By Greg Cohen and Jesse Lawrence, TiqIQ
When the Dodgers last won the World Series in New York City, a ticket to Game 4 could be had for $7.35, or less than the cost of a hot dog or a beer at the New Yankee Stadium. The last time the Dodgers visited the Bronx was for the 1981 World Series, and the face price for Yankees tickets in the in the Loge section of the old stadium was $20. Times have obviously changed, and for last year’s World Series, the minimum face price to see the Giants beat the Tigers was $110. For the second half of the Yankees vs. Dodgers doubleheader, though, there are a handful of tickets available for 1981 prices. As of 11:30am, the Yankees Ticket Exchange had tickets in section 239 for $21.
1981 was the year before Don Mattingly made his major league debut, and the last time the Yankees would see the post-season until his final year in 1995. The prospects of a managerial postseason for Mattingly in 2013 are low, and a rematch of the ’81 series even lower. The Dodgers enter the series last in the NL West, seven games out of the playoff hunt. The Yankees are surviving at third in the AL East. With Mattingly in the opposing dugout, though, the game will evoke memories even for those too young to remember 1981.
Mattingly only played two postseason games in Yankee Stadium, both in 1995. In those games, he batted .500 and led the team into Seattle with a good chance to return home for the ALCS. As we all now know, Edgar Martinez and Ken Griffey Jr. had other plans. Despite the Yankees’ dramatic and traumatic loss, there was some solace in knowing that the Captain had seized the moment and delivered big on the postseason stage. While his legacy as a great Yankee was already fortified, those two games dispelled any questions about his October mettle.
While we’re still months from October, the two games today at Yankee Stadium may be critical to dispel rumblings about his viability as Dodgers manager. A dismal performance on the biggest stage in baseball could be the final straw. Two wins could be a turning point in the season. If the past is any predictor, Mattingly will do everything he can to make sure his guys leave it all out on the field.
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