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Friends in High Places

12 June 2008 No Comment

The more I write about life in Wrigleyville, the more I realize that bartering is part of the informal economy around the ballpark. Want rooftop access? Well, trade your garage for a season’s worth of fun. Want good ticket prices from a scalper? Well, trade your loyalty and some no-strings-attached tickets that you can’t use and you will get taken care of all season long.

Last night, I planned on going to the Cubs v. Braves game in our ordinary season ticket seats in the upper-deck, but, I got a fateful call. “Do you have parking during the game? No biggie either way but we will pay you.” It was the wife of a former Cubs employee. Now, this former-Cubs employee is a jewel of a friend. He has often given us prime tickets and we are never bored of his tales as a Cubs intern and marketing executive- working the retro scoreboard (younger days) and the media relations after Harry Caray’s passing.
Last night, he traded a parking spot behind our house for a $66 ticket near home plate. (Section 114 to be exact). I had a prime view of a poor fan (rows in front of me) getting pelted in the head by a Fukudome fly ball as well as the unfortunate injury of Soriano. That’s a lot of excitement for one night- not to mention the fact that my location in the seventh inning stretch put me in a prime, TV-time location for getting on WGN. The Cubs won 7-2 and clearly, the informal economy in Wrigleyville had me on-top!

To hear the Ultimate Fan’s take on this trade, check out his blog.

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