The World Series returns to Wrigley Field on Friday for the first time in 71 years, but those Cubs fans hoping to see Kyle Schwarber continue his hot streak will have to shell out big money: the median resale ticket price for Game 3 is currently hovering around $3,000.
StubHub announced on Thursday that resale tickets for the Games 4, 5 and 6 at Wrigley are currently going for $3,000, $3,650 and $3,500 respectively – at least $2,000 more per ticket than was sold in Cleveland for Games 1 and 2.
Then again, maybe it’s not such a surprise that tickets are so expensive. Through two games, this Cubs-Indians World Series has already featured at least one irresistible subplot: the remarkable recovery of a player who defied doctors after being told his season was over.
Cubs hitter Schwarber drove in two runs in Game 2 against the Indians on Wednesday night to earn his team a 5-1 victory and level the series at one apiece – quite a feat considering the 23-year-old damaged knee ligaments two days into the regular season and spent the past six months learning to walk again. Schwarber was told he wouldn’t play again in 2016, but he made a spectacular recovery, and was added to the Cubs’ World Series roster after a lightning-quick rehab stint in the Arizona Fall League.
“I can’t even describe what he’s doing right now,” said Cubs left fielder Ben Zobrist. “No one’s ever seen anything like it.”
“I can see why Theo [Epstein] sent a plane for him,” Indians manager Terry Francona, who is starting Josh Tomlin in Game 3, said. “I would, too. That’s a lot to ask, but special players can do special things.”
Schwarber, playing as a designated hitter in Cleveland, doubled off Corey Kluber in Game 1, and then went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk in Wednesday’s win. No other position player has managed his first hit of the season in the World Series, but Schwarber is hitting .429 on baseball’s biggest stage, and has reached base five times in nine at-bats, with a double, two singles and two RBIs.
But the Cubs haven’t confirmed if Schwarber will play in Game 3. With the teams going back to National League rules, there will be no DH in Chicago, and concerns remain over whether Schwarber is healthy enough to manage a full game in left field.
“I honestly don’t know,” manager Joe Maddon said after Wednesday’s game. “That’s something I’m waiting to hear from our guys, from our medical side, because obviously he looks good. He looks good at the plate. Running the bases he looks pretty good so far … There’s nothing about watching him that tells me that he’s inhibited right now.”
Schwarber himself was playing his cards close to his chest. “We’ll see where it goes,” he said. “Nothing is set in stone. No one’s told me anything. As of right now, the story is still the same. This is a moment that we all live for when we were little kids, to play in the World Series. I’m just living the dream, man.”
Doctors haven’t completely ruled Schwarber out, but he hasn’t been medically cleared, either. Team-mate Zobrist liked what he saw on Wednesday, though. “He’s moving a lot better than I thought he would,” Zobrist said. “I have no idea. I know that’s a conversation that they’ll have. But he’s definitely proven that his stick is more than ready … The twisting and things he’s doing right now on that knee, it’s just a testament to how hard he’s worked the past six months to get to this point.”
Cubs catcher David Ross admitted nothing surprised him about Schwarber any more. “To be shocked and Kyle Schwarber in the same sentence is not a good combo. The legend of Kyle Schwarber … the guy is a legend already.”
The previous high median resale ticket price, incidentally, was in Boston in 2004, when the Red Sox finally ended the longest title drought after Chicago. Most tickets for those games hovered around the $2,000 mark.
This article was written by Guardian sport, for theguardian.com on Thursday 27th October 2016 19.57 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010