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Bedford man has the tickets coveted by all of Red Sox Nation, and he's not selling
From left with dad are Nicholas 9, Luke, 6, and John, 4, and Dennis Purnell, who has two tickets for Game 6 of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston, at his home in Bedford on Tuesday. He will pick up his brother in-law Mike Parker, who lives in Charlotte N.C., at Logan Airport. Dennis is a regional sales manager for Enterasys Networks. (TOM ROY/Union Leader)
For Purnell there is no "best offer" worthy of the pair of tickets he has for Game 6 of the World Series tonight in Boston, with the Red Sox one win away from clinching the series at home against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Boston's 2004 and 2007 World Series titles were sweeps and won on the road.
The Red Sox haven't had a chance to clinch a series at Fenway Park since 1975, when Carlton Fisk's 12th-inning home run in Game 6 forced a winner-take-all game the next night against Cincinnati. The Reds took Game 7 and the title, extending the heartbreak Boston fans had known since the last Sox championship in 1918.
"No, because I know you can't," said Craig Wilcox of Chester. "They're gold."
Purnell, a sales manager for a data networking company, has had season tickets for a few years now, taking them over from his father-in-law.
Purnell had promised Parker months ago that if there was a possible clinching game, the ticket was Parker's. Even as he saw prices skyrocket Tuesday, Purnell knew he couldn't pass up the possibility of witnessing history.
Dan Vitale of Rollinsford was taking a good-will approach in his search for tickets, hoping to find someone who couldn't go. It cost Vitale nothing to put an ad on Craigslist seeking four tickets at face value.
"It probably won't happen, but it's worth a shot," said Vitale, whose ad remained unanswered Tuesday afternoon. "I figured I'd just post it on there and see what happens."