I’m not going to sit here and blame the Mets for the ticket prices because I know that it’s MLB who prices them out. My gripe is going to be to MLB.
Here is a problem with the sport. You have a wife and two kids. You have season tickets which consists four seats to a game. You get hit with the invoice for the post season which the ticket prices are astronomical even with the plan holder discount. I’m just going to do rounded up numbers here but if you are in the 100s you are looking at around 10 grand for four seats. The price comes down a small amount because the Mets probably aren’t playing the wild card games. So subtract about $1250 from the cost. You are still looking at $8750 to lay down for playoff tickets. That’s a big chunk of change there in this economy.
Now say you only get two strips instead of the four you had in your plan.. How do you decide which kid gets to go with you? What if the one kid gets to see the Mets win the World Series and the other kid is at home watching it on tv. I can see that as a serious way of “breaking” a kid’s fandom. Baseball is already having problems with the ages of the fans. They aren’t creating new ones, especially making it so expensive to go to games.
I remember being able to go see the Mets play the Astros in 1986 for one of the playoff games. It was amazing. It was one of the things that helped cement my fandom of being able to see something cool like that. The 2015 post season strips were expensive but didn’t feel out of control expensive to me. These feel like FU to the fans.
I’m trying to figure out if its worth me getting the strips especially with my work schedule. And one more thing MLB, can we grow the sport again before it dies off like the dinosaurs?