Thursday, November 07, 2013

The Long And Windy City

Did I tell you I got on the Chicago Cubs season ticket waiting list? I did it before the 2012 season, and I was around #114,000 on the list. I see now I'm around #82,000! Woohoo!

Why did I get on the list, you ask?

1. Why not?
2. It's free.
3. I wanted to see how long the list is and how long it takes to get to the top.
4. You never know when you're gonna need Cubs season tickets, so you might as well get on board now so you at least have a chance later.
5. I might meet some Cubs fan down the road and assuming that person needs season tickets immediately and that meeting lines up with the point where I reach the top, I can hook them up. Maybe doing good deeds for people you haven't met yet is going overboard, but these are Cubs fans, they need our help, even if they don't exist yet.

The more I think about this, though, the less sense it makes. How did I gain 32,000 slots in two seasons? Have they sold that many plans that quickly? Considering the number of seats in the park, that's quite a turnaround, if not an impossible one. Did thousands of people take their names off the list, even though it costs nothing to be on it? Maybe what we're looking at here is that 75% of the people on the list are like me: They heard that it's free and easy to put your name in, so they did, then they made it to the top and said, Uh, yeah, sorry Cubs, I wasn't actually planning on buying tickets. What a frustrating life it must be for the people in that ticket office.

Judging by the number of times I hear comments like "I put my name on the Giants list when I was in college, and it's just now coming due..." I bet that happens a lot to a lot of waiting lists.

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