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Family time means waiting for Ducks tickets

Hunting season may be over, but for Dick Van Cott and his son, Ron, March means it's Duck season.

For the seventh consecutive year, the pair have set up camp on the Long Island Ducks' doorstep, keeping a nearly three-day vigil waiting for single-game tickets to go on sale at Citibank Park.

The reason? "Because we love to get the best seats in the house," Dick Van Cott said.

The Van Cotts, who said they take in an average of 30-40 Ducks home games each year, left their Bay Shore residences Wednesday, setting up camp at 2 p.m. in order to be first in line when single-season tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

They have a fully stocked tent for two, complete with a heater and television, and are supplied with other necessities from their relatives. Park management allows the pair to use on-site restrooms and electricity.

In the past they've waited in line for 75 and 77 hours, to mark Dick's 75th and 77th birthday, respectively. Another year they waited 54 hours to mark Dick's 54th wedding anniversary.

Though they didn't appear to have much competition even as late as Friday afternoon, the father and son said it was about more than just preserving their spot in line.

"It's the one time of year that we actually get to spend some time together," Ron said. "My dad's down in Florida half the year, I'm working, got the family, so this is a chance that we get to spend a few days together. And that alone is worthwhile."

Ducks news: Preston Wilson, 34, signed with the Ducks Friday. Preston was drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 1992 draft and had a 10-year major-league career.

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