In the suit, which Burstein will file today in Manhattan Supreme Court, he claims he got a letter last year urging him to renew his tickets with the promise he'd get "priority" seats at Citi Field. "Plainly, the Mets lied when they promised 'priority,' " he wrote. "Rather, they took money and then allowed thousands of others to jump the line."While the facts seem generally to be in his favor -- there are more field seats in Citi than in Shea, and they are giving him seats that are actually cheaper in Citi than the ones he had in Shea -- I'm curious how the actual contract interpretation would work here. Tell me: what does the phrase "priority seats" mean to you? Isn't "priority" a noun requiring some modification? First priority? Low priority? "Meh" priority? Obviously, if you were in his position you might expect to get comparable seats in the new ballpark, so my guess is that he'll win, but tell me: wouldn't you want to clarify that a bit before plunking down some $34K for a couple of year's worth of tickets? This guy is supposed to be some sharp lawyer. I'm merely a mediocre lawyer, but I'd like to think I'd require a bit more detail about what, exactly, "priority" meant before I went and spent all that money.
Of course part of being a mediocre lawyer means that you don't have the kind of money to simply throw at entertainment like Burstein does, so maybe our caution levels differ.
More to the point, mediocre lawyers don't get all suey every time we feel the world slights us. Maybe that's a good thing in the abstract. But it also means that between now and Spring, our hero here will become the owner of some really nice seats at Citi field and some extra money in his pocket, while I continue to wonder why life is often difficult for me.