Category Archive for 'Sports'

10 Final Thoughts On Throwing Out The First Pitch

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Continued from:
8 Years Ago Was The Biggest Night Of My Life, Tonight Will Try To Come Close As I Toss A Ceremonial First Pitch At Game 7 Of The World Series
On The “Value Proposition” Of Spending A Million Starpoints For The Experience Of A Lifetime
Video And The Experience Of Throwing Out The First Pitch In Game 7 Of The World Series


1. I still grin from ear to ear thinking about throwing out the first pitch before Game 7 of the World Series. A true childhood dream come true. Being able to walk onto the field with my wife (on our anniversary no less) and my grandfather made it that much more special.

Still can't get over being called up to the mound before game 7…what an experience!

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Points come and points go, but there are only so many moments in life like that. How do you place a value on them?

2. I’ve always been of the opinion that miles are at their best when they’re used for dreams. I’ve redeemed my miles for countless aspirational redemptions and there’s no doubt that’s what makes mileage game so much fun. There wouldn’t be thousands of DDF obsessives if it was just about a free ticket to Miami.

Things I could never have imagined as a child are coming true.

I would never pay the asking price for a first class ticket, so the exact value obtained is fairly meaningless. My point is that the bottom line value goes out the door when you’re fulfilling your dreams.

When I write about flying in a Singapore couples suite for dinner in Paris or about taking the field before game 7 the message to my readers is the same: Dream big!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. I’ve built up a stash of tens of millions of miles over the past 15 years. Opening hundreds of credit cards, taking advantage of stackable Hyatt faster free nights promos, mileage running stacked with promos like free system wide award tickets of 10K bonus miles per segment, the JetBlue 300K mileage run, Wendy’s cups, transferring eBay anything points into miles, manufacturing points with Google Checkout, US Mint, Amazon Payments, gift cards, etc, etc.

I’ve been able to use over 10 million points to fly in first class on more flights than most people do in several lifetimes. Given that I don’t sell the points or use them for others due to the risks involved, the opportunity to use them for this was a dream come true.

If you’re not a die-hard Baseball fan then this will probably never make sense to you. Then again there are few people who understood why the United Island Hopper was on my bucket list.

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4. Apparently some people are shocked that I focus on earning and burning miles and points on this miles, points, and deals blog. They feel the need to point out that my priorities are clearly mixed up.

To be clear, learning Torah, davening with a minyan, and spending time with your family are all important things in the life of an Orthodox Jew. I started this blog while I was studying for Smicha, but that’s just not what this blog happens to be about. There are blogs that are about learning and I’m happy to learn something in person with anyone that drops by my local shul. It’s just not the focus of this blog.

5. Experiences will always trump things in my book.

Your car and your toys won’t last. The memories made will. So I drive a 6 year old Altima and look to make memories.

While on vacation we look for a photographer to take a photo shoot of our family in front of local scenery rather than buy souvenirs. Capturing the memories is better than bringing back clutter.

I take a look back at the day of our wedding and the days that our kids were born. Those are clearly in another class of memories.

But the manufactured memories are still awesome. How can I help but grin as I think about:
The day I flew to San Francisco (on a mileage ticket I had booked months earlier) to see the Cavs finally win a trophy for Cleveland.
The time Mimi and I went on a grueling 14 mile hike but got to experience the stunning Na Pali coast in Kauai in a breathtaking way.
The time spent underwater in Palau’s other-worldly Jellyfish Lake.
The trip I took with my grandfather to the MLB, NBA, and NFL Hall of Fames, capped off by an Indians win that we saw from the Green Monster.
The look in Rafi’s eyes when I took him on a father-son trip upstairs on a 747 and he got to sit in the cockpit.
The 7th inning when I walked onto the field and made off with 2nd base to the amazement of everyone in the stadium, including the Indians players.
Or the time I walked up to the mound before one of the greatest sports games in history to toss out the very first pitch. There’s not more than a small handful of fans in the world that can say they did that in their home stadium before a Game 7 of the World Series.

You can take away my things, but you can’t take away those memories.

6. Several commenters were aghast that I didn’t just donate the points to charity. I use my miles for myself and my family in order to avoid mileage auditors from looking into my account, which can happen if you book awards for too many people.

7. I wish the Tribe would have won, but being able to bring 4 people onto the field and into the game and then sit just 1 row away from the field for what may have been the best World Series game of all time is nothing to sneeze at either.

Well these aren't bad seats. Not bad at all. #SPGMoments #WorldSeries #Game7

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8. Did I think of not wearing my Tzitzes out or not wearing a Yarmulkah under my hat?

Not even for a second.

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9. Yes, DansDeals traffic was up last week. Way up. No, I never thought I’d see my face on TMZ’s home page.

10. I never played in little league or owned a baseball glove. I was a studious little kid and my parents were not into sports. Though I loved the math aspect of baseball and knew the stats of hundreds of baseball players by heart.

My lack of playing ability only made the dream of walking onto the field of a World Series game that much more far-fetched. With just a couple hours to learn how to throw a baseball 60 feet I was thrilled to watch my sinker take a one-hopper to the catcher instead of watching the ball dribble to the plate or go wide right or left as so many YouTube videos show.

Bottom line folks, miles allow you to dream big. And I’ll never regret dreaming big.

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Video And The Experience Of Throwing Out The First Pitch In Game 7 Of The World Series

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Continued from:
8 Years Ago Was The Biggest Night Of My Life, Tonight Will Try To Come Close As I Toss A Ceremonial First Pitch At Game 7 Of The World Series
On The “Value Proposition” Of Spending A Million Starpoints For The Experience Of A Lifetime


It seemed like the bidding would go on forever. Starwood extends their auctions by 5 minutes every time a new bid is placed. But then it was finally over, I had won the auction for the experience of a lifetime! And on our 8th anniversary no less!

Just one not so minor detail, I’m just a spectator. A die-hard Indians fan, sure. But I’d rather watch the pros do it. I’ve never pitched a baseball in my life! Well, if you’ve never thrown a baseball, learning how to throw a ball 60 feet in just a day is no easy task.

So I turned to Adam Levine. Not that Adam Levine, just the one who davens at my local Chabad House and organizes local Sunday morning softball games. He worked with me on fielding and hitting before I played a game in Wrigley and I even wound up with a run scored and some RBIs. This time he graciously spent a lot of time making my pitch look halfway respectable. With a few more days I probably could have thrown a perfect strike, but there was just 8 hours from when the auction ended until the time of the pitch.

At first it seemed certain that I would Baba Booey or 50 Cent it:

 

But eventually I was able to throw the ball over the plate. But what would happen when I was pitching in front of 40,000 fans without even a single warmup pitch?

Meanwhile Indians fans from around the world wanted to see Charlie Sheen toss out the first pitch thanks to his Major League fame. “Get me Vaughn,” is part of Indians sports lore. They took to Twitter demanding that he throw out the first pitch.

Thanks to a Tweet and a DDF member I did get in touch with Charlie’s people. It would be cool to get up on the mound and yell “Get me Vaughn.” But MLB made it clear that they did not want Charlie Sheen on the field, period. The story somehow landed me as the top story on TMZ last night. I did help them find a suite for Charlie though after they were not able to secure one.

MLB reps met with us at the Jake’s press entrance and took Mimi, JJ, my grandfather, and me down to the field level. It’s like another world walking around the field.

