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October 22, 2007 6:45 PM

World Series Ticket Mess

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The Rockies Ticket System has turned into a complete disaster. The whole idea of selling the seats online is a bad one to begin with, but to do it now with tickets this hot is inviting trouble. I've got problems with the way tickets are sold anyway. I love what Bruce Springsteen does. He holds back the first two rows and waits until right before the concert starts to find people in the last rows to give them to. That way the brokers plans are thwarted. and generally the real fans benefit.

These big sporting events, as you know, are never for the fans anyway. Like the Super Bowl, most seats are given to high rollers, movie stars and corporate sponsors.

Let me know about your experiences in trying to get tickets and what you think of the system the Rockies are using. Remember, keep it clean.

Drew



Discussion

  • October 22, 2007

    8:40 PM

    Phil in Reno writes:

    I hate to admit this but the World Series is the best and worst thing to happen to Colorado. The best being the respect and exposure the team is surely to gain, but at the expense (literally and figuratively) of the fans who waited 15 years for this moment, only to be gouged by exorbitant prices from scalpers, so much so that the Average Joe would not be able to go to the games.

    The online method goes without saying is an unmitigated disaster, and yet the organization is going to do the same method tomorrow?? Just do it like the Red Sox did for their sales and the amount of people getting screwed gets minimized. The one thing that I don't want to see if this trend continues is watching from my TV in Nevada, seeing a sea of red at Coors during the Fall Classic. I would almost cry at that sight.

    To my Dad, thank you for taking me to as many games as you could when I was younger. This feels like all of our time at Mile High has paid off.

  • October 22, 2007

    10:43 PM

    A Sense of Betrayal writes:

    I have no intention of going to the games in any event. It's just as much fun to watch it on TV at home. It's climate-controlled, the food and drink are free, and the maniacs and drunks are someone else's problem. If that makes me a fair-weather fan, I've been called worse by better people.

    But jeez, does this Evil Invader from Vermont wish the Cleveland Indians had won the AL, instead of those damned Red Sox. A 400-foot long out off the bat of David Ortiz at Fenway will be a 440-foot bomb in Coors Canaveral.

  • October 22, 2007

    10:57 PM

    Charlie writes:

    I think they should have just sold the tickets at the local Coop next to the chicken feed. This would have made it easier for locals to buy the tickets, solved the technology problem, and I would have had an excuse to visit my brother at his work.

  • October 23, 2007

    5:41 AM

    Brian writes:

    I tried to buy them yesterday and I will try again today.

    I refuse to pay a scalper's fee though and if I don't get tickets I will be at home in a chair that is far more comfortable than a seat at the cold game.

  • October 23, 2007

    9:02 AM

    Lou writes:

    My favorite part of the headline...."external" malicious attack. What other type of attack could they have had? Internal.

    Plus they keep saying that this is the most fair and equitable way to distribute tickets.. but they leave out ( in lieu of the fact that we didn't get our act together and use an online lottery system like the Red Sox and D-Backs). Its only fair and equitable in the sense that they weren't prepared to sell the tickets for this event two or three weeks ago like every other playoff team. Great to see that the Rockies ticket staff was so confident in them making it to the playoffs.

    Add on top of the fiasco that the Rockies are selling them after Boston knew they would be coming here. So there is a huge incentive for the Boston fans to take another shot at getting World Series tickets because they may have been shut out by their own organization. Fair and Equitable...only if the qualification of "we waited too long for any other option to be possible" is added.

  • October 23, 2007

    9:41 AM

    WorkingClassHero writes:

    Where, oh where should I begin on this?

    As if the Rockies were not embarrassing enough prior to September, they have now fouled up on the biggest stage they have ever been on. They can't even provide their own fans tickets to their big show.

