Despite those titles, power, and pelf, The wretch, concentred all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonoured and unsung.
- Walter Scott, Scottish Novelist and Poet (1771-1832)
The best kind of selfie is the screenshot you take of yourself off SportsCenter and if you want to get on SportsCenter, you gotta get the good seats. Alright, truth be told, they weren’t the highest priced seats in the house, but if you recognize me there, in the center of the screen just three rows back, those definitely had to be the best $20 tickets at Dodger Stadium. In this shot, Puig’s ground rule double landed just to the right of us, between innings a guy two rows behind us caught a toss from left fielder Carl Crawford, and we were close enough to the bullpen that when the old timer’s game followed the regular game, my wife was able to get her jersey autographed by Eric Gagne.
Being a ball fan on a budget is just one more reason you have to love modern technology. If you want to get tickets on game day, if the game’s not sold out, you can always roll up on the ticket windows at the ballpark and fork over face value for whatever seats remain, or you can take your chances and do some haggling with the scalpers wandering around, but if you really want the best value, online is the only way to go. Waiting until game day, waiting all the way up to the final hours, that’s when you’ll find the people holding the tickets are most willing to cut their losses and drop the prices to a rock bottom value.
Big props go to Brian and the folks at Ticket Monster for making yesterday possible. When there was just an hour to go before the first pitch and a snag with the vendor who was supplying them the tickets, Brian was right on the case and quickly saved the day, getting us comparable seats in the same section. Thank you Ticket Monster, I’ll be ordering from you again for sure.