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What an amazing way to spend your 8th anniversary:

 

 

 

I said hey to Tito and Mike Hargrove:

 

 

 

My grandfather loved it and told Tito about the ’48 and ’54 series he went to:

 

 

 

And then it was time for the big moment. I don’t even know how to possibly describe it. Surreal doesn’t nearly do it justice, but everything around me just froze. The announcer saying my name felt a million miles away. Through the hundreds of Indians games I’ve attended since I was a child I’ve been watching pitchers go up to that mound.

Never in my wildest childhood fantasies could I ever imagine walking up there during a game. And not just any game, but the final game of the World Series.

Mind. Blown.

It was truly an awesome experience and worth every Starpoint that I spent.

 

Via DansDeals Facebook #FirstPitch #Game7 #WorldSeries #Jumbotron

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The pitch went as good as I could have hoped for considering that I had never pitched a ball and didn’t have any chance to warmup beforehand. It went over the plate with a single bounce. It didn’t go wide right or left. It didn’t dribble to the plate. And I didn’t get boos from the crowd.

That’s a win in my book!

JJ screams his head off in the video, so um, turn down your volume. But here’s the video.

 

 

And a video of the Jumbotron:

 

 

 

Is this real life?

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And yes, I did have the first pitch. So technically Jim Thome threw out the 2nd pitch 🙂

 

The seats that came with the auction were fantastic:

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Well these aren't bad seats. Not bad at all. #SPGMoments #WorldSeries #Game7

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The game itself was an emotional roller coaster. No doubt it will be considered one of the top World Series games of all time. The crowd was raucous and on their feet. The stadium probably had 30-40% Cubbies fans, which made for an interesting experience. After the Indians tied the game at 6, it just felt like it was bound to happen in the bottom of the 9th. They had come back from too far to not go all the way.

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It’s easy to play Monday morning quarterback, but at the end of the day this Indians team surprised everyone. Even their own beat writer. The whole county felt like it was rooting for the Cubs as they hadn’t won for 108 years, as if the Indians 68 year drought was nothing. Even my 5 year old son Rafi told me before I went to the game that the Cubbies were going to win.

#ClevelandAgainstTheWorld #RallyTogether #LetsGoTribe #WorldSeries #Game2 #Windians

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For the Tribe to make it so far without their best hitter and their #2 and #3 starting pitchers is mind-boggling. And for them to do it on a salary that was $100MM less than the Cubbies is a testament to great management. However the Indians heavily overworked pitching staff simply ran out of steam at the end. Sure it would have been icing on the cake had the Indians won and the loss was bitterly disappointing, but it didn’t take from the whole experience.

Right now it feels like when the Cavs lost in 2015 when they didn’t have Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love for the finals. But hey, they came back to win it earlier this year. And odds are they’ll play the rubber match next year in the Finals.

Congrats to Cubbies fans on winning it all though.

Hopefully the Indians can stay healthy next year and have an awesome rematch with the Cubbies in 2017. And may the team with the longer drought come out on top 😉

And hopefully another sports obsessed mileage junkie will have the once in a lifetime experience that I had before game 7.

 

The first pitched ball of Game 7:

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I’ve flown around the world in first class countless times, stolen 2nd base in middle of an Indians game, swam with normally poisonous Jellyfish in Palau, seen the Polar Bears near the North Pole, and thrown out the first pitch of a World Series game. But better than all that I have an awesome loving wife and an amazing little son and daughter. I thank G-d every day for those blessings and the life that I live.

The only real question is where should my next adventure be?


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On The “Value Proposition” Of Spending A Million Starpoints For The Experience Of A Lifetime

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Yesterday I wrote about some of the background that led to my bidding 1,060,500 Starpoints to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before game 7 of the World Series.

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Some people on the internet took offense that I would spend “$10,000” or “$25,000” on the experience.

Here are my thoughts.

I earned these points by doing things like opening hundreds of credit cards over the years and taking advantage of offers that come and go, like buying hundreds of thousands of dollar coins from the US mint that I promptly deposited back into my account while banking the Starpoints.

I don’t sell my points. That’s against the terms of the programs and it’s risky.

Despite traveling in first class many times per year, I accumulate points at a faster rate than I can burn them. Even after this bid and spending 7 figures of miles annually, I still have 7 figures of Starpoints and 8 figures of total miles. And we still have 9 Fairmont accounts that come with a lifetime of free suites, massages, and scotch that I got for free thanks to DansDeals readers taking advantage of that deal. (Thank you!) What I’m trying to say is that I won’t have to stay home because of this bid.

So if the points mostly cost my time to earn, how do you assign a value to what you spend?

 

Sure, I could have stayed at the S. Regis NY or Bal Harbour for a month with the points. (Boring!) But it’s there that I’d determine value and that I’d rather spend $159 instead of 30-35K Starpoints.

But on a once-in-a-lifetime experience like stealing 2nd base or throwing out a first pitch in game 7 of the World Series?

I don’t see that as a value based decision.

Others were aghast that I spend so much on this but didn’t spend more on the Antarctica cruise bid. The difference is that the Antarctica cruise can be purchased with money, and I think that getting there is only going to get more mainstream over time. As it had a fixed value as the auction got pricier, the value proposition evaporated. It may be a once in a lifetime experience as well, but tens of thousands of people visit Antarctica annually. I do still hope to go there, but there was nothing time sensitive about Antarctica. And besides, the cruise line was not very accommodating anyway.

There have only been 38 Game 7s in history. How many people have thrown out a first pitch at Game 7 of the World Series? How many of those people threw it out while watching their favorite team playing at home?

I’d venture to say that’s a very, very low number. Probably in the single digits and way less than the hundreds of thousands or possibly millions of people who have stepped foot on Antarctica. Fans just aren’t given opportunities like that, it goes to former players and celebrities who may not even care about the team.

And with Starwood going away, their MLB partnership or the Moments auctions may go away as well.

The auction also generated a nice amount of press about DansDeals, which was a nice bonus.

And what better way is there to spend your 8th anniversary than on the field of the 7th game of the fall classic?

At any rate, the experience also came with 2 seats just 2 rows behind the Cubs dugout. I was sitting next to die-hard fans who had ponied up north of $10,000 per ticket! In the row in front of us was the Ricketts family and Rahm Emanuel.

Thanks to Indians season ticket holder and all-around nice guy, Chaim Goldstein, I was able to get seats upstairs to all the home World Series games at face value. I would never value those seats at the $20,000 it would have cost to get them on Stubhub. But sitting so close to the field for an amazing roller coaster of a game is a completely different experience than sitting upstairs.

Besides for my wife and me, I was also able to bring JJ and my grandfather onto the field and they didn’t even need tickets, they got to stay in the ballpark for the rest of the game!

As I was bidding higher I did 2nd guess myself at times, but somehow it felt like divine providence. This was the place where G-d put me with the ability to earn all of these miles in Cleveland. And now there was an auction that could only be paid for in Starpoints for an experience as a lifelong Indians fan that I’d cherish forever.

It wasn’t a question of how could I justify going for it. It was a question of how could I justify not going for it.

To be continued…
Video And The Experience Of Throwing Out The First Pitch In Game 7 Of The World Series

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But What Would They Do If An Indians Fan Took The Mound?

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Related post: October Redemption Time In Believeland


1st off, as my Uncle Marty said, Congrats to Cubs nation on getting to the World Series for the 1st time in 71 years. Maybe next year you’ll even win it! 😉

In all seriousness though, Starwood is auctioning off the rights to throw the ceremonial first pitch of the first World Series game played in Wrigley Field in over 7 decades.

That may just be the coolest use of miles of all time. Even cooler than when I stole 2nd base.

But what would happen when someone in an Indians jersey and hat took the mound in Chicago?

It might be easier to escape if my name was Bartman.

Alas the game will be played on a Friday night which precludes me from participating or finding out just what would happen.

But c’mon SPG. Hook it up for game 5, 6, or 7!

Pretty please?

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October Redemption Time In Believeland

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

DD sports posts:
Trip Notes: The Redemption, The Comeback, The Renaissance, The Chasedown, The Block, The Shot Part 2, The Tearjerker; Call It What You Want But This Was A Night To Remember
Can The Cavs End Cleveland’s Curse?
Better Than Any First Class Suite…Taking My Son To His First Ballgame
Trip Notes: Hall Of Fame Trifecta And Fenway Park In 72 Hours
Trip Notes: A Father & Son Day Trip To Chicago For A Ballgame And A DO
Stealing 2nd Base: My Coolest Use Of Miles Ever?
My First Non-Travel Mileage Redemption
Take Me Out To The Ballgame…Buy Me Some Kosher Chili And Ribs.
Manny Being Manny…


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What a year it’s been in Cleveland.

It seems like just yesterday that I flew to San Francisco with JJ to witness the first Cleveland sports championship of my lifetime.

I took my then 4 year old son to the parade along with my grandfather. How could Rafi possibly comprehend how long his hometown had waited for the moment? Well, other than the 1,300,000 people who jammed the city as never before…

And yet, it all felt slightly bittersweet. You see, as much as I loved the euphoria and the high that the city was on, my heart wished it was the Tribe. Baseball has always been my true sports love. I’ll always remember my first baseball game. My maternal grandfather took me to Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium on 6/28/92 where we saw the Indians beat the Blue Jays 7-6. There’s just something magical about the sport with no buzzer. There’s something magical about the sport that can be enjoyed while sitting under the stars without the in your face show that the NBA is. And as a millennial growing up in Cleveland, the 90s were all about the Tribe, and they’ll always have a special place in my heart.

In 1995 my parents took us to Toronto to stay in the Westin Harbour Castle where the Indians stayed. As a 10 year old there I got nearly the entire team’s autographs and even got free tickets to the game from Manny Ramirez when we held the elevator for him.

Later that year I sent in hundreds of postcards and won tickets to watch the ’95 World Series. At the time I didn’t fully appreciate how rare it would be. And that was despite my grandfather warning me that my own uncles had never seen a Cleveland sports championship.

1997 was the most painful. I screamed during game 7 when Mike Hargrove put in a struggling Jose Mesa to close out the game in the bottom of the 9th and I just may have cried when we blew it. Yes I know there’s no crying in baseball, but my grandfather was just 9 when the Indians last won it all. Wasn’t it time for everyone else to have that chance?

It took 19 years, but the Indians are back on the big stage.

Nobody predicted this. Not after losing Brantley due to injury. Not after losing Salazar due to injury. Not after losing Carrasco to injury. Not after Bauer sliced open his finger building a drone during the playoffs! And not with a minor-league pitcher starting in a pennant clinching game.

And yet, somehow, someway, against all odds, this ballclub has prevailed.

So here comes one final roller coaster. 4 more wins. Can Cleveland pull it off again?

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Cubs/Mets/Rangers Fans: Use Your Starpoints For Some Incredible Experiences

Friday, July 8th, 2016

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You can earn Starpoints on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.


A few years ago I burned 25K United miles for 4 box seats to an Indians game. In middle of the game I got to run onto the field and literally steal 2nd base. As an die-hard Indians fan it was probably the coolest use of my miles ever. People around the stadium were shocked to see someone walking around with 2nd base. I got the base signed by several players, including the winning pitcher that night, and it hangs in my office today. It still has the Jacobs Field dirt on it.

That story inspired other DansDeals readers to use their miles for some amazing experiences as well.

Earlier this year I wrote about the ability to bid Starpoints to sing the National Anthem in Wrigley Field on 7/18 for the Mets Vs Cubs game. The crazy thing about that deal was that if you weren’t accepted to sing you got your points back and still got to go to the game in the SPG suite with kosher food available upon request.

SPG Moments allows you to use points for all kinds of neat experiences, and there are some awesome ones up for bid and instant redemption right now.

If you do go to Wrigley you can park near Milt’s for a delicious lunch (The Milt’s Burger, Rib Sandwich, and Brisket Chili are my favorite items) and then walk from there to the game. A DDF reader invited me along when he redeemed Starpoints for the entire SPG suite when the Yankees took on the Cubbies and we did that and even brought along the owner of Milt’s to our suite. The suite was catered with kosher food, but nobody ate any of it after feasting at Milt’s just beforehand!

Be sure to post a comment and a “trip report” if you win!

Deliver the Line-Up Card at Wrigley Field for the Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers game on Friday, 7/15 at 1:20pm: High bid: 16K Starpoints.
Deliver the Line-Up Card at Wrigley Field for the Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets game on Monday, 7/18 at 6:05pm: High bid: 5K Starpoints.
-1 opportunity for a 6 to 12-year-old child to deliver the line-up card.
-Field access for two (2) for a pregame photo
-2 Field Box Infield tickets


-Announce “Play Ball” at Wrigley Field before the Chicago Cubs take on the New York Mets on Monday, 7/18 at 6:05pm High bid: 8K Starpoints.
-Access for a 6 to 12-year-old child to announce the official “play ball” at Wrigley Field on Monday, 18 July 2016 in front of up to 40,000 cheering fans.
-Two 2 Field Box Infield seats to watch the Chicago Cubs play


Take the Field Alongside the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Before They Take on the Texas Rangers on Sunday, 7/17 at 1:20pm: Instant redemption for 27.5K Starpoints, 4 packages available.
-2 seats for the Chicago Cubs game against the Texas Rangers on Sunday, 17 July 2016 at 1:20 pm
-1 opportunity for a 7 to 13-year-old to run onto the field with the Chicago Cubs before the first pitch
-1 group photo of your child with the other participating SPG members


Throw out a ceremonial pitch before at Wrigley Field before the New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs game on Monday, 7/18 at 6:05pm High bid: 60K Starpoints.
-Access for 1 to throw a ceremonial pitch at Wrigley Field on Monday, 18 July 2016
-Field access for 2 for a pregame photo
-2 Field Box Infield seats to watch the Chicago Cubs play the New York Mets


Members Only Softball Tournament on Wrigley Field – Build Your Own Team to play on Sunday, August 7 from 12pm-4pm High bid: 11K Starpoints, 2 packages available.
-12 tickets to play softball at Wrigley Field on Sunday, August 7th
-12 Customized MLB Chicago Cubs jerseys with the names of all 12 participants.
-Meet with a retired Cubs alumnus for 12
-Behind-the-scenes tour of Wrigley Field for 12
-Complimentary food and beverages for 12 (You can request kosher food).
-No participants under the age of 13

Will you be bidding on any of these once in a lifetime experiences?

