It had been 71 years since the Chicago Cubs had appeared in the World Series. It has been 108 years since they’ve won, so it’s no wonder people will go to extreme lengths to snag a ticket to this possibly once-in-a-lifetime event. One woman, in fact, has even taken her estranged husband to court for seats at Saturday’s Game 4 against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field, the Associated Press reports.
Nancy Riddle filed an “Emergency Petition For World Series Tickets” in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday, according to documents obtained by the AP. As it stood at the time of the filing, Riddle’s estranged husband, John Riddle, had the two tickets in his possession. Both parents apparently wanted to take their 12-year-old son to the game.
The AP’s Michael Tarm tracked down the husband’s divorce lawyer, Michael Berger, who defended his client’s right to the tickets. Berger said his client bought the tickets as part of a season-ticket package with friends earlier this year, before the divorce proceedings began.
Others on social media, however, appeared to side with Nancy Riddle.
The court ended up taking a midline stance. According to the AP, Judge Marya Nega decided John Riddle could keep the tickets, but she also ordered he must purchase a ticket for his estranged wife in a “comparable” section at a cost of around $3,000. On Stubhub, $3,000 could buy a ticket for the outfield bleachers or a mid-level or upper-tier box.
As of Saturday afternoon, it was unclear whether John Riddle had followed the judge’s order and purchased his estranged wife a ticket to Saturday’s game.
While this may currently be the most viral divorce proceeding happening over sports tickets, it does not appear to be the first. According to WJOX 94.5 FM sports-talk host Ryan Brown in Birmingham, Ala., he once overheard an estranged couple vying for Alabama tickets.