While I certainly won't pass up peanuts and Cracker Jacks, the staple of most baseball games these days are hot dogs and beer. Well, soda for the kids.
As the post-season progresses and heads toward the World Series, it's important to nail down which teams have the best deals on these refreshments of choice, according to the annual MLB Fan Cost Index.
For the 2013 season, the average price of a major league baseball beer is $6.12 for about 15 oz., or about 40 cents per ounce -- but that's just an average. But like crying, there are no 15 oz. cups in baseball. The Oakland A's beat the national average by more than $1, with a 12-oz beer that costs $5 (about 36 cents per ounce). The Red Sox take the prize for most expensive at $7.25 for a 12-oz. beer (about 60 cents an ounce).
For the kiddies, Oakland still has the least-expensive beverage in the post-season, a 12-oz cold soda for $2.75. The league average is nearly double that at $3.67 for 17 oz.
To quell the seventh inning stretch hunger pangs, every park has its own hot dog. Most range from about $3-$5, and the average is slightly more than $4. The Oakland As are the lowest in the post-season, selling a $3.50 dog, while the more expensive dog is $5.50 in Detroit.
And as far as post-season parking fees go, the best deal is in Detroit, where it only costs $5 per car. The hefty parking fees are in Boston, where it's $27 to park during the game -- more than twice the national average of $13.87.
Here's the breakdown on deals for the remaining teams in the post-season.
|Boston Red Sox||$4 (20 oz.)||$7.25 (12 oz.) ||$4.50|
|Detroit Tigers||$4.25 (20 oz.)||$6.75 (16 oz.)||$5.50|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||$5.25 (16 oz.)||$6.25 (16 oz.)||$5||Oakland A's||$2.75 (12 oz.)||$5 (14 oz.)||$3.50|
|St. Louis Cardinals||$5.25 (21 oz.)||$6.75 (12 oz.)||$4.25|
Securing post-season tickets is the first win. Knowing which parks have the best deals is just another way to score.