Surviving (Enjoying) The Storm
Friday, October 21, 2005, 7:12 am
Sorry that I have not posted since I can’t remember when. That’s not fair to people who look forward to reading my inside-the-clubhouse info, but we have been overwhelmed with media requests, calls, activities, etc. over the last four days. Each day, I keep a list of things to write about, but by the time the day ends for my first job, I don’t have any gas left to write. I am sorry. I will try to go back once this is all over and fill in some spots. Maybe you will enjoy re-living the past couple of weeks …
I also try to read people’s posts and responses to this blog, but I must confess I have not in over a week, so I am going to have to guess at what you are asking …
World Series Tickets
A friend at MLB warned me that World Series tickets will be the worst thing we deal with during the week. "It always is, every year, no matter which teams are involved," he said. "What we’ve learned is that there is no ballpark big enough to accommodate the demand. There will always be more disappointed fans than fans with tickets."
That has proven true once again. I’ve gotten quite a few questions about how the tickets are distributed. The White Sox get our allotment for STH, etc. Then MLB takes a big chunk for the following: MLB sponsors, licensees, broadcasting partners, the media, all other 28 teams, every MLB player, umpire, etc.
What’s left goes on sale to the public, which was just over 10,000 tickets available to the general public for the four games. If you figure there were 140,000 people trying to get 2,500 opportunities (since each could buy four tickets), you can determine how tough the odds are and how many fans were disappointed.
Beginning in July, we began to encourage fans to buy season tickets for 2005 and/or 2006 because that was the best was to gurantee postseason tickets. We ran a couple of campaigns, the last of which ended in early September. On Monday, we decided to continue the offer until midday Tuesday while our supply of WS and ST lasted. The response was overwhelming, far exceeding supply. We sent everyone who had applied for ST under this plan, an email informing them of this and explaining that if you did receive ST (and WS tickets), you would get a call from a season ticket rep by noon today. If not, you would receive a refund of your online fee, and would receive a call from a ticket rep later to see if you still wanted 2006 season tickets (some people have already called to say they wanted 2006 tickets regardless of if they received the WS tickets). We hope this was clear to everyone, and while we understand it might have created a few more anxious days for everyone, we are continuing to process and call purchasers (and we continue to scrounge for tickets ourselves for this program because obviously we want as many fans to buy into this as possible).
No one could prepare us for the crush of media calls and requests the media services folks have received over the past few days. We cannot keep up with the number of emails (hundreds a day) or the voice mails (about 100 per day). No one wants to hear how busy someone else is, and I am so, so happy to be working this hard on October 20.
No connection yet, but word is he is a big baseball fan. Has to work in our favor.
Road Game Viewing
We have been working for some time to come up with a venue where fans can gather to view our World Series home games. We think we are on to something and hope to announce very soon …
To the Konerkos on the arrival of son, Nicholas. Pretty good week, reaching the World Series and having your first child born. Can it get better? We all hope it does.
In some ways, it doesn’t yet seem real to me that we are going to be playing in the World Series Saturday night. I think it will hit me then. Someone around the office joked that it seems like someone is going to come along and kick us out or at least wake us up. They can wake me up after November 1.
My first Wow moment came on Wednesday while Ozzie Guillen was in the interview room. I was late into the room and headed up the back stairs. Turning the corner, there was Ozzie, illuminated by the TV lights, with the World Series banner glowing behind him. I stopped short. "Holy (smoke). We are in the World Series."
We held a conference call with Jim Landis, Bill Pierce and Jim Rivera the other day to let those guys talk about the 1959 World Series. It was great to listen in. Eventually, the media became irrelevant on the call as the three exchanged barbs and news. "I got a hole in one yesterday," Rivera said. "You always say that," countered Pierce. "It’s my fourth. 171 yards. I hit a five iron," Rivera countered.
46 years later and they are still so amazingly comfortable together.
Robin Ventura and his wife Stephanie are going to be in town for the first two games.
Our pitching will remain the same … Contreras, Buehrle, Garland and Garcia. Houston’s … Clemens, Pettitte, Oswalt and Backe.
Sounds like this weekend will provide some good, old Chicago weather for us all. I think it should benefit us.
I received several calls and notes from members of the Angels front office, congratulating us and reminding us to stop and enjoy the experience.
With our daily newsclipping report running to 180 pages, I have not had a chance to keep up with my reading. I also have a stack of newspapers in my office. I can’t wait (actually I can wait, but I will look forward with anticipation) until November to go back through and re-live this.
Let’s all enjoy this experience to its fullest. We are in the World Series.