Winning, as always, comes with a price.
The Red Sox begin defense of their World Series crown this week boasting the highest average ticket price in Major League Baseball. According to Team Marketing, a 4.8 percent pricing increase gives the Sox an average ticket price of $52.43, leaping over the Yankees’ ticket average of $51.55. Boston’s average of $176.96 for a premium ticket is only third in the league though behind the Yankees ($305.39) and Dodgers ($254.19).
The average ticket price in all of baseball for 2014 is $27.93, a two percent increase over last year. Teams with above-average ticket prices include the last-place Houston Astros ($27.98), Minnesota Twins ($32.59), and Chicago Cubs ($44.16).
The average premium season ticket is $93.41.
The San Diego Padres are the best bargain in baseball with an average ticket cost of only $16.37.
The report also broke down each team’s Fan Cost Index, the amount it would cost for four adult average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two least expensive, adult-size adjustable caps. The Red Sox again came out on top with a cost of $350.78, a 7.3 percent increase. The Arizona Diamondbacks had the lowest FCI at $126.89.
Other tidbits from the report: The cheapest hot dog can be had in Baltimore ($1.50). Parking in Minnesota will run you $6, a game program in St. Louis is only $2.50, and Arizona and Cleveland offer the cheapest beer, at $4 a pop.Eric Wilbur can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeEricWilbur