Tuesday, March 4, 2008

baseball, hotdogs, and a virtual waiting room- slice of life story day 4


Today was the first day single game tickets went on sale for my local major league baseball team. Although our family is part of the Red Sox Nation we are magnaminous enough to root for our hometown National League team. I got on the website this morning to add one ticket to the two we already had for a game in April. Our family shares two season tickets with some folks and we needed a third for our birthday girl. My husband and I plan to rotate into the single seat so the birthday girl could go to the game with both of us. Buying a baseball ticket was a little more complicated than I thought it would be. But then again, baseball isn't just a summer game played on grass anymore. Granted this is the inaugural season in a state of the art, media-enhanced, eco-friendly, fan-friendly ballpark in our nation's capital that also has a great view of historic landmarks and a scoreboard with more square footage than my house. But, geez. Should it take this kind of multi-tasking? I was on the phone redialing the ticket office while I was in a virtual waiting room for online ticket buyers all the while keeping the ballpark seating chart up so I could see the sections closest to the tickets we already had. Don't let the "12 seconds" left in the "waiting room" fool you. That button refreshed every 15 seconds and I "sat" in the room long enough for about 120 refreshments. I'm not talking hot dogs. At long last... one great seat on the first base line just past the home dugout. Play ball.

10 comments:

Tim said...

A great, practical example of multitasking! :-)

While I'm not a big baseball fan, I'm hoping to make it to one or two games this spring, if for no other reason than to see the new stadium.

Jane said...

Suddenly I am hungry for a Dodger Dog! Nothing beats live baseball!

BK said...

Baseball, fits with the piece I wrote yesterday. I remember a few exciting games with my brothers who loved being adults and getting their season tickets. For me it was still the food. But I got the passion in this slice of life.

Jen Barney said...

i was a ball diamond baby- grew up in the dirt! i am a total fan of the dogs & steamed buns!

have fun this season! great post.

Blink said...

Thanks for all the comments. I love to hear how baseball fits in our experiences. Our family is baseball crazy. But I'll save that for later posts. I must say, steroids aside, baseball is still fairly G-rated, you can experience it outside, during the day with your kids and carry on a conversation with them about it.

Pam said...
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Pam said...

"But then again, baseball isn't just a summer game played on grass anymore." Say it ain't so, Joe. But it is. Love this line. You hit the nail right on the head with that one (excuse the cliche).

Bethany said...

You gotta love phone and virtual queue times. They just love to tease us (great seats btw)....

GirlGriot said...

I love the image of you on the phone and doubly online just for one ticket (glad to know I'm not the only who buys tickets this way!). Excellent seat ... and excellent story!

Blink said...

Jane- true that ("nothing beats live baseball") I've had a Dodger dog. Yummmmm!