Sell tickets to O's not Yanks fans, Foss urges season-ticket holders

July 15, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF

Joe Foss, the Orioles' vice chairman of business and finance, yesterday urged season-ticket holders not using their tickets to sell the unused tickets to local Orioles fans.

Foss said the large number of Yankees fans that helped fill Camden Yards during the four-game series with New York did not buy their tickets in large blocks from the Orioles.

"Based on the location of so many of the Yankees fans, [the tickets] are obviously coming from Orioles season-ticket holders who resold those tickets to Yankees fans, which is certainly their prerogative," Foss said.

"But we would hope that our fans, when they are unable to use their tickets, would sell their tickets to people in the Baltimore-Washington area who would love to see the games that were played."

Foss said the team would like as many local fans as possible to see Orioles games, especially with ticket availability so low. He said the team did not hold any blocks of tickets for out-of-town fans.

The proximity of Baltimore and New York and the fact that the series was played on a weekend also contributed to the large number of Yankees fans in attendance.

"I just want to make sure that Orioles fans understand why there was such a preponderance of Yankees fans at this series," Foss said. "We just want to make sure that people in this community get a chance to get tickets."

Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro also picked up on the Yankees-friendly atmosphere at Camden Yards.

"It was pretty bad," Palmeiro said. "The whole stadium was like, 'Let's go Yankees.' "

Pub Date: 7/15/96

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