    I am sitting back and howling like a madman watching this joke of a franchise scramble to tend to their full blown disaster. This is exactly why this franchise is looked on as a complete failure and will never achieve legitiment status. They have to use a humidor. They have to have players who pump up with steroids. They have to cheat to win games. They have to buy off umpires (and if you don't think that's true, just wait for the news stories to break. NBA refs aren't the only ones fixing games).
    I found it absolutely hilarious that Fox 31 News was reporting on the Boston/CO series at Fenway from earlier this season as the "Boston Massacre."
    Hahahahahahh!!!!
    What a joke. The Rockies won 2 games of 3. If that's a massacre, then I think this news station might want to look up the word again. Guess channel 31 is desperate for ratings.
    Another note and a warning of sorts. Coors field is about to get invaded by Boston fans during this series. Whatever "home field" advantage (beside the umpires accepting bribes) the Rockies had against Arizona and San Diego is GONE come this series. There are literally MILLIONS more Red Sox fans than there are um, heheh, (*cough*) "Rockies fans". I actually mean bandwagon fans but I was trying to be nice, you see.

    Seriously. Just when Rockies "fans" thought they might have a little itty-bitty ray of sunshine, leave it to the team to just detonate that good faith by screwing over the few that had shown any kind of loyalty.

    This kind of situation would NEVER occur in any other city but Denver.

  • October 23, 2007

    10:04 AM

    Cheryl writes:

    I feel that the way this is playing out that the local fans will be excluded from seeing our team play in the Series, which for many amy be a once in a lifetime opportunity (ask any Cubs fan).

    I just hope that when the games are played at Coors Field that there are a few local Colorado Rockies fans who actually made it into the stands. I fear that all you will see is Red Sox fans at both venues.

  • October 23, 2007

    10:39 AM

    Jason writes:

    The worst thing about the World Series being held in Denver is that the rest of the planet that hasn't already been sickened by them is probably about to meet the local band "The Fray" for a pregame song or the national anthem.

    Yecch!!!!

    Please, please, get someone better. Get Big Head Todd. Get anyone else. But don't get the Fray to sing.

  • October 23, 2007

    11:10 AM

    Matthew writes:

    As if things with this ticket fiasco weren't bad enough, the city of denver will also be playing host to Ben Affleck for a few days.
    But at least he might have Jennifer Garner in tow (wink).

  • October 23, 2007

    11:19 AM

    Dani writes:

    I'm a Rockies fan in enemy territory on the East Coast...GO ROCKIES!!!!

  • October 23, 2007

    12:25 PM

    Jeremy Perelman writes:

    I am coming in from New York for GAme 4 and was shutout on the web today... are there scalpers outside of Coors Field on gameday? Is this legal in Colorado? Any insights would be appreciated.

  • October 23, 2007

    12:45 PM

    Father writes:

    Hero- you are funny. So is everyone freaking out about a ticket to a GAME. Who cares if it didnt work yesterday? Is the game today? No. Its not till saturday. Everybody chill out. Also, Hero, you sound like one of those conspiracy theorists, only you have no info or facts to back it. Dont you think thats a little odd? And of course there are going to be Boston "fans" there, they are the second biggest bandwagon team behind the yankees. Also, the sox have been around quite a bit longer than the rox last time I checked, but you probably have some wild theory that the red sox just came down in a spacecraft form a different galaxy and that it was trolls and magical unicorns who played for them in their last world series.

  • October 23, 2007

    1:11 PM

    WorkingClassHero writes:

    Thank you.

    1. Yep. Nailed it. I'm a conspiracy theorist. Why not? Everything IS a conspiracy. Just accept it.

    2. I don't need to have a wild imagination or wild theories at the moment, because you're taking care of that for me. Spacecrafts, trolls and unicorns? Wow. Some good mushrooms you're having for lunch there Father.

    I cannot wait to see the ocean of Red drowning out purple starting with game 3.

  • October 23, 2007

    1:25 PM

    Father writes:

    1. No thanks.
    2. Yeah- they are about as far fetched as your "umpires accepting bribes" and "cheat to win games" nonsense.
    3. Sea of red doesn't win games pal. Maybe in your world of dungeons and dragons, but not the real world.

