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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Giants Playoff Tickets Sell Out in 30 Minutes

Posted By on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 4:59 PM

click to enlarge Smile if you've got a seat for the playoffs...
  • Smile if you've got a seat for the playoffs...
Smile if you've got a seat for the playoffs...
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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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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