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Peasant in the Outfield: My Apology to the Yankees


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. etick_seatsofgold02_412

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.





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Bye, Bye, To The Second Base Guy

Let’s tarnish the great “American Pie” song by making it about Cano leaving the Yankees.
Let me set the scene, I’m on stage and as my eyes focus to the lighting around me I look out into the crowd and see only my mom sitting there. This is a strange AA meeting I stumbled into…
I start to play the guitar and sing:
A short little while ago
I can still remember
when the Mariners offered way too much
to a player that I always loved
admired from the bleachers but
he chose to go for the big, big bucks
the day
this ginger
and I was singing
why, why should I say goodbye
to a player
who will later
regret the he flied
to a state where it rains like 90% of the time
this will be the day that I cried
this will be the day that I cried
Girardi and the book of glove
that made Cano bat above
Hafner or some other scrub
and do you believe that Robbie rolled
and that Ellsbury will stop the Yankee trolls
from arguing on message boards
well I know that we should love McCann
cause he’s got some power in those hands
he’ll smack probably 32
MAN I’ll miss Robbie’s swag-a-tude
I was a lonely creature in the bronx
with a pink Yankee hat that I picked up
but I knew we were out of luck
the day
this ginger
and I was singing
why, why should I say goodbye
to a player
who will later
regret the he flied
to a state where it rains like 90% of the time
this will be the day that I cried
this will be the day that I cried

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A-Rod Meets the Pope: Twitter Explodes

Alex Rodriguez finds soft landing at Mike Francesa’s WFAN studios Wednesday. YES NETWORK

Well Dressed and a Vest. Photo from NY Daily News

By now you’ve heard about new chapter the Alex Rodriguez saga. A-Rod stormed out of his arbitration hearing after MLB Commissioner Bud Selig aka”the man in Milwaukee” refused to testify. A-Rod marched right out of MLB headquarters and headed down to the WFAN studios to sit with the Pope himself: Mike Francesa.

This is when Twitter blew up; I spent almost an hour at work listening to the interview and reading the tweets regarding it. Here are the best ones, with a couple of mine sprinkled  in because I’m selfish.

WFANtrades ‏@WFANTrades1m

Say what you will about Mike. He’s killing the vest/dress shirt look. #BusinessCasualZaun

Mike Franceser ‏@MikeFrancesaNY32m

Everybody loves @AROD, ok. I told da city to believe in @AROD and da city listened. I speak foah New Yawk.

Jamie O’Grady ‏@JamieOGrady_6m

Give him this, ARod sounds far less canned and rehearsed than he ever has before. He may be schizophrenic, but he believes what he’s saying.

Mike Franceser ‏@MikeFrancesaNY7m

Im not a lawyah but dat made no sense to me, ok.

WFAN Audio ‏@WFANAudio14m

I just blew off my boss’ 4PM meeting for this. I mean, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. #MongoNation

Ross S ‏@StadiumInsider22s

Francesa is going down on A-Rod after the interview, yes? Just as friends, of course.

1st Ever FrancesaCon ‏@FrancesaCon52s

This is moah inspiring den Denzel in remembuh da titans

Mike Vaccaro ‏@MikeVacc1m

Shoeless Joe Jackson could’ve used talk radio in 1919 to sell his story. Bet Judge Landis wouldn’t have testified either.

Jonah Keri ‏@jonahkeri1m

Kids, you won’t remember this, but Mike Francesa was once a credible journalist with intelligent takes on college basketball.

E.J.Stankiewicz ‏@TheHappyRecap4m

Beginning 2016 “Mike and the Mad Rod”

Jonah Keri ‏@jonahkeri24s

Kids, you won’t remember this, but Alex Rodriguez was once a spectacularly likable shortstop for the Seattle Mariners.

B-ROE ‏@Mr_B_Roe23m

Somewhere Derek Jeter has a single tear sliding down his cheek

BarstoolJJ ‏@BarstoolJJ3m

How do we make @AROD the master of ceremonies for @FrancesaCon?

Craig Bishko ‏@The_Real_Bish1m

@FrancesaCon Are couples costumes (ARod and Zaun) allowed at the bar?

Mike Franceser ‏@MikeFrancesaNY2m

What would youah say to da man in Milwaukee? We know he is watchin, ok. Dis is on coast to coast (Take dat @KeithOlbermann)

Stacey Gotsulias ‏@StaceGots2m

This quote is amazing: Selig is “trying to destroy me. To put me on his big mantle on the way out, that’s a hell of a trophy.”

Dean McGowan ‏@deanmcgowan3m

Metta world arod

Benjamin Kabak ‏@bkabak37s

Agent Smith vs Neo wasn’t half as entertaining as this.

