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It’s no secret that the YES Network’s ratings are down, but they keep texting me to tune into games the Yankees are losing and then, when they take the lead…  No text.

Just a bang up job there, folks.

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Text Messages from the Yankees & the YES Network

If you’re like me and you get Yankees/YES Alerts from the good ol’ 53548, then you know that as this season has progressed, the volume of text messages has increased exponentially.  Monday’s contest between the Yankees and the Orioles generated SIX text messages from the media outlet.  Six.  For a game in the middle of MAY against the team they’re going to play another dozen or so times!

Here’s what they sent:

6 PM:
Yankees/YES Alert: Tonight’s Starters: NYY: CC Sabathia (4-3) BAL: Freddy Garcia (0-2). Coverage begins 6:30PM on YES.

Right, the pregame is on YES – but it’s always on YES, even when the game is not on YES.

9 PM:
Yankees/YES Alert: NYY lead BAL 3-2 with Lyle Overbay’s HR in the top of the 7th. Watch now on YES.

Right, the game’s on YES.  I got it.  (I really only need to know when the game is NOT on YES!)

9:51 PM:
Yankees/YES Alert: BAL leads NYY 4-3. Cano, Hafner & Overbay up for the Yankees in the 9th. Watch now on YES.

Holy ass clowns, enough with the YES already!  I’m watching,  for fuck’s sake!

10:14 PM
Yankees/YES Alert: With Travis Hafner’s game-tying HR in the 9th, the Yankees & Orioles go into extra innings in the 10th. Watch now on YES.

Oh snap, better turn the game on.  What channel is it on again?

10:31 PM
Yankees/YES alert: Yankees holding on to a 6-4 lead in the 10th, as Mariano Rivera comes in to try to close the door. Watch now on YES.

OK, fair enough – if I was too busy to watch the game tonight, I would stop what I was doing to watch Mo, as his appearances are at a premium this year!  And thank the good lord they mentioned that the game was on YES again!  Otherwise, I would have been checking ESPN Deportes…  You think the Yes Network’s ratings are down this year?

10:41 PM
YES Alert:
FINAL (10 INN) – NYY 6 BAL 4
WP: Robertson (3-0)
LP: Strop (0-2)
Go to YESNetwork.com for more

Oh, so now I need to go to the website?!?  Make up your fucking mind!

NOTE:  On Sunday, when they got rained out, YES did not send a text to report there would be no game.  True, I could have simply looked out a window to figure that out, but on the other hand, they send me a text every time Joe Girardi can’t find his fucking match up binder, so I just assumed they’d hire a personal messenger if there was actual news to report.

Yankees Austerity Measures

I was going to write a post about the Yankees and their 2014 austerity plan, but there are already plenty of good posts about this subject, like this one from Yanks Go Yard and this one from Bronx Baseball Daily. Essentially, I think it’s time to call bullshit on the Yankees. Sure, I get that they’ll save some money if they’re under the luxury tax threshold and that getting under the said luxury tax threshold will resent the interest rate paid the next time they go over it, but when they charge $9 for one beer and your first born child for parking, I expect the Yankees to spend – especially when YES is overflowing the Yankees coffers with money, besides their other revenue streams. I’m not saying that saving $10 million isn’t significant, but when you billions… it’s like me saving $100 bucks. Significant for me, yes, but not a lot of money that will change my life.

Meanwhile, Russell Martin got 2 years and $17 million from the Pirates, which begs the question who will be the Yankees opening day catcher next year. Presumably, someone who can at least catch but probably hit .200 with no power, so… I guess that’s that. And with Nick Swisher presumably leaving, the Yankees really need to find some right handed power in a hurry and one that fits their ass hatted, penny pitching, wasting my mother fucking time budget!

Yankees Raise Bleacher Ticket Prices

I concede that the Yankees have not changed or reduced 70% of their ticket prices, and that’s great. So the solution to pick up the lost revenue from reduced prices is to raise the cost of the bleacher seats? (And I use the term seat loosely.) This is an awful idea. In my early twenties, I loved to sit int he bleachers with the drunks and chant, yell and just be an ass, but that part of my life is officially over. Now that I’ve entered an older, more crotchety stage, I’m ready to tell the Yankees that charging $20 for half a seat sucks.

