SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Paying $1,100 for a bleacher seat or more than $20,000 for a pair of tickets in the first row of Fenway Park – prices for Wednesday’s Game 6 of the World Series are selling for record prices.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, someone purchased two tickets on StubHub for $24,000. The seats are located in the first row in a dugout box between home plate and one of the on-deck circles.

“A lot of people are in the ticket business. We assume that a guy buys one ticket for himself to sit in,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “But people will buy multiple tickets to sell. When you hear $9,000 (for a seat), that could be the third or fourth person that bought and sold that ticket.”

Part of the changing culture of sports is the way fans go about purchasing tickets. In many cases these days, diehards will fly out to a visiting city and either pay last minute online or grab tickets from scalpers in person.

“They get in, but it’s just a matter of how much you’re going to pay to get in,” Madden said. “It’s not whether you’ll get in or not because, in their own mind, they know they’re going to get in. But they don’t know what they’re going to have to pay to get in.”

Every year in the World Series, there seems to be a somewhat anonymous player that jumps into the spotlight. This year, Red Sox backup catcher David Ross fits that bill. He got a key hit in the seventh inning of Game 5 and also was behind the plate calling the game, helping guide the pitching staff to a 3-1 win. The 36-year-old has missed time with concussions in the past, something Madden said doesn’t get quite as much play in baseball as it has in football.

“You get foul tips on the mask and you just shake them off. Catchers and umpires get them. I’m an old catcher and I’m just thinking if I had any because a foul tip is a foul tip,” he said. “Guys are throwing so much faster and so much harder now. Pitchers don’t have to pace themselves to go nine innings, with relievers these days. There was never anything like that before.”

Madden said there haven’t been a lot of studies on anything that affects the brain, but he said leagues are getting to the point where they’re doing more now.

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM. And catch John’s extra report at 9:15 am Mondays and Fridays on KCBS during the NFL season.

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