One Single Seat Please

Have you ever had one of those ideas that seem absolutely brilliant when it first comes to you and no matter how hard you try you just cannot find a flaw with the plan? But then inexplicably when you try to implement your idea someone finds a glaring error in your planning and everything comes crashing down like the Hindenburg blimp disaster? I’d like to say that never happens to me but truthfully it happens all too often. I’m an idea guy. I tend to look at the world a little differently than most people (or so I’ve been told). But that is not necessarily a bad thing. Because I look at things at a slightly different angle I sometimes come up with things that have not occurred to other people. I tend to think that is a good thing but not everyone would agree with me on that. Take tonight’s game for example.

The Arizona Diamondbacks begin a 3 game series with the Chicago Cubs. Oh those Cubs, the loveable losers from the North side of Chicago. The same Cubs who have not won a World Series since 1908 and who have not been to a World Series since 1945. But even with their annual knack of snatching failure from grasp of success they consistently draw over 3 million fans each year. It is almost mind boggling to try and fathom why Cubs fans continue to come out to the ballpark after having their hearts broken so many times. That is either fan loyalty or a very interesting sociology study about society’s fascination with failure. There appear to be two absolutes in the universe; fans will flock in droves to see the Chicago Cubs play and Cubs players will continue to push the envelope to find new and unique ways to lose. Given the long-standing tradition of losing that has followed the Chicago Cubs franchise it really makes me wonder what the marketing department of the Arizona Diamondbacks were thinking when they came up with the promotional schedule for this season.

Tonight’s opening game with the Cubs is Singles Night. For a set price single fans will be provided a ticket to the ballgame and entrance to a pre-game social where they can meet other singles who share a common interest. It is sort of The Dating Game meets This Week in Baseball. I had heard that the pre-game social would be held at the ballpark at the Diamond Club beyond the center field wall and that there might even be a stadium tour given to these lucky singles. I had always wanted to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Chase Field and I have yet to make it out to the Diamond Club so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to be able to do both. I called down to the ticket office and asked if there were still spots available for Singles Night. The young lady on the other end of the phone assured me that there were a few remaining spots and asked if I would like to purchase a ticket. “Actually, I need 2 tickets” I said. “One ticket for me and one for my wife.” I was trying to be a good husband and think about Trina. After all, if I had not need the Diamond Club or gone on a ballpark tour then neither had Trina.

“Sir, this is a singles event” the ticket lady responded.

“Oh, so you only have single tickets available?” I asked. “I didn’t realize the game was nearly sold out. That’s ok, my wife and I don’t need to sit together.”

There was dead silence on the other end of the phone and I thought maybe we had been disconnected. Perhaps I should call back and see if we can get a better connection. I hung up the phone slightly confused. As I reset the phone receiver Trina happened to walk into the room and noticed the puzzled look on my face. She asked what was wrong. I explained the strange conversation I had just had with the Diamondbacks and how confused they sounded when I requested two tickets to Singles Night for us. Trina just shook her head in that way she does a lot around me and walked off muttering something about wishing she was single and Judge Judy or some weird incoherent phrase I couldn’t understand. I tried calling the Diamondbacks a couple more times but the result was always the same. Everything went well in trying to get tickets to Singles Night until I asked for tickets for me and my wife then the phone receiver quit working. I think maybe there was a problem with the phone system. I hope they get it fixed soon.

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