St. Louis Digs the Long Ball: Price for Home Run Derby Tickets Up as All-Star Game Drop

I was reminded this morning of the Nike commercial above (laughable these days in that it doesn't have Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine injecting each other in the ass with steroids in their quest to be like Mark McGwire) when I stumbled across the following factoid...

According to, one of the leading secondary ticket market sites in the country, the average ticket prices to the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis is down more than 50 percent while the price of a Home Run Derby ticket is up almost 10 percent.

Here's how RazorGator breaks down the prices for this year and the previous two All-Star Games held in San Francisco and New York. 

MLB All-Star Game Tickets
Year - Avg. Price Paid on
2007 - $996 (San Francisco)
2008 - $1,460 (New York)
2009 - $679 (St. Louis)

HR Derby Tickets
Year - Avg. Price Paid on
2007 - $458 (SF)
2008 - $449 (NY)
2009 - $491 (STL)

So, how 'bout it St. Louis? Are we still as obsessed with the long ball as we were in the era of McGwire? Or is it that we just have a new (and presumably less fallible) slugger to root for in Albert Pujols?

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