The annual Crosstown Classic between the Cubs and the White Sox is a lot like the Field of Dreams. If you play it, they will come.
It doesn’t matter how good the two teams are. Hell, they’ve both been pretty damn futile the past five seasons. But nonetheless, if you play it, they will come.
When you play it, though, matters. And the proof is in the purchasing price.
Cubs-Sox ticket prices for tomorrow’s series finale come in at a cool $52.50 for arguably the worst seats in the entire house—upper deck, left field corner, against the fence, with a pole impeding your view.
Tickets you can normally buy for $15 a pop or so.
Reason No. 1 for this is because it’s the Cubs-Sox. However, this same seat, for the same game, is decidedly lower if the game would be played on, say, a Wednesday.
The bleacher seats — the section of raucous fans boozing and booing that Wrigley Field is most famous for? You’re not sitting there for less than $80 tomorrow if you’re lucky.
In fact, the entire weekend series saw bleacher tickets soar to a whopping $100. It’s absolutely insane.
By comparison, Monday’s Cubs-Cardinals bleacher tickets barely cracked $50 a seat and most believe the division rival to be a hotter ticket.
At that point, I would rather just walk across the street and buy $100 worth of beers and watch the game at The Cubby Bear.
Like I said, the Cubs-White Sox series will always be a scorching hot ticket because if you play it, they will come. There’s no question anymore that the schedule makers would be idiots to ever play this series on a weekday ever again.
As the series shifts to US Cellular field for a three-game set, I decided to scope ticket prices and see if they’re as outrageously comparable to those of Wrigley.
And, they are.
However, one thing sure to change from the first series is the outcome of the games. Anything less than a sweep by the Cubs and I’ll be stunned.
But if you want to hit ‘The Cell’ for either Saturday or Sunday’s game don’t expect to sit anywhere for less than $60. Considering I could trade a pack of Topps baseball cards for a weekday ticket against Detroit, this is astronomical.
If you wanna sit in the outfield—which is just an outfield and nothing remotely close to the level of cool that Wrigley bears—then you can pay a cool $100-plus. No thank you, I would rather listen to Hawk Harrelson for nine innings on TV.
Wait, nevermind. No I would not.