• Looking Back At Speculation On The New Yankee Stadium

    Posted by on February 9th, 2013 · Comments (5)

    It’s interesting to look back, today, at what Ken Belson wrote about the new Yankee Stadium on July 23, 2006:

    Making the most of a winning tradition and their home in the nation’s biggest city and media market, the Yankees generate nearly $300 million in annual revenue, according to an individual with knowledge of the team’s finances. He requested anonymity because of his continuing professional relationship with the team.

    The Yankees’ haul is produced by its share of the No. 1-ranked regional sports network, YES, as well as the more than four million fans who flock to the Bronx in a season and pay top dollar for tickets, parking and food at the 83-year-old shrine known as the House That Ruth Built. The Yankees also get some of the highest licensing and advertising fees in Major League Baseball.

    TO keep up with the escalating prices that it pays its players — a surge that Mr. Steinbrenner himself set in motion — the Yankees need still more revenue. Yet they have extracted about as much as they can from Yankee Stadium, which now suffers from a dearth of luxury boxes, parking and retail outlets. The Yankees’ bottom line is also hammered because the team, like the Mets and Red Sox, must pay millions of dollars to prop up less-prosperous teams. Effectively penalized for their success, the Yankees have become a symbol of baseball’s partially inverted economics.

    Mr. Steinbrenner, who declined to comment for this article, is grooming his son-in-law, Steve Swindal, to take over the team. Meanwhile, the Yankees are trying to cut their payroll by using younger and cheaper players when possible and staking their financial future on a new megastadium.

    “The new stadium is going to have all the tradition of the old stadium, with all the modern amenities,” said Randy Levine, the team’s president. “Bleachers will be there. Restaurants will be open. There will be a great hall when you walk into the stadium that can be used for events. The idea is to make this a year-round destination.”

    Set for a 2009 debut, the stadium, including building costs and debt payments, will carry a $1 billion price tag. To pay for it, the Yankees will need to generate an additional $50 million to $60 million a year in revenue, according to analysts. Mr. Levine declined to discuss how much money the team expects to earn in its new digs, though he ruled out selling the naming rights to the stadium.

    Other baseball executives and analysts, though, question whether the stadium will be as much of a bonanza as the team may hope. The Yankees already sell out most of their current seats and suites, they say, and the new stadium will have several thousand fewer seats. To offset that loss, the Yankees plan to have 60 suites in the new stadium, three times as many as they offer now. If the stadium does not create a financial windfall for the Yankees, it is likely to cast a financial pall over other teams that are making an art out of chasing dollars with the same urgency that they chase titles.

    “The Yankees have created tremendous expectations and have created the need to continue spending,” said Henry D. Fetter, the author of “Taking On the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball.” “The Yankees have created a target for everyone else to aim at and been a stimulus for innovative management.”

    This was all six and a half years ago. And, now, the new Yankee Stadium has four years under its belt today. Given the current perspective, what do you think…is the new Yankee Stadium a bonanza for the franchise or not, and, why?

    W-StubHub, L-Yankees

    Posted by on February 7th, 2013 · Comments (12)

    Via John Crudele -

    The Yankees may think they got rid of StubHub by signing a deal with TicketMaster — but that’s not the case.

    Readers will remember that the Yanks were annoyed that StubHub wouldn’t set a minimum price on the Yankee Stadium tickets fans were reselling on its site.

    So, in a rage against the free-market system, the Bombers bolted from Major League Baseball’s deal with StubHub.

    But I told you months ago that wouldn’t be the end of it — and it isn’t.

    Recently StubHub sent out an e-mail saying “MLB 2013 Tickets Are Here.” And, sure enough, there are plenty of Yankee tickets in the batch. Thousands of spring training tickets are listed for as little as $9. And there are also thousands of other tickets for regular season games at prices below what the Yankees are asking.

    For the April 18 game against the Diamondbacks, for instance, StubHub recently had 2,720 tickets listed. And the cheapest ones were being offered at $8, which includes delivery and service fee.

    If fans buy from the Stadium directly, those same seats are $20. The cheapest seats — those in the bleachers — cost more than $12 if bought from the Yanks.

    I guess Randy Levine doesn’t know the futility of standing in the way of market forces?

    You Tell ‘Em Bob

    Posted by on January 22nd, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Thanks to 77yankees, for the tip on this one.

    Yankees To Institute Price Floor On Resale Of Their Tickets

    Posted by on December 19th, 2012 · Comments (14)

    Via Deadspin today -

    As we’ve told you before, StubHub has been terrible for the Yankees’ bottom line. With no price floor (this new agreement does have a negligible price floor of $6 including processing fees), in place to regulate ticket prices, StubHub users are free to sell Yankees tickets far below face value, and they have done so in droves. Now, one might think that the Yankees would see this situation as a lesson in supply and demand and go about making adjustments to their ticket prices. For instance, the team could stop selling tickets at an expensive flat price for every game, and institute dynamic prices that vary from game to game.

