Lucky clicks land youngster Series tix for his Rockies-loving grandmother
A couple of lucky clicks is all it took for Patrick Hailey to score ticket gold, and surprise his Rockies-loving grandmother, Arlene Law.The Glenwood Springs High School junior took Tuesday off school – with the OK of his mom, Terri – to join in the online World Series ticket-buying frenzy.Perhaps karma smiled on Hailey, who was armed with the noble intention of rewarding his grandma, a Rockies follower since the team burst onto the Major League Baseball scene back in 1993. He somehow got through the flooded http://www.coloradorockies.com server and purchased tickets for both Games 3 and 5.”I just got really lucky I guess,” he said. “I had one computer going, but three users going at once.”
It took about 50 minutes for Hailey to make his first purchase, the Game 3 tickets. Maybe minutes after that, he got through and bought Game 5 tickets.”It was amazing,” he said. “I was so happy. I just waited through the countdown and when it would kick me out, I’d just restart it.”The stroke of good fortune will have Hailey and his grandma parked in Section 117 at Coors Field on Saturday, watching the Rockies battle the Red Sox in Game 3.”I’m in heaven,” said Law, an avid sports fan who moved to Glenwood Springs from Minnesota back in 1957. “I’ve been walking around in a fog. I couldn’t believe until I saw the tickets.”Law went to the very first Rockies home game in 1993 and hasn’t strayed since. She catches nearly every game with her grandson, who lives right down the street.
“All during the summer, I watched every game at her house,” said Patrick, who was born into a Rockies-adoring family. “If you live with my family, you have to be a Rockies fan. “Growing up with my grandma, she took me to my first Rockies game, probably when I was 6. I just grew up with it.”Not everyone understands her love for baseball, but Law is addicted to the sport.”I watch pretty much every game, or listen, during the year,” she said. “When I’m painting that’s when I’m watching baseball. Lots of people say watching baseball is like watching paint dry. I like to watch baseball while I’m painting.”
If she cheers the Rockies to a win live, that memory will surely go down near the top in a life filled with amazing sports memories for Law. For instance, she attended John Elway’s Hall of Fame induction in 2004.”I’ve had lots of highlights. I was so excited to see John Elway inducted into the Hall of Fame, meeting John Elway, shaking Barry Sanders’ hand,” recalled Law, a Broncos season ticket holder. “I got to take pictures with Carl Eller, of the old Purple People Eaters.”And she can thank her lucky grandson for making it possible.”I just wanted to surprise her with tickets,” Patrick said. “She’s been a lifelong fan. It’s a nice gift.”Added Patrick’s mom: “I think the baseball gods were honoring him, getting tickets for his grandma.”
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