Saturday, May 20, 2006

Welcome to EBay

Oakland Athletics tickets have a bar code at the right end. That means that entrance to the ballpark is gained not by the mutilation of the ticket or by the confiscation of the ticket but by its being read by a handheld device.

That means that my ticket for today's game for seat five in row 13 of section 209 in the second level -- a seat well toward right field, which means it offered a panoramic view of Barry Bonds 714th home run -- is intact and available for purchase.

And here's some texture to give you a sense of what was happening in row 13, section 209.
As Bonds rounded the bases, first I booed and then I chanted "Babe Ruth, Babe Ruth," and when he came out for a curtain call I waved my ticket over my head and said, "EBay, Ebay!"

The ticket is also worth five dollars off a full-size Round Table pizza (single topping) if redeemed during the next seven days, but I think I can do better than that. All bids should be accompanied by a certified check for ten percent of your total bid as well as a 250-word essay explaining why you should be chosen in the case identical bids are submitted.

I would grade the condition of the ticket as Very Good to Fine. All decisions of the judges are final. Offered not valid in South Dakota, the District of Columbia or the Western Provinces of Canada.

1 comment:

B. Wieder said...

And how panoramic was the view of Chavez fouling off six pitches, one after another after another, enroute to a ten-pitch walk, some two hours and fiftyfour minutes into a game in which a total of one run had been scored? I would have been clawing at my eyes. I stand by my decision to decline. I would, however, accept the ticket just to remove it as a reminder of the grueling tedium experienced yesterday by its holder from the second inning on.