Top Ten Reasons Why Chicagoans Aren't Going to Baseball Games

Jerry Reinsdorf has got to be pissed after shelling out serious dough and going ‘All In’ on this year’s team. Tom Ricketts probably thought Wrigley Field was the golden goose that’d drop golden eggs into his lap every gameday. But both of these ridiculously wealthy men have experienced a rude awakening as day after day, only half the stands in their stadiums are full. Don’t you feel sorry for them? I sure as hell don’t either and as a way to help them understand why this is happening, here are the Top Ten Reasons Why Chicagoans Aren’t Going to Baseball Games.

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  • "A combined 15 games under .500 before the All Star break "

    Statement seems a bit unfair given the Sox are now two games under-and the Cubs are 14 under...One side kinda skews things a bit.

  • Number 1 sums it up; the rest sort of follow.

    What appears to be a cancer throughout baseball is bad contracts, including Dunn on the south side and several on the north (and the Cubs saying they are glad they didn't get Dunn or Peavy, and the Sox glad that they didn't get Fukadome). In fact, that seems to be its undoing, with SI reporting that Wilpon is in trouble for, among other things, arbitraging deferred compensation against "guaranteed" Madoff investments (Madoff guaranteed 12%, so defer for 8%), and McCourt having to pay off smelly Manny. At least the Sox didn't assume that obligation on the trade.

  • Thanks for including "too expensive". One of my family's favorite things to do in the summer is take a trip to Wrigley, but it is crazy expensive and we have skipped it over the past few years. It's not so bad at other ballparks. Too bad- I miss it.

  • In reply to annekip63:

    Yep. My cousin emailed me the night of the Sox-Cubs series to say some tickets were available. Cheapest was $50, and some cost about $180 or so.

    Granted, that's a premium game but it's still sad what it costs to go to your average game. Players got rich, owners stayed rich, average fan got completely screwed.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    With regard to who is getting rich, it is sort of interesting that the stories on ticket prices going down because of fewer sales referred to the ticket brokers.

    So, it depends on what tickets to which your cousin was referring (i.e. box office or ticket brokers), but in general I don't think anyone has sympathy for the scalpers, I mean brokers.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    BTW, I wonder who are the two cute girls (one with a headband) who are (seen on TV) right behind right handed batters at The Cell.

    They must have a rich mommy to be able to afford those scout seats.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    Sorry you don't like driving in from the suburbs. We do just fine taking one Metra train then one Red Line train. $5 weekend pass, kids ride the Metra free, that comes to less than $13 for me and one boy, with no gas money out of pocket.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    The average fan watches on TV for nothing.

    As a side note, my brother is visiting town in a couple weeks, I bought three tickets in the upper deck behind home plate for $87 after all fees.

    Not exactly free, but I didn't feel it was all that expensive.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    If the ticket prices were lower maybe I'd go out to a game. I used to love baseball. Now, the games are just too long and boring. I'm good for about half a game and then I'm off to do other things. It's a different generation that is faster paced. Baseball is for old, fat guys.

  • In reply to annekip63:

    i grew up loving the Cubs. then i moved to NYC for 5yrs and when i returned to chicago, i looked fwd to my return to Wrigley - except something changed:
    (a) i had learned what it was like to watch a real baseball team (Yankees) that had mgt/owners willing to spend $ on every position, not just 1 fan_favorite
    (b) mgt/owners and fans Expected greatness and paid attention during the games and during the season.
    (c) wrigley fans are a joke - i was disgusted the few times i've been to a game in the last 5 years that nobody is paying attention (they're all drinking and talking amongst themselves) If the fans don't care, why should mgt/owners?
    (d) tickets are both expensive and hard to get. before the season started, i was interested in getting tix for when the Yankees were in town (behind the vistor dugout of course) but they were instantly sold out -- and surprise surprise -- available at the scalpers' websites immediately -- WTF?!! then i signed up for the 'season ticket wait list' -- i think my spot in line is over 100,000 !!!

    the fact that the season is sold out but nobody is showing up tells you what's going on: corporations and scalpers have the tickets and when the team sucks - the corp tix just get thrown away b/c nobody cares adn the scalpers are left holding the bag as well.

    get rid of the 'approved' scalper nonsense, get more tickets into the hands of real people (i.e. make them affordable for a family), and for God's sake: put a team on the field that gives a damn and has the potential to win. Zambrano's rant a few weeks ago was a good start.

    The owners' don't care though b/c as far as the "fans" are concerned, there could be a 5yr old t-ball game going on - they woulnd't know the difference as long as the beer was cold and the girls were hot.

  • In reply to ebuddha:

    Exactly! You are dead on.

  • The real reason is the outrageous price tag to attend a sporting event.

    For a family of 4 it would cost me roughly $300+ all in to attend a game.

    Sports have become big business & it’s too expensive for the average family to attend an American tradition.

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