B-ROE ‏@Mr_B_Roe1m

Francesa missed a perfect opportunity to ask about the Centaur painting

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As Jeter Gets Closer, Ticket Prices Soar

What price are you willing to pay to see history?

The secondary market prices for Yankee tickets has skyrocketed for the next few games. As of Thursday morning, StubHub’s prices for the Tampa Series are way above face value.

The cheapest tickets for Thursday’s game are 20 dollars, which isn’t bad, but the chances of seeing Jeter get three hits in one game isn’t great. Friday and Saturday however, now that’s a different story. Friday’s cheap seats are going for 84 bucks, and there are left field obstructed-view seats available for 86 dollars a pop. So you get to pay 7 times the face value amount and see half of the game.

Saturday continues the trend, with the cheapest tickets sitting at 55 dollars. If you can’t get there by the subway, add in another 35 dollars to park, or a train fee, and you will really have to ask yourself, “What price am I wiling to pay to see 3,000?”

If Jeter gets two hits tonight, the prices will skyrocket for Friday. If he is sitting at 2,999 entering Saturday or Sunday expect those tickets to skyrocket as well.

I live about an hour and twenty-minute ride from Yankee Stadium, so usually I wait until I am just about to leave for a game to order tickets; they are much cheaper then. That philosophy isn’t going to work this weekend. If you want to see 3,000 you are going to have to guess the game right, or you will be paying a lot of money to see hits 3,003 and 3,004.

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Horrible Bosses Has A Familiar Face

Couldn’t believe Fred Wilpon would star in Horrible Bosses, but hey, he’s gotta make money.

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George Steinbrenner’s Best Television Moments

In honor of the late, great, George Steinbrenner’s birthday, also known as Independence Day, I bring to you his best moments.

Steinbrenner had a knack for using the media to his advantage, all in the name of getting more publicity for himself, and the Yankees.

George and Billy Martin for Miller Lite

It tastes great!

George on 60 Minutes with Ed Bradley

Steinbrenner admits to putting his foot through a television and being a sore loser. Also says that players shouldn’t be heroes unless they act like heroes. Now I see where Hank Steinbrenner gets it from.

Steinbrenner and Jeter Visa Commercial

Steinbrenner in the Conga line= priceless

Steinbrenner’s interview right after winning 1998 World Series

I love how he admits he knows nothing about computers. Also gave a lot of praise to a lot of people, not himself.

Steinbrenner helps ANSKY

The “ANSKY” guys’ commercials were popular at the end of the 90’s. “What the hell is ANSKY?” you ask? GOOGLE IT!!!

Steinbrenner on Seinfeld

“SINGLES TABLES ARE FOR LOSERS!”…”I don’t like putting undo pressure on people.”

Steinbrenner Hosts SNL

This was saved for #1 because it’s all about George.

Love him or hate him, George really did love New York, and all of the media attention being an owner brings. What else do you think should be on here?

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RANTING: Thoughts on the Boston Series

The Boston Red Sox stormed into New York for this series and absolutely demolished the Yankees. The Yanks failed in every aspect of the game. They were out-pitched, out-hit, out-fielded(is that even a word?) and looked like idiots on the base paths.

Boston laid the smackdown...this time with their bats

Remember in the off-season how people were saying that Crawford wouldn’t be that much of an upgrade over Brett Gardner? WRONG. Brett Gardner has all the talent in the world, but you know what folks? He’s dumb. Crawford scores on passed balls. Crawford has the guts to try to steal bases. Crawford knows how to take a walking lead. Crawford is a baseball player, a gamer. Gardner just seems to be showing up for work.

He is no Carl Crawford

And enough already with the “hit Ortiz” crap. A-Rod stares into the dugout everytime he hits a homerun, which might I add his pace has slowed down since he’s been off the juice. Nobody says anything about A-Rod staring in the dugout, so leave Ortiz alone. What, is Freddy Garcia going to retaliate with his 80mph fastball? Give me a break. CC hitting him really worked out well, didn’t it? Sure made the loss feel SO much better.

Sure Russell Martin is hurt, and Cervelli had to start. Cervelli is a AAA catcher; his defense has only gotten worse every year he has played. If we are going to have a bad defensive catcher, we might as well call up Montero.

In case you haven’t noticed, Russell Martin is no longer an all-star catcher. he is breaking down quickly and as of Friday is only hitting .238. A catcher coming off a major hip injury should not be playing in as many games as he has, but it must not say that in Joe Girardi’s binder.

Changes need to happen, young guys need to get called up. This team needs some life. It’s a miracle that they Yanks are even within a breath of first place considering the bad baseball they have been playing.

It’s ok though, same thing happened in 2009. Yankees lost 8 straight to Boston and were two games back. Will this team turn it around?

I’m not holding my breath.

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