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The Rich Get...More Expensive
2007-12-18 09:58
by Alex Belth
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It will be more expensive to go to Yankee Stadium next year. This is a drag, but not much of a surprise. The Red Sox already raised their ticket prices by 9% for 2008, while the Mets will hike their prices by close to 20%. Gasp, Yipe, and all of that good stuff.

2007-12-18 11:00:51
1.   mehmattski
Cue approximately 47 (in my day, you could get a box of crackerjacks, three hot dogs, and a bleacher ticket for thirty seven cents) posts.

PS I haven't been to Yankee Stadium since July 7, 2003. (Mussina-Pedro, Curtis Pride safety squeeze play).

2007-12-18 11:12:01
2.   vockins
1 In my day, you could walk up to the box office on the 4th of July for a game vs. the Red Sox and get three seats right behind the left field wall - my day being three days before the last time you were there.
2007-12-18 11:17:29
3.   Murray
Plenty of good deals available. There are 11 games for which they started selling $5 tickets today, and they also started selling a 7-game holiday pack that included Opening Day and OT Day for $154/ticket in the upper reserveds.
2007-12-18 11:20:31
4.   jkay
When do playoff tickets go onsale?
2007-12-18 11:44:26
5.   weeping for brunnhilde
In my day you could buy a cheap seat in the upper deck and easily move down behind first base in the second or third.

I wanted to go see a game this summer, but the tickets were absurd. Prohibitive, even.

2007-12-18 11:46:17
6.   Alex Belth
Man, and can you believe the dopes you make the schedule have the Yanks ending the season on the road and not at the Stadium? Corny.
2007-12-18 11:48:40
7.   tommyl
1 In my day you could get a ticket on the day of a Yankees/Sox game. Of course, that was because Dallas Green and Stump Merrill were managing the team.
2007-12-18 11:54:17
8.   alterity
if you haven't seen it, check out ATHF's Carl ranting about the Mitchell report and its attempt to sully the yankee image (probably NSFW, unless where you work is very cool):

2007-12-18 11:55:41
9.   mehmattski
6 I won't even be able to watch the Yankees last ever regular season home game at Yankee Stadium 2.0 because it's against the Orioles, and (as I've complained approximately 400 times on here), Durham NC is in the Oriole's "market." That sucks.

Stupid Angelos.

2007-12-18 12:00:14
10.   Bama Yankee
1 You actually saw a Joe Torre squeeze play attempt in person? Wow, that's gotta be almost as rare as witnessing a perfect game...
2007-12-18 12:03:28
11.   mehmattski
10 Heh. The box score doesn't record it as a squeeze play because of the throwing error that led to the winning run scoring. Also, Byun-Hung Kim was the losing pitcher, at Yankee Stadium, yet again.

Man that was a great game- Mussina was brilliant, the Yanks overcame losing Jeter and Sori in the first inning to HBP from headhunter Pedro. And the heartwarming Curtis Pride story.

2007-12-18 12:06:48
12.   Bama Yankee
11 Does anyone remember "Who" got the second hit of that ninth inning?
2007-12-18 12:13:47
13.   vockins
Good God, the $55 holiday pack is gone already. I have two machines running with two different subnets. I hate this garbage.
2007-12-18 12:13:55
14.   rbs10025
6 I saw something about this a month or two ago. SInce both Yanks and Mets are closing out their stadiums next year, both wanted home games on the final day of the regular season. And normally the schedule makers avoid that. Apparently the Mets gave the schedule markers a little something extra for the holidays.
2007-12-18 12:24:04
15.   JL25and3
"I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, eat a lump of cold poison, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad would kill us, and dance about on our graves singing "Hallelujah."

But you try and tell the young people today that... and they won't believe ya'."

2007-12-18 13:03:34
16.   Raf
14 Well, at least the Yanks get to finish in Fenway...

Teams who finished @ home
Rockies (strike year)
Giants (Polo Grounds)

Teams who didn't
Braves (unless you want to count the playoffs)
White Sox
Astros (Colt Stadium)
Dodgers (LA Coliseum, Ebbetts Field)
Mets (Polo Grounds)

Midseason replacement
Reds (Crosley)
Pirates (Forbes)

I'm sure I'm missing a few teams, but there ya go.

