Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Dress Down Friday
2008-08-30 05:57
by Alex Belth

After my last guest shot on New York Baseball Today the producer said that I should feel free to dress down the next time. "You can be casual," he said, explaining they were looking to capture the true fan experience. So I wore a t-shirt yesterday. The producer, who is a good guy, nearly gasped when he saw me and when we were finished he mentioned that the t-shirt was too casual, which just goes to show everyone has their own idea of what is casual.

Ted Berg and I had to do three takes because of various screw-ups on our part and also because we kept going long. It's amazing what a skill it is to not only sound articulate when you are looking into a camera but to be able to get your point across in a pointed and succinct manner. Especially when your natural inclination is to be expansive. I tripped over a bunch of my words during our third and final take but still had a good time with Ted. Hey, it's a learning process, right?

Anyhow, here's the bit:

In other news, here is an update on the story about the police at Yankee Stadium during "God Bless America," and something to make you really depressed: the high cost of watching the Yanks play in their new ballpark.

And, oh, one last note: how beautiful was Mariano Rivera's performance last night? It was vintage stuff, wasn't it?

2008-08-30 06:41:49
1.   jkay
Nice t-shirt dude.
2008-08-30 08:21:38
2.   Chyll Will
Remember, two-thirds of producing is being an idiot. The other third is getting paid. >;)
2008-08-30 08:59:56
3.   tom yf
Belth, you're like me! A lifelong New Yorker with no discernible accent... How does that happen? My dad and brother sound like Frank Rizzo.
2008-08-30 09:14:54
4.   williamnyy23
The headlines are all about the high cost of the new Stadium prices, about after looking at it, the price of the Main Boxes are rising slighty, the Main Reserve is staying the same and the upper Granstand and half the lower Grandstand are actually cheaper than the comparable Tier seats (in fact, if I was to be relocated to a similar seat, it would cost $2 per seat less.

Maybe there is something to the notion that the more expensive corporate seats, which many don't have access to anyway, are being used to subsidize others?

2008-08-30 09:31:36
5.   dianagramr

But it would be interesting to note how many seats are available (season vs. individual, premium vs. non-premium) going from the old to new stadium.

Perhaps the average joe won't have as many seats to choose from?

2008-08-30 09:34:43
6.   dianagramr

and that's a cool for Summer haircut too ...

2008-08-30 09:40:57
7.   williamnyy23
5 There are definitely going to be fewer Tier-comparable seats, but it also looks like there will be more Main Reserve seats. In total, I think the capacity is dropping by 4,000. As for price, the Yankees claim that 24,000 seats will either drop in price, stay the same or have a small increase. When you consider that the other 28,000 will likely be sold in season packages, the impact to the "average" fan will really be negligible. If anything, the Yankees recent success has done more to price fans out than the move to a new stadium.

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