C’dale man scores World Series tickets
October 26, 2007
CARBONDALE ” With thousands of people trying to get World Series tickets online on Monday and Tuesday, only a few were lucky enough to score a spot at a game. But one of them was Michael Kendrick of Carbondale, who purchased a total of six tickets.
“How I got so lucky, I don’t know,” Kendrick said, “but I’m certainly grateful.”
The Colorado Rockies are playing the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, which began Wednesday in Boston and comes to Denver on Saturday, Sunday and, if necessary, Monday. It’s the Rockies’ first World Series appearance. They currently trail the Red Sox 2-0 in the best-of-seven series after Thursday’s 2-1 loss.
Kendrick, a 27-year veteran of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, usually works the night shift and was at home on both Monday and Tuesday trying to navigate the Internet miasma toward ticket joy.
Shortly after midday Monday, the Rockies announced it had suspended online ticket sales after Paciolan ” the Irvine, Calif., company that manages Major League Baseball ticket sales ” had a systemwide outage. Tickets were back on sale Tuesday at noon.
About 90 minutes after tickets went on sale Tuesday, Kendrick got onto the website, entered all his information, clicked “buy,” and the site rejected the purchase.
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“The tickets it was going to let me buy were really good ” section 116, a bit down the right field line from first base,” Kendrick said. “Of course, you wouldn’t have wanted to know how loudly I was upset.”
Over the next 15 minutes, Kendrick’s purchase was rejected each time he tried to get tickets. He said he was getting more and more frustrated as he kept getting close, only to be turned away every time.
“Each time the seats got a little worse,” he said. “Finally, on the fourth try, when I hit purchase tickets, it accepted, and I was able to buy them. By this time, I was in right field.”
He said that as soon as he had been accepted onto the website, he was able to get back on. So after buying parking, he bought tickets and parking for the Monday game as well.
By the time he was buying tickets for Monday, groups of four tickets were sold out, so he tried buying two tickets and was accepted. When he tried to buy two more, the games were completely sold out.
Kendrick said he is going to Denver on Sunday with his wife and two kids for the game, and that he likely will go to Monday’s game with his son.
“Go now or maybe never,” Kendrick said of going to the World Series. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Kendrick saw Boston’s 13-1 rout of the Rockies in Boston on Wednesday, but said it didn’t diminish his enthusiasm. He’s is a longtime Rockies fan who was in the stands on opening day in 1993 when Eric Young was the first batter in Rockies history ” and hit a home run.
“It landed about 12 rows in front of me,” Kendrick said. “I thought, ‘This is cool, Major League Baseball.'”