    Not so! Instead, the Yankees have decided to tighten their grip on the market rather than adjust to it in their new deal with Ticketmaster. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the team will institute its own price floor through Ticketmaster, which fans will be directed to via Yankees.com when they want to resell tickets. Sellers will be told that they cannot sell their tickets for less than a certain dollar amount.

    In all likelihood, this plan will not work out very well for the Yankees. For one, nothing can prevent ticket holders from selling their tickets on StubHub anyway, they will just be directed by the team to use Ticketmaster. Even if sellers do follow instructions and use Ticketmaster, the price floor is likely to alienate buyers and lead to a lot of fans passing on tickets all together. It’s hard to imagine the Yankees current merry band of old guys being enough of an attraction to push fans to pay higher ticket prices.

    It is going to be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out – both in terms of 2013 and the seasons to follow.

    Yankees Opt Out Of MLB StubHub Contract

    Posted by on December 10th, 2012 · Comments (7)

    Via Wally Matthews

    Don’t invite the New York Yankees and StubHub to the same party — or the same baseball game for that matter.

    As a team executive hinted last season, the Yankees have opted out of Major League Baseball’s new five-year contract with the online ticket broker and will soon announce plans for a new alliance with Ticketmaster.

    StubHub spokesman Glenn Lehrman says the Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and Chicago Cubs have opted out of the deal, which was renewed Monday by MLB.

    According to a source with knowledge of the deal, the Yankees and Angels both chose not to participate because they believe StubHub artificially deflates the value of their tickets on the secondary market.

    “This new arrangement is going to be more favorable to season-ticket holders,” the source told ESPNNewYork.com. “They’ll pay much lower fees than they did to StubHub, and there will be more accessibility to tickets than there was before.”

    Last June, a Yankees team official told ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand that professional ticket brokers were offering tickets for sale before they had even been printed, and “shorting” them on the market — selling for far below market value.

    The StubHub arrangement worked out well for fans seeking tickets to single games — Yankees tickets often were available for $10 or less on the day of a game — but not so well for season-ticket holders who had paid full price and were looking to recoup some of their investment on the secondary market.

    According to the source, Yankees tickets will still be available on StubHub, although with some unspecified restrictions.

    “This is all about helping out our season-ticket holders,” the source said. “Not StubHub.”

    So, does this mean, if a Yankees ticket holder tries to sell a Yankees game ticket on StubHub, it’s illegal? Or, does this mean that StubHub will not be allowed to sell Yankees tickets, period?

    From Jacob Ruppert To Rupert Murdoch?

    Posted by on November 19th, 2012 · Comments (21)

    Via Wally Matthews today-

    Rupert Murdoch is knocking on the door of Yankee Stadium. How long will it be before he owns the entire building, and everything in it?

    According to a New York Times report, News Corporation, the multi-media behemoth run by Murdoch, is on the verge of acquiring 49 percent of the YES Network.

    A senior New York Yankees official, who insisted upon anonymity, confirmed the impending deal, although the official insisted it was merely “the stockholders looking to monetize their investment.”

    “This has nothing to do with selling the team,” the official said. “Under no circumstances will the team be sold.”

    And up until a few months before his death in 2010, George M. Steinbrenner was still running the Yankees, every bit as forceful and in command as he had been when he bought the team for $8 million in 1973.

    The point is, nothing is ever precisely the way the New York Yankees portray it to be.

    George was in charge, until he wasn’t. Joe Torre was the manager, until he was fired. And the team isn’t up for sale.

    Until it is.

    The sale of nearly half of the YES Network to Rupert Murdoch may be as simple as the senior team official says it is, an expedient way for Goldman Sachs, which makes its living buying and selling off assets, to score a cool $1.5 billion or more on its 10-year-old investment.

    Or it could be the first step in an exit strategy designed to get the Steinbrenner family out of the baseball business within the next three to five years.

    There is compelling evidence to support both arguments. With many large corporations looking to cash out on investments before an expected corporate tax increase in 2013, it would seem to be the right time for Goldman Sachs to dump its share in the YES Network.

    But in order for News Corp to acquire 49 percent of YES, a figure that the team official confirmed, Murdoch will need to buy more than just Goldman’s 40-percent share of the network. How much of the remaining nine percent will come from the Yankees’ 34 percent share is not known.

    The fact that the Yankees are not taking the opportunity to increase their own share of YES to 51 percent, to insure they retain control of their own network, indicates that they are willing eventually to cede that to Murdoch — who reportedly will have the option of increasing his share of YES to 80 percent within five years.

