My buddy – who I will call “Phil” as that’s his real name – had tickets to Game Two of the 2009 ALCS. They were good seats – in the Main Level, not far from first base, and under cover. But, Phil also had a family wedding that night (of the game).
Now, Phil is as big a Yankees fan as can be found. And, he really wanted to see the ALCS game – but, there was no way he could skip the wedding. So, he decided to play the weather game – hoping that there would be a rain-out last Saturday, the day of Game Two, where they would call the game and then play “Game Two” on Sunday (the next day). This way, he could go to the wedding and then go to the game the following day.
But, they didn’t call the game last Saturday. And, on the following Monday, I asked Phil if he ended up selling his tickets at the last minute.
Much to my surprise, he said that he ended up eating the tickets. According to Phil, he offered the tickets to several people on Saturday morning, once he realized that the game was not going to be called in advance, and could find no takers. In fact, he said that he couldn’t even give them away – despite telling all that the seats were under cover and safe from the rain, etc., should it happen.
Related, just last night, someone who I work with told me that their friend went to the game last Saturday. She told that her friend went on to StubHub the morning of the game and found tons of seats available for sale – at discount prices – probably because people didn’t want to deal with the cold and rain, etc.
So, this all leads to today’s wild thought: Have Yankees fans become “fair weather” fans? If not, how can you explain people having to dump tickets at discount prices for an ALCS game – or not even being able to give great tickets to an ALCS game for free?