What Would You Pay for Chicago Cubs World Series Tickets?
As the season began for the Chicago Cubs there was high expectations. Last year surprisingly the Cubs made the playoffs and were only 4 games away from being in the World Series. I was even offered a ticket to go to the game last year, well not for free but minus any extra costs from fees and expectations of funny business with the ticket, I politely declined and said we should talk if they make it to the World Series, unfortunately they did not and the $500 offer, much like the chances of making the World Series dissapeared into the October sky.
As the time came this fall season and as magic would have it the Cubs made the World Series, I had to ask myself a question that I never had to honestly answer. A question that was in theory and only made up during long walks with my dog and conversations with old friends. What would I pay to see the Chicago Cubs in the World Series?
It was around September that this NY Times article came out discussing that exact question. Was seeing the World Series really priceless? Should I be setting aside money to make this all happen? I guess I was asking myself in the end how much do I love the Chicago Cubs? What a scary question to ask yourself about your life long favorite sport team.
It was question that I was unwilling to answer, well at least honestly. I grew up watching my grandfather shouting curse words at the TV in between yelling at the grandchildren to get out of the way. The passion he had watching various Cubs players in good but mostly bad times was a sight to see. Even after his eyesight had left him, the same curse words were yelled, only this time at the voices from the radio announcers instead of the TV. The grandchildren would still giggle at the use of the “occasional” colorful terminology used to describe his distaste for an error or a strikeout by any Cubs player.
It was around that time, I knew I was a Cubs fan. One of my prouder moments, at least as defined by a life long Cubs fan, was to be “sick” and stay home to watch my beloved Cubs when they played on WGN on Friday afternoons. If the Cubs would win I was all better right after the game, however during losses the sickness seemed to stick around for a few hours or at least until I realized the weekend was here.
Growing up a sports fan, especially with my loyalty to the Chicago Cubs, it certainly has some ups and downs. I have attended Cubs games over the years, some were given to me and some I spent a few extra dollars to buy, and until I recently I probably did not have. I even have my name on the season tickets waiting list for the Cubs……….again. A couple years ago when the losses were piling up I received an email to purchase season tickets. I was deeply in debt with my student loans, credit cards, and personal loan. I was just getting things together financially both with my job, finances, and life. My wife and I discussed this and despite the opportunity to claim my season tickets, we decided against it. This was the right move, as much as it hurt at the time, she was right. Today I stand at 37,763.
The weather is cold and windy just like Chicago always has been in October and during that time I have watched every game of the playoffs, I rode my bike to Wrigley a couple times just to see what the atmosphere would be like, I even watched the most of the World Series clinching game at a local brewery full of Cubs fans. The moment they made the World Series, I could barely sleep because of the excitement and the question I had to ask myself again, except this time it was real. What would I pay to watch the Chicago Cubs play in the World Series at Wrigley Field?
My friend and co-worker made the trip to Cleveland to watch Game 1 as the ticket prices were below $1,000. The same cannot be said for Wrigley Field, as of this writing the median ticket price is $3,000. A couple weeks ago I looked at my bank account, staring intently at the balance. I keep a separate account that is used primarily as a “man fund”, building up dollars over time with eBay, the blog, and even the occasional bike rental. I looked at my account and made the decision that I would not be seeing the Chicago Cubs win the World Series at Wrigley Field.
I am a sports fan, I am a Cubs fan, and I hope they win the World Series. You might find me at a local brewery watching the game, feeling the electricity of Chicago, as fans and the city unite to see something that has not been done in 71 years and very possibly 107 years. I might ride my bike over to the stadium early on or stop at a Wrigley establishment not charging $250 to watch the Cubs……on a TV. I might not be seen at all except for by the eyes of my lovely wife and Siberian husky while I watch the game from the comforts of my home.
I might buy a local craft brew, eat a pizza or a Chicago hot dog, and yell at the Cubs when they are losing, just like my grandpa, and cheer when they are winning. I don’t know what I would pay for a World Series ticket to see my Chicago Cubs, but I know I will be rooting for them every step of the way. Go Cubs Go!
How you ever thought what you would pay to see your favorite sports team, concert, or live event?
Photo credit is the Chicago Cubs Instagram account as me and 58,671 people responded with #FlyTheW to win tickets to Game 3. No such luck if you are wondering.