Baseball is a game meant for peanuts and Cracker Jacks. There's a famous song about it. It's also a good time to enjoy a beer.
In the words of sober Homer Simpson, "I never realized how boring this game is." In order to avoid the reality of baseball's pace, beer is consumed. Expensive beer.
The Street and Team Marketing Report compiled a list of the top 10 beer prices in Major League parks. There are some interesting findings.
- Neither New York team ranks in the Top 10.
- Four of the five National League East clubs made the list.
- There is no correlation between winning and pricing, only four of the teams on the list made the 2012 playoffs.
- Tickets for the second most expensive beer in the League are only $1 more than one small draft beer. (Click through the slideshow; it'll make sense.)
- The two oldest ballparks have some of the highest beer prices.
Click through the slideshow for Major League Baseball's most expensive beer prices:
10. AT&T Park
San Francisco Giants Price of a small draft beer: $6.75
9. Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals Price of a small draft beer: $6.75
8. Turner Field
Atlanta Braves Price of a small draft beer: $7.25
7. Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs Price of a small draft beer: $7.25
6. Fenway Park
Boston Red Sox Price of a small draft beer: $7.25
5. Rogers Centre
Toronto Blue Jays Price of a small draft beer: $7.34
4. Target Field
Minnesota Twins Price of a small draft beer: $7.50
3. Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia Phillies Price of a small draft beer: $7.75
2. Marlins Park
Miami Marlins Price of a small draft beer: $8
1. Nationals Park
Washington Nationals Price of a small draft beer: $8.25 The Nats also offer $5 beer before 1st pitch at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk and $10 24 oz beers
Some context, from The Street:
The absolute truth, however, is that Major League Baseball's average price for a small beer has risen from $5.81 in 2011 to $6.12 this year. At this time in 2011, the highest price for a small beer was the $7.25 the Boston Red Sox were charging at Fenway Park. This year five teams have exceeded that price, with two teams breaking the $8 barrier.
How much do you spend for beer at your local ball park? Tell us in the comments!