Major League Baseball's opening week is here and the Chicago Cubs and White Sox both got out of the chute with victories yesterday. The never-rebuilding St. Louis Cardinals lost their season-opener in Arizona last night.
We, in the heart of Illinois, of course, still have (for now) the Peoria Chiefs to watch at an affordable cost. Chiefs box tickets are $8.00 and lawn tickets are just $5.00 per game. The Chiefs are said to be in some financial trouble - minor league sports aren't exactly money machines - so support the home team while they still have a major league affiliation.
On the major league level, though, be prepared to burn through cash if you're heading to Chicago or St. Louis to see your favorite team. The average MLB tickets price is now $27.73. The average "fan cost index," which is what it costs for four tickets, two beers, four sodas, parking, two programs and two hats has risen to $210.46.
The Red Sox have the highest ticket price average at $53.38. After the Yanks, the ever-losing Cubs are third highest in ticket price. Uggh. At least the cocktail party at Wrigley is entertaining. Some teams even lowered their ticket prices. The Chicago White Sox decreased their prices by 10 percent. Bravo, Chi-Sox!
On the other hand, many are panning the White Sox for their attempt at lip-syncing their lineup during a recorded piece that aired on TV. The Sox starting line-up pretended to lay down the vocals for a rock song, "Ladies and Gentlemen" by a group called Saliva. The folks at deadspin.com didn't like it. Click HERE to see the video.