Before I made this post, I sent off a nasty e-mail to my ticket representatives with a copy to everyone else I know in the organization. In a surprisingly quick response, I just got an e-mail back saying the gates would be open within a few minutes and that the closing of practice was just a "simple miscommunication" with the security staff. Yeah...they just happened to close the gates on their own and even set an arbitrary date when fans would be let in. Not to mention that I personally saw Mike Murphy take a couple of low Minor Leaguers who just wanted to sit in the stands and watch up to the office to get a "one day pass". Apparently, it was a "simple miscommunication" with Murph too.....and he knows EVERYTHING That goes on around the park.
At any rate......I will try again tomorrow.
Maybe the moral of this story is "The squeaky wheel always gets the grease".