Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Super Bowl Tix Are $1000? OUTRAGEOUS!!

Oh wait, Yankee tickets to a dull game in April are $2500. For a regular season game. That's two and a half times as much as the best seats in the house for the Super Bowl. Again, if I won the LOTTERY I couldn't afford to get two season tickets above the dugout (the only place I'd like to see a game other than section 203 (aka Section 30, baby).

So I'm getting ready to write another letter to the Yankees. What do we want to request?

1. End the no-bag policy for men. Every other baseball stadium in the country allows them. And women can bring whatever they want. And men with babies can come loaded down with stuff. So it's basically single males denied the right to bring in a small personal bag or backpack like the ones virtually everyone in NYC walks around with all the time. Doesn't make us even remotely safer and they have to search us anyway, so why do it?

2. End God Bless America -- it cheapens the song and slows the game to have it playing every single day. Enough already.

3. End the ban on video cameras in the stadium and on Yankee tours. (Not in the locker rooms; I understand that desire for privacy.) The Yankees ban video cameras as if someone shooting some footage from a million miles away in the stands might compete with TV coverage or a DVD they might want to put together of a Stadium Tour. But as we know, virtually every new decent camera contains video options, so it's completely unenforceable -- thousands of people bring them on the tour and in the Stadium every day. Keeping a rule in place that cant be enforced (and serves no purpose in the first place) encourages people to break other rules that do matter. Obviously, they can say no to a camera on a tripod, which eliminates any serious filmmaking so people don't try and shoot a scene for their indie movie with a Yankee game as the backdrop. They can always use their discretion But a tiny hand held FlipVideo or small HD video camera is no threat to any potential sales the Yankees might make and the thousands of digital cameras on hand are already shooting video anyway.

Anything else I should bring up?


Thursday, October 16, 2008

FOX Delays World Series For Obama

Barack Obama is buying a half hour ad on October 29 to talk to Americans in the week before the election. He's roadblocking this ad -- that is, buying it on a string of networks at the same time so anyone watching any number of networks at that time will see his speech. This could take place during Game Six of the World Series (assuming there is a Game Sxix) and FOX has just said it will push the start time of the game back (and skip its usual half hour of blather beforehand) in order to air the Obama ad. Amazing.

NOTE: They keep mentioning he is buying the ad on CBS and NBC and FOX. Why not ABC?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Yankees Cancel Half-Assed Plans For Nov 9 Concert

The Yankees quietly admitted their half-assed, poorly planned idea for a concert at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 9 have been cancelled. This "secret" ceremony, which was news to most of the fans who shelled out big bucks to be at Yankee Stadium on its final day, was tossed out there as a fait accompli. It was gonna celebrate all of Yankee Stadium -- the boxing and Popes and football and everything else that happened there, not just the baseball -- and they casually tossed out names like Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney and Billy Joel as potential performers. Too bad no one told Springsteen or McCartney or Joel since none of them were remotely confirmed and when you're talking about people of that stature, you need to lock them in months if not a year in advance. I always found the idea annoying since it was so secretive and felt like a rip-off for everyone who went to that last game. So I'm glad their half-assed, shambling, incompetent plans fell apart.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

What Moves Should Cashman Make?

By popular demand. (OK, by Pete's demand.) The NY Daily News weighed in. What do you think? Me, I'm fairly ignorant about anyone who's not currently playing on the Yankees. But I DEFINITELY believe we should dump Giambi and Abreu. And I think the News is dreaming when it thinks Posada would take being moved to first base. The News also suggested the Mets should consider trading David Wright, which also seems insane. Hmm, who could we offer in a trade? (I know, I'm a jerk.) Weigh in, people.

End Of Season Wrap-Up

Okay, I went to 45 Yankee games (a personal best), one Met game, the Yankee Stadium tour on Sunday Sept 7 and the All-Star Game on Tuesday July 15. My record on Yankee games was 26 wins and 19 losses. You?