BOSTON, MA (KPLR)-- Cardinals fans and Red Sox fans have one thing in common - they're dedication to getting tickets to the World Series.
Some Boston Red Sox fans stared down a 30-hour wait in line for tickets to game one of the World Series.
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The first man in line, Sam Macasay, had been waiting since Monday morning. He planned to stay until the ticket window opened at Fenway Park Wednesday afternoon. He kept himself warm with a lot of trash talk.
“The Red Sox have already beaten the Cardinals in the ’04 World Series. The Pats beat the Rams in the Superbowl,” he went on. “Back when St. Louis had a basketball team, the Celtics won the NBA Finals against the Hawks – St. Louis Hawks. The Bruins won against the Blues. So, we own St. Louis. I can’t wait for that to continue.”
The second man in line was Kirk Carpy. He was on the phone with his dad, who would have to work through game one. The younger Mr. Carpy remembered how his father prepared him well for this wait.
“We started coming to a lot of games in 2003. We became the very first season ticket holders to have 10 games apiece,” he explained, holding an insulated coffee mug. “So, we did the same thing. We came on a December morning, 7:00 a.m. It was freezing. We waited in the same kind of line.”
Rico Rodriguez, the third man in line, said his time was an investment. He said he absolutely refused to pay the average price of $1,700 for World Series tickets.
“The great thing is that you do this. You get the tickets at face value, as opposed to going someplace that’s ‘not a scalper’ because they have a storefront,” he used air quotes. “But, they’re like, ‘Oh! We can charge whatever we want.”’
But, all the men agreed this was not just a way to get the hottest tickets in town or a way to save money. To them, the line was about much more than the World Series. Rodriguez first met Macasay while waiting in line for tickets in 2007. The two men had not spoken since. But when they met again for World Series 2013, they picked up right where they left off.
“This is a family reunion,” Rodridgez explained. “It’s a whole different culture out here. In a few hours, you’ll see a hundred people, and it’s all night. Everybody knows everybody by the end of the night.”