Daniel Snyder Nov 5, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder watches pregame warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Snyder might not be the most hated man in Washington, D.C., thanks to the many politicians vying for that honor.

But Snyder’s controversial reign as owner of the Washington Commanders has earned him universal condemnation from football fans. Multiple investigations uncovered evidence of Snyder leading a “culture of fear” that included sexual harassment, financial fraud and witness intimidation, among other issues.

So Commanders fans are celebrating the news that Snyder is selling the NFL team. Snyder announced Friday he’s reached a deal to sell the Commanders to a group led by Josh Harris, co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils.

Fans were elated by the news, and now a D.C.-area Minor League Baseball team is giving those fans a chance to celebrate. The Bowie Baysox, Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are offering all fans wearing Commanders merchandise $10 day-of-game box seat tickets for the May 18 game.

It gets better — all fans named “Josh” or “Harris” get a free general admission ticket. And since the Commanders new ownership group includes basketball legend Magic Johnson, anyone wearing a Johnson jersey gets free admission.

Finally, one Josh, one Harris, and one Johnson-shirt fan will share in duties throwing out the first pitch.

As far as minor-league promotions go — and there have been many good ones through the years — this one deserves an A+.

“Longtime fans of the Washington franchise are celebrating the news of a sale of the team,” Baysox General Manager Brian Shallcross said (via MiLB.com). “And we just want to provide a light-hearted opportunity for Commanders fans to come out and enjoy a fun night at the ballpark as we commemorate this moment of transition.”

To top off the promotion, the Baysox are offering fans a “going away cake, in honor of the Commanders soon to be former owner. All in good fun!”


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