• Wild Thought: Are We Going Down To Florida Tonight, White?

    Posted by on February 27th, 2009 · Comments (18)

    Today’s wild thought is so wild that I’ve been sitting on it for a few days – debating whether or not it was too wild to even share it. But, what the hey, here it comes…

    Suppose, and it’s a not a leap to make this suggestion, that both the Marlins and the Rays do not get new ballparks in Florida and then have to vacate the state for greener pastures. That would leave the Sunshine State without a big league team.

    If this were to happen, could we ever see a day where the Yankees might consider splitting their home schedule…where they play, say, all their April and May home games in Florida and then start playing their home games in the Bronx once the calendar turns to June?

    Yes, sure, this would require some modifications to George Steinbrenner Field, fitting it for additional seating, etc. But, think about the benefits of such a plan.

    The Yankees players would be able to escape the cooler weather in the Bronx during April and May.

    Opposing teams would probably be happier to play in Florida during April and May rather than the Bronx.

    The Yankees brand in Florida would be strengthened beyond it’s current state – which is presently in pretty good standing.

    Baseball would be happy to have a big league team in Florida – albeit for only two months a year.

    Florida would be happy to have a big league team – again, albeit for just two months.

    The Yankees organization would be able to have two Opening Days – one in Florida during April and one in the Bronx during June – which provides more pomp and circumstance for the team.

    Maybe the Yankees could opt to have different home uniforms for Florida and the Bronx – leading to more merchandising opportunities.

    Maybe the Yankees players would get a tax break playing one-third of their home games in Florida? (I’m not sure on this – it’s just a guess.)

    Lastly, for the Yankees organization, perhaps only having, say, 54 home games in the Bronx (as opposed to 81) would provide even greater demand for those tickets – creating an even bigger potential financial windfall for the team? (Ditto the supply and demand factor on those, say, 27 “home games” to be played in Florida.)

    That last item would be a bummer for the fans…I admit.

    Anywho, that’s today’s wild thought.

    I warned you – it’s a real wild one. But, then again, the Chicago White Sox played some “home games” in Milwaukee during 1968 and 1969. So, it’s not as if something like this was never tried in baseball before…

    What do you think? Could it ever happen? Should it? If it did, how would you feel about it?

    Comments on Wild Thought: Are We Going Down To Florida Tonight, White?

    1. Corey
      February 27th, 2009 | 12:14 pm

      it’ll never happen, you don’t build a multi billion dollar stadium to play only most of your home games in

    2. butchie22
      February 27th, 2009 | 12:25 pm

      The Rays and the Marlins can’t get a crowd down there but the Yanks sure could. It’s obvious that the Yankees could slpit games like that BUT that over 1.3 billion dollar investment in the BRonx prevents them. They need to start recouping the money pronto……

    3. clintfsu813
      February 27th, 2009 | 12:25 pm

      I agree with Corey on that. I for one hand would love it though, because I live in Tallahassee, FL and only get to see the Yanks when they play the Rays. (Which until recently was almost like a Yankee home game!)

    4. clintfsu813
      February 27th, 2009 | 12:27 pm

      As for the Rays not getting a crowd, their home opener did just sell out..dont think that will last though. The Yanks are always a big draw there. If the Rays go back to being a 3rd or worse place team those fans will vacate as usual. Heck, they’ll probably quit showing up even if they continue to win.

    5. February 27th, 2009 | 12:31 pm

      Corey, I agree, *now,* it would never happen – with the park opening this year. However, what if it’s the year 2014? Or, the year 2019? Or, the year 2024? Would that change your answer?

    6. butchie22
      February 27th, 2009 | 12:39 pm

      As for the Rays not getting a crowd, their home opener did just sell out..dont think that will last though. The Yanks are always a big draw there. If the Rays go back to being a 3rd or worse place team those fans will vacate as usual. Heck, they’ll probably quit showing up even if they continue to win.Quote from Clint

      Clint, the problem is that Florida would welcome a legacy team like the Yankees, Red Sox or the loathsome losers, the Cubs but not the Rays or Marlins so much. It would be great to see baseball succeed in Florida, especially with so many Cubans down in South Florida(baseball being their national sport). If the Raystrail off , then the Trop will be a ghost town again BUT if not…..and I think it won’t because the Rays will be good for the next few years.

