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Blogs on Yankee Stadium
After losing last night’s game and therefore the series to the Toronto Blue Jays and falling back to 5.5 games behind the wild card chase, the Yankees season feels over.
So let’s head out to Yankee Stadium and cheer ourselves up with junk food!
Yes, it’s the official Yankee Stadium popcorn tub, retailing at $15 and weighing in at over 2000 calories! However, if you’re with a party of seven and everyone wants a snack, it’s actually a good buy… But if it’s just you and a friend, it’s over priced and will probably give you colon cancer if you eat the whole thing. It’s the snack version of the 2013 Yankees.
I purchased 7 Yankee tickets yesterday for myself and my family (because we just can’t wait to see the 2013 zero run differential Bronx Bombers) via the Yankees Fan Ticket Exchange, which is basically just Ticket Master selling the same ticket a second time and recouping the same obnoxious feeds again, but unfortunately, Stub Hub just didn’t have any tickets that met our needs. Here comes the pain:
In this scenario, I’m Marsellus Wallace and Ticket Master is Brett. I desperately need a Jules…
Because business is about making money and nobody can stand when anyone gets a piece of their action, the Yankees and Ticket Master got together to create the Yankees Fan Ticket Exchange. Just like Stub Hub, you can post the tickets you purchased for resale on this site and ticket master will resell them for you – which is who you most likely bought them from in the first place and paid obnoxious feeds for said privilege.
Anyway, here are the feeds I paid:
a service charge per ticket at $7.10 for a total of $49.70
What could this possible be for? I have no idea. I purchased these tickets via their website, so it’s not as though someone helped me and I took up a half hour of their time. This is just blatant robbery – a company charging a fee because they can and you can either pay it or not purchase the product. That’s all this is.
a delivery & handling fee for order: $4.95
Yeah, they delivered the tickets to me via email… an automated system created virtual tickets and emailed them to me. The process probably took five seconds and was generated off a piece of code somebody wrote maybe ten years ago. This costs five bucks? Awesome, Ticket Master – that is just awesome.
So yeah, over $50 in fees! And I thought the parking fees at Yankee Stadium were out of hand – jeez! But there it is. In the future, I’ll need to plan this out better and hit up stub hub instead!
Strike them down Jules! Strike them down with great vengeance and furious anger!
Its great to see that the big bat from old Yankee Stadium is still standing. But, it’s starting to look like crap. It’s time for the Yankee brass to put somebody on a lift with some duct tape as the hand grips are starting to fall off.
I went to today’s game (my first this year), but I didn’t have the magic and now, the Yankees have lost two in a row and their first series in a long while.
Anyway, it was still a great day at the ballpark despite the poor pitching. Still, $12 a beer is a bit excessive.
It’s the place where Baby Bombers go from boys to men, it’s PNC Field – Home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees! Despite Scranton’s connection to The Office (which I love), I haven’t made it to PNC Field and probably won’t any time soon. However, Stadium Journey has made it there, and they give it their usual thorough review. You can see Joshua Guiher’s review here. As I suspected, it sounds like PNC Field is a place you go to see Baby Bombers today or a big leaguer rehabbing – not for a great overall baseball experience.
If you’re like me, then making it down to George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa probably isn’t high up on your to do list. Sure, I’d love to go to Spring Training game and I’d even like to check out the Tampa Yankees and see the prospects for myself, but it’s certainly not going to happen this season. Fortunately, Stadium Journey has you covered. Their review by Jim Dietrich leaves no stone unturned: he covers the food, beverages, atmosphere, access, neighborhood, return on investment – even the fans, though you might want to cover your eyes for that part.
Check out the review – it’s as close as I’m going to get!
The National Geographic Channel’s Break it Down goes to work on ripping down the old Yankee Stadium – stuff doesn’t blow up, but it’s pretty epic… except when they clean out the toilets… toilets are less epic then tons of concrete and steel hurtling toward the ground. The episode debuts on Thursday, April 28 at 10PM.
If you follow the Yankees (or MLB) closely, you might have heard about a story that occurred off the field concerning concerning Red Sox first-base coach Ron Johnson’s daughter, who was struck by a car while riding her horse, which cost her a leg and nearly her life. Unfortunately, the horse was put down.
The Red Sox didn’t screw around; they passed the hat around and got money to the Johnson family to help with the enormous financial burden being unhealthy in America becomes. Kevin Youkilis bought her a new horse. Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long is a friend of Johnson, and he passed the hat among the Yankee players, and they also sent money to help the Johnson family with their burden. The Red Sox offered Johnson an entire year off with pay if he needed it. Just months after the accident, Johnson’s daughter’s life was heading back to normal, and she’s riding horses again.
