Chris Dodd is hoping that many Boston baseball fans are as desperate as he is. The very long shot Democratic presidential candidate is raffling off two tickets to Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, which will see the hometown Red Sox host the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. The winner will also receive “help” with airfare and a hotel for the night. The cost to enter the drawing? A donation of at least $20.04 (a nod to the Sox 2004 World Series title) to Chris Dodd’s presidential campaign. Fans are no doubt torn between their allegiance to the Red Sox and their ambivalence towards Dodd.

Game 6 is perhaps an odd choice, considering that possibly the darkest moment in Red Sox history came when a ball through the legs of Bill Buckner led to the Sox loss of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Then again, maybe that’s the only game to which Dodd could get tickets.

If the Red Sox win the ALCS before the 6th game, the raffle prize would become two tickets to Game 2 of the World Series. Should the Sox be eliminated before the tickets can be used, the prize’s value drops dramatically to airfare to Iowa or New Hampshire, where the winner and a “friend” would enjoy the pleasure of watching Chris Dodd on the campaign trail. No doubt the fans would spend that time consoling themselves over their team’s recent defeat as they witness Dodd’s imminent defeat.

No word if die-hard Red Sox (and Yankee) fan, Bill Richardson, has entered the raffle.

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