Stadium quick hits: Seat sales and Suite views

Buster Olney still doesn't understand small samples
Torre, Bronx-bound in 2010, blames Proctor for injury

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.

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Buster Olney still doesn't understand small samples
Torre, Bronx-bound in 2010, blames Proctor for injury
  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    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… and Richard Gere has yet to decide what he wants.

    Oh, I know what Richard Gere wants to buy from the stadium sale.

    http://lolyankees.files.wordpr.....anks71.jpg

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Long, heartfelt golf-clap. And my vote for an Axl Award, for your troubles.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Some lines just should not be crossed.

      • UWS

        Being desired by Richard Gere would certainly explain why the little guy has vanished without a trace, though.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Oh, come on, it was a joke.

        I didn’t think anyone would be offended. We all know it’s not true, just a stupid urban legend.

        We joke about the urban legends of ARod and Jeter all the time, no?

        • LiveFromNewYork

          It’s funny when you write something that you don’t think someone will find offensive because you don’t mean anything by it.

          And then they do.

    • cult of basebaal

      +1

  • Brendan

    Edited by RAB: Just a friendly reminder, folks to keep comments on topic. Breaking news and other non-germane items should be e-mailed to us or reserved for open threads.

    • UWS

      Ooh snap! That’s a quick trigger finger there, Ben!

    • jsbrendog

      ::runs to chekc interwebs for “breaking news and other non-germane items”::

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Bernie wants the 408 section of the center field wall…

    … because it’s was the most feared section of the outfield wall, no doubt.

    • UWS

      No doubt.

  • UWS

    Meanwhile, Bobby Abreu was reported to have screamed in terror when a section of the outfield wall was offered to him.

    • cult of basebaal

      dammit, beat me to the joke.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      (golf clap)

    • LiveFromNewYork

      He will nightmares the rest of the season.

  • A.D.

    Johnny Damon wants the foul poles for his Florida property

    Interesting how he’ll blend those into the landscaping.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      I hope he takes pictures after figuring out what to do with 100-foot yellow poles.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Hope his wife doesn’t find out about it. I have a feeling there will be a veto of that purchase.

  • Brian R.

    The Felix Lopez interview during the game last night was both laughable and infuriating. Insisting that the stadium was built “for the fans” was less believable each time he repeated it, and he managed to avoid mentioning one of the “many things” they planned to fix about the stadium. When Waldman asked for examples, he repeated, “many things.” Waldman re-phrased, asking him to name three “things” he would like to see changed or fixed about the new stadium. He managed to name one, albeit completely off topic: “I’d like to see a championship team,” he said.

    It was embarrassing to hear yet another talking head from the front office of my beloved team make a fool of themselves. Get it together guys!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      At least he admitted there are things that need fixing. Trost and Levine would be loathe to even do that.

      • jsbrendog

        which is why i wouldn’t call him a “talking head” and his interview shows things might not be peachy in yankeeland, as one of you mentioned like, 1 post ago. but hey, who reads those things anyway. not brian r.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I heard there was a movement underway to save Gate 4 as the gateway to the new park. I think that’s a good idea but then I would save the whole damn thing and put the park on the playing field if it were me.