Tagged: StubHub

Sometimes Technology Goes Too Far

I will get to see my boys play this year after all! My dad decided to surprise me and purchased two tickets for the April 25th game between the Yankees and White Sox at the Stadium. I am absolutely ecstatic. I can’t believe I will get to see my boys so soon, and I really can’t believe that my parents agreed to let me attend a Monday night game. I guess there is such a thing as miracles.

Because my dad enjoys good seats, and he enjoys saving money, he bought the tickets on StubHub. We got seats in the Main Outfield section for $25 apiece, whereas these same tickets cost $75 on yankees.com. Honestly, Steinbrenners? I mean, they are good seats, but they are not worth $75.

Anyways, the point is that in order to save all that money, my dad had to use StubHub as I mentioned before, and there is a big problem I have with StubHub. You no longer get the actual tickets in the mail. Instead, you electronically download them and print them out at home. This is certaintly convenient if you are purchasing the tickets the day of the game, but for someone buying the tickets 20 days in advance, it is very disappointing. I like having the actual tickets. I like the heaviness of the paper and the foil of the letters. I like tacking them up on my bulletin board to save as a souvenir. I still have my ticket to my very first game, and I love looking at it and laughing at the fact that the Yankees chose to put Randy Johnson on their 2005 tickets (I also like noting that in 2005, these tickets cost only $40, and today, a seat in a comparable section would cost about $125). This printed-out piece of computer paper will get me into the Stadium, but it won’t get up on my bulletin board. It is not special. It is not sacred. Technology made the process of getting my ticket much faster, but it also cheapened the value of it. Even as a child of the computer age, I don’t like that. 

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The White Sox won their first series against the Indians, and started off 2-0 in the process, which, notably, they had not done since the 2005 championship season. Yes, I know, it is very very very early, but it’s always nice to have a strong first series. As was painfully noted repeatedly during spring training, last season the South Siders had the second-best record in baseball from July through season’s end behind only the Phillies, and would have surely made the playoffs if not for their terrible start.

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