Jul
13

Our Universe is bigger than your Nation

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I’ve always been rather skeptical of the idea of Red Sox Nation. Do fans really need to prove their love of their team through the cost of their fan package and a ludicrous faux-presidential election? While New England dithered with their quaint fan club, the Bronx fans simply went on cheering for the Bombers.

Well, I guess the Powers-That-Be have determined a fan club to a lucrative venture. Earlier today, the Yankees announced the formation of the Yankee Universe, an official Yankee fan club with “members exclusive benefits, unique access and special savings.”

Per the press release, members of the fan club with earn benefits that “extend to all aspects of the fan experience.” They get 10 percent discounts at the clubhouse store and online specials at the MLB.com Shop. Those holding a membership card and a ticket will get fast-tracked into the stadium at Gate 2. That one, by the way, is the gate all the way out in left field at the corner of Jerome Ave. and 162nd St. It’s not really worth the walk.

In reality, this fan club isn’t much of anything. For $19.95 for the rest of the season, members gain access to the Gameday Audio package and all of these benefits. It’s basically an MLB.com enticement with some perks. Some of the proceeds will go to the Department of Pediatrics at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Boston may have its nation, but we have an entire Universe. We win.

Categories : Musings

76 Comments»

  1. I prefer the RAB club.

    Smart baseball fans!

  2. Tom Zig says:

    Can we have a faux-election? But instead of President, do we get a chancellor or an emperor?

  3. In reality, this fan club isn’t much of anything.

    I’m reminded of the Simpsons episode where Moe sticks the crayon back up Homer’s nose to get just the right amount of dumbness.

    Moe: “Alright, tell me when I hit the sweet spot.”
    Homer: “Deeper, you pusillanimous pilsner pusher!”
    Moe: “All right, all right.”
    [pushes deeper]
    Homer: “DE-FENSE!!! OOH, OHH!! DE-FENSE!!! OOH, OHH!!”
    Moe: “Eh, that’s pretty dumb. But, uh…”
    [pushes deeper]
    Homer: “Extended warranty? How can I lose?”
    Moe: “Perfect.”

  4. bicycle boy says:

    yankees universe = just as gay as redsox nation

  5. Can I just reiterate my amusement with the Fast Track ticketing option? I’ve walked around to Gate 2. It’s far from the subway and far from the scrum between Gates 4 and 6. By the time you walk all the way over there, any time benefit you get by using Fast Track has been wasted.

  6. AP28 says:

    How about waiting to release this until they’re no longer down 0-8 to the Red Sox on the season? Anything to make more money.

  7. Little Bill says:

    This idea is almost as dumb as putting Hughes in the bullpen. Who’s running this team nowadays?

  8. Tony says:

    They could at least have called it the Yankee Empire.

  9. Salty Buggah says:

    Hank: “Red Sox Nation? What a bunch of [expletive] that is. That was a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN, which is filled with Red Sox fans. Go anywhere in America and you won’t see Red Sox hats and jackets, you’ll see Yankee hats and jackets. This is a Yankee country. We’re going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order.”

    The creation of Yankees Universe reminded me of this quote. I remember when he said that, he got blasted even though most of it is pretty much true.

  10. pollo says:

    Do we need to state our ethnicity when filling out an application for mayor?

    Because that’s what happened last year in RSN’s mayor competition. Then all of a sudden the form changed. Shit was hilarious.

  11. Moshe Mandel says:

    So, anyone think this will help my traffic at theyankeeuniverse.com?

  12. JimT says:

    Copying is the highest form of flattery. There is after all only
    “One True Nation”!

    Long live “The Nation”!

  13. Mark B says:

    “Boston may have its nation, but we have an entire Universe. We win.”

    - Ben, you made my night….well done!

  14. j says:

    f the red sawx, f boston, f the nation, f espn and i hope papelbon blows an eye vessel trying to stare down somebody someday. he’s so goddamn ugly when he starts huffing and puffing before a pitch. baseball isn’t theater you bitch!

    okay, just letting out some steam.

    for real though, RAB should do something like this too. lol.

  15. [...] what direction the Yankees might take. Moshe Mandel at The Yankee Universe (the blog, not the fan club) runs down a few additional names. There are a few interesting ones, including Aaron Harang, Gil [...]

  16. [...] We polled the RABiverse, and Mariano Rivera’s bases loaded walk was voted as your favorite moment of the first half. The Yankees launched an official fan club called the Yankees Universe. [...]

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