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Words to the wise on Strasburg tickets

OK people, here's my one lecture if you have tickets to the Stephen Strasburg Show or are thinking of going to Coca-Cola Field for Thursday's game. Do not -- I repeat, do not -- saunter over to the box office tomorrow at, oh, 12:30, and think you're going to walk up and buy a ticket or pick up one at will call and expect to be in your seat at 1:05.

Can I make that any clearer?

Every year, the Bisons beg you to not show up at 5:45 for the 6:05 July 3 game featuring the BPO. And every year, tons of you do and the line stretches way-way-way from the windows and my email box fills up with folks crabbing about the situation that they didn't get in until the third inning. Spending two innings in line for a hot dog or ice cream might be the Bisons' fault. The ticket/will call situation isn't. No operation can handle that many people crushing their windows in the final 30-60 minutes.

You want to be in your seat tomorrow by the first pitch to see Strasburg throw. Heck, I'd want to get there early to see him warm up in the bullpen. Here's what I would do.

1. Go buy a ticket TODAY at the box office.

2. Buy them online and use PRINT AT HOME. Why wait in line? Print them yourself and walk right up to the scanners at the gate and you're in. Can't believe people don't do this a LOT more. Eliminates the whole will call mess.

3. If you insist on will call pickup, get them anytime today at the box office with your confirmation number. If you're going to try to do pickup tomorrow, the windows open at 9 a.m. Don't wait until the final half-hour before the first pitch!

End of lecture. If you don't follow my suggestions, I'm not listening to any email complaints. You're on your own.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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