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October 09, 2009

Seats of Gold: Yankee Stadium's Legends Suite Was Sparsely Populated At Times This Season - A Sign Of What Greed Does To Loyalty.

posted by justgary to baseball at 04:24 PM - 6 comments

It's a bit long, but a good read. That one passage about the Steiner family- season ticket holders for 85 years, at one point during the depression the only season ticket holders, and still plenty wealthy enough to afford the new prices- refusing to get new season tickets after the hard and disrespectful sell from the ticket office really drove home the lack of connection to fans.

It's a pretty good microcosm of the last 10 years, really: a somewhat artificial boom drove up prices for these kind of bribe-y luxuries- no different in some respects to real estate prices, etc- and the Yankees organization doesn't understand that the era of stripclub/ballgame/wild private party business deals being closed isn't really the same as it once was.

posted by hincandenza at 07:23 PM on October 09

Great read. I have trouble accepting the premise that a family making less than $150,000 a year is too poor to go to pro sporting events.

But maybe that's because of what I'm earning.

Do the ballparks still have fences with knotholes we can peer through, like in the '30s?

posted by rcade at 08:46 PM on October 09

Do the ballparks still have fences with knotholes we can peer through, like in the '30s?

There was a report in the local paper of a knothole in the nudist colony fence. The report stated that "The police are looking into it".

posted by pullmyfinger at 11:35 AM on October 10

The waiter comes to my seat, which is three rows from the field, right next to the Yankees dugout. I'm close enough to see A-Rod choke.

Aren't you glad you're not that guy. He spent all that money to see A-Rod choke. Well, he's 0 for 2 waiting for that to happen.

posted by pullmyfinger at 11:52 AM on October 10

the Yankees organization doesn't understand that the era of stripclub/ballgame/wild private party business deals being closed isn't really the same as it once was

You don't live in NYC, do you...

posted by The_Special_Juan at 12:37 PM on October 10

Really good article, thanks. I like the comment about professional sports being in the "harvest mode" of a sunset industry....

posted by rumple at 04:08 PM on October 10

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