Uproxx- The Texas Rangers held a pretty cool promotion at Globe Life Park this weekend that allowed fans who put deposits on season tickets the opportunity to win upgraded seats for free. All the prospective season ticket holders had to do was smack a dinger out of the park and the Rangers would take care of the rest.
Of the 20 people who took part in the event, only one was able to actually do it. After a few warm up hacks, Rangers fan Byron Anderson was able to take a ball over the left field wall to score the sweet seats. The homer Anderson’s half-season plan for two tickets into four box seats – valued at $8,500. That’s a big money swing right there.
The awesome moment was capped off by Anderson circling around the bases while the PA blasted the song from The Natural, which Anderson says is his favorite movie.
One $8,500 swing for man, one invaluable swing for mankind. That right there? That was for the little people. The people dropping $9 on a domestic beer. The people getting extorted for a $7 lukewarm hot dog. The people that pay to show up whether or not the Texas Rangers are in the playoffs or rotting at the bottom of the standings. Sometimes it's just nice to see those people win in the financial column. Let's be honest, this was nothing more then a money grab under the guise of a promotional event. The Texas Rangers didn't expect anyone to actually hit a home run. It was a calculated risk that was done in hopes of weaseling people out of their season ticket deposit early. A calculated risk that inevitably paid for itself, but still. It would have been nice to have a camera on the face of the Rangers owner when he heard the sound of the ball hitting the barrel of the bat, because you just know for a second he was like "ahh shit". $8,500 is a drop in the bucket for a professional sports franchise, but it's still $8,500 that their money hungry management would rather have it's hands on. Not only did this family man get to live what has to be every sports fan's lifelong dream by bashing one over the fence at a major league park, but he got one over on the people that won't hesitate to increase ticket prices for the hell of it or charge $20 for parking. For one season, and one season only, this guy gets to experience a ball game without worrying about how much he has been ripped off. That's a small victory, but since it will likely never happen to you, it's a victory for all of us.