Short lines for first day of Phillies single-game ticket sales

Paula Bryan and Vanessa Ramona Whittington Roberts were the only two fans waiting in line for Phillies single-game tickets to officially go on sale for a long time.

“I was shocked (by the turnout),” said Bryan, of Delaware County, who was first in line at 7:15 p.m. This was her first adventure waiting for tickets. “From what everybody said I thought that there would have been a ton of people.”

She said she was disappointed more fan didn’t show up.

“It’s a shame,” Bryan said, “But I feel they’re the ones missing out.”

Wrapped in blankets and knit hats the two ladies sat most of the night outside Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia to have first crack at the opening sale of Phillies single-game tickets.

“I sat in the car a good bit I have to admit,” Bryan said, ” But I did not sleep.”

Roberts and Bryan sat together for seven hours together.

“I just made her as a new friend today,” Bryan said. “Women rule!”

Former Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene bought Bryan her first tickets for withstanding the cold for 13 hours.

“We had to brush icicles off her nose,” Greene deadpanned.

Roberts, who was born in the city but now lives in Delaware County, relieved her friend Reggie Lewis at 1 a.m. and stayed until the doors opened at 8:30 a.m. Lewis first sat down at 8:15 p.m.

So Roberts gets all the credit. “But I took care of him,” Roberts said, “he got a little care package before he left.”

This is Roberts fifth year sitting in line for tickets, and this is the highest position she’s claimed.

And this is the least amount of people she’s ever seen.

“Are you kidding me?” she said. “I don’t believe it. I was thinking the internet, and maybe Ash Wednesday, but other people are saying it’s people jumping off the bandwagon.”

She shook her head. She’s not jumping off.

“They could lose 150 games and I’m serious I  wouldn’t jump off,” she said. “Because I’m a baseball fan, and the Phillies are my team.”


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