For just the third time in the last 10 years, the World Series has gone to a Game Six. On Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox will try to close out the 2013 Fall Classic with a win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.
It might not turn out to be the deciding game, but the matchup is one of the biggest contests in MLB history. While the Red Sox have won two championships in the last decade, they swept both series, winning Game Four on the road. For the first time since 1918, the Red Sox had a chance to win the title in front of their hometown fans.
The rarity of the Red Sox clinching a championship at home, combined with the popularity of the two teams involved has made a ticket to Game Six the most expensive the MLB has ever seen. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that tickets are being sold for record amounts on the secondary ticket market. On Tuesday afternoon, SeatGeek had the average ticket price at $1,024. According to TiqIQ.com, seats were going for $2,186 apiece.
One fan paid in five figures to see the game. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports that a pair of tickets were bought on StubHub for $24,000. The seats are in the first row in a dugout box.
Viewership for Game Six could also see an increase from recent years. Thus far, the matchup between the Red Sox and Cardinals is the highest-rated World Series since 2009. Game Five’s 8.9 Fast National rating made it the most watched Monday night for FOX in four years.
Wednesday’s contest should have a higher rating than any of the previous five games. According to Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily, the last Game Six between the Cardinals and Rangers in 2011 did a 12.8 rating. When the New York Yankees clinched the 2009 World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies, the game drew a 13.4 rating.
The series hasn’t just seen records in terms of tickets prices, but history has been made during the games, as well. David Ortiz might be in the midst of best individual World Series performance of all-time. Against St. Louis, he has reached base in 15 of 19 tries, hitting two home runs and recording six RBI.
Ortiz’s numbers this year have put him in the pantheon of the best playoff hitters. The Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran has been recognized by many as the top postseason performer in history, but Ortiz’s name may now be in the conversation. His .465 batting average, .556 on-base percentage and .814 slugging percentage are all World Series records for players with at least 50 career plate appearances.
Michal Wacha will try to stop Ortiz for St. Louis. He wasn’t up to the task in Game Two, allowing a two-run homer to Ortiz that gave Boston a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning.
Where To Watch Online: Postseason.TV (International only)
Audio Live Stream: MLB.TV
TV Channel: FOX
Start Time: 8:07 PM Eastern Time
Prediction: St. Louis 3, Boston 2