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News of the Day – 2/27/09
Posted By Diane Firstman On February 27, 2009 @ 8:55 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
Today’s news is powered by the brainpower of Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of “Mythbusters” (with special guest Roger Clemens):
“Those seats are being sold at $5, not $12,” he said. “I think some seats may have gone out improperly invoiced. Those are going to be corrected, but those 600 seats are going to be $5.” …
“When we built the sports bar we knew architecturally there is an architectural shadow,” he said. “And that means there are a group of seats that are in the bleachers that if you are sitting very close to either the rightfield or leftfield side of the sports bar, you may not see the opposite side.
“We knew that going in, and to that extent we pre-prepared to put televisions in the wall, as well as that big screen so you don’t miss anything.”
[My take: You put televisions in the food courts so people don't miss the action. You shouldn't have to put them in the actual seating area. Whatever.]
dianagramr (NYC): Have you reached out to Lonn Trost to take in a game together from the “obstructed view” bleacher seats at the new Stadium? And … wouldn’t you say its HORRIBLE business practice to not disclose upfront (ESPECIALLY to season ticket purchasers) that some seats may have obstructed views?
Neil deMause: Horrible business practice, by the Yankees customer service department? Who could imagine that?
Given who we’re dealing with here, I think it’s equally possible that the Yankees were trying to snooker their fans into buying seats that face a blank wall (with a TV on it), or that they simply misplaced the stamp with “OBSTRUCTED VIEW” on it. Malfeasance and incompetence are both major parts of the Yanks’ playbook.
As for Lonn and me taking in a game together, he doesn’t take my calls. And after that last paragraph I just wrote, I don’t expect he’s going to start anytime soon.
I have noticed that StubHub is fairly hopping with seats at reasonable prices, leading me to believe that either season ticket holders are dumping their excess tickets, or professional scalpers got greedy and are stuck with more inventory than the economy can handle. So my advice is to remain patient, and see if some bargains show up as the season approaches – maybe the Yanks will even have to offer special two-for-one deals to fill their pricier seats like NBA teams are now doing. It’d still only help for Tuesday nights in May against the Twins, not weekends vs. the Red Sox, but twas ever thus, even at the old place.
Asked Thursday about the propriety of Rodriguez’s bringing Sucart around the team, General Manager Brian Cashman was succinct: “It’s been handled,” he said. Cashman didn’t say any more on the subject, but his feelings were clear. If rooting for Rodriguez is exasperating, imagine how it feels to be Cashman, continually defusing situations Rodriguez should never have gotten into in the first place.
“The only thing I was upset about Alex not being on our club is I was a Madonna fan,” Johnson said. “I was hoping she would show up.”
I’m taking the weekend off … see you all Monday.
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URLs in this post:
 Yanks 5-1 win: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2009/02/26/yankees-5-rays-1/
 Georgie juices one: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200902263963389
 Tyler Kepner: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/27/sports/baseball/27yankees.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
 new cap: http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/26/believe-it-a-new-cap-for-yankees/
 George Vecsey: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/27/sports/baseball/27vecsey.html?_r=1&ref=baseball
 obstructed-view bleacher seats: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/02/26/some-bleacher-seats-now-5-in-stadium/
 Bank of America: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/al/2009-02-26-1545387592_x.htm
 Lonn Trost: http://www.newsday.com/sports/ny-sptix2612496709feb26,0,5172494.story
 BP.com chat: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/chat/chat.php?chatId=573&nocache=1235676290#new
 Cashman: http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/26/cashman-on-a-rods-cousin-its-been-handled/
 Daily News reports: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2009/02/26/2009-02-26_yankees_ban_alex_rodriguezs_cousin_yuri_.html
 Davey Johnson: http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/26/davey-johnson-on-the-us-a-rod-and-madonna/#more-2269
 Billy Sample: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2009/02/26/card-corner-billy-sample/
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