Watch the Royals at a Royal Price

The last time the Kansas City Royals baseball team was in the World Series, I was a freshman in high school. It’s been awhile. But I sure remember that series between the Royals and the Cardinals. I remember the fountains and the excitement at Kauffman Stadium. And…I remember having a big crush on 3rd baseman, George Brett.

The Royals won the World Series in 1985. The "Cosby Show" was the No. 1 show on TV, "Back to the Future" was big at the box office, and a gallon of gas was $1.20.

It’s been a royal drought since then.

Fans have been loyal to the Royals, always believing they would take the crown again.

Now it’s 2014. A fairy-tale season for the boys in blue.

And it’s royal excitement for my 12-year-old boy in blue. He’s close to the age I was when the Royals were last in the playoffs. Difference is, he’s been to games at Kauffman Stadium, and he’s met the Royals’ All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon two times.

Jacob even has the Alex Gordon bobble head, thanks to his babysitter and cousin Kristin, who’s a friend of Jamie and Alex Gordon.

So wouldn’t it be cool for Jacob to attend an ALCS game in Kansas City? It would be even cooler to attend the game with his uncle, my brother Shane, who’s been an Orioles fan since he was a little boy.

Super cool, but super pricey. We checked on ticket prices Sunday night, after the Royals clinched the ALDS. The cheapest ticket was around $248 in the Hy-Vee upper deck. Now the average Royals home ALCS ticket is going for $672.77.

The match-up between the Orioles and Royals ranks as the most expensive major league baseball championship series in the last five years.

We asked people on Facebook what they would pay to attend the game. The best response was, “I love TV.”

TV is how I watched the Royals in 1985…And it’s how my son and I will watch the Royals in the ALCS in 2014.

We’ll still have those ROYAL memories without the ROYAL price.

Happy Parenting!

About the Author...
Taryn Vanderford
Taryn Vanderford is an Emmy-winning journalist who currently works on "First at Four", "Pure Nebraska" and "Moms Everyday" for 10/11 and Gray Television.

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