Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 762nd home run cost the San Francisco Giants hundreds of thousands of dollars. On an absolute financial basis, the 2007 game was a resounding success. The stadium was packed; memorabilia sold like hotcakes. Yet amid the thunderous applause of 40,000-plus fans, one man was fixated on the opportunity cost of this historic event.
For those of you who don’t live in Toronto, you may not have heard about the new train service our transit agency has launched, called the UP Express. It runs from the airport to Union Station with a couple of stops on the way. It is a great hit with its regular users…both of them! Nobody else has used the service, and that is because its price is so disconnected from anybody’s willingness to pay that it begs the question of whether the main asset MetroLinx should invest in is a calculator!