How About Those Yankees?

As Mets’ fans, I suspect many of you are taking great delight into what is going on with the Yankees. Down 2-0 in games to the Tigers, the Yankees resume the ALCS today in Detroit against Justin Verlander, arguably the best pitcher in the sport.

As players, I know the Yankees expect to win as every quote attributed to them is the season isn’t a success unless they win the World Series. That’s the only attitude to have, and you can’t begrudge them for thinking that way. Wish the Mets’ front office felt the same.

There is no sense of entitlement with the players as they admit there are no guarantees. What is annoying is the sense of entitlement among Yankees fans, who consider it their birthright to see their team play deep into October. There’s a whole generation of Yankees fans who know nothing but their team in the playoffs.

Talk radio can be such a wasteland, and much of the gibberish is benching Alex Rodriguez and I heard the idea of sitting Robinson Cano floated this morning because of their lack of hitting. The Yankees are going through a similar slump the Mets endured in the second half with their offense, especially at home. In June, you can point to July and think you’ll pick it up. In October, there’s a sense of urgency because there is no next month. There’s not a player on that team who isn’t feeling pressure, regardless of what they might say.

Not recognizing the pressure is denial, but you must know no player would ever make that admission because it admits defeat and the opposition can feed off that mood.

Joe Girardi already tinkered with Rodriguez’s fragile ego and you have to wonder if it will hinder him for the remaining five years of his contract, for which he will make $114 million, or more precisely, $14 million more than the entire Mets’ 2012 payroll.

Girardi’s gamble pinch-hitting Raul Ibanez for Rodriguez paid off against the Orioles, but he has to let things slide for the remainder of the playoffs. Rodriguez, Cano and Nick Swisher got the Yankees to this spot and Girardi has to ride them the rest of the way.

It is highly likely Yankee Stadium won’t see another game until next April, so it was amusing the final 2012 image of it was huge blocks of empty seats. Fans were able to snatch up tickets on-line for a fraction of the absurd face value of the tickets. But, many chose to stay away.

The Yankees misjudged the economy when they opened the new Stadium with absurd ticket prices. The Yankees, like the Mets, went on the high side and the public balked. Postseason tickets are always more expensive and who could blame the fans for staying away? It never happened in the old place.

There other factors to consider beside the price of tickets to explain the poor attendance showing at Yankee Stadium, such as parking. It is higher for the playoffs, and paying close to $50 to park is obscene. With the price of concessions factored in, you could easily go into your pockets for another $100  on top of the tickets.

Fighting the traffic becomes less an option when you can enjoy the game in the comfort of your own home. And Sunday, you could have watched both the Yankees and Giants on the tube. Why put up with the hassle when you can put your feet up and relax with a beer that doesn’t cost $10?


2 thoughts on “How About Those Yankees?

  1. This is one of your better posts.

    I saw the last out of the game last nite and must admit to a certain satisfaction that they did not score.

    I would want all the players on my team to think that they deserve to be in the World Series or at least think they have as good a shot as any to be there.

    The other day I saw an interview of a player asked about facing the best pitcher in the game. The response was you live for those challenges. I cannot argue with that.

    “remaining five years of his contract, for which he will make $114 million, or more precisely, $14 million more than the entire Mets’ 2012 payroll.” – priceless.

    I did not know that Yankee fans had the same issues with pricing. I thought that being a fan of the best team in the universe meant that no price was too high to enjoy the aura. That said, prices are going to be higher in the playoffs because these are special events. There is a limited supply and high demand. In these tough times many will choose to save their money rather than sit in the cold and or rain. That said there is nothing like post season baseball.

  2. The Yanks have ahd problems selling out in the regular season, much less the post-season. Wide swaths of empty seats. Now, could some of those people be in the various bars/clubs? Sure.
    The problem both NY teams were hit with was that the corporate market dried up as companies cut costs, and tickets were among those items but. So that leaves you with the non-corporate fans. When it costs several hundred dollars to get a prime seat, not a lot of people will be able to spend that.
    I remember days past when you could sit in the Loge at Shea cheaply (now cheap, then not so much). Of course, there were few fans there, since this was the late 70’s/early 80’s and the Mets weren’t very good.
    There are “cheap” seats to be had. I sat near the Acela club the first season in Citi and avg price was in the $30’s. Not too bad. But there are not a lot of those available to the general public. And the team pushes the pricier seats, because that’s where the profits are.
    As to the Yankees, to paraphrase a post related to the Nationals here from a few days ago “I hope they crash and burn”. I hate the majority of their fan base. Even some of my close friends act like asshats occassionally.