Hey, Would You Like to go to the Game Today? Good, Because the Cardinals Still Have Tickets Available

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From their box office.

The best baseball fans in America haven't sold out Game 3 of the NLDS, as of 3:46 PM EST on Tuesday. 

I popped on over to Cardinals.com to check if there were any seats available. As is usually the case with last minute comp returns, there was a single seat available, this one in the third row.

But then I tried two tickets:

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Then three:

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Then four:

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According to Cardinals VP Joe Strohm, as of this morning, there were a limited number of ticket returns available on the team's website. That was seven hours ago. Apparently those returns include standing room only tickets, too (raises eyebrow).

Whatever the case may be, the best fans in baseball haven't filled the stadium for their first home playoff game in two years. So, if you just happen to be passing through the greatest baseball city in America this afternoon, head on over to Busch Stadium to see the Phillies take on the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS. You can even bring a friend… or three.

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14 Responses

  1. I hate seeing this stuff. In 2006, on the fourth of July, I was at Citizens Bank Park. There was NO ONE there. Maybe 20,000 people in the stands. It wasn’t long ago that no one cared about the Phillies here.

  2. @Mike- true, people around here didn’t care about the Phillies back then, but you have to remember they were coming off of possibly the worst 2 decades in recent Phillies history (1985-2005), and you can’t compare attendance to mid-season games (on a holiday, no less) to attendance to playoff games.

  3. Right on to Mike the first poster. This idea that Philadelphia is now baseball central and can lecture other cities on their stadium attendance is absolutely comical. All you have to do is look at the crowds the Phillies drew for pennant races in 2004 and 2006, before this run happened. I remember less than 20k in some games. And even now, why don’t you turn on 94.1 and 97.5 and listen to what the dominant topic of conversation is? IT’S THE EAGLES, DURING A PHILLIES PLAYOFF RUN! St. Louis is 20 times better a baseball town than Philadelphia is. Just wait to the Phillies have an 85-win season. We’ll see how long that “sellout streak” lasts.

  4. mikebiff
    screw you man, no excuses for all the front runners here. That a lame excuse.
    if i remember correctly the phils were on the brink of the playoffs in 03, 05 and 06.

  5. @beez nuts
    Front runners my a$$. In 2001, the Phillies were in the playoff hunt and (as they typically do) they began selling NLDS tickets mid-Sept. Granted, attendance overall that year was down, and it was down for most of the 90’s/early 2000’s. But in ’01 I purchased 2 NLDS tickets and the BEST available for the pair was 700 level at the Vet and that’s 60,000+ capacity for baseball.
    I’ll admit people weren’t showing up when we were winning 70/80 games a year at the awful (baseball) stadium, but isn’t that the way it is in EVERY city? Check out the attendance numbers in the “baseball heaven” NY (Yankees) in their dark years of the late 80’s/early-to-mid 90’s we’re talking 15-20,000 a game.
    It all goes back to the team’s commitment to winning. And now we’ve been blessed for the past 5 years now that our front office is investing in the team and it’s showing in the team’s performance and the in the seats.
    Sorry for the long rant, I’m just a bit fired up after last night’s win!!!

  6. Those of us who follow Bruce closely have also long known that during this period, Bruce wrote and recorded many other songs that deserved to be released. We’ve discovered them on bootlegs and our patience has been rewarded with the release of the double CD ‘The Promise’ with 21 songs that didn’t make it onto ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’, and several songs from this period that were included on the ‘Tracks’ 4 CD box set.

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