If only Clayton Kershaw's shoulder had held up ... if only Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts hadn't gotten body-switched before Game 1 (or lost en route to the stadium and redirected to Temecula) ... if only Lance Lynn had gotten all his long balls out during the regular season ... tickets to Game 3 of the NLCS might just be in demand.
Unfortunately, the Dodgers folded in three consecutive games, falling victim to the Diamondbacks' frenetic brand of baseball (and their own repeated malfeasance). The D-Backs, high off their own supply and outgunned to a man, started the NLCS on the road in Philadelphia and got reminded of their regular-season status right quick. They looked like an 84-win Wild Card team, falling 5-3 and 10-0 to send the series back to Arizona on a sour note.
And sour it is, D-Backs "fans" can get into the ballpark for Game 3 on Thursday night for a $14 get-in price, according to ticket distributor TickPick.
Say what you will about the Dodgers, their fans, LA traffic, and championship fatigue, but ... you're not getting in the vintage doors at Dodger Stadium for a handful of fives. That's a guarantee.
Diamondbacks NLCS Playoff Ticket Prices will make Dodgers fans eyes roll
Now, give the powerhouse Philadelphia Phillies a little bit of credit here. They certainly brought prices down in the desert down by pummeling Torey Lovullo's D-Backs into submission at the Bank in Games 1 and 2.
But ... first home NLCS games since 2007 when Rocktober rolled through, and you can get in for the price of a Chipotle burrito bowl (with guac)? Yikes.
When one reporter struggled to find Diamondbacks fans in Philadelphia live on air around Game 2, we had no idea the same "passion" would translate to Arizona's home games in the series.
Surely, whoever does show up to Games 3, 4 and 5 (alright, probably just 3 and 4) will bring the heat (if it's even possible to heat Arizona up any further). These are playoff-starved fans who believe their time in the sun is only just getting started. They feel like they're playing with house money, like that guy from Jimmy Eat World who got dunked on for tweeting during Game 2.
Luckily, that "house money" doesn't add up to much in terms of gate receipts. Maybe these low prices will make the game accessible to regular fans who wouldn't typically have been able to make a night of it! Maybe the crowd will go hard.
Either way, Dodgers fans are going to wish this was their October instead.