Clicks for tix a growing online fix

Clicks for tix a growing online fix

A couple of suggested New Year's resolutions, courtesy of Major League Baseball's Online Ticketing Generation:

1. Stop wasting valuable time ordering baseball tickets through the mail and waiting in stadium will-call lines.

2. Start planning for the 2007 season by placing your orders at without leaving the office or the cozy confines of home.

The majority of tickets for Major League Baseball games are sold through Major League Baseball Advanced Media and its properties at and the 30 individual club sites.

More than 20 million tickets have been bought on and the 30 team sites thus far in 2006, setting a record for the sixth consecutive year. Given the steady rise of the Online Ticketing Generation, a new standard is sure to be set in 2007.'s online experience provides a fast, easy and efficient way to shop for tickets, as all 30 clubs provide a print-at-home ticket service.

Securing your spot at one of next season's much-anticipated playoff rematches is just a few clicks away.

In one of the many series headlining the 2007 schedule, the St. Louis Cardinals are set to face the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 18-20 in a rematch of the 2006 Fall Classic. Will the reigning American League champions find redemption, or will the World Series heroes make history repeat itself? Either way, why not be there to find out?

Of course, the road to the World Series was anything but easy for the Cardinals, who survived a seven-game slugfest with the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series. Fans don't have long to wait for this rematch, as a season-opening, four-game set between the Redbirds and the reigning NL East champs is slated for April 1-4 at Busch Stadium. The teams will meet again June 25-28 at Shea Stadium.

Though the memory of the playoffs is still fresh in the minds of fans, with 2007 rapidly approaching and Spring Training on the horizon, the clubs have begun featuring season-ticket packages on their Web sites. After the new year, most teams will begin selling single-game tickets on their sites. Secondary tickets are also obtainable on the club sites, as season-ticket holders can choose to make their unused tickets available to the public.

Clearly, the time to start planning the ballparks tours, spring flings and summer getaways has already arrived.

What better way to capitalize on the online experience than by booking your tickets to one of the game's classic division rivalries?

The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees have been slugging it out for supremacy in the AL East for the better part of the last decade, and things aren't likely to change much in 2007.

The Tigers and the Chicago White Sox are the last two teams to represent the AL in the World Series and are a good bet to remain among the game's elite squads in 2007. With the season right around the corner, it's not too early to secure a seat to their season-ending series, a three-game set Sept. 28-30 at U.S. Cellular Field that could go a long way in determining the AL Central race.

For the Cardinals, the road to a fourth consecutive NL Central crown figures to go through the North Side of Chicago, as the Cubs have made a number of upgrades via free agency, most notably landing dynamic outfielder Alfonso Soriano. Buy your tickets now to watch another chapter of this storied rivalry unfold in 2007.

Regardless of playoff implications, the feud between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West will be as hot as ever in 2007. Luckily, your pass to see the action is only an online reservation away.

Though's ticketing areas function differently from team site to team site, they all feature cutting-edge capabilities and functionality to enhance the online experience.

A growing number of ballparks sell tickets at electronic kiosks that accept credit cards, and most clubs provide seat-specific fan's-eye views of the stadium.

Imagine the view at Wrigley Field on May 18-20, when the White Sox go head to head with the crosstown rival Cubs in one of a handful of intriguing Interleague matchups. Or the vibe at Dodger Stadium on June 15-17, when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim meet the Dodgers in the battle for L.A. bragging rights. Or the raw aura at Yankee Stadium on June 15-17, when the Yankees renew their subway rivalry with the Mets. You can make it all a reality with a few swift movements of your mouse.

Beyond the teams, the story of the 2007 season will inevitably be written by the players.

Will Daisuke Matsuzaka be on the mound for the Red Sox on April 8, when his team welcomes fellow Japanese megastar Ichiro Suzuki and the Seattle Mariners to Fenway Park for the home opener? Will Giants slugger Barry Bonds crank the 23 home runs he needs to pass Hank Aaron for first place on the all-time home run list? And will Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio collect the 70 hits he needs to reach 3,000?

These questions and more will be answered next season. In the meantime, take a moment on to secure your chance to witness history.

Dean Chiungos is a fantasy writer for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.