Earth is flat. Santa Claus, the Easter Beagle and the Great Pumpkin are real. Soy burgers taste just like grade-A beef. That dog you had as a child really did go to live with a nice couple on a farm. And the high and mighty New York Yankees actually admitted that they were wrong.
The Yankees announced today that they are slashing the prices of the best seats in the ballpark. If you’ve watched one of the six games that have been played at Yankee Stadium thus far, the seats I’m talking about are the ones filled with all of the fans who came in costume, dressed as empty seats.
The prices for the seats are still beyond ridiculous — $2,500 tickets were cut to $1,250 and $1,000 seats to $650, plus season-ticket holders are being given additional tickets in comparable seats — but it’s a step in the right direction.
There are few people who love baseball more than I do, but $2,500 to see one regular-season baseball game is a sick joke, no matter where the tickets are. Most Yankees games drag on for about four hours, and ex-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer paid less than $2,500 for four hours with Ashley Dupre.
I guess two weeks of being abused via just about every form of media about the number of people in the best and most visible seats in the ballpark resembling the crowd for a Men Without Hats reunion tour got to the arrogant upper management of the Yankees. But I have no sympathy for Hank and Hal Steinbrenner, Randy Levine and Lonn Trost, who have been nothing but condescending throughout the entire relocation process to the new ballpark.
In any event, it will be nice to turn on a Yankees game being played at home and see a color besides the navy blue of the seat backs.
Is there any chance that the ballclub’s generosity will extend to those of us with $40 seats? Um, I won’t hold my breath.