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Blog: The Rocktober of our discontent

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

This is the Rocktober of our discontent.

The purchasing process for the World Series is an unmitigated disaster.

And really, who didn’t see this coming?

The Colorado Rockies organization wanted us to believe that they did something to streamline the process ” like making all the ticket sales online and not by phone or in person.

But when I went to the Web site to purchase tickets this morning, I was greeted with the spinning wheel of death and friendly “try back later” messages that were reminiscent of waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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And I was in good company. People who got to the screen that said “Please wait for the server to be available,” were elated, only because it meant they actually got through in some way.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) co-authored this whole operation. Why the Rockies didn’t pull out all the stops for this is beyond my comprehension. This is their chance to shine in the national light, and they’ve committed the biggest sin ” enraging their own fans.

Knowing with certainty that you won’t get tickets isn’t a fun situation, but it’s a whole lot better than hitting the refresh button for an hour, waiting and waiting and waiting.

Just in case anyone is upset about how their morning has gone so far, I’ll let you in to my world of misery.

So at around 10:30 a.m., I got through to the screen where I was able to choose tickets. Amazing! I was flipping out. With the shakiest mouse click known to man, I chose four of the best available tickets. I clicked to get to the next screen and it asked me to type in the letters on the screen above to verify that I wasn’t a spammer. But the box had a big question mark and the wheel of death popped up again.

Finally, it came through and I typed in the code, then lunged for my wallet to get my credit card, landing on my sunglasses and popping a lens across my desk.

When I looked up, the screen began to load. And it began to load again. Here I am, an hour-and-a-half later, and it’s still trying to load. I’ve lost about four years of my life.

All refresh and no tickets make Ian a dull boy. All refresh and no tickets make Ian a dull boy. Heeeeeeeeere’ssssssssss Tulowitzki!

OK, I’m back for a moment of sanity. To put things lightly, I think the Rockies organization has failed the fans and players. As a true believer of democracy, I’ll be leading a coup d’etat and storming Coors Field. Please join me.

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