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88. Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Ralph and Ilene hadn’t been to a baseball
in about five years. They were only 15
from the stadium, but the heavy traffic on
day made those 15 miles seem more like
miles. It took about an hour to get
the stadium. Then, when the game was over,
took half an hour just to get out
the parking lot. Then the drive home was
hour. In other words, the traveling took longer
the game itself.
“Honey, the Giants are in
,” Ilene said. “I want to see Barry Bonds
a home run. Can we go to the
? We haven’t gone in such a long time.”
’re right. It has been a while. OK, I’ll
if you don’t mind driving,” said Ralph.
’s get ready. If we get there early enough,
might get his autograph. Maybe he’ll hit a
ball we can catch.” Ilene was excited. “We!?”
An hour later they were in their
. They lived in Pasadena near an old church.
went south on Orange Grove and then south
the 110 freeway. The 110 is California’s original
, full of twists and turns. Accidents occur daily;
drivers think yellow lights and sharp curves mean
same thing—speed up!
The traffic was lighter than
expected. They arrived at the stadium 40 minutes
game time. They paid the $8 parking fee,
and locked the car, and walked to the
Several individuals were standing around outside the
, looking casual but actually selling tickets on the
. “Are you going to buy from a scalper?”
“Yes. Just like last time. That one
honest,” Ralph replied.
They walked over to a
in a red cap. Ralph’s instincts were correct.
man had tickets for good seats at a
price. Ralph gave the man $45 and thanked
“Don’t thank me, my friend. Thank your local
department. Put your hands behind your back, please.
’re under arrest.”
“What?” Ralph was astonished. “What’s going
“Buying scalped tickets is illegal in Los Angeles,”
the undercover police officer. “It’s been illegal for
years. Don’t worry. The police station is right
the park. We’ll have you back here right
we book you. You can pay the $150
with your credit card.” The officer handcuffed Ralph.
has got to be a joke. You people
never enforced this law before,” said Ralph.
’ve got a new mayor and he wants us
enforce all the laws that bring in money.
with me, please. I’ll have you back here
20 minutes. Ma’am, you can wait here for
. You might want to buy some legitimate tickets
you're waiting. Have a nice day. Oh, and