Sometimes we watch the game and get annoyed or pissed off when our team is down by 10 runs and it's only the third inning. When it's a particularly meaningful game, we often allow the brutal loss to sink in over the next few days and try to find some sort of meaning or explanation for it all. Then, sometimes, we read about it days later and just get really, really sad.
The final two sentences in this graph from the always reasonable Jonah Keri are particularly sad.
Roy Halladay isn't necessarily done in the literal sense. He'll very likely pitch again. But watching the sad-sack Marlins batter Halladay for nine runs in 2⅓ innings Sunday, with their one dangerous hitter on the DL no less, reinforced what we've all been thinking for a while: The Doc we knew is gone. It took Juan Pierre, Marcell Ozuna, Greg Dobbs, and Adeiny Hechavarria to read him his last rites.
God, that sucked to read.
I'm with Keri for the most part. I don't think we've seen the last of Halladay just yet. But I'm finally willing to admit that he'll never be the same. I know, I know. It takes some people longer to accept a sad reality.
What happens with Doc the rest of the way is one of the more intriguing stories the Phils have going. Can he go through those old emails one more time? Rest a couple of weeks to get that fastball up a couple of ticks and be serviceable?
Plenty of people are hoping so. And really we just don't want to be saddened by watching the once Best Pitcher On Earth give up 9 runs ever again.
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Penn State is headed to the Rose Bowl Game, and it will cost a pretty penny to be on hand in Pasadena on January 2.
With a statement win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Penn State clinched their first Rose Bowl berth since 2009. The No. 5 school in the nation will face No. 9 USC in a rematch from seven years ago. Such a long absence for both schools in the bowl game is driving resale ticket prices to new heights, so much so that the Rose Bowl Game will be the most expensive bowl game this season – including the two Semifinal games.
On TicketIQ, an event ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the secondary market, the average resale price for Rose Bowl Game tickets is now $804. Not only does that make it the most expensive Rose Bowl since at least 2010, but also the priciest bowl game of the last seven seasons. If looking just to get in on January 2 the cheapest tickets are now priced from $346 each.
The showdown between Penn State and USC is so expensive that it will be more than twice the average price of both Semifinal games. As it stands now the resale average for Peach Bowl tickets between Alabama and Washington at Georgia Dome is $389 with a get-in price of $185. Clemson and Ohio State will clash in the Fiesta Bowl to the tune of a $241 average and $71 get-in price.
Prices are so high for this year’s game in Pasadena that they rival the 2015 National Championship Game. The first-ever Championship Game under the new College Football Playoff system, that year’s game between Ohio State and Oregon averaged a $858 ticket and $317 get-in price.
While Penn State fans, students and alumni raced to snag tickets during the general on sale, prices were quick to skyrocket on the secondary market following the school’s invitation to the Rose Bowl Game. On Saturday afternoon, several hours before the Big Ten Championship kickoff, Rose Bowl tickets were averaging under $600, marking a nearly 40 percent increase since that time. The cheapest resale ticket price has jumped more than $100 since Saturday, climbing from its $245 price tag since.