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Yankees Tax Day Sale: Tickets From $4.18

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Yankees Tax Day Sale: Tickets From $4.18

Use offer code (Exp: 4/18): TAXDAY

Terrace Level, Grandstand Level or Bleachers seats for 4/19 or 4/21 are just $4.18 and tickets for today, 4/22, or 4/24 are $10.99.
Service fees add $1/ticket and $3.30/order.

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It’s Time For Baseball: Here Are Some Ways To Stream Games For Free

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Update, 4/10: Today is the last day to signup for a free 2016 MLB.tv subscription if you are a T-Mobile customer or have access to a T-Mobile phone.

Originally posted on 4/3:

It may still be cold outside in the Midwest and East Coast, but baseball is finally back in the air.

There are 2 new options to stream games if you can’t make it to the ballpark or take your kid to an away game with your miles.

1. T-Mobile customers can signup here for a free premium MLB.tv subscription, a $109.99 value. You must signup for a free plan by 4/10. Your subscription will be valid for the entire 2016 season. Unfortunately MLB blocks local broadcasts, though workarounds do exist. You must be on the T-Mobile data network, not on W-Fi, in order to enroll.

2. If you have (or can borrow) cable TV credentials you can now login online to FoxSportsGo or to the FoxSportsGo app on your phone for free streaming local broadcasts of the following 15 teams:
-Arizona Diamondbacks
-Atlanta Braves
-Cincinnati Reds
-Cleveland Indians
-Detroit Tigers
-Kansas City Royals
-Los Angeles Angels
-Miami Marlins
-Milwaukee Brewers
-Minnesota Twins
-New York Yankees
-San Diego Padres
-S. Louis Cardinals
-Tampa Bay Rays
-Texas Rangers

Play ball!

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Roundup Of 35 NBA, NFL, NHL, And MLB Teams That Have A Kosher Food Stand

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

It’s hard to find a comprehensive list of kosher stands in sports stadiums, so here is a list of sports teams that have a kosher food stand.

It’s also tough to keep the list updated, so if you know of stands that no longer exist or new ones that have opened please post a comment!

Be sure to do your own research on Rabbinical supervision before heading to the game.

Bear in mind that some stadiums may have multiple kosher food options.  For example at Yankee Stadium there is the regular kosher stand and then there is a full no-expenses spared catered event with all-you-can-eat gourmet kosher food that is free for Legends Suites ticketholders.  The Legends Suites kosher food are even under a different rabbinical supervising agency then the regular kosher stand.  The Legends Suites menu also changes on a daily basis.  I was invited to sit in Legends Suites at an Indians game several years ago and wrote about it in this post.  Apparently it has gotten even better since then. If you are sitting in the Delta Suites or the Field MVP club you can also purchase food from Legends Suites.

Baseball (11):
-Baltimore Orioles
-Boston Red Sox
-Cleveland Indians
-Los Angeles Dodgers
-Miami Marlins
-NY Mets
-NY Yankees
-S. Louis Cardinals
-Texas Rangers (Select games only)
-Toronto Blue Jays
-Washington Nationals

Basketball (8):
-Boston Celtics
-Brooklyn Nets
-Chicago Bulls
-Houston Rockets
-Miami Heat
-NY Knicks
-Philadelphia 76ers
-Toronto Raptors

Football (8):
-Baltimore Ravens
-Chicago Bears
-Detroit Lions
-Miami Dolphins
-NY Giants
-NY Jets
-Philadelphia Eagles
-Washington Redskins

Hockey (8):
-Boston Bruins
-Chicago Blackhawks
-Florida Panthers
-NJ Devils
-NY Rangers
-NY Islanders
-Philadelphia Flyers
-Toronto Maple Leafs

Do you have any plans to travel to an away game where you can grab kosher eats while taking in a game?

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An Hour Left To Bid On The Coolest Use Of Starpoints Ever?

Monday, March 21st, 2016

A few years ago I burned 25K United miles for 4 box seats to an Indians game. In middle of the game I got to run onto the field and literally steal 2nd base. As an die-hard Indians fan it was probably the coolest use of my miles ever. People around the stadium were shocked to see someone walking around with 2nd base. I got the base signed by several players, including the winning pitcher that night, and it hangs in my office today. It still has the Jacobs Field dirt on it.

That story inspired other DansDeals readers to use their miles for some amazing experiences as well.

Starwood has their Moments program where they auction off very neat experiences as well.

Until 11am ET today you can use your Starpoints to bid on 2 seats in the SPG luxury suite when the Mets play the Cubs in Wrigley Field on Monday, July 18 in Chicago. Food and drinks and included and they’ll even cater the suite with kosher food upon request. The current high bid is 75K Starpoints.

OK, that’s not the cool part. I’ve done that before.

The 3 highest bidders will audition for the right to sing the National Anthem before the game! I wish I had a good enough voice to pull that off, but what an awesome once-in-a-lifetime experience that would be for someone who does.

Only the person who’s audition is accepted will be charged the Starpoints. The other 2 highest bidders who are not accepted will actually receive a full refund of their Starpoints and they’ll be able to still receive 2 seats in the SPG luxury suite to the Cubbies game of their choice in the 2nd half of the season.

Will you be a bidder? Hit the comments!

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Yankees Mastercard Sale: Tickets From Just $5!

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Yankees Tickets Linky

Promotional pricing is valid only with Mastercard.

$5 games for tickets in Terrace Level, Grandstand Level or Bleachers (Ticket fees add $1/ticket and $3.30/order):
Wed, 04/06, vs Houston, 7:05pm
Wed, 04/20, vs Oakland, 7:05pm
Tue, 05/10, vs Kansas City, 7:05pm
Mon, 09/05, vs Toronto, 1:05pm

Half-price $11 games for tickets in Terrace Level, Grandstand Level or Bleachers (Ticket fees add $4.20/ticket and $3.30/order):
Thu, 05/26, vs Toronto, 4:05pm
Wed, 06/22, vs Colorado, 1:05pm
Thu, 06/30 vs Texas, 1:05pm
Thu, 07/21, vs Baltimore, 1:05pm
Wed, 08/17, vs Toronto 1:05pm

HT: coralsnake, via DDF

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New York Knicks Tickets From $56 Via Groupon

Monday, October 26th, 2015

New York Knicks Tickets From $56 Via Groupon

Save 20% off up to 3 local deals, 10% off Groupon Getaways, and 5% off Groupon Goods with code (Exp: 10/27): SCREAM3

Note that Groupon will only discount 1 ticket per order and up to 3 orders per account.

-Available games: Friday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. (Milwaukee Bucks); Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. (Charlotte Hornets); Wednesday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. (Philadelphia 76ers); Sunday, January 10, at 7:30 p.m. (Bucks); Monday, January 18, at 1 p.m. (76ers)
-$70 ($56 after 20% off) for one G-Pass with seating in sections 301–303, 307–309, 317–323 (up to $96.95 value) (Seating for this price point may include bar stools.)
-$75 ($60 after 20% off) for one G-Pass with seating in sections 201–203, 205–209, 213–222, 226–227, 301–303, 307–309, or 317–323 (up to $105 value)
-$94 ($75.20 after 20% off) for one G-Pass with seating in sections 310–316 or 326–328 (up to $123 value) (Seating for this price point may include bar stools.)
-$99 ($79.20 after 20% off) for one G-Pass with seating in sections 101–104, 110–114, 120, 201–206, or 216–219 (up to $153 value)

-Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won’t need to redeem at will call.
-Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.
-Limit 8/person.
-Refundable only on day of purchase.
-Must purchase together to sit together.
-Merchant reserves right to substitute closer seat.
-Ticket value includes all fees.