2007-12-18 13:30:03
17.   Just fair
12 Who is Karim Garcia?
2007-12-18 13:33:50
18.   Yankee Fan In Boston
17 i give up.

who is he?

2007-12-18 14:11:38
19.   ibleedbloo
I know it won't make anyone feel better, but my Dodger season seats have doubled over the last two seasons. That doesn't include a 50% rise in parking as well.
2007-12-18 15:01:03
20.   Mike T
I will be in NY for the series against the Sox at the beginning of July. I think I heard something about my sister getting married that weekend also.
2007-12-18 17:27:41
21.   3rd gen yankee fan
I'll also be joining the throngs of pilgrims making their way back east for one last game at the "new" Stadium.
2007-12-18 17:29:47
22.   OldYanksFan
From a commenter on Lohud (Bold is mine):
In his Q&A with the NYTimes, there is this exchange:

NYT: Was there any possible corroboration of what Brian McNamee said about Roger Clemens?
MITCHELL: Yes, it's in the report. He told Kirk Radomski contemporaneously to these events what he was doing. So it's a contemporaneous statement made to another person and each of them told us that separately not knowing what about the other person's statement.

However, what the report actually says is: "Although McNamee never told Radomski the performance enhancing substances obtained were for anything other than McNamee's personal use . . ." and that McNamee "never explicitly told Radomski that either Clemens or Pettitte was using steroids or human growth hormone." (Mitchell Report p.222, p# 174) The report says that Radomski knew who McNamee trained and suspected they were using, and that McNamee "dropped hints". That's a far cry from what Mitchell told the NYTimes.

So.... is Mr. Honorable getting senile? Or in denile? He told the NYT 'it's in the report', yet what is actually in the report is a direct and clear contradiction to his statement.

Maybe he knows people at the NYT won't bother to read the report???

2007-12-18 17:55:27
23.   randym77
NYC is a bit of a schlepp for me, and I don't get to Yankees games often. But I'm thinking I might want to go see the old stadium, one last time.

And maybe take some photos. Do you think they'll give me a hard time if I try to bring a monopod in?

2007-12-18 18:32:38
24.   Jen
23 They won't let you in with any type of support pod, mono or otherwise.

From a season ticket holder standpoint, the one nice thing this year is that Stub Hub is an official MLB partner. Which means I should theoretically be able to sell some tickets with repercussions from the Yankees (I'm going to contact the ticket office first though just to be sure). If I can sell off a few games I can probably make the money from the ticket increase back and maybe some parking case too.

But, I will also advertise any extras I have at face value here at the Banter like I did last year for anyone looking to get to the old Stadium one last time.

2007-12-18 18:33:28
25.   Jen
Doh! That should read "without repercussions".
2007-12-18 18:39:14
26.   RIYank
24 25 Oh, darn, I thought you were going to sell them with repercussions.

Can we still buy the repercussions separately?

2007-12-18 18:41:45
27.   randym77
24 Thanks. Good to know. Are there any other limitations on camera gear? If I bring my big-ass telephoto lens, will they think I've got a beer hidden in it or something?

In other news...MLB Trade Rumors points out this link:

It's in Spanish. It says the Yankees have pulled Melky out of winterball. Perhaps because he's trade bait?

2007-12-18 18:46:24
28.   RIYank
Check out guest poster Eric Stephen's entry on what counts as a good Fourth Starter, over at Dodger Thoughts. It's really good.
2007-12-18 18:52:11
29.   mehmattski
27 Didn't they pull Melky and Cano out of their winter leagues last year, too?
2007-12-18 19:02:39
30.   Jen
26 If you would like to purchase the repercussions separately I'm sure something can be arranged.

27 I've seen people with telephoto lenses. Not quite sure what you mean by "big-ass" though. Are we talking something a photojournalist would use? I wish I could give you a clearer answer, but sometimes it just depends on which gate you go through.

One thing you do need to keep in mind is the size of your camera bag. If it's too big they might not let you in with it. If you have a woman going with you, your best bet is to have her carry it because we can get away with carrying purses and larger bags.

