SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres fans quietly walked out of the exits Monday night, mumbling under their breaths about their team's woes in their blowout loss against the Seattle Mariners.
The Padres lost, 13-4, and appear doomed for yet their sixth consecutive losing season, and 10th straight year without a playoff berth.
Yet, with GameHedge (GameHedge.com), a new secondary ticket marketplace that will be launched Friday, the misery for Padres' fans and fans of other perennial struggling teams, the misery can be cut in half.
If you're going to buy tickets and see your favorite team lose, you may as well hope they get blown out, with the Good Game Guarantee that fans receive when buying tickets.
The promise by this New York-based company, beginning with Major League Baseball games, is that if the home team loses by five or more runs, you will receive an automatic 50% refund. Warren Friss, founder of the company, figured out that one in eight games will qualify for the refund.
"I'm a huge sports fan, go to many games, and I've been thinking the last couple of years that fans should really get something back when things don't go their way,'' Friss told USA TODAY Sports. "So I want to give something back if the fans have a bad experience.
"I went to the Mets and Nationals game this year with Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg, and the Mets were losing 9-1 in the third inning. You're walking out of the stadium after spending big money, and all you hear is, "Thanks for coming. Drive safely. See you tomorrow.'
"It just felt so empty.''
So now, with this concept, if your team is going to lose, you might as well root for it to lose big, so you can at least cut your monetary pain in half.
Friss also will introduce the guarantee to NFL, NBA and NHL games. Fans will receive a 50% refund if their home team loses by 15 points or more in the NFL and NBA. They still haven't come up with the magical figure in hockey, but likely will provide a refund if the home team suffers a shutout.
"I think it will be a big hit with fans right away,'' Friss said. "Once fans hear about it, and see people getting money back, more and more will buy through our site.
Certainly, the higher the ticket prices, the more appealing it may be. The median price for the Chicago Cubs; remaining games this year are $128, according to Vivid Seats, the highest in baseball. The cheapest are the Los Angeles Angels with a median price of $36.