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37red
01-20-2006, 09:02 AM
A heart warming and somewhat heart wrenching story in the Washington Post. What a stupid act it was to bring the shah of Iran and his jeweled throne to exile. But it's a good tear jerking story of how a lifetime baseball pass helped to bring families back together and give relief to survivors of captivity.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/19/AR2006011903068.html

cumberlandreds
01-20-2006, 09:22 AM
I can remember very vividly that MLB gave each of the hostages a lifetime pass. I was a kid then and remember thinking it wouldn't be so bad to be a hostage for 444 days in order to get to go to any MLB game for free for life! Of course I know better now that nothing would be worth that for the price you pay for being a hostage.

Unassisted
01-20-2006, 01:03 PM
Good article. Thanks for sharing. I don't remember the pass, but I remember the hostage crisis very well.

The ticketing side of pro sports has gotten so corporate in this era of Ticketmaster and web sales, I wondered how the clubs would react to the pass today. The Nationals anecdote answered that question, and it was the best story of all!

Caseyfan21
01-20-2006, 01:13 PM
What a great article. The thing that got me was how many of those guys said they just sort of grew up into family life and stopped using them. I would give my right arm for a pass like that and I would probably go to most of the games if I had one of those.

RedsBaron
01-20-2006, 02:25 PM
Thanks for posting that article-good story.

Spitball
01-21-2006, 04:40 PM
Truly a great article, 37! Thanks!