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Roundup Of 30 Pro Sports Teams That Have A Kosher Food Stand

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Update: The LA Dodgers finally have a kosher stand. It is managed by Jeff’s Gourmet and under Kehilla Kosher supervision.
If you have other updates for this list please post a comment!

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Originally posted on 01/27/13:

It’s hard to find a comprehensive list of kosher stands inf sports stadiums, so here is a list of sports teams that have a kosher food stand.

Be sure to do your own research on Rabbinical supervision before heading to the game.

Bear in mind that some stadiums may have multiple kosher food options.  For example at Yankee Stadium there is the regular kosher stand and then there is a full no-expenses spared catered event with all-you-can-eat gourmet kosher food that is free for Legends Suites ticketholders.  The Legends Suites kosher food are even under a different rabbinical supervising agency then the regular kosher stand.  The Legends Suites menu also changes on a daily basis.  I was invited to sit in Legends Suites at an Indians game last year and wrote about it in this post.  Apparently it has gotten even better since then.  If you are sitting in the Delta Suites or the Field MVP club you can also purchase food from Legends Suites.

Baseball (10):
-Baltimore Orioles
-Boston Red Sox
-Cleveland Indians
-Los Angeles Dodgers
-Miami Marlins
-NY Mets
-NY Yankees
-S. Louis Cardinals
-Toronto Blue Jays
-Washington Nationals

Basketball (7):
-Boston Celtics
-Brooklyn Nets
-Chicago Bulls
-Houston Rockets
-Miami Heat
-NY Knicks
-Toronto Raptors

Football (6):
-Chicago Bears
-Miami Dolphins
-NY Giants
-NY Jets
-Philadelphia Eagles
-Washington Redskins

Hockey (7):
-Boston Bruins
-Chicago Blackhawks
-Florida Panthers
-NJ Devils
-NY Rangers
-NY Islanders
-Toronto Maple Leafs

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HOT! $25 Off $25 At Stubhub!

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Update: DEAD!
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Stubhub Linky

Use the following code for $25 off: 25OFF

Just click add a code at checkout and then click on the April Concert Promo to save $25 on your order.

Although it’s called a concert promo it appears to work on everything, I just bought and printed up 2 free baseball tickets and still have leftover credit from the $25 code!

Limit one use per Stubhub account.

 

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HT: Chapshnell, via DDF

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Amazon Lightning Deal: MLB ’47 Brand Clean Up Home Style Adjustable Caps For $13.99

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Amazon Lightning Deal: MLB ’47 Brand Clean Up Home Style Adjustable Caps For $13.99

Select from any MLB team.
Lightning deal valid until 3:59pm or while supplies last for each individual team.

-Made in USA
-Made from 100% cotton twill
-Front raised embroidery
-Back woven loop label
-Garment washed for a broken-in look and feel
-Self fabric strap closure with sewn-stitch holder and embroidery

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Free Tickets For NY Mets Opening Day Watch Party

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Free Tickets For NY Mets Opening Day Watch Party

The Mets 2015 season opener is on Monday, April 6th in Washington DC.

They are holding a free watch party at Citi Field, free tickets can be obtained via the link above.  And free is always good for a chol hamoed activity.

Gates open: 3pm
Game start time: 4:05pm.
Event Space: Fan Fest, Field Level Concourse, and Great Seats in the Field Level Seating Sections
Parking: $10 parking via Gate 8 on Shea Road
Entry: Jackie Robinson Rotunda
Ticket Price: Free Admission – ticket is required for entry.

Activities included with free tickets:
-Mets Opening Day game in Washington displayed on brand new Citi Vision Board
-In-game entertainment
-Contests and games
-Game-like atmosphere
-Mr. Met’s Birthday Party
-Photo opportunities with Mr. And Mrs. Met
-Chance to meet Mr. Met’s mascot friends
-Family-friendly inflatables and games
-Spring-themed decor

HT: Yehuda N.

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Receive A Free Pittsburgh Pirates Ticket When Opening A Bucaroos Kids Club Account

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Related posts:
-Free Mets Kids Club Blue Membership With Free Tickets
-Get 2 Free Chicago White Sox Tickets And A Pack Of Baseball Cards With Signup For Slugger Kids Club
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Bucaroos Kids Club Promo Linky

When you sign up for the free Silver Membership via the link above you will receive one free game ticket voucher and 4 buy one get one free vouchers.

Voucher details:
-Voucher is good for a Monday-Thursday 2015 regular season home game.
-Vouchers are redeemable at the Pirates Ticket Office.
-Tickets exclude Opening Day and the following: Fireworks and Promo Thursdays, May 7, June 25, July 9 and July 23, 2015.

Be sure to open an account for each of your kids!

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$6 Yankees Tickets With A Mastercard

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

$6 Yankees Tickets With a Mastercard

You can now buy Yankees tickets via presale with a Mastercard.

Games with $6 tickets (advertised as $5 but there’s also a $1 ticketing fee): 04/09 (Pesach yom tov), 04/27, 04/28, 05/07, and 06/17. That price is valid for seats in the Terrace Level, Grandstand Level or Bleachers.

Games with half-priced tickets: 04/29, 05/27, 06/10, 06/24, 07/09, 07/23, 08/19, and 08/26.

There is no charge for US mail delivery but there is a $3.30 per order processing fee.

HT: YY, via DDF

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Free Mets Kids Club Blue Membership With Free Tickets

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Free Mets Kids Club Blue Membership With Free Tickets

Includes:
-4 complimentary ticket e-vouchers that can be used by Kids Club member and family. Valid for all games except Opening Day, Red Sox, and Yankees games. All 4 tickets can be redeemed for separate games, but all must be redeemed at one time. Complimentary tickets may not be re-sold.

-Membership card and lanyard for Mr. Met’s Kids Club Sundays

-Check in at the Mr. Mets Kids Club Kiosk each Sunday to get your card stamped.
Come to four (4) Sunday games = receive autographed player photo card
Come to seven (7) Sunday games = receive Mets cap
Come to ten (10) Sunday games = receive duffle bag
Come to all thirteen (13) Sunday games = on-field recognition prior to the final Sunday game

Limit one blue membership per child. The Orange membership is on sale for $25 through 12/31.

HT: ohiojeans, via DDF

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Redeem Starpoints For Courtside Suite Tickets At Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Update: Games through February 2015 can now be purchased for Starpoints.

Originally posted on 09/15:

Related:
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
-Using Miles For Sports Experiences
-Starwood auctions
-United auctions
-Delta auctions

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
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Redeem Starpoints For Courtside Suite Tickets At Madison Square Garden

FAQ Page

Starwood has an event level courtside suite at Madison Square Gardens and you can experience it as a VIP with your Starpoints!

Tickets just became available for events from now through 11/30.  I’ll update this post when tickets become available past that date, just follow @DansDeals on Twitter and you’ll be the first to know.

You will get 2 seats in the Event Level Suite seating section tickets with access to the SPG Luxury Suite at Madison Square Garden.
In the suite you will get complimentary food and beverages.
You can request kosher food as well! Just include that in the “Other notes” section when redeeming for tickets.  Kosher food is available catered from Abigael’s or from the Carlos and Gabby’s stands.

2 tickets to Knicks or Rangers preseason games can be had for 20,000 Starpoints 2 tickets for regular season games can be had for 45,000 Starpoints.  That includes 2 excellent event level seats and kosher meals in the SPG suite!

There are also college games and other events available from 5,000 Starpoints for 2 tickets.

These are “buy-it-now” rates, not auction rates and they’re first come, first served.

Did you attend a game last season? Share your experience in the comments!

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Save Up To 50% On Select Yankees Tickets

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Save Up To 50% On Select Yankees Tickets

Specials valid for select games in May and June.

HT: BBPAPA, via DDF

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Better Than Any First Class Suite…Taking My Son To His First Ballgame

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Parking in downtown CLE: Free
Glatt Kosher Dog: $5.75
Front row seats: $25 (Well, being 2, Rafi’s seat was free).
Taking Rafi to his first ballgame (Tribe win!) earlier this afternoon: Priceless

I went to my first baseball game in the old Municipal Stadium on 06/28/92, got a free kids batting helmet giveaway, and saw the Indians beat the Blue Jays 7-6.  22 years later I got to pass that onto my own son on a sun-kissed day at the Jake.

It’s funny how baseball brings out such powerful memories.  I’ll never forget the trip I got to take last year with my grandfather (one of the few Clevelanders who was there during the last Indians parade) to all 3 sports hall of fames, capped off with seats on top of the Green Monster to see the Indians beat up the Red Sox.

As a 10 year old I was such a fan that I sent in hundreds of handwritten postcards to win tickets to the ’95 World Series and got to attend 2 of the home games.  Earlier that year we had stayed at the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto where the Indians stay when playing the Blue Jays and got nearly (Albert Belle was of course the mean holdout, though I’ll never forget his ’95 walk-off grand slam game I attended) the entire team’s autographs.  Plus when the guy who called out to hold the hotel elevator for him turned out to be Manny Ramirez we got free box seats to that night’s game as well :D

I’ve flown around the world in first class suites, but my coolest use of miles was for the opportunity to run out and literally steal second base during an Indians game.

Sure, it would be awesome to fly in a first class suite with your own private living room, bedroom, and shower. But $24K for 7 fleeting hours? That’s 33% more expensive than my car!  I’m far more proud of the numerous DDF fundraisers such as $24K raised on DDF to help a fellow DDF’er in need and the thousands of dollars raised as a scholarship fund for Jewda’s daughter.

Wake me up when I can use a reasonable amount of miles and I’ll be happy to compare it to the 57K miles I used for a Singapore suite.

Sure, the Indians may never again win it all unless baseball institutes a salary cap. But that doesn’t mean they can’t inspire memories.

2 months to go until his first haircut 😀

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So, do you remember your first baseball game?

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Mets Promenade Reserved Seats For $3.50 Plus Ticketing Fees This Weekend

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Mets Promenade Reserved Seats For $3.50 Plus Ticketing Fees This Weekend

If you’re looking for an activity this Sunday, here’s one on the cheap.

Total with ticketing fees for:
2 tickets=$14.50 ($7.25/ticket)
4 tickets=$23 ($5.75/ticket)
6 tickets=$31.50 ($5.25/ticket)
8 tickets=$40 ($5/ticket)

HT: Howard S, via DDFB

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Mets Baseline Box Seats For $4 Plus Ticketing Fees

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Mets Baseline Box Seats From $4 Plus Ticketing Fees

Use code: DONUTS

I found $4 baseline box seats available for Sunday afternoon 04/20 (Chol Hamoed) and 04/27. There may be other dates as well.

Total with fees for:
2 tickets=$15.50 ($7.75/ticket)
4 tickets=$25 ($6.25/ticket)
6 tickets=$34.50 ($5.75/ticket)
8 tickets=$44 ($5.50/ticket)
10 tickets=$53.50 ($5.35/ticket)

HT: Alexander F.

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$6 Yankees Tickets With A Mastercard

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

$6 Yankees Tickets With a Mastercard

You can now buy Yankees tickets via presale with a Mastercard.  Tickets are discounted by up to $15 each.

Plus there are games with $6 tickets (advertised as $5 but there’s also a $1 ticketing fee) on 04/09, 04/29, 04/30, 05/01, 06/03, and 06/17. That price is valid for seats in the Terrace Level, Grandstand Level or Bleachers.

There is no charge for US mail delivery but there is a $3.30 per order processing fee.

HT: YY, via DDF

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Up For Grabs: 2 Sets Of 2 Tickets For Tonight’s Cavs Game!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

I’ve got 2 sets of 2 tickets up for grabs for tonight’s 7pm Cavs game in Cleveland.  They are both center court, upstairs, in the 10th row.
The first 2 comments on this post get them.

Be sure to write your email in the comment email field so that I can send transfer them to you via flash seats.

You will have 10 minutes to respond to my email or else the tickets will be given to the following comment.
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You can even have Twitter send you a text message whenever a new deal is posted.

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Up For Grabs: Tickets For Tonight’s Cavs Game!

Monday, November 4th, 2013

I’ve got 2 sets of 2 tickets up for grabs for tonight’s 7pm Cavs game in Cleveland.
First 2 comments on this post each get a set of 2 tickets!

Be sure to write your email in the comment email field so that I can send transfer them to you via flash seats.

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Using Miles For Sports Experiences

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Update, A reader won the Dodger’s auction I wrote about below with their United miles and gave the experience to their son as a Bar Mitzvah present that he’ll never forget!  Miles aren’t just for flying first class and staying in luxury hotels for free, they’re great for experiences that you (or your kids!) will never forget.

You’ve gotta’ love the tzitzis flying around 😀

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Topping off the experience by having A-Gon autograph it.

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Originally posted on 08/17:

Generally speaking airline miles are great for flights and hotel points are great for hotel stays.  Rarely is it smart to use them for other redemptions where the value you get isn’t nearly the same.

However back in May I burned miles for non-travel for the first time and I posted then,

I’ve used my miles for some pretty cool things.  Flying to Paris with my wife in a couples suite for 53K AMEX MR last December is up there.  Flying 19 hours nonstop from Newark to Singapore with just a couple other people in the cabin  and then continuing on to the Maldives for just 60K United was great.  Being able to escape it all with a couple of month-long trips in our pre-baby days flying around the world in first class and staying in awesome 5 star hotels that were financed nearly entirely with miles is something I’ll never forget.

For me, my miles help me attain aspirational things that I could otherwise never afford or be able to attain.  And I’m addicted to getting as many as I can for as close to free as possible.

I had won a mileage auction with 25,000 United miles (less than half the United miles you can earn opening a single credit card) for 4 box seats to an Indians-Yankees game and the right to run onto the field in the 7th inning and literally steal 2nd base from the infield. In the end it turned into 4 box seats to 4 baseball games, but that was just a nice fluke 🙂

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Running onto the field in the top of the 7th…

 

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…and stealing second base!

 

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Making off with my loot.