    I can just see Larry Lucchino now, bitching about phone-tapping…

    Yankees Stadium Becomes Fort Zinderneuf In This Post-Season

    Posted by on October 14th, 2012 · Comments (14)

    Click here for the fort reference. And, now, the story from Jeff Passan -

    For the second consecutive playoff game, swaths of empty seats filled Yankee Stadium, entire rows without a single fan. And on Saturday night, instead of letting them sit embarrassingly open for Game 1 of the ALCS, ushers were told to fill them with fans from other sections.

    “We were up there,” said Bill Brady, 46, of Roxbury, N.J., pointing from his new seat in Section 334 to the top of 434b. “Way up there.”

    Brady was one of dozens of fans ferried by ushers in the bottom of the fourth inning to Section 334 down the left-field line, which just an inning earlier had nine people sitting among more than 100 unfilled seats. One usher, who asked not to be identified, said he was told by a superior to start sending fans to the higher-priced seats.

    “I don’t know what it’s about,” the usher said. “I guess they want to make it look better on TV.”

    While some Yankees fans mobilized on Twitter and other social networks to rationalize the second consecutive non-sellout, fans in Section 334 were miffed and disappointed that a metropolitan area of 22 million couldn’t sell out a stadium with a capacity short of 51,000. The announced attendance was 47,122.

    Empty seats during playoff games are the domain of Atlanta – and even the Braves sold out their wild-card game this year. To see Yankee Stadium with giant blue patches not only down the left-field line but in Section 207 in right field was stunning and inconceivable for a game played at the old Yankee Stadium, which was shuttered in 2008.

    “At the old stadium, a playoff game, Saturday night, it was electric. It was a zoo,” said Charles Weimer, 33, of Staten Island, who was sitting in the sixth row of 334. “There were guys in jersey-shirts, drinking $8 beers. They’re gone, and I don’t know if they’re going to come back. Your $10 tickets are $50 tickets now.”

    Well, you can’t blame this one on the 5 PM start time.

    What I really find amazing about this – and sad – is that the Yankees, and the Mets (for what it’s worth), won’t let you “sneak down” to a better seat during the regular season, even if it’s the 7th inning of a blow-out game, and, yet, the Yankees pull this move in the post-season, clearly, just to cover their embarrassment.  Sad.

    This Is The 19th Post-Season Game At Yankee Stadium To Go At Least 10 Innings

    Posted by on October 10th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    20th overall such home game for the Yankees, if you count one at the Polo Grounds in 1922.

    Yankees have won 9 of the last such games.

    Yankees “Socks for Soldiers” Initiative

    Posted by on September 29th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Via the Yankees a couple of days ago -

    The New York Yankees today announced the launch of Socks for Soldiers, an initiative that supports the organization’s Veterans Day project. Fans with tickets to the Yankees’ final three regular season home games vs. the Boston Red Sox from Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 3, are asked to bring new cushion-soled socks that can be worn in combat boots. The socks will be collected and sent to U.S. servicemen and servicewomen stationed overseas.

    Maybe I am uneducated and stupid? Maybe I am unfeeling and cranky? Maybe I am missing the point here? Maybe it’s all of that?

    But, why do our servicemen and servicewomen stationed overseas need socks to wear with their combat boots? Doesn’t the government supply socks with their uniform and other gear? I mean, seriously, with all the tax dollars that are spent supporting the military, there’s nothing in there to provide socks? Really?

    Any Guesses On The Attendance For This Afternoon’s Yankees Game?

    Posted by on September 19th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    It looks like September 22, 1966 on YES today.

    Tony’s Tour

    Posted by on September 18th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Nice video.

    Ticketmaster To Take Over Baseball Secondary Ticket Market?

    Posted by on September 18th, 2012 · Comments (9)

    Via John Crudele:

    Ticketmaster is vying to replace StubHub as the site where fans can officially resell their Major League Baseball tickets.

    The contract between MLB Advanced Media and StubHub is coming up for renewal, and, as I mentioned in previous columns, some teams are very unhappy with the old deal.

    Nobody involved in the talks was eager to discuss this subject with me. But since I’m tired of writing just about politics and the economy, I decided to put together the pieces of this puzzle.

    And what it looks like is an intriguing brawl between new commerce and old — teams that want their tickets sold at the highest price versus fans who want discounts.

    The Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels, I’m told, are the two teams most dissatisfied by the StubHub contract — and it’s not surprising. Despite being in a heated pennant race, Yankees tickets would fit nicely on the dollar menu at McDonald’s.

    Tickets for tonight’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays can be purchased on StubHub for between $1 and $3. That’s well below box-office prices.

    Even after you add on $10.45 in service charges (which apply to the entire order, not each ticket), seats acquired through StubHub are still much cheaper than those bought at the stadium box office or on Yankees.com.

    And that has the Yanks seething.

