The Detroit Tigers signed Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Austin Jackson, and Al Albuquerque, and Andy Dirks today all to 1 year deals in their hunt for a World Series championship. So what does this all mean for the most important part of the Tigers payroll, the fans?
As a season ticket holder, I am not happy that my tickets went up in price, yet again, for the about 5th straight year now. When I first bought my season ticket plan, I was paying an average of $12 dollars a ticket for lower level pavilion seats, right behind the Detroit bullpen. Now, in my 6th year of having tickets, I am now paying an average of $21 a ticket for the SAME SEAT. Pretty soon, my tickets will be double what they started at. I understand that if we want to see the boys of summer win a World Series title, we probably need to spend money on the team and not play moneyball. Meaning concession and ticket prices will rise. But enough is enough.
Going to Tiger games 10 years ago when hardly anyone was there was actually more enjoyable to the baseball fan because thats who was there, FANS. Now, its a commodity to go to Tigers games because it’s the “cool thing” to do. Listen, I’m not mad the stadium sells out, I’m glad the team gets more support now because they need it. But I’m waiting to see if CoPA will be packed on a saturday night in mid-July when the team is struggling and hard to watch.
I’m really only upset about the ticket prices, I don’t mind people jumping on the bandwagon and watching baseball. But I feel they go hand in hand a little bit. If NO ONE bought tickets, the team wouldn’t be able to afford to pay some of these guys so much money. While on one hand I completely agree with locking up JV, Max, and Cabby, I do not agree with over paying Andy Dirks, Al Alburquerque, Rajai Davis. Not to mention the next contract of Alex Avila that will be signed very soon.
I have one simple message for DD, stop spending MY money so foolishly! I know I don’t HAVE to own season tickets, it’s a choice. I choose to because I love baseball and I love this team. The fans need and deserve to be rewarded with a World Series championship, so let’s see it happen!