012 season ticket designs.
The package also contained a letter from the Director of Season Ticket Sales.
Dear Mr Jabs:
The Indians 112th Opening Day as a charter member of the American League is fast approaching and we look forward to having you at Progressive Field for the 2012 season. The Tribe’s strong campaign in 2011 positioned us well to achieve our ultimate goal of bringing a championship to Cleveland. Our talented young group of players has shown success at the Major League level and has propelled us from a developing team to contenders.
Our commitment to you, our most loyal fans, extends well beyond the field. We are extremely proud of our heritage as one of Cleveland’s longest standing institutions and strive every day to live our guiding commitments to create memories, connect generations and celebrate families. Baseball is unique in its ability to produce special moments nearly every day and we strive to foster an environment that celebrates the heritage of the game and the Indians, and gives you superior fan experiences that create a one of a kind, multi-generational memories.
Enclosed please find your Indians Season Ticket Holder Packet of Information which includes:
*Season ticket books
*Club Seat Test Drive Vouchers
*2012 Season Ticket Holder Guide and Planner
*Indians Team Shop Discount Coupons
In addition, we have a number of exciting events for 2012 including post-game concerts, Indians Rally Alley Days, Fireworks Shows, Dollar Dog Nights, Kids Fun Days, and more. Also, five bobble head nights and four replica jersey nights are on the calendar, offering the first 15,000 fans through the gates on each of these nights a keepsake of one of their favorite Indians players, past and present.
Last June, we added a dedicated staff to provide you service and maximize your investment in the Cleveland Indians. This season, look to hear from your Client Service Specialist often with updates and invitations to exclusive events. If at any time you have questions related to your season ticket package, please call 216-420-HITS, and we will connect you to your Service Specialist.
We thank you for your support and loyalty.
Director, Season Ticket Sales.
By the way, if anyone is every going to be at Progressive Field and needs a 20% coupon, let me know – they sent me 12 of them.
So, ticket wise, I’m all ready to go for the 2012 season. I have tickets to every game that I plan on attending except for the games that I’m heading to out West. I’ll probably just turn to stubhub for those.
There’s only 21 more days until Opening Day. Wow. Also, you have until Sunday to win a CC Sabathia shirt. To enter, all you have to do is comment.
Its been a great week for baseball. My Pirates season tickets arrived on Monday. I blogged about them here. On Tuesday, MLB The Show came out, and my Reds season tickets arrived in the mail. I bought Reds season tickets this year – a full season’s worth, after only being a 13 game plan holder in 2010. The Reds underperformed in 2011, and will compete with the Cardinals and Brewers for the Division title this year without question. I obviously can’t attend all 81 games since I live far away, but reselling the games I can’t make on stubhub has been rather easy so far via stubhub.
Plus, as a full season ticket holder, I get to take batting practice on the field of Great American Ballpark.
Here’s the contents of my Reds season package:
It looks very similar to the contents of the Pirates package that I got the day before, doesn’t it? Once main difference, is that it includes a Reds Season Ticket Calendar.
Most important to me, was the season ticket book itself. It had a nice design featuring the Reds stars.
Inside, the first page was fully dedicated to Opening Day, which is virtually a city-wide holiday in Cincinnati. Look how freakin’ nice the Reds Opening Day season ticket is:
It’s a collector’s item!
The rest of the tickets are really nice too. They look a bit like the Pirates tickets in the fact that they have a gray background and feature players. However, these tickets are vertical. Rather than focusing on four players like the Pirates did, the Reds picked their top 7.
The Reds also included a letter from their president.
Dear Season Ticket Holder,
On behalf of the entire Cincinnati Reds organization, thank you for purchasing a Reds season ticket plan for 2012. As a season ticket holder, you are truly the foundation of Reds baseball and we hope you understand how important your commitment is to all of us.
Although the 2011 season did not meet expectations we had when the year began, I am confident that our club has a much more exciting campaign ahead in 2012. General Manager Walt Jocketty and his staff have worked hard throughout the offseason to upgrade our roster and provide us with the best chance to win. The acquisition of Mat Latos gives us another talented young pitcher, who we believe will combine with Johnny Cueto to anchor our starting rotation for many years to come. Also, the additions of Ryan Madson and Sean Marshall will strengthen our bullpen, particularly in protecting leads in the late innings. These changes combined with the potent lineup that returns 2011 All Stars Joey Votto, Scott Rolen, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips have us all eager for the 2012 season to begin.
Enclosed with this letter you will find your 2012 season tickets. This season’s tickets highlight many of your Reds favorite players in a unique way that we hope you enjoy. This design is exclusive to our season tickets and another example of our efforts to reward you with something special for choosing to become a Reds Season Ticket Holder.
Once again, thank you for your loyalty and support of Reds baseball. We look forward to welcoming you to the Home of the Reds this summer.