    The Boston series a couple of weeks from now is only a little better, with many seats listed at under $10. That’s less than the price of a beer at the Stadium.

    Boston is out of the pennant race, but the series still has appeal because the Red Sox could act as spoilers to the Yanks.

    The Yankees have been pressuring StubHub to place a minimum price at which people can resell the tickets, but that request is being denied. Even if the Yankees got what they wanted, there is still no way of preventing ticket holders from going onto StubHub on their own — or another site like Craigslist — and dumping their ducats at rock-bottom prices.

    The Yankees have threatened to start their own official resale site, but sources say they couldn’t go it alone. And MLB probably doesn’t have enough time to develop a private site for all the teams.

    So it’s likely going to be Ticketmaster or StubHub again, with teams being given some flexibility.

    What will likely happen is this: MLB will sign with either StubHub or Ticketmaster and then let teams opt out. If StubHub wins a contract renewal, for instance, the Yankees could still decide to make Ticketmaster their official re-seller.

    Ticketmaster, which already has deals with the NFL and the NBA, doesn’t like price floors either, so that might irk the Bombers.

    The basic problem in baseball is supply and demand: too many games and too many seats. Brokers, in particular, can buy season tickets and recoup their investment on just a few key games. Broker tickets for lesser games can be —and are — dumped on the resale market at very low prices.

    I just hope this whole thing doesn’t lead the Yankees to start using variable ticket pricing.  But, I strongly believe that’s the way this is heading.

    Maybe The Restrooms At The New Yankee Stadium Aren’t Cleaner Than Those At The Old Stadium?

    Posted by on September 17th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    I cannot wait to see the comments from Randy Levine, Lon Trost, and Brian Cashman on this one.

    Click here to read the story and beware that it contains images not suitable for many audiences.

    When Was The Last Time There Was A Mutually Meaningful September Game Played Between The Orioles & Yankees In The Bronx?

    Posted by on August 31st, 2012 · Comments (0)

    It would have to be a year where the O’s and Yanks were both good.  And, to be technical, it could not be 1974 or 1975 – since the Yankees played in Queens during those seasons. (Yeah, if it’s not in Yankee Stadium, it doesn’t count.)

    Based on that, I would think that it would have to be one of these seasons:

    1997, 1996, 1980, 1977, 1976, 1970 or 1960.

    However, the O’s did not play in New York during September in 1977 or 1980. And, the Yankees and Orioles were not as close in September (as they are now) during 1997, 1996, 1976, or 1970.

    So, you may have to go back to this double-header back in 1960.

    That’s before my time. Here’s more on it.

    Update:  I saw on the YES telecast of the game tonight that they said the last time the Yankees and O’s played each other, this late in the season, when they were 3 games apart on the standings was 1996.  So, I stand corrected.

    The Bird’s Only Bronx Beauty

    Posted by on August 24th, 2012 · Comments (4)


    Click on the thumbnail to enlarge it.

    And, yes, the Yankees lost this game.

    Just Like The Old Days

    Posted by on August 20th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    So, my son and I were at the Yankees game last night.

    Early in the game, between innings, they were showing random people in the stands, up on the big screen.  And, one of them was a guy with his wife.

    The dude was wearing a yellow shirt, if I recall correctly, and had on a pair of granny glasses.

    OK, what’s the big deal?

    He was sleeping. His wife was awake but he was sitting there, early in a Yankees-Red Sox game, in what appeared to be great seats because of the high backs and padding, with his chin slightly tucked in and his eyes shut.

    The split-second I saw the image, I said to my son “Oh, my, that guy is asleep!”

    Then, right away, the crowd started to cheer and I quickly realized who the man was…it was Joe Torre.

    Once the crowd got loud, he opened his eyes and sort of smiled.

    I guess some habits are hard to give up…sleeping during the game….really?

    Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creatures Roll Call Celebrity Guests

    Posted by on August 13th, 2012 · Comments (12)

    Is it just me, or, did the Bleacher Creatures sell out once they started allowing the Yankees to feed them “celebrity guests” to help lead their roll call before games?

    It seems like it’s just a matter of time until Bald Vinny starts the roll call with “And, now, we present the French’s Classic Yellow Mustard Yankee Stadium Roll Call!”

