What it costs to be a Boston fan


What it costs to be a Boston fan

Going to see your favorite sports team play is always agreat time but is it worth all that money?You can get tickets directlythrough the teams, or try to a secondary market to save some money. There aremore than 60 such secondary markets through which sports tickets are sold everyyear, including Stubhub, eBay, and TicketNetwork.com.For some teams, the ticket prices are cheap. Taking thewhole family out to see a game wont cost as much as one ticket to see the NewEngland Patriots. Boston fans love their sports, which might be one of thereasons that three of the teams rank in the most expensive ticket prices in thenation.The Boston Red Sox rank firstamong MLB teams forthe priciest secondary ticket costing fans who buy outside the box officeapproximately 88 on average. Part of the reason for this high price comparedto other MLB teams is the success in recent years. Success on the field hastranslated to the box office as demand for tickets increases revenue.Attendance is also higher since the recent success.The Boston Celtics rank fifthamong NBA teamsdespite having the winningiest team in basketball history. Seeing this teamplay is not cheap, buying a resale ticket on average will cost you just over99. The Celtics averaged a sell out at home games played in 2010-2011. Theonly thing thats stopping the Celtics revenue gain was the NBA locket out thatshortened the season.Last, but absolutely not least, The New England Patriotsrank first for ticket prices in the NFL and the entire sports world in general.The key to their ticket success has been their success in the postseason,winning three Super Bowls and only missing the playoffs twice. Attendance ratescant change at Gillette Stadium unless they expand it, because every seat forevery game the past four years has been filled.Considering Robert Kraft boughtthe team in 1994 for 172 million, the fact that the franchise now ranks third-highest valued team in the NFL coming at 1.4 billion shows how successful thisteam is.No wonder Boston fans are so diehard, they are literallyspending thousands of dollars on tickets to see their teams play.Click here to see what other teams were ranked for theirpricy tickets.

Farrell on Sox rotation: 'We've got to get Clay going'


Farrell on Sox rotation: 'We've got to get Clay going'

BOSTON - Maybe it wasn't a warning shot, but more of an idle observation. Maybe it wasn't a challenge at all.

But what John Farrell had to say Sunday afternoon about Clay Buchholz was, if nothing else, noteworthy.

In assessing his team's play in the just-completed first month of the season, Farrell noted that the starting rotation, after a particularly rough beginning, had stabilized of late.

With one exception, that is.

"We've got to get Clay going, particularly," Farrell said. "He's an important part of our rotation, an important part of this team. We've got to get him on track." Buchholz is winless in his five starts, with an 0-3 mark and an inflated ERA of 6.51. He's given up a minimum of five earned runs in each start and has yet to pitch through the seventh inning.

Farrell noted that the issue has been less about quality of stuff and more about his aggressiveness - or lack thereof.

"There are times,'' Farrell said, "when we've seen Clay execute pitches with, I think, a greater conviction to the pitch. There are other times where maybe he's pitched away from contact a little bit too much and not attacked the strike zone. To me, there comes an attitude on the mound that's got to be prevailing."

The Sox aren't far from welcoming back to starters. Eduardo Rodriguez, who tweaked his knee in early March, is set to make his second rehab start for Pawtucket Tuesday and could conceivably return five days after that. At most, Rodriguez will be ready with one more additional outing.

Next up is Joe Kelly, who is on the DL with a shoulder impingement. Kelly has thrown some bullpen sessions and could begin a rehab assignment later in the week.

That will lead to the Sox making some tough decisions in the coming weeks. It had been widely assumed that knuckleballer Steven Wright would be he most vulnerable starter, but Wright is 2-2 with a 1.37 ERA in four outings.

Asked to assess where the Sox within the context of the division, Farrell said: "We're probably searching to shore up areas that are in need, and that first starts with making the necessary adjustments with the guys that are on our roster now. Not that we're going to make wholesale changes. Like I said, we've got to get Clay going. That's a big improvement that we could make."


AL East picture through April: Red Sox better than expected


AL East picture through April: Red Sox better than expected

BOSTON -- With the first month of the season at coming to a close, Boston finds itself half a game behind Baltimore for first place and 2.5 games ahead of the third place Rays.

With the question marks surrounding the pitching staff behind David Price entering the season, among other issues, the Red Sox are in a much better position than initially expected.

John Farrell credits much of the early success to his potent offense.

“[We] finished better than we started I think the biggest thing is that guys in our lineup have developed that trust in one another,” he said. “There [are] some elements to our offense that’ve been very encouraging. The all-field approach and the way we’ve run the bases [have] been very consistent.”

It’s undeniable that the newfound consistency to the pitching staff has been a huge help -- although Farrell did note Clay Buchholz needs to get the ball rolling.

“The last two turns through the rotation has been more consistent. We’ve been able to give our guys in the bullpen a little bit more regular rest,” Farrell said. “I like the fact that we’ve added to the depth of power arms in our bullpen. We still have room for improvement we know that.

Entering the final game of the opening series against New York, the Red Sox and the Orioles are the only AL East teams with winning records against their inter-division rivals.

Even though they’ve performed better than anticipated, a case can be made that the Red Sox should sit in first place.

Tampa Bay shut them out in the opener, and won the final game of the series that was powered by a rare David Price implosion.

Toronto won the final two games of the second season series by the skin of its teeth, narrowly avoiding Red Sox comebacks in the ninth inning of each game.

Baltimore won the first game of its opening series in Boston thanks to a ninth inning home run.

New York has one game left before both teams leave town and, weather permitting, Boston has a chance to start May off properly -- by disposing of the only team in the AL East stuck with single digit wins.

With the ups and downs for the five AL East teams, Farrell doesn’t expect there will be disparity in the division.

“Every team has got their strengths,” he said. “We don’t expect this to be a huge separation among any of the five teams here. We’re all probably searching to sure up areas that we’re in need of. That first starts with making the necessary adjustments with the guys that are on our roster right now. Not that we’re going to make wholesale changes.”