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It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that as a die-hard Indians fan I’ll never forget.  Everyone I passed inside and outside the ballpark wanted to just touch the base and couldn’t believe I actually got to take it home with me. And I still have the 2nd base in my office (covered in dirt and signed by Tribe Ace (that day’s winning pitcher) Justin Masterson to prove it. You can read more about it in that post.
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Here are links to auctions sites where you too can bid on a once-in-a-lifetime experience:

-Starwood auctions

-United auctions

-Delta auctions

Here are some current auctions that caught my eye:

-United: Honorary Bat Kid Experience during pre-game batting practice at an Indians Vs Mets game in Cleveland plus 4 field box seats (09/07).

-United: Steal 2nd base at an Indians Vs Mets game in Cleveland plus 4 field box seats (09/08).
The base even is nicely embossed with the date and both teams who played that day, so if you’re an Indians or Mets fan this will be an incredible experience.
-You can get a flight from LGA to Cleveland at 8:10am Sunday morning and returning back to LGA at 7:55am Monday morning for just 9,000 BA Avios round-trip.
-There is a train inside the Cleveland airport that can easily take you downtown to the game for just a couple bucks.
-You can stay the night at the Sheraton hotel that is 30 seconds away from Hopkins airport for just 4,000 Starpoints! The paid rate is $224 with tax, so that’s a value of 5.6 cents per point! It will be even fewer points if you have Starwood Gold or Platinum status.

-United: Throw out the first pitch at a Dodgers Vs Diamondbacks game in LA plus 4 dugout club seats (09/10).

-Delta: Pre-Game Sideline Passes to be on the field during warm ups, Two Club level tickets to the Patriots vs. Bengals football game in Cincinnati (10/06), and post-game photos and autographs with Quarterback Andy Dalton.

-Delta: Pre-Game Sideline Passes to be on the field during warm ups, Two Club level tickets to the Titans vs. Seahawks football game in Seattle (10/13), and post-game photos and autographs with Cornerback Richard Sherman .

-Delta: Pre-game field access to watch batting practice and meet & greet with Cincinnati right fielder Jay Bruce for photos and autographs and Two Champions Club tickets for Reds vs. Cubs baseball game in Cincinnati (09/09).

-Starwood: Fifteen luxury suite tickets to a Chicago Cubs Vs Braves game with food and beverages at Wrigley Field on Sunday, September 22, 2013 (09/22).

-Delta: Pre-Game Sideline Passes to be on the field during warm ups and Two lower level tickets to the Vikings vs. Browns football game in Minneapolis (09/22).

See any other interesting auctions? Have you ever bid on or won a mileage auction? Hit the comments!

P.S. If you do win the stealing second auction beware that 2nd base is stuck in the ground good and tight and that you’ll have tens of thousands of people watching you struggle on the massive jumbotron…Not for the faint of heart!

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Buy 1 Adult Mets Ticket And Get 3 Kids Tickets For Free!

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Buy 1 Adult Mets Ticket And Get 3 Kids Ticket For Free!

Valid for games 09/09-09/19.

You get 3 free kids tickets for every adult ticket. You can buy up to 12 tickets in a transaction.

When I searched for 3 adult seats and 9 kids seats the total came out to less than $5 per seat:

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HT: beeweegee, via DDF

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My Coolest Use Of Miles Ever?

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Related posts:
-My First Non-Travel Mileage Redemption
-Trip Notes: Hall Of Fame Trifecta And Fenway Park In 72 Hours

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I’ve used my miles for some pretty cool things.  Flying to Paris with my wife in a couples suite for 53K AMEX MR last December is up there.  Flying 19 hours nonstop from Newark to Singapore with just a couple of other people in our cabin  and then continuing on to the Maldives for 60K United was great.  Being able to escape it all with a couple of month long trips in our pre-baby days flying around the world in first class and staying in awesome 5 star hotels that were financed nearly entirely with miles is something I’ll never forget.

For me, my miles help me attain aspirational things that I could otherwise never afford or be able to attain.  And I’m addicted to getting as many as I can for as close to free as possible.

Generally burning miles for non-travel items is a terrible waste, but for a lifelong baseball fan my experience yesterday was just so darn cool.  The pictures speak for themselves. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Running onto the field in the top of the 7th…

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 Making off with my loot.

I originally used 25,000 United miles to get 4 field box seats, a parking pass, and the right to steal second base versus the Yankees in April but that game was postponed due to rain.  In the end I got free parking and field box seats to attend both games of the back to back traditional doubleheader makeup series a few weeks ago, free parking and field box seats to tonight’s game along with the stealing second base experience, and I still have 4 field box tickets from the original postponed game that I can use for any future game.

4 ball games with 4 seats each in field box alone is worth more than 25K miles, but the stealing second experience was what made the experience purely awesome.

Running out on the field and seeing myself on the JumboTron was completely surreal.  Time just stood still for me, it’s not something I’ve ever experienced before and I really can’t properly describe it.  The only thing I was really nervous about was being tackled by all of the cops on the field!

The base itself is surprisingly heavy and really tough to pry out of the ground.  In case anyone else wins a similar auction the trick is to kick the base at an angle and then wedge it out by forcing it straight up into the air.

After the game we decided to try to get some Indians players to autograph it, specifically we wanted to nab the Tribe’s ace (and thus likely future Yankee) Justin Masterson.  Justin pitched a shutout game in the opening match of the doubleheader that we went to versus the Yankees and pitched beautifully tonight as well, getting out of a zero out, bases loaded jam without yielding a single run.

On the way to the players parking lot just about everyone I passed was buzzing about me being the guy who stole second base.  Nobody could believe that I actually got to keep the base! People wanted to take pictures with it and just feel what it’s like.  Even bumped into some DansDeals readers who wanted to know how I pulled it off.

Justin Masterson is a true class act and he stuck around for at least 20 minutes signing everyone’s autographs, far longer than anyone else.  I called to get his attention by saying that I had stolen second base from the game.  When he looked up and saw the base he was shocked and exclaimed, “I thought you were kidding, you really do have second base!!!”

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Justin Masterson signing the base.  The base is embossed with the date of the game and the Indians and Reds logos.

We also got signatures from Jason Giambi, who had a homer and a double, as well as Carlos Santana who singled as well.

The Indians rep told me that there was just one other base stolen by a fan this year, when United auctioned it off for the Indians versus the Red Sox.

Currently they don’t have a stealing second auction, but that can always change, so keep checking the United auction page.  There are auctions to watch pregame batting practice in Cleveland, and to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in Houston and in Los Angeles.

There are lots of ways to stock on United miles.  This year I’ve piled on over 300,000 miles from opening and meeting the spend thresholds on a United Explorer Consumer and Business (107K earned after I spent $1K on each and got offer matched), Sapphire Preferred (43K earned after spending $3K), Ink Bold (75K earned after spending $5K on gift cards), and Ink Plus (75K earned after spending $5K on gift cards).

Starwood also has an auction site where currently there are several cool experiences for Cubbies fans.  You can pick up Starpoints with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.

Have you ever burned miles or points on non-travel items? What was your favorite redemption?

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Groupon NYC: Save 64% On Israel vs. Honduras Soccer Match At Citi Field

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Groupon NYC: Save 64% On Israel vs. Honduras Soccer Match At Citi Field

-Sunday, June 2, at 5:30 p.m.
-Citi Field, 126-01 Roosevelt Ave. Flushing, New York 11368
-Doors open at 4 p.m.
-Ticket includes all fees.