Yeah, half a seat, because that’s what a bleacher seat is – it’s a bench with no back. If you’ve never done it before, sitting in a bleacher seat over a three and a half hour game isn’t exactly comfortable, and the view is less than stellar. It’s great that they added a few TVs back there (for the obstructed views, I guess?), but it’s still not a great experience.

BLEACHER TICKET PRICING BY YEAR:
2010: $12
2011: $15
2012: $20

What’s the deal with the bleacher seat prices going up two years in a row? Why stick it to the fans who can least afford it? Or, in the case of the Bleacher Creatures, why punish your most loyal fan base? These folks go to every single game and this jacks their bill up for a complete season package by $405! If I was a Creature, I’d bounce – this is blatant disrespect.

But there it is; a 33% increase for a bench seat with no back. That’s brilliant. Starting in 2010 and the previous five seasons, I’ve been going to just a handful of games each year, but in 2011, I didn’t make it to a single game, and I wasn’t sorry – the view from HD TV is great. Now, I think I’m just going to stop going to games on principle. If the Yankees think it’s good policy to charge $20 for a backless bench seat and $9 for beer, well, I don’t think that’s the sort of place I want to hang out.

Catch ya’ll on YES!

Yankees First Spring Training Game is Saturday Feb 26

I drowsily drifted through yesterday’s NY Times article on Derek Jeter’s reaction (or lack there of) to Hank Steinbrenner’s comments about… I don’t know… Jeter’s new house?

The day after Steinbrenner, a Yankees co-chairman, seemed to take an indirect shot at Jeter, the team’s captain, by saying that some players were “too busy building mansions” and “not concentrating on winning” after their 2010 bid for a title repeat expired in the American League Championship Series, Jeter playfully deconstructed those remarks. He noted that Steinbrenner used the plural form of mansion and did not once explicitly mention him.

Anyway, Jeter didn’t seem to care about Hank’s comments, and I certainly don’t, so lets move on to the rest of the article… Oh wait, that’s pretty much all there is. Except at the very bottom, there’s this delicious nugget of info:

INSIDE PITCH

The chase for a rotation spot gets under way Saturday, when Bartolo Colon is scheduled to start the Grapefruit League opener against Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels. Joe Girardi said Ivan Nova, C. C. Sabathia, A. J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia would start the subsequent five games.

I don’t have any idea why the entire article wasn’t about this. Somebody explain it to me! This is easily the biggest storyline surrounding the Yankees this spring, and all it gets is two lousy sentences. Couldn’t somebody ask him any follow up questions about this? Like, uhm, I don’t know, maybe, “So does this mean that Bartolo Colon, Freddy Carcia and Ivan Nova are the only candidates for the four and five spots in the starting rotation in Yankee camp?” How about, “Is Sergio Mitre going to make a start this spring?” I’d like to know, wouldn’t you? I’m sure Ben Shpigel is a nice guy and all, but jeez – he really dropped the ball on that one. Who cares about the Steinbrenner comments and Jeter’s reaction? I want to know who’s contending for the starting rotation! And I didn’t find this article by digging through the bowels of the Times’ sports section – this link was on their HOMEPAGE! I spend a great deal of time running through the streets, heralding the exceptional work that the folks at the NY Times do, but this just abysmal. I want real news, not gossip! I could have read this same article anywhere – I’m sure it was the back page story on the NY Post and the NY Daily News, and I’m sure it’s on Yahoo! Sports home page right now.

I’m starting to get excited – we get to see at least a taste of what Bartolo Colon has on the YES network this Saturday at 1:05. I am pumped – pumped! If I’m counting right (and I’m probably not) we’ll get to see Freddy Garcia on Thursday, March 3rd, also at 1:05, and the battle of the non-roster invites will officially be under way! Between Garcia, Colon and Nova (assuming Mitre is already out of the running?), can at least one of these guys give us 200 innings and an ERA around 4.75? (6 IP per start and 3ER would be a 4.50 ERA, so I’m not exactly asking for greatness.) It’s a tall order, but if one of them did, he’d win 10 games easily.

It’s finally happening on Saturday! Let the games BEGIN!

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