Those Bleacher seats that I spoke about that were filled with birds yesterday rather than fans were priced at 20 dollars a piece. Granted, it was a Monday. Chicago kids are in school. It was a cold afternoon, so most people who might have parted with a twenty to enjoy a ballgame on a sunny afternoon, chose to stay home instead, and listen to the call of the game on their television, or their radio.
I remember when seats for the Bleachers were all about $5. Bill Veeck used to love sitting in those very seats. He was shown many a day out there with his shirt off catching a game, and getting a tan at the same time.
I'm not sure if the Cubs do any giveaway of tickets to kids, or community groups. I know when my brother was young, he and my cousin scored many White Sox tickets at no cost, and reduced prices. My brother would travel all the way to the southside of Chicago to see his favorite White Sox team play baseball at the old Comisky Park.
Baseball has definitely gotten overpriced. The Cubs now have a 5 tiered price system. Let's see how it figures into their attendance, and revenue numbers this year. I for one, have shyed away from game tickets, because they quite frankly have gotten way out of hand, for what I feel that I am getting in return.
Let the youngsters, and the families, and the diehards, and those with more money in their wallets enjoy Wrigley.
I am looking forward to the unveiling of the Ron Santo statue this coming Summer.