Good news for all involved in the Hunter Pence broken magical bat saga!
A refresher for those who aren't caught up: Hunter Pence had a pretty nifty hit in the NLCS during which a ball bounced off his bat three times in one swing. Lots of RBIs and Pence got a double out of it. The Giants won the game and advanced to the World Series. The Giants then subsequently sold the bat by accident after the game for a mere $400! Finally, the Giants went on a mission to try and get the bat back.
Which leads to this happy ending, via CSN Bay Area:
Alagna, the software engineer from Pleasanton who bought Hunter Pence's
historic "triple-double" broken bat when it was somehow mistakenly put
up for sale in the team's Dugout Store, volunteered to return the bat to
the team Wednesday.
In return, the Giants treated Alagna and his wife, Terri, to watch Game 1 of the World Series in a luxury suite -- and not just any suite.
The Giants' CEO's suite! Plus they got to hang with Gaylord Perry AND they get to go back for Game 2 tonight.
AND they got their initial payment of cash for the bat back as well.
So the fan is happy and Pence got his beloved bat named Fryer back.
As the saying goes, "All's well that ends in free World Series tickets."
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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.