If Oakland ever makes it back to the World Series, there's a chance that I could walk up to the ticket window on the day of a game and get in. According to a friend of mine, that's exactly what it was like in the 1970s when Oakland won three world titles in a row.
4. Here's one more thing someone could throw in my face when I stress out over the thought of missing out on A's World Series tickets in the future: The team may not even be in the Bay Area by the time the A's make it back to the World Series. That's a painful thought but it's not hard to see how the A's could end up on the move. My gut feeling is that a new ballpark will never be built in Oakland, and I'll believe in a San Jose stadium for the A's when I see it.
The bottom line is that the steep price of World Series tickets puts them out of reach of most middle class fans with families, which is really disappointing. Scalpers will always have a leg up on a family guy sitting at his home computer frantically trying to log in to a team's website fast enough to buy a couple of tickets.
Major League Baseball obviously has no shame in bumping up ticket prices through every round of the playoffs. And as long as there are people crazy enough to pay what the league and scalpers demand, there's no reason for prices to ever come down to a level where an average family can stretch their budget a little bit to go to a World Series game without mortgaging their future.
Every baseball fan dreams about seeing their team play in the World Series but at these prices, it's clearly no family affair.
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