BOSTON — A possible World Series clinching game in a baseball-crazy city played in one of the smallest parks in Major League Baseball? Short supply meet huge demand.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! reported that by early afternoon yesterday the average resale price for tickets sold on the secondary market was over $1,000, with some online inventory currently listing for in excess of $2,000.
Whether that’s wishful thinking by the resellers, I have no idea. But it’s certainly not just a resale price from an isolated entrepreneur. I was walking around Boston yesterday and overheard several conversations in which phrases like ” … that’s just too much money” or “Jesus Christ, I’m not spending a thousand bucks for a ticket …” were uttered, so the notion that no one is getting in to Fenway tonight for less than an arm and a leg is pretty widespread.
Either way: these are Super Bowl-level prices. For a baseball game. A John Lackey start at that! Nothing I ever thought I’d see.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.