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Phils Fans Taking the Odds: 2,930,000:1 that Halliday Tosses Another Perfecto
Fans in Florida were treated to a little baseball history last week when Roy Halladay hurled the 20th perfect game in MLB history in Sun Life Stadium, against the Marlins. For the lucky 25,086 fans who decided to pony up and see the game, the average price was $43. For the rematch of that game next Wednesday in Philly, prices are 63% higher.
If you believe that the baseball gods are looking to atone for the Gallaraga-Joyce ‘No-Yes’, it may be worth putting your faith in Halliday and seeing if he can make history yet again. It probably not smart to hold your breath, though. According to the very cool site, the Book of Odds, the odds of one No-No in a season is 1:6.88. Based on our rough calculus, and depending on whether you classify Gallaraga’s game as a No-Yes or No-No, you’re looking at odds between 70k:1 and 2.9M:1. If you’re a smart bettor, pass on this one and lay your chips on black at the Borgata. If you’re a believer, though, take the leap, drop $70 and see if Roy can sway the gods again. If nothing else, you’ll be part of a cool standing O. Its also the cheapest game of the series, which seems a bit, umm, odd, until you consider that the Flyers are playing in the Stanley cup next door on the same night.