    What’s Not Up With The Yankees Attendance This Season

    Posted by on August 10th, 2012 · Comments (18)

    The attendance numbers in MLB as of this morning:

    Rk Tm 2011_Games 2011_Attend 2011_AttendpGm 2012_Games 2012_Attend 2012_AttendpGm Difference DiffPerGame 6
    1 MIA 54 963,435 17,841 54 1,533,897 28,406 570,462 10,564
    2 DET 56 1,701,910 30,391 56 2,112,313 37,720 410,403 7,329
    3 WSN 54 1,235,123 22,873 54 1,598,447 29,601 363,324 6,728
    4 TEX 55 2,025,593 36,829 55 2,387,934 43,417 362,341 6,588
    5 TOR 51 1,155,945 22,666 51 1,399,546 27,442 243,601 4,776
    6 LAD 58 2,123,174 36,606 58 2,399,384 41,369 276,210 4,762
    7 BAL 55 1,203,058 21,874 55 1,394,320 25,351 191,262 3,477
    8 ARI 54 1,310,340 24,266 54 1,496,239 27,708 185,899 3,443
    9 STL 57 2,165,485 37,991 57 2,358,309 41,374 192,824 3,383
    10 KCR 53 1,055,897 19,923 53 1,225,692 23,126 169,795 3,204
    11 OAK 60 1,123,913 18,732 60 1,238,928 20,649 115,015 1,917
    12 PIT 53 1,295,625 24,446 53 1,367,372 25,799 71,747 1,354
    13 CIN 56 1,562,321 27,899 56 1,634,793 29,193 72,472 1,294
    14 TBR 59 1,140,277 19,327 59 1,213,768 20,572 73,491 1,246
    15 ATL 58 1,658,730 28,599 58 1,707,187 29,434 48,457 835
    16 SDP 57 1,462,516 25,658 57 1,491,485 26,166 28,969 508
    17 CHC 52 1,915,348 36,834 52 1,931,534 37,145 16,186 311
    18 BOS 63 2,375,091 37,700 63 2,369,789 37,616 -5,302 -84
    19 SFG 55 2,301,792 41,851 55 2,294,865 41,725 -6,927 -126
    20 SEA 54 1,238,428 22,934 54 1,226,365 22,710 -12,063 -223
    21 CHW 55 1,372,889 24,962 55 1,340,235 24,368 -32,654 -594
    22 PHI 56 2,547,152 45,485 56 2,492,876 44,516 -54,276 -969
    23 NYM 55 1,657,973 30,145 55 1,600,427 29,099 -57,546 -1,046
    24 NYY 56 2,496,400 44,579 56 2,424,705 43,298 -71,695 -1,280
    25 LAA 52 2,031,136 39,060 52 1,951,316 37,525 -79,820 -1,535
    26 CLE 56 1,225,388 21,882 56 1,137,326 20,309 -88,062 -1,573
    27 MIL 59 2,164,671 36,689 59 2,064,491 34,991 -100,180 -1,698
    28 COL 58 2,091,814 36,066 58 1,964,107 33,864 -127,707 -2,202
    29 MIN 55 2,166,053 39,383 55 1,928,644 35,066 -237,409 -4,317
    30 HOU 56 1,483,741 26,495 56 1,197,524 21,384 -286,217 -5,111
    total 1672 50,251,218 30,055 1672 52,483,818 31,390 2,232,600 1,335
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 8/10/2012.

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    On one hand, thirteen hundred less a game doesn’t seem like all that much.  And, it’s rained in New York a lot this Spring and Summer.  But, on the other hand, it has to be concerning, for the Yankees, to see less fans showing for games now that their new Stadium is four years old.

    Then again, the Yankees also have the second highest per game number in their league.  And, that’s impressive.

    The Suite Life

    Posted by on August 4th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    My 10-year old daughter and I were at the Yankees game last night – watching it from a Game/Party Suite.

    First, yes, it was obscenely nice. Being there, I really felt like Billy Ray Valentine when he was first being told that Louis Winthorpe’s home was now his place.

    But, what struck me the most was the customer service level from the staff working both inside the suite and those outside the suite, at the will call reception desk, the elevator, etc. It was five-star hotel level. Maybe more…

    The suite staff treated you like what you would expect from high-end reception hall personnel at a wedding – when you were the bride or groom. No lie: I could not imagine them being any more professional or nicer.

    My daughter had so much fun…she told me that she never wanted to leave.

    Of course, for me, again, it was like Ponyboy Curtis taking a walk with Cherry Valance. It was thrillingly awkward. But, I am so glad that I was invited to attend the suite, experience it for the first time, and treat my daughter to it as well.

    6-Alarm Fire Near Yankee Stadium

    Posted by on July 18th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Via the Daily News -

    A spectacular six-alarm fire in a Bronx apartment building left 28 firefighters and two civilians with minor injuries early Wednesday.

    The blaze broke out at in the attic of a six-story building at 975 Walton Ave. in the Fleetwood neighborhood about 12:15 a.m., authorities said.

    More than 200 firefighters battled the blaze, which caused a portion of the roof to collapse, as temperatures outside reached into the low 80s.

    The blaze was brought under control just before 4 a.m. Emergency workers were able to evacuate all the tenants.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    The Red Cross is at the scene assisting residents who might need emergency shelter or food.

