Not Right

$275 is too much for a seat at a Yankee game. It’s not even outdoors on the first or third-base line where you can smell the dirt and grass — it’s an ambassador club box over the right-field bleachers. They used to charge 25 cents for a bleacher seat in Babe Ruth‘s day. I don’t know what prices were like when Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle were slamming homers, but I’ll bet they had some relationship to the price of rice…unlike today.

24 thoughts on “Not Right

  1. Jeff — this is a club box seat, waiter service, bells&whistles, maybe even good wi-fi – it’s supposed to cost that much! The regular bleacher seats are still far cheaper! Plus – it’s Opening Day – premium prices! And – it will be sold out! If you want to smell the grass and dirt for cheap, go to a Mets game, as there are plenty of seats still available….

  2. Going to a Yankees game is hell on Earth. A mixture of those horrible crusty old Yankees fans who look like extras from a Seinfeld episode, hurling abuse at the players, and rich, smug Connecticut assholes. With a smattering of fratty doucheholes filling out the rest of the seats. Fuck that.

  3. I’ve been a Yankee fan since I was 5 or 6 and I’ll be damned if I would pay that much for a non playoff ticket. I still haven’t gone to the new stadium.

    For the record: if it’s not in the same spot, it’s not YANKEE STADIUM!!!

    I fell better now.

    Kinda.

  4. In addition to the Yankees, Jeff also roots for the Cowboys, Lakers, Real Madrid, the LIRR, Microsoft, AT & T, DeBeers, the vertically integrated studio system, Standard Oil, the Krupp family, the East India Company and the Roman Empire.

  5. OK here it is…the Yankees are not going to win the world series. Hey, they have to pay out millions of dollars this season, gotta rip off the fans as much as possible. Neil, the I also root for the Lakers. They won the last two nba championships, and they are going to make it three in a row. Maybe you forgot that.

  6. Neil wins.

    Laker and Yankee gear on the same person at the same time (see it a lot in L.A.) drives me nuts. You forget the Red Wings gear.

  7. Why is the game called the “world series” when only one country in the world is playing it? And playing against itself, basically. Strange.

  8. List of things that apparently drive British people insane.

    (I’m assuming rick is of the U.K.)

    1) Dick Van Dyke’s bad cockney accent in “Mary Poppins”

    2) “MAC” Donalds restaurants that will continue sprouting up and soiling the scenery everywhere until they’ve covered 90% of the Earth. (forget that the ones in Britain are usually packed…with British people)

    3) The inexplicable popularity of American beer.

    4) America’s refusal to fully acknowledge, enjoy, obsess over and generally go bonkers for the sport of professional football, er, soccer.

    5) America’s seeming reluctance to fall head over heels in love with the genius that is Russell Brand. (“He’s fooking brilliant and you’re a tosser for not thinking so!”)

    6) Our continuing to call our baseball championship the World Series, when really, “there’s only ONE BLOODY COUNTRY INVOLVED IN IT! That’s SO like you arrogant American’s to call it the WORLD Series!”

  9. Toronto still has a Major League Baseball team. That’s as much of the rest of the world as we arrogant Americans are willing to acknowledge.

    Cheer up, Brits. We let y’all see a real football game once per year in person. Granted, it’s usually the dregs of the NFL that we’re sending over.

  10. As a tried-and-true American, I’m obsessed with what we call soccer. I wake up at 6:30am on Saturday mornings to watch the ESPN or FSC English Premier League games AND the Italian Serie A – great fucking stuff.

  11. Rick Blaine does not recognize Canada’s Sovereignty.

    As for Jeff’s complaint about prices:

    An obstructed bleacher seat at Yankee Stadium costs $5 in 2011.

    25 cents in Babe Ruth’s rookie year (1914) would be worth … $5.33 in today’s dollars.

  12. Another huge (US version) football fan here. All-American, as well. And I fucking love English soccer. It’s the only sporting event with a fan experience on par with a really good US college football game or a Red Sox World Series (not a fan, but an admirer of their fans) or, at the pro level, a Packers game.

    Sadly, they’re beginning to take the American route and tearing down every 100 year old classic stadium they can in order to replace it with some monstrosity named after a bailed-out bank.

  13. Going to a Yankees game is hell on Earth. A mixture of those horrible crusty old Yankees fans who look like extras from a Seinfeld episode, hurling abuse at the players, and rich, smug Connecticut assholes. With a smattering of fratty doucheholes filling out the rest of the seats. Fuck that.

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