Robert H Castellini
Reds President and CEO
I’ll make it out to Cincinnati in April, which still seems like a long way away.
However, Opening Day is just 29 days away, and you still have until Sunday to win this Ryan Zimmerman Shirt.
In December, I received a brochure from the Cincinnati Reds asking me to renew my season tickets. I once was a Reds season ticket holder in 2010, when I bought a Baker’s Dozen 13 game plan. I spent like $90 on one seat for 13 games. I ended up only attending three games in Cincinnati that year, and snagging 13 balls total, but one of those games was game three of the NLDS, where I snagged six balls and set a single season record.
It was early October, and it was Amy and my first ever road trip together, so I have a soft spot in my heart for Cincinnati.
Without giving away too much information about my 2012 master schedule (we’ll save that for another blog) , it looks like I’ll be attending hopefully at least 10 games there, although I could attend up to 20 games there.
I figured that since the Reds will be a hot ticket this year (they’re going to win the Central) that I would go ahead and buy a VIP plan. Full 81 games. 2 tickets to each game. 162 tickets in total. It cost me $1289.50, but I made a lot of that back by selling my opening day tickets from the plan. I plan on holding back 40 tickets worth and selling the other 122 to at least break even.
So what’s there to like about the Cincinnati Reds and Great American Ballpark this year? Here’s some of the benefits:
1) Early access
I’ll be entering at 4:30 many games by buying a BP tour ticket. If the tickets are sold out, I’d still get in at 5:10 with the season ticket holders, but imagine having BP with just a hand full of other people for the first 70 minutes of batting practice. That’s right – the general public doesn’t get in until 5:40. Zack Hample took advantage of this in 2011 and snagged 36 in one game. What would you rather ballhawk in? This?
The crowds at Great American Ballpark can really suck, especially when you have to factor in those railings in the aisles that block your mobility. You can pretty much forget snagging much from 5:40-6:10.
2) Good resell value
I’ve sold 8 of the 122 tickets that I won’t use already on stubhub. The cheapest opening day seat is currently selling for $109. That’s for just one ticket! With the Tigers and Indians coming to GABP, there’s demand.
3) Opportunity to buy more Opening Day tickets.
All season ticket holders are guaranteed the opportunity to get more opening day tickets. Meaning, at the very least, if I bought two more for $20 and resold them for $220 – well, you can do the math. We’re just chipping away at that $1289.50.
4) Take batting practice on the field.
All full season ticket holders get to take batting practice on the field at Great American Ballpark. Unlike PNC Park, its for full season ticket holders only, so hopefully there’ll be less people there resulting in more cage time for me. My ultimate goal is to jack one out of a major league ballpark. I haven’t been lifting all these weights for nothing. I haven’t been able to do it at PNC Park yet.
5) Post-season guaranteed tickets
When the Reds make the post season in 2012, I’ll get to buy more tickets. Even if I can’t attend, reselling the tickets will make this investment more beneficial.
6) Unused season ticket exchange program
I used this before in 2010 when I had the Baker’s Dozen plan to exchange my unused tickets for a game later in the season against the Brewers that I could easily spin off to a buyer on ebay. It’s simple, by mail, and if you can’t get rid of your tickets, then you can request games later in the season.
With the purchase of these Reds tickets, that makes 7 season tickets for 3 different teams that I’m now the owner of. That’s 567 tickets that I have.
Did I go overboard? What do you think? Were the Reds tickets worth it? I think they were. All of my tickets for my 2012 games are bought and paid for, and I’m going to get a lot of that money back by reselling the ones I can’t use.
At any rate, if you need a season ticket to get in early to PNC Park or Great American Ballpark, you now know where to turn.
There’s only 58 more days until Opening Day, 11 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, and 6 days to win this Brandon Phillips jersey Tshirt.
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I am now a season ticket holder for three different MLB teams.
I’ve been a full 81 game season ticket holder since November 2006 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and will continue renewing my tickets as long as they have the early entrance perk for their season ticket holders.
Recently, I wrote about the possibility of becoming a partial season ticket holder for the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds as you may remember will welcome their season ticket holders into the park an extra 30 minutes early, just like at PNC Park and Camden Yards.
I decided that it would be well worth it to invest $81 for 13 games just for that perk alone.
I didn’t stop there.
As I compiled my master 2010 list of the games that I’d like to attend, I noticed that there were about 22 or so Cleveland Indians games listed at Progressive Field.
I started browsing the Indians’ site and decided that it would make sense to buy a 20 game plan. I chose the 20 game Flex plan and picked out 20 of the games that I planned on attending in 2010.
So, Western Pennsylvania may not be a great area to live to see winning baseball, but its a great place to see affordable baseball.
When I attended my final game of the 2009 season at Great American ballpark, I had thought that it would be the last time I would step inside of that ballpark for a long time. The gates didn’t open until 5:40, which was beyond frustrating, especially after driving all the way from Pittsburgh. I was planning to turn my road game attention to the Nationals and Orioles.
