Yeah the politics of baseball give me headaches of epic proportions. I've even had a personal run-in with a former GM of the Tigers that left me wanting to punch the guy in the neck (long but awesome story).
I'm glad the Rays keep their tickets affordable. The most I paid face value for the tickets I've bought so far this season was $16 for an upper deck seat behind home plate, 4 rows back. That's for one of their "premium" games. The rest were $10-$13.
You want a "cheap" day at the ballpark, go to a minor league game. Tickets are under $10, parking is usually $5 or under and you get to see the future of baseball.