One fan at tonight’s opening game of the 2013 World Series will have a lot more money than his seatmates have to spend on hot dogs, peanuts and crackerjacks.
Erik Jabs, a 32-year-old teacher from Jefferson Hills, Pa., will be sitting three rows up from the field for free at Boston’s Fenway Park after he purchased a $6 ticket to the game and then had it taken away by StubHub.
Jabs, a baseball junkie who attended 108 games this past season, first made headlines Monday after reports spread that he had purchased a $6 ticket on StubHub to see the Boston Red Sox take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Comparable World Series tickets on the site were selling for upwards of $400.
“I was startled and surprised to see a $6 ticket so I clicked on it and saw that it was an actual seat and had a section and a row and a seat number,” Jabs told GoodMorningAmerica.com. “I realized I probably only had a few seconds before someone else snatched it up, so I used the app on my phone and purchased it in about 15 seconds.”
Jabs got an email confirmation from StubHub along with the ticket, which he immediately printed and posted a photo of on Twitter. Jabs’ seemingly too-good-to-be-true purchase was first spotted by Deadspin, which posted the story Monday night, and quickly went viral.
Just a few hours after his purchase, however, Jabs got an automated email and voicemail from StubHub informing him that his $6 World Series ticket was, in fact, too good to be true.
“They deemed that it was not a valid ticket and were cancelling my transaction but I would get my $6 back,” Jabs said. “I was obviously disappointed.”
Media outlets were still calling Jabs, thinking he had the $6 ticket so Jabs, unable to reach StubHub representatives himself, put out the word that he would still love to go to the World Series game.
A little later Tuesday afternoon, Jabs started getting a different kind of calls from media, from reporters telling him StubHub had issued a press release to say he would be going to game one of the World Series on StubHub’s dime.
“I said, ‘Well, that’s news to me,’” recalled Jabs, a Boston Red Sox fan who has been to only one other World Series game in his life.
Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jabs finally got the call he had been waiting for from a StubHub executive who informed him that, yes, they would be giving him a free ticket to the World Series. Even better, the company upgraded Jabs, moving him from Row WW – where his $6 ticket had him seated – to row CC in the same section, a $750 value.
“They made it right in the end,” Jabs said. “I’m definitely happy.”
Jabs said he never got an explanation from StubHub, which did not reply to ABCNews.com’s request for comment as of this writing, as to how the ticket pricing error occurred.
Jabs says he’s put it behind him and is looking forward to the game, where he won’t be telling his seatmates, who forked over hundreds of dollars for the privilege, how much he paid, or did not pay, for his own seat.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be broadcasting it too much to people around me,” Jab said. “I’m just going to be enjoying the game.”