As old as the Hindenburg, as American as Apple Pie, Yankee hating has a long and storied tradition in this country. Broadway plays have been written about it, and a million gallons of ink have been spilled in its pursuit. The latest installment comes from Deadspin magazine:
Earlier today, Trost, the Yankees’ chief operating officer, discussed possible changes to the ballpark — excuse me, stadium — with the Associated Press:
He said no changes were planned to the policy preventing fans with tickets in other parts of the stadium from getting close to the field during batting practice. Seats in the first nine rows, called the Legends Suite, cost $500 to $2,625 and come with access to three restaurants and lounges. The area is separated from the rest of the lower deck by a concrete moat.
“There’s an area by the Legends Suite which is not an area that fans can get into,” Trost said. “If you purchase a suite, do you want somebody in your suite? If you purchase a home, do you want somebody in your home?”
No, certainly not. Some slob might scratch the teak.
I remain fascinated by this moat, which has quickly joined the likes of Tal’s Hill and the Wrigley ivy in the pantheon of defining stadium quirks. Most teams go for some homey, red-brick, vintage Americana. Not Trost and the Yankees. They prefer feudal England.
A few things here. First, the fact of the matter is fans without tickets are not allowed into ANY seating area. Not in the Second deck, not in the Third deck, the Bleachers or Field level. You have to have a ticket to access ALL seating areas. Which is good for all fans, so you don’t have some yahoo sitting in your seat every time you leave to grab a beer. But why let the facts get in the way of a good story. To ask the Yanks to give their best customers, the ones who paid the MOST for their seats LESS security than everyone else enjoys is one of the most ridiculous things imaginable. Nobody who runs a business would ever treat their best customers that way, and the reality is the exorbitant prices those rich folks pay down there subsidize everyone else’s seats. Since demand was so soft for those high priced seats, the Yanks will wind up cutting prices on them next year, which means everyone else’s seats will be higher to make up for it. Also, while it would be nice allow all fans to get close to the field during batting practice, the reality is the days of players signing balls is largely gone and it was the same at the old building.
The people who sit in those lower bowl seats aren’t ‘fans’ in the sense that you or I are. Most of them are corporate business people, who use those seats to entertain clients and close deals. They view the prices as a business expense. You can’t close a multi-million dollar deal with a bunch of drunk, obnoxious Red Sox fans screaming at you. Kind of kills the mood. So if you’re in the Bleachers or Grandstand and complaining about the ‘moat’ around the Field level seats, then what you’re really doing is arguing for your own price increase next year. Also, the moat is in THE MIDDLE of the Field level section. So it really separates the $300 seats from the people in the $1000+ seats. Finally, the field level seats were largely own by corporations in the old building as well, so all the Yanks did was make the new facility more attractive for their existing customers, just like they did for everybody else.
But most of these complaints are coming from non-Yankee fans, who seize upon every opportunity to bash the team.
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