(Update, 2:23 PM - HOLY SHIT UPDATE BELOW!)
But he is a guy who will sign off on selling tickets to the opposing team's fans before the hometown faithful are even given the opportunity to sell the joint out themselves. Which is really very evil. And wrong. (But congrats on the Bills games, Pauley!)
Jeff Blair posts in the Globe on Baseball blog that the Jays sold $10,000 worth of tickets through these special packages to Tigers fans, but that single-game tickets are not being made available until March 2 to fans in Toronto. (Actually, we're seeing February 15 on the Jays' site, but what do we know. We don't have Paul Godrey's cell number.)
Yesterday, when we blogged about this scheme, it was with the notion that a) it hadn't yet been launched and b) that this was in response to slow sales on the home front. But for the brass to assume that we're not gonna buy tickets? So wrong.
And just so that you can get yourself all the way to the other side of the looking glass, Godfrey makes this rather absurd claim:
"We can control the flow of tickets, so if the sales get really hot we can simply shut them down."So, let's see if we've got this straight: the Jays want to sell lots of tickets, so they sell them to people outside of the fan base first. But if they sell too many, they'll stop! Right away!
Also, one of the games being offered to Detroit fans is a Roy Halladay Kids T-Shirt Day...so will the ravenous hordes from Michigan be heading home with this powder blue gem? What frickin' use will it be to them, and moreover, what sort of marketing buzz will the Jays get when a chunk of these end up in a Detroit Metroland landfill?
Here's the point: We love the Blue Jays. Irrationally. We've already posted almost 500 items to this blog in less than a year, and we invest ourselves (financially and emotionally) in this team in a way that is quite unhealthy, to tell the truth.
And as much as Godfrey and Kevin Elster's brother are going to come out in the next day or so and spin this and say how much they love the Blue Jays fans, they don't get it. They don't get the fact that this makes Blue Jays fans and Toronto look like second-class citizens. They don't understand that this makes us feel like we're not pretty enough for them, and they don't understand why we're getting so worked up about them catting around with that skank down the road.
They really don't get it, and they likely never will, because this is their job. They are more concerned with boosting those ticket sales (for what...the sixth or seventh straight year?), because that's what they do.
We respect that they want to make the team as much of a financial success for Uncle Ted as they can, but is this really the way that they want to do it?
Update, 2:23 PM - The scandal widens!
As noted by Drunk Jays Fan Parkes in the comments (and from a different version of the Blair story than the one we read earlier), the Toronto Blue Jays are selling tickets for the OPENING GODDAMNED HOMESTAND to fans of the BOSTON EFFING MASSHOLE RED SOX.
Oh, but Godfrey is "sensitive" to the fact that maybe, just maybe, the die-hards will be a little effing pissed at the fact that the first choice of seats to the opening homestand are being offered to the douchebag fans of our chief rivals in the AL East.
It's going to be really fun to hear the Massholes cheering on the BoSox in OUR opening homestand, isn't it?