One of baseball's most polarizing figures will call it quits in the Bronx this week.
Alex Rodriguez will hang up his cleats for good following Friday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, and for fans hoping to attend the controversial player's final game in pinstripes, tickets to A-Rod's last game have skyrocketed in price on the secondary market.
On TicketIQ the current average list price for tickets to Friday night's game is $305.49, which marks a 302% jump from the $75.92 average prior to Rodriguez's announcement Sunday morning. The current "get-in" price, or cheapest available ticket, is $66, which is up 312.5% from Sunday's price of $16. Conversely, the most expensive ticket is listed in Legends Section 20 Row 1 for more than $8,900.
The Yankees have been no strangers to waving goodbye to superstars in recent years. In 2013 Mariano Rivera played in his final season, and his last game at Yankee Stadium on September 26 posted a big demand for tickets on the resale market. Tickets owned an average price of $237.89, making A-Rod's last game 28.4% more expensive on average. However, both games have posted a similar get-in price, with the cheapest tickets to Rivera's sendoff listed from $61.
Emotions will run high on 161st Street on Friday night, but ticket prices to A-Rod's last game won't come anywhere close to Derek Jeter's final game at Yankee Stadium in 2014. The Captain's last appearance in the Bronx, which yielded a game-winning hit against the Baltimore Orioles, owned a whopping $768.09 average on the secondary market, more than 150% more expensive on average than Rodriguez's last game.
Rodriguez ends a tumultuous 12-year tenure in the Bronx that spawned as much controversy as on-field success. He won two of his three MVP Awards as a member of the Yankees alongside his sole World Series title in 2009, though was plagued by reports of clashing with teammates, minimal production in the postseason and oft-talked about performance-enhancing drug use. Whether he plays again for another team remains uncertain, but all eyes will be on him this Friday as he makes his final appearance as a New York Yankee.
Below are tickets for A-Rod's remaining games: