Winning Teams Juice Ballpark Beer Prices

On average; there are some steals, and some outrages
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2009 4:51 PM CDT
A baseball fan is kept company by his beer and little else.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Fans of winning baseball franchises pay for their bragging rights with more expensive beer, the Wall Street Journal reports. On average, a team that wins 6 out of 10 games charges $1.30 more for a 16-ounce beer than a club with a .400 winning percentage. There are, of course, exceptions, allowing for some great deals and some unconscionable gouging.

While watching the 2008 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies at home, a 21-ounce draft will cost you $6.75—not outrageous, especially when you consider the dismal Washington Nationals charge $7.50 for 20 ounces. For a better value from a put-upon team, head to Pittsburgh, where beer goes for 32% less than the Journal’s metric predicts. And stay away from Boston—the Red Sox may be resurgent, but $7.25 for 12 ounces seems regressive.