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Fenway faithful grin and pay it

Everyone is buzzing about the first Red Sox home playoff game in four years next Saturday. But it's not like anyone has offered his first-born child for seats behind home plate for the game against Oakland.

Um, no one has, right?

In the ongoing frenzy for Sox playoff tickets, almost anything is believable. Stories abound of choice seats selling for $400 or $500 apiece. Scalpers are hawking bleacher tickets at 10 times face value. Ebay auctions attract 40 to 50 bidders for right field grandstand seats. RIGHT FIELD GRANDSTAND SEATS!

"The best I could find [online] was a grandstand seat for $225, which is pretty ridiculous," said Kristin Lieb, 32, of Wayland. "It's a hell of a lot of money for a ticket to a baseball game, but I guess the Red Sox make the playoffs and everyone goes insane."

One single, 35-year-old Back Bay resident posted a notice on yesterday offering a seat to any woman who would be his date. Within two hours, he had received a dozen offers.

It's gotten this bad: You could fly roundtrip to Oakland on Wednesday for Game 1 of the American League Division Series ($361 flight on America West, $25 ticket) for less than the cost of taking your sweetheart to Yawkey Way on Saturday (about $200 a seat, on average, according to Ace Ticket of Brookline.)

And the prized seats atop the Green Monster haven't even hit the market yet, though the Red Sox are now offering 150 tickets through an online drawing being conducted on

For those with even more money to burn, the tickets for the American League Championship Series, if the Red Sox should reach it, go on sale tomorrow.

"The whole insanity around this," Lieb said, "is that the cost of not being there is worse."


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