As always, the overhead shots of Yankee Stadium under deconstruction come to us from CBS’ Tom Kaminski riding above us in Chopper 88. More scenes from inside the old park are available as part of this photo gallery. The House that Ruth Built is beginning to look quite naked.
Anyway, we have a few stadium stories to tackle. Let’s jump in:
The Post reports on some very brisk sales of Stadium memorabilia. Steiner Sports claims they’re moving $1 million a day in stadium merchandise, and the article features a few celebrities looking to get in on the action. Rudy Giuliani plans to buy his two seats and some sod. LeBron James, Keith Olbermann, Maury Povich and George Pataki want to snag some seats, and Richard Gere has yet to decide what he wants. Compelling, compelling stuff.
Closer to home, The Post also looked at what the Yankees want in graphic form. Bernie wants the 408 section of the center field wall; Johnny Damon wants the foul poles for his Florida property; a handful of current and former Yanks want their old lockers. It sounds as though the players are going to have to pay for the memorabilia too.
In new Stadium news, Mike from In Mo We Trust sat in and reviewed the Legends Suite experience. He really enjoyed the experience even if the price makes it a one-time thing. I believe that Mike’s review is the first first-person account of those oft-empty seats out there.
As the NYC Park Advocates again slam the city for delays in opening replacement parks for the lost Macombs Dam Park, the Yankees let slip that they are considering how to address critiques of the new stadium experience. Sam Borden reported that Yanks VP Felix Lopez let slip a mea culpa of sorts on the radio yesterday. “There are a lot of things wrong with this building we’re trying to fix,” he said. “With the help of the fans and the media, we’re looking into everything.”
Borden notes — and I agree — that Lopez’s comment is either the sign of dissension in the ranks of the Yankee front office or an indication that Lonn Trost’s and Randy Levine’s power may be waning. We’ll continue to follow that story.
Finally, two humorous stories, only one of which is satire: A Steiner Collectibles executive is considering bottling and selling Yankee clubhouse air. The Onion took on the high ticket prices. I think the clubhouse air story, while true, is actually funnier.