2007-12-18 19:03:50
31.   randym77
29 No, they didn't. I was reading BuccoBlog at the time, and they reported that one reason the trade didn't go through was that Melky wasn't hitting very well in winterball. It raised questions about whether he was really a big leaguer.
2007-12-18 19:23:53
32.   Chyll Will
26 ,30 You might want to check with thelarmis first, just to certify that they are indeed pre-owned percussions. You don't ever want to be caught in a situation where you need good percussions and suddenly, "BLA-"... they go flat, just like that. I saw that happen in a performance of the William Tell Overture, and boy was that anticlimactic...

And make sure you don't mix them up with regular cussions. The prospects for those being useful for anything are quite grim.

2007-12-18 19:26:30
33.   mehmattski
32 Now, of course, if your re-percussions fail, they can simply become concussions, and unless you're Jon Kitna and God tells you to get right back in there, then you're sunk. The opposite of concussion, is clearly, The Procussions, a rock band.
2007-12-18 19:29:36
34.   mehmattski
33 And by rock band, I mean hip-hop group. Probably should have watched the video before posting, but now I have to deal with some percussions. Again.
2007-12-18 19:36:48
35.   Chyll Will
34 If it were me, I'd be ready with a fresh batch of cussin >;)
2007-12-18 19:48:30
36.   mehmattski
In baseball news, great column on Chad Jennings' blog where he talks to Mark Newman about the near future for Juan Miranda, Eric Duncan, Alan Horne, Mark Melancon, and JB Cox.

2007-12-18 21:47:41
37.   weeping for brunnhilde
10 h ah ha ha ha ha hah!!
2007-12-18 21:48:36
38.   weeping for brunnhilde
11 Oh, that was that game?!

Yeah, of course I remember that. The Jeter and Sori thing.


2007-12-18 21:50:22
39.   weeping for brunnhilde
15 ha ha ha ha hah ah aah ha a h aha hah !!!!!!!!!!
2007-12-18 21:52:17
40.   weeping for brunnhilde
17 I can't even believe I can't remember, but who was it who ran into who, out there? It was Karim, right? Game 5 California? Or was that someone else?

I swear to God I really can't remember!

2007-12-18 21:53:52
41.   weeping for brunnhilde
23 Yeah, me too.

I'm still in denial about it, actually.

2007-12-18 21:54:51
42.   weeping for brunnhilde
24 Thanks, Jen!
2007-12-18 21:57:25
43.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, and Beltran should have swung at that pitch.
2007-12-18 21:57:37
44.   weeping for brunnhilde
The curveball, I mean.
2007-12-18 22:02:06
45.   Mattpat11
I'm making my triumphant return after a week long absence. Did I miss anything important?
2007-12-18 22:24:32
46.   weeping for brunnhilde
45 :)
2007-12-19 05:53:09
47.   horace-clarke-era
Oh, hell. This, from rotoworld:

"MLB is likely to focus on punishing those in the Mitchell Report whose violations took place after the 2003 season, ESPN reports.
George Mitchell had the right idea about how foolish it was to try to punish a few select players who were caught for infractions committed years ago, but Bud Selig didn't spend millions not to get a few attempted suspensions out of it. ESPN mentions Eric Gagne, Paul Lo Duca, Rondell White, Larry Bigbie, Ron Villone, Ryan Franklin, Cody McKay, Stephen Randolph, Jerry Hairston Jr., Bart Miadich, Matt Herges, Brendan Donnelly, Howie Clark and Nook Logan as players whose violations came between 2004 and 2006."


If he goes this route, all my bets are off. Bring on the headsman for the head man! By the way, for those here who play fantasy baseball (horrors!) rotoworld is a vg on-top-of-things info site through the season.

2007-12-19 05:56:21
48.   3rd gen yankee fan
24 Jen you rock.
2007-12-19 07:52:02
49.   Raf
23 ,24 Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure you could smuggle a monopod past Stadium security. A pair of baggy pants should be able to do the trick. You'll probably need a cane to pull it off; maybe a crutch?.

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