Thursday, October 29, 2009

World Series Fan? This Big a Fan?

Hey, I like baseball as much as the next guy, but the behavior of more extreme fans never ceases to amaze me.

STIX28aTG Let’s say that you’re a woman, and you’re a die hard fan of the home team. And let’s further stipulate that you’re not a season ticket holder, and you don’t have hundreds of dollars to buy a pair of tickets for yourself and your spouse, even for the cheap seats at the local stadium. What to do, what to do? How about placing an advertisement on Craig’s List, and hope that a sympathetic person who has a couple of spare tickets will help you out?

So, you’re writing the ad. After all, you’re the assistant director of communications at a local medical facility, and like any good ad copy writer, you know one thing for sure: “sexy” sells, and gets attention (particularly on Craig’s List). You settle on the following, and hit the submit button:


Diehard Phillies fan - gorgeous tall buxom blonde - in desperate need of two World Series Tickets. Price negotiable. I’m the creative type! Maybe we can help each other!

Flirtatious? Perhaps. Solicitation? Hardly. But that’s what a vice cop in Bensalem, Pa. apparently thought when he read Susan Finkelstein’s advertisement in the ticket section of Philadelphia Craig’s List.

The cop responded to the ad, and set up a meeting with Finkelstein at a local bar. And busted her for prostitution.

Allegedly, Finkelstein crossed some type of arbitrary line, and offered (or implied) that she’d be willing to perform sex acts on the cop and his brother in exchange for two tickets. She was cuffed, booked, and her mug shot is now popping up all over the web…

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The Phillies and Yankees are favorite teams of mine.  We got our first TV when I was ten and the Phillies were the team I saw.  Robin Roberts was my hero.  Later on, I learned that I could buy a round trip ticket from Atlantic City to Yankee Stadium, buy a decent ticket, and have a couple hot dogs and cokes for under $10.  I was in the stadium (it took three trips) when Roger Maris hit #61.  So this series is rich in memories for me, but seriously?!!?  Not even for Bronco’s tickets to the Super Bowl!

On the other hand, didn’t that cop have anything better to do, and what does he have against the Phillies?

Life is often funnier that anything I could invent.


Randal Graves said...

As the late, great George Carlin said, selling is legal, fucking is legal, why isn't selling fucking legal?

That said, I have my limits, even for a Browns' Super Bowl ticket. Not that I'll ever have to worry about that.

TomCat said...

Randal, rumor has it that the Browns will be in the Super Bowl, that Dead-Eye Dick Cheney has tickets, and that he wants you bad! ;-)