Nothing ever comes cheaply when it comes to Alex Rodriguez, and that again will be the case when he plays his final game as a Yankee — and perhaps his final game for anyone — Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
After the team announced Sunday morning that A-Rod would be released after playing against the Rays, an otherwise non-descript mid-August game became the hottest commodity on the secondary ticket market.
According to TiqIQ, which monitors a number of resale sites, asking prices for Friday rose 501.6 percent in the first 90 minutes or so after the announcement, from an average of $75.92 to $456.76.
The lowest asking price was $85, up 431.3 percent from $16.
The quantity of tickets available on resale markets dropped 71 percent in the hour or so after the announcement as sellers took down their offers and prepared to re-list them.
Gametime, an on-demand mobile ticket app, said it saw asking prices rise to 10 times the previous level soon after the announcement.
Prices rose to as high as $600 for some 400-level seats, but the market presumably will settle in the coming days.