08/04/2005: How things change....
Listening to the Marlins-Cardinals game tonight, Mike Shannon is remembering things in 1967. Field box seats right behind home plate cost $3.50 apiece, tax included (as the Moonman kept telling us).
And now? Well, doing some idle mucking around the Cardinals website, I can't even find a game with seats available in that area for sale. But the Field Box Infield seats (sort of the "same" sections down the baseline, vice behind home plate) now cost $60.00 apiece (at that rate, tax better be included), so the Field Boxes behind home plate are probably lots more.
After all, as Bob "Mr. Baseball" Uecker pointed out, talking about catching Phil Niekro's knuckleball:
It was great. I got to meet a lot of important people. They all sit behind home plate.And those important people can afford to pay a lot to see a ballgame. Meanwhile, $3.50 won't buy you a beer, much less a ticket.
UPDATE: As I was finishing this up, my dad called to shoot the breeze, and we talked a bit about this. According to his sources, field boxes behind home plate go for $160 apiece. However, before you blow a gasket, keep in mind the other thing Dad told me: these seats are part of the high-end field boxes, where your (or more likely, your company's, your law firm's, your supplier's, etc.) $160 buys you valet parking, a sumptuous buffet in the Cardinals Club, suitably submissive peons who scurry to and fro to take your food and drink orders and bring them back to you, so you don't have to take your eyes off the game... I've watched a game from these seats (though by the visitors' dugout, not behind home plate), and frankly, if money is no object, these seats are well worth the price.
Len on 08.04.05 @ 08:30 PM CST