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Prompt: “Well, to be honest, I threw it away.” I didn’t use this exact phrase but used the idea of something important being lost among the trash.
The Series Ticket
“Game 5 of the World Series. This is great Grandpa,” said Joey.
“In 1980, I brought your dad to Game 6. The Phillies with greats like Schmidt, Carlton and McGraw went all the way for us fans. It was Veterans Stadium then. Great memories. Our Phillies could do it again tonight”
Joey and his grandpa Jim had their tickets scanned at the right field gate and entered Citizen’s Bank Park. Stadium employees were handing out white towels to everyone who came through the gates.
“Grandpa, the rally towels.”
“They are so much more than rally towels. When the crowd goes wild with these, the stadium is something to behold and I heard it reported that it becomes very distracting to the other team.”
“Can I get ice cream?”
“Let’s get Tony Luke’s cheesesteaks. If you have room for ice cream after a Tony Luke’s, I’ll get you some later. Looking at the sky, it doesn’t look like a night for ice cream.”
After waiting in line for their food, they grabbed some napkins and headed for their seats. The sold out stadium was already going wild. A Phillies game any time during this winning season was a great experience but post-season was indescribable.
The game was off to a great start. In the first inning Jayson Werth and Chase Utley were on base when Shane Victorino came up to bat and brought his two teammates home.
Joey finished his cheesesteak and convinced his grandpa to let him get an ice cream. “I’m going to let you go on your own. Do you have your ticket? You’ll need your ticket to come back to your seat.”
Joey held up is ticket for his grandpa to see and then pushed it into his pocket. After buying an ice cream cone, he showed his ticket to the attendant and entered their section. At the same time a group of rowdy teenagers were pushing and shoving their way into the section. Joey couldn’t move and nearly dropped his ice cream. Finally he was free of the crowd and reached his seat.
Next Tampa Bay cut the Phillies lead in half in the fourth inning and then tied the game in the sixth inning. The rain was falling steady all evening but by the top of the sixth inning, there was a downpour and the wind was blowing hard. For the first time in World Series history, officials suspended the came.
“We’ll need our ticket from tonight to come back for the rest of the game,” said Grandpa.
Joe reached in his pocket and came up empty. Tears began to form in his eyes. “I must have lost it when the crowd was shoving.”
“Well let’s go. The ticket is lost.”
A big gust of wind was blowing debris around and lifted Joey’s ball cap. Reaching up to grab it, his hand also grabbed some debris. Joey was ready to drop the trash when he noticed it was his ticket.