  • October 23, 2007

    1:26 PM

    Father writes:

    1. No thanks.
    2. Yeah- they are about as far fetched as your "umpires accepting bribes" and "cheat to win games" nonsense.
    3. Sea of red doesn't win games pal. Maybe in your world of dungeons and dragons, but not the real world.

  • October 23, 2007

    1:29 PM

    Father writes:

    Woops- double post

  • October 23, 2007

    1:38 PM

    Gregg writes:

    Speaking of showing the world awful things on a national broadcast, let's not forget good old "Dinger", the world's most stupid looking mascot.

  • October 23, 2007

    2:01 PM

    WorkingClassHero writes:

    "2. Yeah- they are about as far fetched as your "umpires accepting bribes" and "cheat to win games" nonsense."

    * Umpires DO accept bribes.
    * Teams DO cheat to win games.

    Matt Holliday STILL has not touched home plate.

    Enough said.

  • October 23, 2007

    2:16 PM

    SICK AND TIRED of WCH writes:

    DUDE, let the Matt Holliday rant go already!!!!! And if you want to keep it up, Atkins ball WAS OUT and the game should have never gone into extra innings!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • October 23, 2007

    2:33 PM

    WorkingClassHero writes:

    Matt Holliday still has not touched home plate.

    Garret Atkins's ball was not a home run.

    It's elementary. Just pay attention.

    And try a Valium.

  • October 23, 2007

    2:46 PM

    SICK AND TIRED of WCH writes:

    Nope, it was definitely a home run. But the umps screwing that up obviously does point to your theory that they are being paid off. Only problem is it looks like by the other team!

  • October 23, 2007

    2:47 PM

    SICK AND TIRED of WCH writes:

    And what is Valium??? Is it like Viagra?

  • October 23, 2007

    2:54 PM

    Father writes:

    We have paid attention, yet we are still confused by your ramblings and rantings. Where is this video tape of an ump being paid? What is this cheating you are referring to? Was the Holliday incident the first baseball game you've ever watched? They dont have instant replay. It's the umps call, he called it like he saw it. Now, grab some kleenex, dry your tears, and understand that the Rockies are in the WS.

  • October 23, 2007

    3:08 PM

    WorkingClassHero writes:

    Nope,
    It definetly was NOT ha home run.

    Matt Holliday still has not touched home plate. Deal with the fact that the Rockies cheated to get into the playoffs.

    The video tape is pending. Just like Matt Holliday's suspension is pending once the steroid list comes out.

  • October 23, 2007

    3:14 PM

    SICK AND TIRED of WCH writes:

    How is Holliday TOUCHING home plate and being called safe cheating??????

  • October 23, 2007

    3:24 PM

    Father writes:

    He did too touch, look at the series after that game, he touched it many times, running up the score on AZ. The video is not pending, your facts are pending. Where is this steroid list? Is it on the MLB home page?

  • October 23, 2007

    3:33 PM

    SICK AND TIRED of WCH writes:

    OH BOY!!! WCH is going to love this!! The umpire that called Holiday safe after he TOUCHED home plate in the tiebreaker to win it is the crew chief for the World Series!! Let the conspiracies start!

  • October 23, 2007

    4:33 PM

    WorkingClassHero writes:

    Nope. Never touched home plate. Look. It's very simple.

    Do all of you really want to keep going back and forth on this? Beacause I've got all day long. And unlike you, I'm pretty calm about it.

  • October 23, 2007

    4:59 PM

    J.P. writes:

    I'm a Rockies fan, and even i'll admit that I think Matt was actually out.
    We're lucky to be where we are.
    The Padres did get screwed.

    But I have World Series tix, so I'm happy.

  • October 23, 2007

    6:29 PM

    BogartMcqueen writes:

    What a beating the Rockies fans took with the online ticket sales!
    The resellers grabbed most of the tickets with their high tech operations and now we can purchase tickets from them at 10 times plus the original prices. So it really will be only a lucky few regular folk and a ton of the rich that get seats for our World Series home games. Guess that is what Rockies management considers the "fairest" way to sell tickets.
    Way to go Rockies.

