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!
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:
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!
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:
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!