Yankees COO Lonn Trost said this about Yankee fans on WFAN while speaking about new ticket policies:
“The problem below market at a certain point is that if you buy a ticket in a very premium location and pay a substantial amount of money. It’s not that we don’t want that fan to sell it, but that fan is sitting there having paid a substantial amount of money for a ticket and [another] fan picks it up for a buck-and-a-half and sits there, and it’s frustrating to the purchaser of the full amount.”
He then followed that up with this doozy:“And quite frankly, the fan may be someone who has never sat in a premium location. So that’s a frustration to our existing fan base.”
Most people are pissed off. Not me! I just want to apologize to the people running the Yankees.
You see, back in the summer of 2009 I sat in the Legends seats at Yankee Stadium, which are the seats directly behind the dugout. I thought I was lucky to know someone who would buy those tickets on Stubhub, but looking back I was young, stupid, and naive. Being a college student with a shitty part-time job I should have known my place and not have sat there. I should have been up in the nosebleeds, or based on my state school education, in the obstructed view seats in the left field bleachers.
I sincerely hope the Yankees can forgive me. Six times I sat next to people who obviously knew more about the Yankees and baseball than me, because they were able to focus on their lobster dishes without even looking at the game. Stupid me is sitting there watching the game with $20 in my pocket eating crackerjacks ready to argue balls and strikes. It’s obvious I didn’t know any better.
Those seats are so pristine that very few people should be allowed to sit in them, which seems to usually work based on the games I’ve been to.
I just want the Yankees to know that I’ve learned my lesson. I’ve grown up since then. I’m working a full-time job, so I’m able to call myself a middle class citizen, and buy tickets full price in the upper deck. I know my role now.
And to Randy Levine, for whom I held a door open at a deli near Times Square once, I have to admit that I was angry when you did not look me in the eyes and say “thank you”. Much like the seat situation, I should have known better. My lifestyle doesn’t fit with yours. Looking back I’m happy you chose to grace the peasants with your presence in the deli that day. I strive to be as good as you.
The Yankees are just trying to make us better people, people who are fit to watch other people wear pinstripes.
Just know where you should be sitting when you watch them.