  • October 23, 2007

    9:07 PM

    Thrawn writes:

    J.P. How was Holiday out when the catcher did not have the ball. By rule, you can't block the plate preventing the runner from tagging it unless you have the ball.

    Hence, it was the right call, game over, the Rockies won and continued to sweep their way to the World Series. Those still bitter need to get over it.

    Also, the Rockies picked a really stupid time to experiment with a new system for selling tickets.

  • October 24, 2007

    12:04 AM

    J.P. writes:

    Thrawn,

    The catcher dropped the throw yes, but Holliday's hand did not actually come in contact with the plate itself. The catcher blocked the plate with his foot/cleat. Holliday was so dazed by hitting his face on the ground that he never made any other attempt to try and retouch the plate. The catcher then picked up the ball, and tagged Matt out. That rule about not being able to have the catcher block the plate is actually a very loose rule. The umpires will almost never call it they way this particular umpire did, if in fact, that was his meaning in calling it that way. In such an important game, that kind of thing needs to be let go. The game simply cannot be decided by indecision, which this umpire showed by taking such an extremely long time to put his safe call on.
    The umpire made a very, very bad call that ended up being fortunate for the Rockies and had to be very hard to accept for anyone who follows the Padres.
    I do feel badly for Padres fans that it came down to a call like that. I may be a Rockies fan, but I'm a realist, and I'm a baseball fan first.
    I don't like to see games decided on bad calls. I would have accepted the Rockies losing the game on a good call, just as Padres fans would have accepted this loss better if the call had been made correctly.
    I can say this, I have W.S. tickets, but I'm very unhappy with the way the Monforts handled this ticket selling situation. I've got a good mind to not renew after next season if Charlie and Dick don't perform major upgrades and sign these players to long term deals. There are a lot of people, along with myself that are thinking this might have been a one time thing, and the Rockies blew their big chance to show up and see to it that their loyal fanbase was treated well. I was lucky. Most were not, and that's the sad part of this. Even if the Rockies win the Series, there still will be a bitter taste in people's mouths.

  • October 24, 2007

    5:56 AM

    Dr. Strange writes:

    Video evidence shows Holliday didn't touch home plate. Video evidence also shows Garret Atkins ball WAS a home run. But it doesn't matter...neither call can be changed....let it go. This conversation is getting boring.

  • October 24, 2007

    8:40 AM

    WorkingClassHero writes:

    If this conversation is getting boring, why are you continuing to take part in it?

    Holliday still HAS NOT touched the plate.

    Holliday IS a steroid abuser.

    Want to keep going?

    Or are you finally done?

  • October 24, 2007

    9:11 AM

    Dr. Strange writes:

    Yes, we all know he didn't touch the plate...we all saw it and you continue to run it into the ground. Ever heard the old saying about beating a dead horse? Enough already! As for the steroids...prove it. Show me the pictures, the documentation, and the needles.

  • October 24, 2007

    9:24 AM

    Geoff writes:

    JP - Check out sectoion 7 of the rule book. Obstruction of the homeplate is applicable only in a squeeze play; never any other time. Section 7 also governs oversliding and runners abandoning the base.

    He was safe. Get over it, and, before you try and influence the argument by quoting the rule book you should take some time and read the rule book.

  • October 24, 2007

    9:33 AM

    Gregg writes:

    J.P. is correct. His decription of how the play happened is spot on.
    Holliday knew he was a dead duck. He was as surprised as anyone that he was called safe. Right after the game he stated he had no clue if he had touched the plate.
    As for blocking the plate, I have played catcher in college, and in that kind of situation obstruction is probably going to be called one in a thousand times. The umpire had no angle to see the play clearly guessed the call as safe because the crowd was going nuts already. He allowed himself to get caught up in the moment. It's completely unprofessional for an umpire to not be definitive in his call making. I'm very surprised that MLB is allowing him to take part in this series. But then, this is MLB. They screw everything up.

