Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Even Glenn Beck wouldn't try to sell this

Even Glenn Beck wouldn't try to sell this

How desperate are you for Philadelphia Phillies' tickets? Would buy a premium, full-price ticket for a game all the way down in Miami...that was played four days ago? The Florida Marlins are banking on it!

You can own a piece of Phillies history, even if you weren't there to witness it. Today, the Florida Marlins will begin selling unused tickets to Roy Halladay's perfect game at the box office and online. Tickets will be regularly priced.

Paid attendance Saturday night when Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in baseball history was about 25,000, bolstered by postgame fireworks, and more than twice the crowd of 10,115 that showed up for yesterday's game against Milwaukee. That was the smallest crowd of the season.

Sun Life Stadium capacity is a little more than 36,000, so plenty of tickets remain available.

"I am sure the Marlins are doing this because they have a ton of tickets left over, given they don't really sell a lot of tickets to begin with," Taylor said.

So if the Marlins sell all 11,000 or so unused tickets, will they retroactively list the game as a sellout. This is so confusing. How many fans will buy the ticket, frame the stub, and tell their grandchildren in 50 years they were actually at the game. So many questions.

Two others things worth noting about Halladay's perfecto. First, I've often accused the Eagles of timing major moves -- like the Donovan McNabb trade, for example -- in a pathetic attempt to take the spotlight off of the Phillies. Well, the Birds are off the hook now. Halladay and the Phillies and their little "ploy" to grab the spotlight from the Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals was unconscionable.

Also, this once again confirms what I've learned since I came to the Daily News in 1995, which is that when it comes to news, Saturday rules, and Saturday of a three-day holliday weekend reigns supreme. Here's just a few things that have happened on a Saturday since then: The 2003 space shuttle disaster, the John F. Kennedy Jr. plane crash, and impeachment of Bill Clinton, and on a Labor Day weekend, the death of Princess Diana and now the Phillies' first perfect game in 46 years on Memorial Day weekend.

Why take note? Because the Daily News doesn't publish on Sunday, so there's no front page to commemorate these events -- and when there's a major Monday holiday there is no paper for two straight days. I guess the Daily News is like Barack Obama: God doesn't like us.

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