    Seeing this sad news makes me wonder: When was the last time a sports stadium caught fire? It’s probably been a good while. But, once upon a time, when the parks were made with a lot of wood, it used to happen. I think it happened to the Polo Grounds and one of the ballparks in Philly, if I recall correctly.

    Alexander Hamilton Bridge Construction Project

    Posted by on July 16th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Since I take 46 to the GWB to get to the Stadium, I am concerned about this one.

    As it is, because of traffic, parking, etc., I always try and get to the Stadium at least one hour before the first pitch.  And, to do that, I am usually leaving my house around 2 1/2 hours before the start of the game.  Will that still be enough?

    I suspect that this is going to me really bad for heading to night games.  And, come post-season time, it’s going to be a nightmare.

    I wonder if it will scare some New Jersey folks away from attending Yankees games while this is going on?

    Yankees Social Media Night

    Posted by on July 12th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    I wonder if anyone is going to get busted for breaking the rules tomorrow?

    Pink Floyd Sets Up At Yankee Stadium

    Posted by on July 6th, 2012 · Comments (3)

    As I commented on facebook when my friend shared this photo: The amazing thing is that the Yankees won’t allow things like all kids run the bases after a Sunday home game because they don’t want their field messed up. But, $omething like thi$ i$ fine.

    Greatest Living Yankees Old-Timers

    Posted by on July 1st, 2012 · Comments (12)

    Some stats to help you enjoy Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium today…

    The batters:

    Rk Player WAR/pos Died From To Age G PA HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Yogi Berra 56.2   1946 1963 21-38 2116 8350 358 1430 30 .285 .348 .483
    2 Willie Randolph 51.7   1976 1988 21-33 1694 7464 48 549 251 .275 .374 .357
    3 Bernie Williams 45.9   1991 2006 22-37 2076 9053 287 1257 147 .297 .381 .477
    4 Roy White 43.0   1965 1979 21-35 1881 7735 160 758 233 .271 .360 .404
    5 Graig Nettles 41.0   1973 1983 28-38 1535 6248 250 834 18 .253 .329 .433
    6 Don Mattingly 39.8   1982 1995 21-34 1785 7722 222 1099 14 .307 .358 .471
    7 Jorge Posada 39.2   1995 2011 23-39 1829 7150 275 1065 20 .273 .374 .474
    8 Rickey Henderson 30.3   1985 1989 26-30 596 2735 78 255 326 .288 .395 .455
    9 Dave Winfield 25.0   1981 1990 29-38 1172 5021 205 818 76 .290 .356 .495
    10 Paul O’Neill 24.1   1993 2001 30-38 1254 5368 185 858 80 .303 .377 .492
    11 Wade Boggs 17.2   1993 1997 35-39 602 2600 24 246 4 .313 .396 .407
    12 Tony Kubek 16.7   1957 1965 21-29 1092 4493 57 373 29 .266 .303 .364
    13 Reggie Jackson 15.9   1977 1981 31-35 653 2707 144 461 41 .281 .371 .526
    14 Tino Martinez 14.5   1996 2005 28-37 1054 4244 192 739 17 .276 .347 .484
    15 Mickey Rivers 14.1   1976 1979 27-30 490 2117 34 209 93 .299 .324 .422
    16 Horace Clarke 13.8   1965 1974 25-34 1230 5143 27 300 151 .257 .309 .315
    17 Chris Chambliss 13.6   1974 1988 25-39 885 3636 79 454 10 .282 .323 .417
    18 Roberto Kelly 12.1   1987 2000 22-35 648 2538 57 259 151 .278 .331 .411
    19 Mike Stanley 11.9   1992 1997 29-34 426 1604 72 263 2 .285 .377 .504
    20 Bucky Dent 11.5   1977 1982 25-30 695 2429 27 209 4 .239 .295 .324
    21 Randy Velarde 10.7   1987 2001 24-38 673 2232 43 209 24 .261 .332 .388
    22 Oscar Gamble 10.5   1976 1984 26-34 540 1707 87 276 14 .259 .361 .496
    23 Butch Wynegar 9.9   1982 1986 26-30 449 1712 27 168 2 .259 .368 .363
    24 Jesse Barfield 9.3   1989 1992 29-32 396 1525 62 189 11 .231 .339 .421
    25 Steve Sax 9.3   1989 1991 29-31 471 2104 19 161 117 .294 .342 .376
    26 Ron Blomberg 8.8   1969 1976 20-27 400 1324 47 202 6 .302 .370 .486
    27 Gary Sheffield 8.1   2004 2006 35-37 347 1525 76 269 20 .291 .383 .515
    28 Jerry Kenney 8.0   1967 1972 22-27 460 1575 7 101 59 .237 .326 .299
    29 Lou Piniella 7.7   1974 1984 30-40 1037 3577 57 417 10 .295 .338 .413
    30 Mike Gallego 7.7   1992 1994 31-33 261 1023 19 109 3 .262 .347 .383
    31 Scott Brosius 7.2   1998 2001 31-34 540 2129 65 282 23 .267 .331 .428
    32 Danny Tartabull 7.1   1992 1995 29-32 424 1837 81 282 3 .252 .372 .473
    33 Elliott Maddox 7.1   1974 1976 26-28 210 852 4 71 15 .299 .384 .381
    34 Chuck Knoblauch 6.6   1998 2001 29-32 539 2478 49 202 112 .272 .366 .402
    35 Bobby Richardson 6.5   1955 1966 19-30 1412 5780 34 390 73 .266 .299 .335
    36 Irv Noren 6.4   1952 1956 27-31 488 1649 31 198 16 .272 .348 .402
    37 Don Baylor 6.3   1983 1985 34-36 420 1719 71 265 18 .267 .345 .472
    38 Jerry Mumphrey 6.3   1981 1983 28-30 286 1185 22 136 27 .293 .351 .434
    39 Bobby Brown 6.0   1946 1954 21-29 548 1863 22 237 9 .279 .367 .376
    40 Jerry Coleman 5.8   1949 1957 24-32 723 2415 16 217 22 .263 .340 .339
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    And, the pitchers:

