New Yankee Stadium Espouses Everything I Hate About Republicans

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Lucky me, I was supposed to see two games during the Yankees opening series at the new Stadium this weekend against the Indians. I made it about halfway through Opening Day before a Stadium-induced illness (hear the sorry details on our podcast tonight) and completely missed out on my chance to escort blogbuddy Kris to yesterday's finale. But having experienced five innings of the first preseason contest against the Cubs and five innings of Opening Day, I can confirm that yes, the rumors are true: New Yankee Stadium is built with the bones of the working class and strengthened with cement made from their tears.

New Yankee Stadium is just like the Republican Party. You have to be super-wealthy to reap all the benefits from both, yet the two entities attract people with all kinds of income levels through fundamentalist doctrines that promise "family values" and "American League pennants". You can see the same Joe Six Pack in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium that you'll witness lining the streets of Tuscaloosa for silly tax protests. Really? No taxes? Sounds great! The ownership has the fans fooled, promising free-agent signings that end up backfiring, like the Bush era tax cuts that put the country into a deep deficit.

Just like in real-life economics, there is no such thing as trickle-down luxuries at the new joint in the Bronx. While the wealthy are surrounded by a protective moat around the half-empty Legends seats, the poor folks get to watch poorly-angled wall-mounted televisions. While the wealthy dine behind glass at white-clothed tables and sip their fancy Merlots, the poor folks wait on hour-long lines at the concessions just to find out that they've run out of hot dog buns.

Still, I've been a Republican my whole life, but in name only. After all, I voted for Nader twice. But maybe this is like how I'm starting to feel about the Yankees: perhaps my unwavering fandom for the team is taking a backseat to the game itself. Since we started this blog and started covering all thirty teams, my love for baseball has increased so much, it almost hurts to keep supporting an evil, top-heavy regime. Almost.

(Photo courtesy of our pal Chief Wahoo)


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Yikes Rob, I think you've been spending too much time with Kris. I would say the crowds at Fenway look more like the Republican National Convention than the crowds at Yankee Stadium do.

/awaits the inevitable PoFlaWa

You've just described every new stadium, Rob. But just like everything else, the Yankees' new stadium is a grotesque hyperbole of new stadiums. The next stadium that is built with the masses in mind will be the first.

/bitter that the "best fans in baseball" rep was manipulated to extort millions in state funds.

Overall I really enjoyed the new stadium. I love that you can see the field as you walk around all three concourses. Plenty of tasty refreshments. I drank Guinness all day yesterday, that goes a long way.

The problem is, as Rob says, the expensive seats. 7,000 unsold tickets for Saturday, with the temperature reaching the 70's. Another great day yesterday and at least 5,000 unsold seats. The problem is that the great seats are walled off from the rest of the stadium, making it hard to adjust.

So.... it's the old stadium with a bigger scoreboard/jumbotron and more advertising?

Oh, and with 50% less rats?

@The Colonel
I've been to several "new" stadiums where there isn't quite the disparity between the classes. Pac Bell (or AT&T Park, whatever) and Citizen's Bank come to mind. There will ALWAYS be expensive seats in ballparks. It's up to the teams to decide how to differentiate them. AT CBP, the lower level seats along the baselines are affordable and accessible, and offer the same amenities that the pricey on-tv seats do. There isn't a barbed wire fence roping them off, a la the Bronx.

I'm still looking forward to checking out the new Yankee Stadium, as I've heard great things from friends who have been there. Picking up a pair of SROs might be the best way to go.

If they wanted to be like the Democratic party they would charge a lot more for the good tickets and give away the tickets for the crappy seats but once everyone got to there seats they would have a long and confusing process on how to redistribute the seats so every one gets a chance to sit in the good seats for at least one inning so it's fare. Of course with people switching seats every inning no one gets a chance to watch the game because they would be too busy making it fare for everyone. After a while the "super-wealthy" decide it's not worth paying all of that money for seats that they don't even get to sit in so they decide to stay home. This of course makes the disenfranchised even more disenfranchised because they have no one paying for their seats and they end up starting a riot because the "super-wealthy" stopped paying for their tickets.

@bc twins fan
You forgot the part where the super wealthy are given free seats because they are too wealthy not to be there.

And if they wanted to be the libertarian party, they'd deport all the Dominicans on the Marlins and all the Mexicans on the Rangers.

@Rob
That would kill my fantasy team

Well, you could charge a flat fee for every seat, and then open the gates five minutes before game time. ANARCHY!!!!

Baseball isn't free. Baseball costs a buck 'o five.

@Ed: It's called "The Who Live in Cincinnati" pricing.

i think the new yankee stadium looks tremendous. saw that the bronx is burning is airing on sundays at 9pm on msg now (http://www.msg.com/summerof77/). pretty cool since they have interviews with reggie jackson, ron guidry, sparky lyle, and other legends after the show. but it makes me thing of all the history there was in that stadium, but i get excited for all the new history that is about to be made!

i think the new yankee stadium looks tremendous. saw that the bronx is burning is airing on sundays at 9pm on msg now (http://www.msg.com/summerof77/). pretty cool since they have interviews with reggie jackson, ron guidry, sparky lyle, and other legends after the show. but it makes me thing of all the history there was in that stadium, but i get excited for all the new history that is about to be made!

I also attended opening day and the preseason game. Yes there are expensive seats but also there inexpensive seats that have a great view of the stadium. I am fortunate to have four of those seats. The fact that the Yankees chose to go in the direction they did was a business decision. Baseball is a business and free enterprise has carried this country for over 232 years. Yes Rob you like to live like a Republican but have your Liberal Democratic ideals. God bless you for that. But just remember it is your Republican father who buys you the tickets.

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