  • October 24, 2007

    11:00 AM

    Pat writes:

    Has anyone else noticed that WCH never tells what his favorite team is?

    I sit less than 10 feet from where Atkins home run hit in left field. The ball struck the top of the railing right in front of a woman in a wheelchair. At that location, there is a yellow pad tied to the fence. It is fabric and padding and slips down in some places. The ball hit ABOVE the yellow pad and ricocheted back on the field. Over the yellow line = Home Run. You can look that one up. Home Run = no extra innings. The same thing happened in Philly earlier this year when the Rockies had a game STOLEN from them. Torrealba hit a Grand Slam, that even the Philly fan who tried to catch says was clearly above the fence. Ball ruled a ground rules double, scores only 2, game goes extras, Philly's win. Shouldn't have happened. They win there, no need for play in game as Rockies would have had 1 more win.

    WCH is pretty pathetic. All he likes to do is try and get people angry at his wild accusations and silly statements. It is fun to read his whiny retorts and implausible theories. He hides his team allegiance because he knows they are sitting at home rooting for the Rockies to win it all. I think he is a Dodger fan...

    GO ROCKIES!!!

  • October 24, 2007

    11:06 AM

    strass writes:

    Two things: first Padres lost that series because they couldn't figue out how to get to 2nd base, out by trying to steal, out by over sliding, and out by thinking you're out...not to mention all of the double plays they hit into. And what about Brynes? Falls down when he throws, runs into walls and tries to slide into 1st. Like he said he'll lead by example. Baseball always seems to balance out so Padre fans get over it...you were outplayed 4 straight.
    Second, Tickets...Rockies management should have known better and should have taken some ownership of this mess. BIG LIE #1: we were hacked...overwhelmed is more likely and going with a crappy company doesn't get it done. BIG LIE #2: The vast majority of buyers had a local zip code. They tout this as a internet process as a success and they'll welcome their fans to Coors Field come Saturday. They've lost a great deal of good will on Black Monday and Blue Tuesday.
    All said, still a huge Rockies fan, players are great and pulling for a Rockies win in 6.

  • October 24, 2007

    11:20 AM

    Jim in Arlington, TX writes:

    A few years back when the Rangers made the playoffs, ALDS tickets were made available to season ticket holders if they wanted them a couple of weeks before the season ended. All other tickets were sold at the ballpark. If the team didn't make the playoffs, you got a refund. The same was done for ALCS and World Series tickets. Yes, they sold WS tickets before the ALDS was over. I thought every team did it that way. Doesn't MLB have some control over this? Why did they let the Rockies blunder their way through this? Surely the Rockies offered tickets to season-ticket holders, didn't they?

  • October 24, 2007

    12:32 PM

    Bronc in C-Springs writes:

    Holiday was safe.

    Atkins ball was a HR

    WCH is still living in his "Dungeons and Dragons" fantasy world.

    Enough Said

  • October 24, 2007

    12:43 PM

    WorkingClassHero writes:

    "Has anyone else noticed that WCH never tells what his favorite team is?"

    Yes, I have noticed that. Quite interesting isn't it?

    Holliday still has not touched home plate.

  • October 24, 2007

    12:52 PM

    johnnyd writes:

    GO ROCKIES!!!

  • October 24, 2007

    4:51 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    Boston wins Game One 7-0.

    Ortiz with a three-run dinger off Francis.

  • October 25, 2007

    1:01 AM

    workingclasslover writes:

    Holliday is still safe, I am sorry you are blind. And you are a cheater my love.

  • October 25, 2007

    11:20 AM

    Laura from Denver writes:

    Paciolan was acquired by Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster kept Paciolan a "separate entity" and the management got to keep their jobs.

    The Rockies were so proud not to use ticketmaster...oh.I guess they did.

    Google Paciolan ticketmaster

  • October 26, 2007

    4:08 PM

    AWALL617 writes:

    Redsox sweep the Rockies and The Patriots sweep the NFL.

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