If you're a lifelong, die-hard San Francisco Giants fan with a modest amount of disposable income and you want to be in the stands for the 2010 World Series against the Texas Rangers, I have one thing to say: Good luck with that.
Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself.
When standing-room-only tickets are going for more than $400 a piece, it's time to make plans to get comfortable in front of the TV on game day, even if that means putting up with annoying Fox broadcasters Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.
Now, I understand that the ticket prices that are getting headlines are from the resale market, and if you managed to go online fast enough all you had to pay was face value. But even at face value, buying tickets to the World Series is a major blow to the pocketbook for most people.
The fact that Giants tickets sold out in just 15 minutes shows that most fans' odds of getting tickets to a game are smaller than Eddie Gaedel's strike zone. Not exactly the most family friendly thing I've ever heard of.
I'll admit that the postseason ticket price gouge is nothing new. When I was single and had money to burn, the high prices were annoying but they never prevented me from going to a postseason game.
It was a no-brainer back then that I was going to buy playoff tickets every time the Oakland A's made the postseason behind the dominant pitching of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito. But now that I'm a father, I have a different take on things. Money is tight in our household and every family outing has to fit into our tiny budget.
My yearly spring training trips and A's season tickets vanished right around the time that mortgage payments and diapers came into my life.