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Take Me Out To The (Pricey) Ballgame

February 27th, 2004

Last year, well into the baseball season, I got it in my head that I’d like to see a Cubs vs Sox game at Wrigley Field because I haven’t been to a Cubs game in so long and it would be cool to see them play the Sox. Of course, the games were all sold out by then. So I made a note to buy tickets this year right away. So we spent all day online trying to get tickets. Screw that virtual waiting room – it blows. I watched as my tickets went bye-bye. I mean, it gave me a chance to choose tickets and when I did, it kept saying “Due to the high volume of transactions, your request has timed out. Try again” or something to that nature. I tried many times, and kept getting the error. Then it kicked me out and back into the waiting room. Grrrr!

So all the Cubs vs Sox games are sold out and I have nothing to show for it. Oh wait, not nothing – I did finally get tickets twenty minutes ago, for a game I wasn’t all excited about (they are playing Colorado) … but all the games I wanted to see were either sold out, or are when we’re probably going to be in Maine, so I grabbed whatever I could get my hands on since I didn’t expect it to be this hard to get tickets to begin with. I had to rule out all games in July or August which made it more difficult, but necessary, since that’s when The Cure is due to be touring the U.S. and I can’t miss them!

So anyway … the Cubs are just as bad as Ticketbastard – our $40 (for two) tickets ended up costing $52.75 due to “convenience” charges and a $2.75 fee to mail us the tickets (Will Call cost $2.75 as well). This is why I rarely buy tickets to any event – it’s highway robbery. And someone explain to me again why these extra fees are labeled convenience charges to begin with? More like inconvenience charges.

Thank god it’s the weekend. We’ve got fun things planned and the weather is supposed to be nice. So TGIF!

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  1. February 27th, 2004 at 23:43 | #1

    I’m sorry you didn’t get the games you wanted, but just think – playing against the Rockies they’re pretty much guaranteed a win! ;)

  2. February 29th, 2004 at 11:06 | #2

    ~TicketSlave sucks. No matter what the event it always ends up costing an arm & a leg. I go the easy way, I am a season ticket holder for the (hapless) Pirates, plus my brother is a sportswriter, covers the MLB and always hands down tickets to games in other cities when possible. Fuck TicketSlave (pardon my French there).

  3. March 1st, 2004 at 13:34 | #3

    I split season tickets last year, but since we’re saving for a house, we decided against season tickets this year. We were going to try and get wristbands to get tickets, but the line around Wrigley Field was 2 hours- just to get a wristband! Screw that- I’ll just pay extra from a ticket scammer…er broker for the games I want to go to. No way I was going to waste yet another day of trying to get Cubs tickets online or over the phone- I’ve NEVER gotten through!

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