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Oops: Nationals fans received information about buying World Series tickets on Saturday morning

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

Q: What's the only thing worse than heading to bed after your favorite team just suffered the indignity of losing the biggest lead in a postseason elimination game in baseball history?

A: Waking up to find that, due to a "stunningly stupid" error by a third party, World Series tickets for your favorite team will be going on sale soon.

No, this is not a joke. Check out what Washington Nationals season ticket holders found in their email inboxes at 7 a.m. on Saturday, just hours after the team had been eliminated from the postseason by blowing a six-run lead in a stunning 9-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS on Friday night.

As Nats Enquirer put it, this must have been "soul crushing" for any loyal Nats fan:

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As one of our tipsters pointed out, this is a true "Natinals" moment if there ever was one. But Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog made a few calls and found out that the team wasn't at fault. The email actually came from Major League Baseball, which forgot to shut down its automated message after the Cardinals made their ninth-inning comeback.

"It was a stunningly stupid error on our part and we apologize to the Nationals and their great fans," Bob Bowman, CEO of MLB Advanced Media, told Steinberg.

Hey, why not send out a Super Bowl offer for the Redskins or regular season tickets for the Washington Capitals while you're at it, Bob? You know, once you're done with your virtual tee-peeing of Nats' fans email addresses?

All of which actually leads me to a funny thought: Do you think there's a poor Nationals fan out there who went to bed assuming the team won, woke up to this email seemingly confirming that news and is making plans to watch the NLCS right now?

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