I was bored the other day, so I started looking around the various MLB sites at the perks that other teams give their season ticket holders.
When I was looking at the Reds’ benefits, this stood out to me:
That’s right, the Reds will be having an early entrance gate for season ticket holders only. It will be just like at PNC Park. Its basically like having the whole park to yourself for 30 minutes.
During the 2009 season, the Reds finished 27th in attendance, just ahead of the Pirates who were 28th. I can assume that the season ticket time will be about just as crowded as it is in Pittsburgh, which is to say, it won’t be.
I started to do some research. I looked exclusively at the Baker’s Dozen plan, which is a pack of 13 games. Its the smallest plan one can buy and still enjoy the benefits of being a season ticket holder.
I zeroed in on the Saturday plan:
Does this mean that the Nationals too will have 30 minutes for only season ticket holders, or is this just a special gate that opens so that the season ticket holders won’t have to wait in a line at 4:30 when the gates open?
Any advice would be appreciated.
My 2009 Season Tickets had arrived. It wasn’t quite like the 2005 movie Fever Pitch in which Red Sox season ticket holder Jimmy Fallon rushes out into the street to greet the delivery man in his pijamas to get his tickets, but it was a day I’d been looking forward to.
This is my third year being a full 81 game season ticket holder. This year, the cost of my tickets dropped by about 30%. My entire plan cost me $798 for 2 tickets for an entire season, an amazing deal.
I was looking forward to seeing the design that the Pirates put together for the upcoming campaign. In recent memory, the Pirates had always featured five different stars on their season ticket stubs. Last year, Matt Capps, Tom Gorzellanny, Ian Snell, Freddy Sanchez and Adam LaRoche appeared on the season tickets which were designed after 2008 Topps Baseball Cards. Below is a picture of the last 4 years of season tickets:
On the left is the 2005 season ticket depicting Jack Wilson. Wilson was coming off of a fantastic 2004 season, his career year. The ’06 design stars Sean Casey in the picture above. The ’05 and ’06 tickets were very similar in design. The 2007 tickets featured elements of PNC Park in the background of the ticket along with front and center photos of the Pirates stars. On the right side of the above picture you can see Gorzelanny and the 2008 version.
So, what do the 2009 tickets look like?
The opening day ticket is on the front of the booklet to the right.
I flipped open the book to see what the ’09 design was. I was expecting to see Nate McLouth, Paul Maholm and Ryan Doumit make their debut on the season ticket stubs. Possibly Matt Capps and Brandon Moss would join them? (Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson, and Adam LaRoche were out of the question as they will likely be traded in ’09).
However, the Pirates made an unexpected change on their 2009 tickets:
They abandoned using player photos and went with Pirates related photos. I like the fact that they have the 2009 Topps Baseball Card border again. I’m not crazy about the photos though. I think they’ll become somewhat boring and generic, especially the Pirate hat and jersey ticket.
The Pirates did a similar design in the early 2000′s, where they featured PNC Park scenery like the Clemente bridge, Wagner statue etc.
Also in my season ticket package was a letter from Frank Coonelly.
The letter basically stated:
Thank you for your support of the Pirates. We are thrilled that you will be back with us again in 2009 and truly appreciate the faith that you have shown in us. We have made significant progress over the last year and are a much stronger organization than we have been in recent years. There are many reasons that Pirates fans should be excited not only for the upcoming season, but for the future as well, below are just a few of them:
1) We have hired two of the best coaches in the game at their positions in Joe Kerrigan and Perry Hill as our first base/infield coach.
2) Witnessing the continued growth of players such as McLouth, Maholm and Doumit, and being on hand to see who will be this year’s breakout performers. We have challenged our players to be the best players they can be and we are confident that our other young players will experience significant growth in 2009.
3) The improvement of the pitching staff. As a result of the trades we made last season, we now have far more depth in our starting rotation. We are confident that the increased competition for rotation spots coupled with the addition of Joe Kerrigan will make us a stronger club in 2009.
4) In just one year we have added significant talent to our system. Indeed, five or the players listed in our top 10 prospects were not in our organization a year ago. We are excited to follow the continued development of highly talented prospects such as Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, Bryan Morris, Brad Lincoln, Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker and others.
Off the field, we have increased out staff in order to provide you with the best possible service throughout this season.
Your continued support of the Pirates is greatly appreciated by everyone in this organization and we are glad you will be on board with us as we continue to return this organization to prominence. We are working extremely hard to build the winning organization that you so richly deserve.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at PNC Park in 2009.
Sincerely, Frank Coonelly
It seems like Frank is pinning a lot of his optimism for success in 2009 on Joe Kerrigan’s shoulders. Basically Kerrigan has to take the same group that was the worst staff in 2008 and turn them all around. We’ll see about that. It could be possible, but is it probable?