    Rk Player WAR Died From To Age G W L SV IP SO ERA ERA+
    1 Whitey Ford 50.6   1950 1967 21-38 498 236 106 10 3170.1 1956 2.75 133
    2 Ron Guidry 45.4   1975 1988 24-37 368 170 91 4 2392.0 1778 3.29 119
    3 Mel Stottlemyre 37.5   1964 1974 22-32 360 164 139 1 2661.1 1257 2.97 112
    4 Mike Mussina 33.1   2001 2008 32-39 249 123 72 0 1553.0 1278 3.88 114
    5 Dave Righetti 21.8   1979 1990 20-31 522 74 61 224 1136.2 940 3.11 127
    6 Roger Clemens 19.9   1999 2007 36-44 175 83 42 0 1103.0 1014 4.01 114
    7 David Cone 19.1   1995 2000 32-37 145 64 40 0 922.0 888 3.91 118
    8 Rich Gossage 18.4   1978 1989 26-37 319 42 28 151 533.0 512 2.14 179
    9 Tommy John 18.4   1979 1989 36-46 214 91 60 0 1367.0 483 3.59 112
    10 Orlando Hernandez 17.9   1998 2004 32-38 139 61 40 1 876.1 703 3.96 116
    11 Fritz Peterson 17.2   1966 1974 24-32 288 109 106 1 1857.1 893 3.10 106
    12 David Wells 16.0   1997 2003 34-40 124 68 28 0 851.2 557 3.90 114
    13 Sparky Lyle 14.1   1972 1978 27-33 420 57 40 141 745.2 454 2.41 148
    14 Al Downing 13.8   1961 1969 20-28 208 72 57 2 1235.1 1028 3.23 105
    15 Jimmy Key 12.8   1993 1996 32-35 94 48 23 0 604.1 400 3.68 123
    16 Rudy May 11.2   1974 1983 29-38 184 54 46 7 841.2 586 3.12 120
    17 Ramiro Mendoza 10.6   1996 2005 24-33 278 54 34 16 699.2 414 4.10 112
    18 Doc Medich 10.3   1972 1975 23-26 111 49 40 0 787.0 431 3.40 107
    19 Stan Bahnsen 10.2   1966 1971 21-26 153 55 52 2 985.2 534 3.10 105
    20 Lindy McDaniel 9.1   1968 1973 32-37 265 38 29 58 544.2 363 2.89 118
    21 Jim Bouton 8.6   1962 1968 23-29 197 55 51 4 1013.2 561 3.36 104
    22 Ed Figueroa 8.6   1976 1980 27-31 132 62 39 1 911.2 373 3.53 106
    23 Ralph Terry 8.5   1956 1964 20-28 210 78 59 8 1198.0 615 3.44 106
    24 Mike Stanton 8.2   1997 2005 30-38 456 31 14 15 448.1 407 3.77 121
    25 Bob Turley 8.1   1955 1962 24-31 234 82 52 12 1269.0 909 3.62 102
    26 Steve Kline 7.2   1970 1974 22-26 97 40 37 0 659.0 213 2.96 110
    27 Melido Perez 7.2   1992 1995 26-29 93 33 39 0 631.1 519 4.06 104
    28 Randy Johnson 6.9   2005 2006 41-42 67 34 19 0 430.2 383 4.37 100
    29 Tom Gordon 6.8   2004 2005 36-37 159 14 8 6 170.1 165 2.38 185
    30 Scott Kamieniecki 6.0   1991 1996 27-32 113 36 39 1 627.1 323 4.33 99
    31 Jeff Nelson 6.0   1996 2003 29-36 331 23 19 9 311.0 334 3.47 136
    32 Phil Niekro 5.9   1984 1985 45-46 65 32 20 0 435.2 285 3.59 109
    33 Bobby Shantz 5.8   1957 1960 31-34 138 30 18 19 461.1 272 2.73 132
    34 Steve Farr 5.5   1991 1993 34-36 159 9 9 78 169.0 136 2.56 161
    35 Ron Davis 5.5   1978 1981 22-25 144 27 10 22 291.2 191 2.93 133
    36 Jack Aker 5.4   1969 1972 28-31 124 16 10 31 197.1 101 2.23 154
    37 Dennis Rasmussen 5.0   1984 1987 25-28 103 39 24 0 597.1 393 4.28 96
    38 Dwight Gooden 4.7   1996 2000 31-35 67 24 14 2 341.1 223 4.67 103
    39 Shane Rawley 4.7   1982 1984 26-28 92 27 27 4 444.1 259 4.11 95
    40 Ray Fontenot 4.3   1983 1984 25-26 50 16 11 0 266.2 112 3.51 109
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    Yankees Stadium Legends Suite Seats

