It pays to be an early bird

Syracuse Mets

Take me out to the ballpark.

Ticket Trade-in Day for the Syracuse Mets started at 10 a.m. one day last week.

I received permission from my boss at the library to report in late. I had the four tabletop seats from last season’s canceled opening day still sitting in my dresser. George Three had a coupon book of unused vouchers for the canceled 2020 Triple-A season.

I decided to get there at 8 a.m., wanted to be first in line, wanting to make sure I could get those great seats behind home plate for the home opener, wanting to take care of the transaction for two May games quickly so I could get to the library as quickly as possible.

Yes, I was first in line with my chair-in-a-bag.

NBT Bank Stadium sure looks great.

Syracuse Mets

Joined by other fans.

The second ticket-buyer arrived around 9 a.m. At 9:30 or so I took the photo above. I figured there were 40 or so folks looking to trade in tickets or vouchers from 2020 when the two tickets windows opened at 10 a.m. sharp.

Yes, I have now those four table-top seats behind home plate for the May 4 home opener, and four behind-the-Mets dugout seats for a Sunday game later in May.

Stadium capacity is limited to 20 percent. My dear wife Karen and I, terrific daughter Elisabeth and George Three will show or proof of vaccination, wear or masks and be glad that baseball is back. I may indeed be in line again when tickets for June games go on sale at a date to be announced.

12 thoughts on “It pays to be an early bird

  1. I always wondered who would bring a bag in a chair and wait first in line for Mets tix. Now I know! I am proud of you, my friend!


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