Money doesn’t solve all problems, but it sure can help, and when you have the means, it’s pretty deplorable to ignore your obligation towards those in need, especially when its children. I told you that story so I could tell you this one:
In 2006, construction began on the new Yankee Stadium, a $1.5 billion dollar project completed before the 2009 season began. Instead of building the new stadium where the old stadium resides, Macombs Dam Park was sacrificed, but this was only supposed to be temporary.
Five years since the demolition and counting, the replacement park is still not finished.
Now to be fair, part of the park is finished – the section that features the track, a football/soccer field, hand ball and tennis courts has been done for some time, and it’s a lovely spot. But there isn’t a single baseball field to be played on – Macombs Dam Park used to feature four ball fields. (Or was it 5? There seems to be a disagreement about that. I never bothered to count and didn’t spend enough time there to notice.)
So why is it taking so long? No idea; some people think it’s because the city wanted to sell off the old Yankee Stadium as memorbilia, piece by piece, and not just tear the place down in one fell swoop. Heritage Field, which when completed will feature 3 ball fields, is a $51million dollar project and seems small in scope to the Yankee Stadium project across the street, so it’s easy to point a finger at the city and again ask what is taking so friggin long. The over all redevelopment of the parks in the area includes refurbishing 8 other parks, and I understand that all of those parks have been completed, which is great.
However, it just looks bad to have a big hole in the ground next to your building, and it certainly isn’t making Bronx residents happy. Can you imagine being a kid without a ball field for 5 years? That’s essentially half of your childhood. If you were 12 in 2006 and lived in the area, you know where you played? Nowhere, I presume. A local parochial school used to call the Macombs Dam Park baseball diamonds home, but they’ve now been without a field for all these years. I read in the New York Times that during one particular season, they played some of their games in Staten Island… that’s a pretty serious hall from the Bronx.
The Yankees haven’t necessarily sat by idly; they provided money for buses for at least one year and yes, most of the projects are finished, but it’s hard to accept the cold irony of taking away the kids place to play baseball in favor of a new Yankee Stadium and not expediting the construction of the new park.
It’s a bit late in the game, as estimates have the project finishing this fall (too late for this season), but the Yankee players need to pass the hat around the locker room and do something nice for the kids. I’m not saying the Yankees don’t do things for the community, but its time to step up. They have the means, they just need to act.
If you read my post that considered the argument between taking mass transit or driving to Yankee Stadium, you know I consider driving to the ballgame an obsolete practice. Now more than ever, there is no reason to drive to the game, no matter where you’re coming from.
Mass transportation options have improved for getting to Yankee Stadium, and that’s good on a lot of levels, but just to sweeten the deal, the price on parking just keeps going up. See, it takes series cojonas to charge both an admission fee and a parking fee to an event, but it’s become standard practice in my lifetime, so nobody really bats an eye at it anymore. However, when you can easily get tickets to an event that cost less than the parking for said event, well, that’s a horse of a different color all together.
In an attempt to brand the ballpark experience as one only for the well to do, parking at a game for the Yankees 2011 season will be $35 per car. That’s insanity – I won’t even call it highway robbery because that sort of diatribe could easily be construed as a reflection on something brought on by a logical chain of events, and it’s not.
So how did this happen? It’s simple supply and demand – someone slept through most of business school. See, old Yankee Stadium (YS2) held 56,936, while the current incarnation (YS3) holds 52,325 (that includes standing room) – so, for everybody that finished second grade: which stadium held more, YS2 or YS3. Right! YS2. So if you’re planning YS3, do you need more or less parking than was available for YS2?
If you answered less, then you’re WRONG!
I know, I know; it doesn’t make any sense. Why would less seats (and hence, less people) necessitate more parking? The answer is, it doesn’t, which is probably a taste of the logic that brings you the cost of Yankee Stadium parking more than tripling in the last decade. Apparently, the company that owns all of the parking lots owes all these bonds to the city, and since they aren’t doing the revenue they thought they’d do by flooding the market with more supply than demand (I know, business majors – I know), they are raising prices so they don’t default, which almost happened just recently, but didn’t.
Uhm, yeah. That’s why the parking at Yankee Stadium costs so much – and, to add insult to injury, a lot of the parking is much farther away from the new stadium then it was to the old, so it kinda begs the question: what’s the point of driving to the game if you have to walk a mile once you get there anyway?
Do the environment and your wallet a favor: take mass transit to Yankee Stadium.