An as-yet imaginary commodity sold at breakneck speed this morning, when Giants playoff tickets
were exhausted in half an hour.
A treacherous, 12-game road lies between the team and the postseason -- but that didn't stop 18,000 tickets from being snapped up in mere minutes.
For those of you thinking that 18,000 sounds awfully small for AT&T Park -- you're right. The stadium holds 41,000 and change -- perhaps more depending on the girth of the Standing Room Only crowd. But only 18,000 tickets were today offered to the general public. The rest, team publicity director Shana Daum told SF Weekly
, were absorbed by season ticket holders, group sales parties, the undetermined opposing team, and the league.
Doing the math, the Giants hawked 600 tickets every minute -- or 10 a second. There were no in-person sales and fans were forced to try, try, and try again with the team website.
Those who did manage, against the odds, to break through and purchase up to six tickets may have seen fit to spontaneously paraphrase a little Shakespeare apropos for the moment
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in San Francisco now-a-bed Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here -- And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Giants Playoff Ticket day!
By the way, if the team chokes and misses the playoffs, everyone gets all their money back. But there's no Shakespeare for that.
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