Who Needs Tickets

The Diamondbacks officially put single game day tickets on sale on Saturday February 24 during FanFest. For those fans who have been long time Diamondbackers or MVP Rewards participants they are given an opportunity to purchase individual game tickets on Friday February 23. Those fans who are season ticket holders are able to purchase additional day of game tickets beginning at 9 AM this morning or 48 hours before the general public. When the Diamondbacks announced their promotional schedule I knew there would be games where my two season tickets were not enough. After what seemed to be an all-night draft party, we had finally settled who was going to each game. All the dates had been assigned with the exception of the six bobblehead giveaway games and no one was giving an inch on those. I now have a strong appreciation for the negotiators at the Cuban missile crisis. All they had to do was talk two countries out of starting a global thermal nuclear war. That would have been a cake walk compared to brokering a deal to see who gets to go to Orlando Hudson’s Golden Glove Bobblehead night. In an act of desperation I finally got everyone to compromise. I would buy 2 extra tickets to each of the bobblehead games. This would still require us to determine who would be sitting in the upper deck versus who would be sitting in Section 132 with me but at least they would all be in attendance. Now all that was left was to procure the tickets.

I paced the floor like an expectant father waiting for the birth of a child. The clock had shown 8:55 AM for the last 10 minutes. Perhaps I better check the batteries one more time. Nope, they seem to be fine. I say seem to be fine since Trina no longer allows me to test batteries by sticking the ends on the kids tongues. Why have kids when you can’t use them for something useful? Anyway, it appears that the batteries are working and the second hand on the clock is moving around the dial. More pacing and more anticipation as the clock ever so slowly inches its way up to the top of the hour when tickets will go on sale; I am not sure it will ever be nine o’clock. I look down at my desk and see maps and battle plans described in detail as I devise a strategy to procure these seats. It looks like a scene directly out of the movie Patton where I various plans that have been calculated to maximize the attack while protecting the troops. I think I have accounted for every contingency with the possible exception that I have no idea what I am going to do if global thermal nuclear war breaks out during the order process. I guess I’ll just have to wing it a little. As the clock struck nine I raced to the Diamondbacks web site. My fingers flew over the keyboard like leaves in a brisk autumn breeze. I was like the pinball wizard without the pinball machine and with no wizard hat. It was like an Internet symphony as I conducted each section to work together adding games and seat locations to my shopping cart. The countdown for cart expiration seemed to stand still as screens were refreshed immediately. By 9:03 AM my cart was full to the brim and I had accumulated two seats to each Diamondbacks bobblehead games. The tickets are all in the same row and section making it easy to remember. For six games two of my children will occupy Section 315 Row 11 directly above home plate. This should make them happy. With the final click of the mouse I take a deep breath and assess my performance. It was Hall of Fame worthy. I wonder if Cooperstown has a wing dedicated to baseball fans that have beat the odds and scored tickets to bobblehead games? If so I think my performance today is first ballot induction material.

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