Biggest ticket ripoff
Average ticket price: $44.16
There are two other teams with higher average ticket prices: The Yankees and the Red Sox. But neither of those teams have endured five-straight losing seasons. Neither of them has gone a century without winning a World Series. In fact, neither of those teams has failed to win a World Series within the past decade and have combined for four World Series titles among them since 2004.
The Cubs continue to run the Wrigley Field museum, which hasn't hosted a World Series since 1945 and hasn't seen the Cubs win a title within its ivy-covered walls during its 100 years of existence. Harry Caray and Ron Santo are gone, Ryne Sandberg is coaching the Philadelphia Phillies and Old Style is being elbowed out of the beer trays by Budweiser. Even the rooftop seats across the street are about to be blocked by more signage and scoreboards?
To what end? Mostly to turn Wrigleyville into even more of a beer-soaked bro festival than it already is and make fans forget that the last baseball team to play meaningful October baseball in this town is on the South Side. If you can't hang W banners along Clark Street, at least you can wring every dollar out of the drunken sods along its sidewalks. Take them out to the ballgame, if you ever get around to playing one worth watching.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.
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