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Question Of The Day

by @ 11:39 pm on April 22, 2009. Filed under Baseball, Sports, Washington DC, Washington Nationals

Why should taxpayers have to foot the bill if the Washington Nationals can’t win a game in nine innings ?

The D.C. Government doesn’t think they should:

The District has told Metro that it will no longer pay for the subway system to stay open late to accommodate Washington Nationals games delayed by rain or extra innings, which could put Metro in the unenviable position of having to choose between stranding baseball fans or running service it can’t afford.

“How do we explain that we are running extra service for Nationals fans late at night and at the same time explain to riders that we may have to cut bus routes?” said Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. The agency is laying off employees and weighing major bus service reductions to try to close a $29 million budget gap.

Here’s a solution — have the Nationals, who are already playing in a stadium built with taxpayer dollars, foot the bill if they can’t close the deal in regulation.

Works for me.

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