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$5? Red Sox-Yankees ticket prices sink to a low point ahead of latest matchup of former AL East powers

The days of a fan, like this one on the day of the 2021 Wild Card Game, having trouble getting a ticket for a Red Sox-Yankees game at Fenway Park are gone, at least for now.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Remember the height of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, when tickets for spring training games between the teams in 2004 went for hundreds or even thousands of dollars? In more ways than one, that was a long time ago.

On Monday morning, ticket resellers had available inventory for the series opener at Fenway Park between the fourth- and fifth-place teams in the American League East for as little as $10. By the afternoon, the price had dipped to $9, and roughly 90 minutes before the scheduled first pitch, you could find two seats together for as little as $5 each (with fees pushing that closer to $9 per seat).

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Ace Ticket owner Jim Holtzman said he was donating hundreds of tickets for Monday’s game to charitable organizations.

“As a business owner, sometimes when I see tickets selling, getting to the point of being as low as they are, I’d just as soon give them to charity,” Holtzman said. “Let someone go to a game who would otherwise not be able to go, and take an opportunity to thank a public service person or support a youth group. I’d much rather give them away than sell them for $10.

“I feel much better taking a $50 seat and giving it away than selling it for $10.”

Holtzman cited multiple factors to explain the low demand for the longtime rivals. With both teams out of the playoff mix, midweek games in September — after the start of the school year — tend to lose their luster. Moreover, a poor weather forecast further dampened enthusiasm.

“Sometimes tickets go for hundreds and hundreds of dollars, and other times they go for as little as $10,” he said. “At the end, demand determines the price. There’s still Red Sox fans who want to go to the game. It’s still a great rivalry. … But when was the last time both teams have had this bad of records simultaneously?

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“It’s hard to be motivated to go to the game if the weather’s not good. The Red Sox, more than any team in Boston, are weather-dependent.”

Tickets on the secondary market remain available for less than $20 for the games Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, however, tickets start at nearly $40 — still below face value, but more in line with typical demand.

“Normal Red Sox-Yankees games, the prices are, like, $50, $70, even $100,” Holtzman said.

So when was the last time tickets for a game between these teams went for $10 or less?

“There’s been other games where you’ve kind of seen a similar thing, but not with the Red Sox-Yankees,” Holtzman said. “These may be the lowest prices in 20 years for a Red Sox-Yankee game. These are things in my memory I just want to suppress.”

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Alex Speier can be reached at alex.speier@globe.com. Follow him @alexspeier.