I’m not spending $2,800 to see the Cubs, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t 2


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Both baseball fans, different worlds

I have a buddy who works in a highly technological world, but for some reason when it comes to buying whiskey, gambling, and baseball, he always texts to ask questions that are easily Googleable. I don’t mind helping out, but I think he’s just flaunting the fact that he’s got his life so squared away, and he simply doesn’t have the time to dedicate to life’s greatest time- and money-sucks. When it looked like the Cubs were going to go to play the Nats in the NCLS, he asked me what tickets were going for, his wife is a big Cubs fan.

Hanging out in a bar in Wrigleyville is also an option, but be ready for the $300 cover charge.

Hanging out in a bar in Wrigleyville is also an option, but be ready for the $300 cover charge.

For whatever reason, I proceed to Google it for him; looked like he could expect to pay around $700-$1,000 to get in the door. In turn, he tells me there is no way he is paying that. Not because they are too expensive but because, “That’s the price of a flight to Europe. I’d rather do that.” Interesting thought seeing as how he just got back from a two week trip backpacking through Iceland.

Of course, I get all riled up and try to explain to him why the ticket price is worth it, especially when it comes to the historical context of the Cubs. He wasn’t having it. Then I realize, even though we have been great friends since high school, me and this guy are living in two different worlds. A trip to Europe?! Who thinks like that?! A guy who’s married with no kids and a solid dual income. I’m a married guy with three kids under 10 on a single income. I can’t even find Europe on a map. I quickly give up on trying to convince him to drop the dough because I realized we were speaking two different languages.

Since then, the Cubs won the pennant and Wrigley is hosting a World Series game for the first time in 71 years. As of right now, tickets are hovering around $2,800 dollars on average. Needless to say, my buddy isn’t going to the game. He’s probably sipping White Russians in Zürich. Unfortunately, I won’t be making it out to the game either. Sure, price is a factor and geography plays a pretty significant role. I’d love to go, but a 4-second cost/benefit analysis revealed that it ain’t gonna happen. No biggie though, because there are countless ways to enjoy this historic run without shelling out the scratch, battling traffic, and picking up VD on a toilet seat in Chicago.

 

Being in the “house” is great, but being at home ain’t bad, either

For me, high-definition on a big screen isn’t a bad way to watch history unfold. Sitting in the comfort of my own home and listening to Joe Buck run his mouth for four hours, there are worse ways to start the weekend. Plus, I have good beer that doesn’t require a second mortgage on my home in order to buy.1)unlike ballpark price Same goes for the Super Bowl, btw. In fact, especially the Super Bowl. Even if the Cardinals made it. Being in the house for football games is not all that it’s cracked up to be and being surrounded by fellow fans at a Super Bowl party, that’s a great feeling. Perhaps most importantly, I love history and amazing baseball, but I’m not a Cubs or Indians fan. The choice2)Let’s be clear, there was never really a “choice” but I said there is one for the context of this blog. Hi, Dad. to stay home was very easy for me.

Not to mention, and considering my kids’ names I hate to admit it, but I’ve sort of been out on baseball for the past two years. I stay up to speed with what’s happening, but between moving across country, school, a deployment, and       insert reason why our lives are so busy here        I’ve watched very little baseball. Regrettably, I’ve watched less baseball than Sam and Nia videos on Youtube this year.

But I am fired up for tonight’s game. If you love the game, I don’t need to explain why, but if you don’t necessarily enjoy baseball most of the year, you’re in for a treat over the next week. Not only are these a couple of fun teams to watch, but playoffs and the World Series are where you see things happen that you would never otherwise see. Guys are stealing bases more. Starters are getting yanked in the 5th inning after only giving up a couple of hits. Heck, some guys are getting their first hits of the season in the World Series (see Kyle Schwarber). Heroes are made in October! Oh and by the way, you will get a front row seat3)figuratively speaking, of course to watching one of the greatest American cities endure absolute mayhem.4)Win or lose, Cubs fans will riot and light cars on fire. There is zero doubt in my mind.

Still, you should spend the three grand and get to Chicago!

Fork up the $3k and you can get your own shirt made say you made to the last WS game in 2016. This guy's ticket cost him $6 71 years ago.

Fork up the $3k and you can get your own shirt made say you made to the last WS game in 2016. This guy’s ticket cost him $6 71 years ago.

That said, the tickets to the next three games aren’t overpriced. Other than simple supply and demand economics, almost no one alive has ever seen a Cubs World Series game, let alone at Wrigley field. Even fewer have seen them win a World Series. In fact, you’d have to be about 116 years old to remember their last championship. So, I think this would qualify as once in a lifetime. Sports, or otherwise, this got me thinking about the types of things I’d shell out 3,000 beans for, here’s a short list:

  1. One day, I’m going to spend an embarrassing amount of money on Sunday at the Masters.
  2. I fully plan on spending twice that to travel to and climb Mt Kilimanjaro.
  3. Although I likely will never get the chance, I wouldn’t give a second thought to paying that kind of money to attend a White House dinner, regardless of who’s president.
  4. Fortunately, it won’t demand this kind of premium, but the Braves are going back to the World Series. I’m going and I’m taking my sons. Fortunately, it looks like they are easily 10 years away from making any sort of splash in the playoffs.
  5. A couple bottles Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year for when the boys get married and/or have kids.

Everyone’s list is different and it may or may not include sports,5)ask anyone who saw Hamilton in the past year if they regretted the price they paid to get in but I have definitely realized the experiences are worth the investment. Just someone else isn’t willing to sell their kidney to get to the game, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start a sub-Reddit looking for a place to sell yours. Trouble is, the window of time you had to decide to pay the price and get out there was fairly small. I’d recommend having your list of experiences you’re excited to pay for at the ready. That way, when they come up, you’ll have either saved or had a line of credit ready to get out there.

So, if you spent a month’s wages on getting into Wrigley tonight, bravo. You are going to walk away with an experience you will never forget and we’ll gladly “Like” the glorious selfies you intend on flooding our Timelines with. Be proud that you saw the value in the experience and pulled the trigger. The rest of us are going to flip on Fox tonight, soak it up the best we can, and we look forward to hearing about the game when you get back.

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. unlike ballpark price
2. Let’s be clear, there was never really a “choice” but I said there is one for the context of this blog. Hi, Dad.
3. figuratively speaking, of course
4. Win or lose, Cubs fans will riot and light cars on fire. There is zero doubt in my mind.
5. ask anyone who saw Hamilton in the past year if they regretted the price they paid to get in

About Brent Nichols

My blogging is, no doubt, all over the map, but hope you'll find something just right for you. Currently living in the D.C.-metro area in Northern Virginia. You know what? I think I kinda like it out here.


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2 thoughts on “I’m not spending $2,800 to see the Cubs, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t

  • Tim

    Another entertaining and insightful blog. It’s amazing how much people will pay for a moment. Impressed with the bucket list you have. I too value all of your choices, to include the Braves Series, which will happen. I look forward to the Pappy during those awesome life steps with the boys. …there was something very electric with the fan frenzy at Wrigley game one, at 3K a pop.