Several weeks ago, I got an email with an unusual request. It was written by a random dude named Craig, who told me that he’s trying to collect a ticket from EVERY game in which Felix Hernandez has played. (I’ve gotten two requests like this over the years for other players: Cal Ripken Jr. and Carlton Fisk.) Craig still needed tickets from 40 games, and in the process of searching for them, he stumbled upon my website and discovered that I’d attended three of them:
I told him that I’d be glad to help, but that I was gonna need some time. Why? Because I was busy decorating my apartment with magazines — an endeavor that took every bit of free time for two solid months — and my ticket collection was a total mess:
The photo above shows six years’ worth of tickets — 2007 through 2012 — in a drawer. There was no order whatsoever, and I didn’t feel like spending a whole evening sorting through them . . . until yesterday, when my friend Ben Weil dropped by for a visit. He wasn’t merely willing to help me organize my tickets; he was excited, and we plowed through ’em. Here’s how we started to sort them:
In the photo above, the blurry arm belongs to Ben. He and I organized the tickets by year. Those are the big/messy piles on the right. Then, within each year, we made smaller piles by team, which I ended up stacking alphabetically. In the photo above, the smaller piles on the left are from 2012.
The following photo shows my tickets from 2009:
Here’s what the tickets looked like when we finished:
Of course, there was still one more thing to do. I needed to find the tickets that Craig had requested. Here they are:
For the record, I didn’t pay $82 to attend that Mets game; I found that ticket on the way out. That’s how I get most of my tickets, especially now that I often buy from StubHub and end up with those awful print-at-home turds. Anyway, as you can see above, I scanned two different tickets from Opening Day in Japan, neither of which I feel like selling. (Yes, Craig is paying for these tickets.) I only collected three from that game; in less than three weeks, I’m going to give one away as a prize to my charity donors, so these will be my only two. (Wayne, are you reading this? Can you please sell this guy a ticket from March 28th so that I don’t have to?)
Remember when I said that Craig is still looking for tickets from 40 of Felix Hernandez’s games? Well, subtracting the three that I attended, here are the ones he needs:
If you have a ticket from any of these games, leave a comment and I’ll put you in touch with Craig.