-$12 for promenade endline seating in sections 401–402, 410–430, 501–502, or 510–532 (a $33 value)
-$39 for excelsior sideline seating in sections 306–312 or 334–339 (an $86 value)
-$69 for field sideline VIP seating in sections 110–112 or 136–138 (a $126 value)

HT: b haas

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Up For Grabs: Opening Day Cleveland Indians Tickets

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Someone just gave me over 100 tickets to give away for today’s 4:05pm opening day game in Cleveland!

If you’d like some free tickets to see the Yankees take on the Indians in Progressive Field just leave a comment with how many tickets you would like and I’ll email them your way.

The tickets are in the nosebleeds, but hey, free is free, right?

Be sure to include your email address in the email address field. Your email address won’t be published.

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My First Non-Travel Mileage Redemption

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

My guiding principle with miles and points are that they should only be used for travel.

United would love nothing more than if you blew 51K miles on a $280 last generation iPad instead of using them on $1,000+ of airfare. And AMEX would also love to see you burn 58K points on a kindle rather then transferring them to BA for some 19 free flights or to Singapore to fly in your own private suite on an A380.

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AMEX award mall.

But in addition to being an avid foodie and having a hopeless case of wanderlust with a taste for first class cabins, I’m also an incurable die-hard Cleveland (my luck, tell me about it) sports fan.

As a 10 year old I was so committed that I sent in hundreds of handwritten postcards to win tickets to the ’95 World Series and got to attend 2 of the home games.  Earlier in the year we had stayed at the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto where the Indians stay when playing the Blue Jays and got nearly (Albert Belle and Eddie Murray were the meanies) the entire team’s autographs.  Plus when a guy called out to hold the elevator for him turned out to be Manny Ramirez we got free box seats as well 😀

And so I bid 25,000 United miles (or 25% of the miles required a round-trip business class ticket to 2 European cities) on 4 field-box tickets to see the Indians take on the Yankees next week and I won!
What’s cool about that? It’s this little freebie that can’t be measured in cents per miles calculations:
“Stealing Second Experience – during an inning, one (1) fan runs out and steals second base, is featured on the scoreboard, and gets to keep the base as memento.”

Is life awesome or what 😀

With 300,000 miles recently earned just from opening and meeting the spend thresholds on a United Explorer Consumer and Business (107K earned after I spent $1K on each and got offer matched), Sapphire Preferred (43K earned after spending $3K), Ink Bold (75K earned after spending $5K on gift cards), and Ink Plus (75K earned after spending $5K on gift cards). I’m happy to part with less than 10% of that haul for a once in a lifetime experience and getting to add a memento from it to my memorabilia collection.

You can view other cool United auctions here.  Starwood also has auctions which offer neat experiences that you can here.

United has put up another “stealing second” auction for the Indians versus the Red Sox in 2 weeks. The current bid is 13,000 miles. Any other die-hard Ctown sports fans around?

Have you ever burned miles or points on non-travel items? What was your favorite redemption?

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Up To 67% Off NY Mets At LA Dodgers On 07/22!

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Offer Linky

-Field Box MVP seats, normally $130, now $45
-Infield Box seats, normally $110, now $45
-Loge Box MVP, normally $75, now $45
-Preferred Field Box, normally $75, now $45
-Field Box seats, normally $60, now $20

Select the number of “promo and special offer seats” that you want and use code: TZOO8
You can then pick the section that you want to sit in.

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SIZZLING!!! HURRY!!! Get A 4 Year Subscription (104 Issues) To ESPN Magazine For Just $3.44 Shipped!!!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Update 2: (Yes, the deal is still dead) Just over a month after I ordered my 4 year subscription I got my first issue!  I checked online and it says that I’m paid through November, 2013!

I also activated the ESPN insider feature which is free as long as you are a subscriber.  You must give them a credit card to activate the insider subscription and they say they will charge you $30 if your subscription lapses and you don’t cancel insider…somewhat dirty tactics in my book, so I simply used a virtual card number on my Citi AA account and set a $1 limit with a 01/10 expiration…that ought to stop them from auto-renewing it without my permission in 2013!

ESPN Magazine Account Manager Linky

Originally posted on 11/01:

Update: DEAD!

Yes folks, you’re reading that price right, it’s just 3 cents an issue! If you’re a sports fan then what are you waiting for???

You will also get free access to ESPN’s paid insider section of their website for the duration of your subscription! (You can signup after you get your first issue.)

ESPN Magazine Linky

Use the following coupon code to make the price just $3.44 for a 4 year subscription (Just use the drop-down menu to pull up the 4 year option): MPSESPN

This will work for new subscriptions or for renewals which will just extend your current subscription by 4 years.  You can always change the address on a subscription.

“Please allow an industry Subscription average of three to twelve weeks for delivery of the first issue of your subscription.”

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Buy One LA Clippers Vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv Ticket, Get One Free!

Friday, October 9th, 2009

LA Clippers Vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv Linky

Use the following code in the “promo and special offers” section: MACCABI

The game is on Tuesday, 10/20/09 at 7:30pm.

The only real question is who’s considered the underdog here 😉

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HURRY! Buy 2010 NBA All Star Game Tickets Now!!!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

2010 NBA All Star Game Tickets Linky

The game will be in Dallas on Sunday, February 14th, 2010.

Use the following presale password to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public (Enter code in the box after “Any Price”): CLESTH

Currently tickets are available between $50 and $250 each.

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Final Four Fan With Starpoints? Bid On Final Four Packages Now!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Update: The auctions all ended in the low 80’s!

SPG Moments Final Four Auction Linky

There are 8 total packages, the current winning bids are just 80,000 Starpoints!
The auctions end between 10 and 11am edt.

Package includes:
-Four (4) nights at The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport (April 3–7, 2009)
-Two (2) Starwood Luxury Suite tickets to both NCAA(R) Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinal games at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday, April 4, 2009
-Two (2) Starwood Luxury Suite tickets to the National Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on Monday, April 6, 2009
-Two tickets to official pregame hospitality area (April 4 and April 6, 2009)
-Access to numerous other weekend events including Hershey’s College All-Star Game (April 3, 2009), NCAA(R) Hoop City(R) Refreshed by Coca-Cola(R) and much more

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Free Baltimore Orioles Ticket For Your Birthday!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Offer Linky

You’ll get a free voucher good a upper reserve ticket for any game during your birth month. Birthdays in January, February, and March will receive a voucher for an April game ticket; birthdays in October, November and December will receive a voucher for a September game ticket. The vouchers are not good for Yankees or Red Sox games.

Best part? At an Indians-Orioles game last year in Oriole Park it was so empty that my upper reserve ticket worked just fine for a seat in the first row right behind the Indians dugout! Plus Oriole Park is one of the 5 7 MLB ballparks with glatt kosher food (Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, NYY, and NYM, am I missing any? Commenters note that Florida and Toronto also have kosher stands.)

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Up To 50% Off Los Angeles Clippers Tickets!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Offer Linky (For opponents besides Boston and Cleveland)

Use code: TMDEAL

And here is a separate offer for the Cavs and Celtics games.

For those 2 games use code: CLIPPERS and then create a new account.

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