Should I sell or should I go?
Always tease tease tease
You’re happy when I’m on my knees
One day is fine, next is black
So if you want me off your back
Well, come on and let me know
Should I stay or should I go?
– “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” by The Clash
A couple of weeks ago, before the regular season even ended, I was notified by the San Francisco Giants marketing team that my name was chosen (out of thousands) to have an opportunity to buy post-season tickets through the team’s lottery-based ticket purchasing system. Something the A’s marketing team, obviously, didn’t have to worry about (gotta love that green tarp), but that’s another story.
The parameters were pretty damn stringent: two tickets max. I could either buy one ticket to two different playoff games, or two tickets to one game. I chose the latter.
I could also choose which playoff game to attend. Knowing the Giants had the worst record of the three division winners, it was more probable that their opponent in the NLCS would likely have home field advantage, and therefore host a potential Game 7.
Even so, the allure of getting my grubby hands on Game 7 NLCS tickets was too great and — with fingers crossed — I opted for two lower-level Game 7 tickets at AT&T Park.
Fast forward to today. An improbable come-from-behind series victory by the Giants over the Reds and an upset series win by St. Louis over Washington has put me in a precarious position:
If the Giants-Cards National League Championship Series goes to seven games, do I go to the game and revel in the awesomeness of 43,000 screaming fans, or do I sell those bad boys (via TiqIQ, of course) for quadruple the price I paid for them and watch from the comfort of my home?
This may all become a moot point, should the Giants (or, God forbid, the Cardinals) clinch the NLCS in six games or less.
It’s a win-win situation to be in, that’s for sure. Like most families, we do our best to pay the mortgage and other monthly bills. But gas prices are on the rise. And the economy is as unstable as a Mat Latos fastball. So what would you do, Giants fans? Sell or go?