The man's sign stood as a lone voice in the Yawkey Way wilderness.
"What am I supposed to do I don't have a computer!"
"As demand grew, supply stayed the same and less and less people were able to get tickets," said Ron Bumgarner, Red Sox senior adviser to ticket operations. "What happened was that the scalpers started to gain an advantage because they knew how to hire 50 college kids to sleep outside for tickets. And when online sales started, the easy thing to do was also just open up the floodgates and let everyone get as many as they wanted. What would happen was that 10 percent of the people who wanted to get tickets would actually get them. The resellers would get as many as they possibly could and have 10 other people doing the same.
"So what we said was that we were going to set ticket limits. Ticket limits is the No. 1 thing that discourages scalping. It's a pain in the butt, and most people hate it. But if we allow one guy to get six games, that is two people who are getting zero games."
Of course, if you're reading this, you do have a computer. Maybe you can try to buy Red Sox tickets.