Dodgers: Please bring back our Paper Season Tickets
One of the things I looked forward to every year is getting that special box from the Dodgers in the mail with my season tickets. I was always giddy with anticipation when I got that call from home that a package had arrived from the Dodgers. I would wonder “How do the tickets look like this year?” Would they have current players pictures or past player pictures, pictures of Dodger past history? No matter what the Dodgers picked, I liked them. They were my special tickets! One of the many themes I like are “Great Moments in Dodger History.”
The minute I got home I would grab the box look at it some more, shake it and hastily opened it. Once the box was opened, I would smell the tickets just like in the movie “Fever Pitch” “They smell like World Series to me” I would tell my brother Victor year after year.
Before I became a season ticket holder for a second time, I had a mini plan package with my friend Stephanie. Once the tickets arrived, we would get together for dinner and spread the tickets on the table. If she could not attend some games, I would give her a choice of another date.
Prior to home stands, my brother Victor would separate the tickets for the upcoming home stand. He would hold a set in each hand and ask me ‘left or right?” I always ended up with tickets with my favorite players either by choosing right or by bullying him.
Afterwards the tickets went into our handy holder that the Dodgers would sell at Dodger Stadium.
With this no paper season, I need to either print my tickets or show my phone so the Dodgers can scan this virtual ticket. I don’t like it. I don’t have a printer at home. All my printing I do it at work or at a library. My brother does not have a phone so he needs to print the ticket.
I am old fashion, I like having actual tickets. I like writing in back of them recording special occasions. Every once in a while, for special occasions, I like having that ticket signed if the opportunity arises. I like to record a player’s debut, his first hit, his first home run.
One of the things I don’t like when I go on road trips is having to print my own tickets or scan them from my phone. I was in Seattle when the Dodgers got no-hit. I saved my printout but as I was leaving the stadium I noticed two tickets on the floor. I was thinking “Why would anyone not want to keep such a special ticket to commemorate the no-hitter? I picked up the tickets.
Below is my ticket from Opening Day 1981 when Fernando had to step in and replace Jerry Reuss as the Opening Day pitcher. It is not on this picture, but Fernando signed it for me.
Another thing I do with the tickets is attach them to my scoresheet.
It is not going to be the same having to scan the ticket from my phone or printing those generic papers.
I was going to post some pictures of my tickets but they are at home and i am having a hard time uploading pictures.
Update: Bill Roebuck has created a petition and a facebook page. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/224152067777733/
First things first, congrats on your January Latest Leaders slot. Awesome to see you moving on up the list like that. I totally loved it when the tickets arrived too. Especially as the Rays sued to make the Opening Day ticket huge so you could get a few memorable signatures on it before putting it away or under glass. But that is progress. Everything is going to be paperless before we leave this Earth (well except for 1 place). Seriously, it does take a bit of that sentimental pomp and circumstance of tickets showing up away, but once you get past the ticket takers and smell the grass and food at the ballpark….All that frustration melts away like nacho cheese.
Great read, I have created a facebook group in trying to bring back the paper ticket- feel free to join and pass the word along! https://www.facebook.com/groups/224152067777733/
Thanks Cliff, Dodgers used to give us special tickets for Opening Day too. I still would like to get that special box in the mail. It made us feel special.
Gary, Thank you so much!
Bill, I did sign your petition and shared. Let me update my blog post with the link also. Thanks.
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I wish we could get a few groups together and make sure we have real paper tickets like the 29 other MLB teams. This is bullshit – Stan Kasten is a cheap SOB, and can give a rats ass about the normal fan.
A friend showed me a picture of the Angels actual tickets for the playoff. I am so jealous! I talked to Lon Rosen about how the actual tickets for Kershaw’s no-hitter were going for a lot of money on Ebay. It is not that I would sell it but it irkes me that some people had actual tickets while we get ours in that ugly paper. Even people that walked up for the game gut actual tickets. He gave me the same story about saving paper. Yes, it is a saving for them to print them but not for us. In the meantime, they still charge us “handling fees” UGH.
I agree 100% – fans are even willing to pay to have printed tickets – so I don’t know WTH their problem is. I believe we are the only team doing this – and if anyone else was President I believe it would have changed. Stan Kasten is a stubborn &*(. He’s the one who messed up the cable deal too. Yeah the proessing fee and handling fee is a joke…Go Blue
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