LOS ANGELES — They are all just little boys now, these grown-up Dodgers and Astros ranging in age from 22 to 40, chasing a childhood fantasy.Beneath the eye black and beyond the analytics, the pursuit remains that innocent, that quaint.Yes, each of them, as naive kids, dared to test the limits of the human imagination by long ago dreaming, “One day, I really want to win the World Series presented by YouTube TV.”Seriously, that’s the official name of this event, baseball not wanting to miss any chance to maximize commercial opportunities. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It seems a little unsavory, perhaps, this blatant encroachment of capitalism on such an altruistic American institution.All this and still no cheap food given away, either. At least Taco Bell is willing to offer each of us a free Doritos Locos Taco should a Dodger or an Astro steal a base during the first three games of the World Series.Finally, something we can all root for together, something to unite this country – a food-like product with the same nutritional value as a rosin bag.Thankfully, most everyone has decided to ignore these awful endorsement-laden series names and hold tight to tradition.Makes sense, seeing how baseball is so wedded to its past that there is still a pregame meeting to review the ground rules, not one of which has changed since roughly the invention of first base.But let’s not be shortsighted about this. The World Series does mean big money, the least expensive ticket for Game 1 on Tuesday, as of this writing, approaching $800 on StubHub.And here you thought advancing this far in baseball’s postseason required the players to sacrifice. Evidently, this deep into October, everyone has to give until it hurts, the fans included.“I’ve seen a lot of baseball games in my life,” Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling said. “I don’t think I’d pay $800 to see one. But, if you’ve waited 29 years … they might have been saving up this whole time. Now they’re ready.”Indeed they are, the anticipation such that the cheapest ticket for a potential Game 7 at Dodger Stadium already has exceeded $1,000, a price that, if this series goes that far, will eventually be a bargain.For the best seats available Tuesday, right behind home plate, three tickets can be had for $30,000, give or take a grand.“I don’t have that much money in my bank account right now,” Dodgers catcher Kyle Farmer said, and he laughed but I don’t think he was kidding. “It’s amazing really.”Stripling, a Cowboys fan, said he once spent “in the hundreds” to attend an NFL game in Dallas.The notion of investing tens of thousands of dollars, however, for the right to be as close to the World Series as possible? That’s someone else’s world, even for a guy privileged enough to work 60 feet, 6 inches from the plate.“Is that going to be like Leonardo DiCaprio or somebody?” Stripling said. “Who can afford that? That’s crazy. I imagine they are wealthy, die-hard Dodgers fans. We’re happy to have them.”That, apparently, is just the cost of doing business when your business is rooting for a team long on ancient history but short on recent good memories.Approaching three decades since the franchise’s most recent World Series appearance, the 2017 Dodgers at last are offering their fans an escape, an escape to paradise, potentially.“I guess you could look at it like you’re going on vacation, a nine-inning vacation,” infielder Charlie Culberson said of justifying the cost of tickets. “You get to see good baseball and the Dodgers play in the World Series. I think it’s worth it.”It’s worth it, no question, to the players, each one of whom, somewhere along the way, pretended he was facing a clutch situation – two outs, bottom of the ninth, bases loaded – in a World Series presented only by his childhood imagination.“Winning the World Series is really all that we play this game for,” pitcher Clayton Kershaw said, and, I’m just guessing, it’s easier to dismiss your $33 million salary when you’re the one being paid the $33 million salary.That’s not to suggest any of the Dodgers or Astros are in it just for the money, especially at this stage. I genuinely believe all these guys would play this series for free.The payoff of being a champion should exceed any dollar figure, no matter how much the title sponsor kicks in. Can’t blame the people running this sport. Why not supplement existing revenues to the absolute fullest? Businesses have to survive, right? I mean, the Dodgers’ latest television deal is worth barely $8 billion.Frankly, I’m surprised Major League Baseball hasn’t tried to sell the prime ad space being wasted elsewhere, like in the batter’s box, along the foul lines and on Yasiel Puig’s tongue.Video: Dodgers vs. Astros World Series preview:In case you missed it, the Dodgers advanced here by first winning the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile and then the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World.