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9-Year Olds Dream of Attending World Series Game Crushed by Profiteers

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 15:  Nelson Cruz #17 and the Texas Rangers celebrate winning Game Six of the American League Championship Series 15-5 against the Detroit Tigers to advance to the World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 15, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Vance PennCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2011

Knowing that the World Series is going to be played just hours from your home is an exciting thing for any baseball lover. Perhaps even more so, when attending a game is the dream of a 9-year old baseball loving boy.

Last night the Texas Rangers and their star-studded team of Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, and CJ Wilson punched their ticket for the World Series knowing that they would host games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary).

The Internet hummed with fans searching for seats. Hoping and praying they would be available, most never dreaming the price of a ticket would be higher than a Nelson Cruz home run.

Tickets, priced by Major League Baseball, range from $95 for an upper deck seat to $750 behind the plate. Well, good luck trying to get one of those tickets because they're sold out!

If you'd like to buy a World Series ticket be sure to log onto one of the ticket reseller sites and prepare to max out your credit card. Minutes ago, $95 tickets in the upper deck are going for $395 while seats behind the plate are a paltry $4,000!

I know nothing is free and attending a game is a once in a lifetime thrill. But what average fan can afford those re-sale prices?

My son's favorite team, the Tony LaRussa led St. Louis Cardinals, seem prepared to lock in the National League spot for the Fall Classic. He cheered his favorite player, Albert Pujols, and each Cardinals' run until his bed time.

As I tucked him into bed he asked, "Dad, can we go to the World Series"? When I told him, "we'll see, Buddy Boy, we'll see," I never supposed that tickets would be as expensive as they are.

Tomorrow morning when my son gets out of bed his first question will be, "did the Cardinals win"? His second will be, "Can we go see them play in the World Series"? I know what my answer will be to the first one. I haven't worked out an explanation for the second.

How do you tell a 9-year old that his best chance of attending a World Series game involves him actually playing in one?

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