Yankees worried ugly fan behavior could develop into trend

October 27, 2010 by Zaki  
Filed under Headlines, National

Following Tuesday’s revelation that the wife of Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee was harassed by fans at Yankee Stadium during the playoffs, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner expressed his concern over “what seems to be a new, disturbing trend of our fans harassing other fans.”

“We’re all shocked, to say the least,” said Steinbrenner. “With our long, rich history of the most well-behaved fans in the game and our deep influence on major media markets so stories like this never see the light of day, we’re just stunned that this could ever happen.”

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday that he plans on combating the issue of fan harassment in baseball by asking Philadelphia fans to behave themselves.

Yankees fans apparently not on par with team's willingness to throw money away

April 29, 2009 by Zaki  
Filed under National

The New York Yankees have failed in their attempt to royally gouge their fans for seats in the newly built $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium. The Yankees’ original plan was to offset the cost of the stadium and overpriced talent by fleecing fans, but several hundred empty seats have forced the team to lower ticket prices to more reasonably outrageous levels.

The stadium’s most expensive seats originally fetched for $2,500 before the decrease and are now priced at a more equitable $1,250. For clarification, the one-time payment of $1,250 will earn you one — yes, one — ticket to one home game to (in all likelihood) watch the Yankees struggle against a visiting opponent.

“We obviously did a horrible job of anticipating how things would play out with this new stadium,” said Yankees general managing partner Hal Steinbrenner. “We made the sacrifice to throw a ton of money at our players and we expect the fans to throw that same money back at us. Who knew the fans would be this cheap?”