    Posted by on June 29th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    Has anyone ever seen a Yankees game from a Legends Suite?  What was it like?  Was it worth the money?

    The Sing Happy Birthday To Derek Jeter Project

    Posted by on June 26th, 2012 · Comments (31)

    How cool would it be if the Yankee Stadium crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to Derek Jeter before his first At Bat this evening?

    Spread the word.

    Or, spread this word – either way will work.

    Breaking News: Kei Igawa Not Invited To Yankees Old-Timer’s Game

    Posted by on June 25th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    Then again, neither was Roger Clemens.

    Tag, You’re It

    Posted by on June 11th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    This is way cool.

    The Traffic Mess Leaving Saturday’s Mets-Yankees Game

    Posted by on June 10th, 2012 · Comments (13)

    On Saturday, I took my 10-year old daughter to Yankee Stadium.  The Yankees won.  The Mets lost.  It was a good game.

    I live about 50 miles away from Yankee Stadium and the only practical way for me to get there is by car.

    Heading to the game today, we left our house at 3:45 PM.  Yes, I know it was a 7:15 PM start for the game.  However, we wanted to get there early enough where we were not rushing – and we wanted to see the pre-game parachutes that were scheduled for 6:15 PM (per the Yankees – meanwhile, they really started at 6:30 PM).

    My route to Yankee Stadium is pretty simple.  I take the Garden State Parkway to the Turnpike. And, then I take Route 46 into the “G.W.B.”  Once over the Bridge, I immediately get off and take local streets to the Stadium (and, I don’t mess with the Major Deegan or anything else). 

    Going in today, as I said, we left at 3:45 PM and zipped into the Stadium.  At 5 PM, I was locking my car and we were heading into my fav Yankee Stadium deli to get sandwiches to bring into the game. That’s reasonable – an hour fifteen, door to door, for the 50 miles.

    Coming home, it was a different story.

    Of course, we waited until the final out of the game to leave our seats. And, after that, my daughter made a quick stop at the restroom before we left the Stadium. But, we were back at our car, in the parking garage, at 10:25 PM.

    And, that’s where it got ugly. It took us one hour and five minutes to get from our spot in the garage to the George Washington Bridge. Yes, it took us 75 minutes to drive all the way in to the game. But, it took us 65 minutes, coming home, just to get away from the Stadium and out of the Bronx.

    Once we got on the Bridge, because it was then 11:30 PM, we flew from there and I got home at 12:30 AM on Sunday morning. In total, coming home, door to door, it took two hours and five minutes to cover the 50 miles – and most of that drag was due to the mess in the Bronx, on the streets, after the game, around Yankee Stadium.

    Now, I get it. This is not my first rodeo. I’ve been here before – big games against the Red Sox, post-season games, etc. – and, I know there’s heavy and slow traffic after the game…especially if it’s a big crowd and a close score. (And, for the record, there were over 48,000 there on Saturday and the final score was just 4-2.)

    There have been times in the past where it’s taken me just as long, if not longer, than it did to get away from Yankee Stadium and out of the Bronx. However, just because it’s happened in the past, it doesn’t take the annoyance factor out of it happening again now. And, just because it’s been this way, it’s no excuse for the Yankees and cops, not to do a better job at keeping things flowing, as best as possible, when these big game crowds empty out of the Stadium.

    Or, is that asking too much?

    Variable Pricing Coming To Yankee Stadium?

    Posted by on June 8th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    If you read this, it seems to make sense…

    And, that would be the end of me being a season-ticket holder.  Right now, I split the 81 games with 8 other parties.  And, it would be a nightmare to try and do that in a fair way if the prices for games were not all the same.

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