    7. Corey
      February 27th, 2009 | 12:54 pm

      Corey, I agree, *now,* it would never happen – with the park opening this year. However, what if it’s the year 2014? Or, the year 2019? Or, the year 2024? Would that change your answer?
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      If something like this were to happen, it’d have to be MUCH later on…the yankees would get killed by everyone if they did it even in 2019. You think people complain about yankee useless spending now? And that’s not even mentioning the fact that the twins will soon have an outdoor stadium, and that would just make the yankees look like babies if they have to play in florida cause of the weather. Bottom line, if the Yanks were concerned with the weather they should have gotten a roof. The money they would have to pony up would have been made up with all the gained revenue from not having to cancel games, eventually.

    8. Tcarda4
      February 27th, 2009 | 2:57 pm

      Haha, that truly is a wild idea, but i like the creativity. I live in South FL and there is a huge population of NYers (including myself) down here. Theres no doubt the yankees would sell out down ehre way before the marlins or rays ever would consistently. it would also give native floridians another opportunity to be the biggest bandwagon and fake sports fans in the country.

    9. February 27th, 2009 | 3:14 pm

      There’s a money issue and there’s a legal issue.

      The Yankees would make far more money staying in New York than they would in Florida. The Yankees are probably under a legal obligation to play a certain number of games in Yankee Stadium per the terms of their lease, and the Yanks have to be able to guarantee certain minimum parking revenue benchmarks for the city. It’s an interesting idea, but it won’t happen.

    10. MJ
      February 27th, 2009 | 3:21 pm

      There’d be no incentive to play in Florida since Steinbrenner Field — even a modified one — wouldn’t generate the kinds of revenue streams that the new ballpark will almost definitely guarantee.

      Furthermore, why would the Yanks even WANT to play in Tampa? Their brand is global (or at least national) so it’s not like they need to split time in another market to build up something that is already well built to begin with.

    11. February 27th, 2009 | 3:39 pm

      ~~The Yankees are probably under a legal obligation to play a certain number of games in Yankee Stadium per the terms of their lease, and the Yanks have to be able to guarantee certain minimum parking revenue benchmarks for the city.~~

      Excellent point. But, I wonder what happened in 1981, 1994 and 1995 – the Yankees did not play 81 home games in New York in those seasons?

      Maybe the terms of the lease refers to scheduled games actually “playable” as opposed to a number?

      Or, maybe the lease gives them a pass for games called due to acts of god, strikes, etc.?

      It would be an interesting thing to know.

      What would NYC do if the Yanks had a situation like the Indians and Astros when they were forced by MLB to play home games in cities other than their own?

    12. February 27th, 2009 | 3:39 pm

      ~~Furthermore, why would the Yanks even WANT to play in Tampa?~~

      Did I not list some possible reasons?

    13. MJ
      February 27th, 2009 | 4:09 pm

      Did I not list some possible reasons?
      ——-
      And did I not say why one of those reasons didn’t seem very plausible?

    14. Corey
      February 27th, 2009 | 4:09 pm

      RAB and WW playing nice? Did that just happen?

    15. February 27th, 2009 | 4:36 pm

      Corey – when have I not played nice with anyone…

      except some members of the Yankees team and F.O.? ;-)

    16. Raf
      February 27th, 2009 | 4:52 pm

      What would NYC do if the Yanks had a situation like the Indians and Astros when they were forced by MLB to play home games in cities other than their own?
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      I suppose it depends on the circumstances. If Citi isn’t available, I suppose they’ll go to the nearest ML caliber facility, I suppose in Baltimore or Philly.

      But I think something catastrophic has to happen for that to happen. I don’t see someone booking YS for the RNC, or weather being bad enough here where games have to be moved to another location. Stranger things have happened, tho’.

    17. February 27th, 2009 | 11:58 pm

      >> with the park opening this year. However, what if it’s the year 2014? Or, the year 2019? Or, the year 2024? Would that change your answer? >>

      Sit tight — by 2024, New York will be as warm as Florida is now anyway. :)

    18. Don
      February 28th, 2009 | 2:50 pm

      Oh yeah Steve. Waste ~$2 billion on a new ball park and stay away for two months of the season. And if they make the WS, why not then as well? Avoid that late October chill, brrrrrrrr!

      After all, the money mis-spent on the new Stadium means nothing. Aren’t the Yankees like Obama and the Dems, just print the money as you need it?

      I’m off to Bedlam.

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