Ticked Off: Yankee Ticket Policy Sells Out Loyal Fan

SportsLiferCorrespondent IIMarch 24, 2009

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16:  Workers lay sod at the New Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
The Yankees sent me a "Dear John" letter the other day.

It was sad. It broke my heart. No more pinstripe sweethearts.

The Yanks told me they had chosen others for their random single-game ticket lottery, They let me down easy with an option to buy any  remaining tickets online.

But outside from a pair of upper deck tickets for a May mid-week game against Baltimore, that fruitless exercise yielded dozens upon dozens of rejection notices, to wit:

Sorry, no exact matches were found, but other tickets may still be available

Other tickets. Yeah, I could have had two tickets behind home plate for a July 26 game against the A’s—for a modest $2,625 per ticket, plus handling charges. Tough to justify when you’re worrying about the economy and the mortgage and trying to put a son through law school.


Loyalty Doesn’t Count

Guess loyalty no longer counts at Yankee Stadium, especially for the fans who have stuck with the Bombers through good times and bad.

Sure, I saw Mantle and Reggie and Jeter, but I also sat through doubleheaders in the 60's with Horace Clarke at second base and Dooley Womack on the mound. I also endured the Stump Merrill era and some terrible baseball in the late 80's and early 90's.

For years, I’ve purchased Yankee single game tickets on the Internet. I’ve taken family and friends to games at the old Stadium, winning many new fans for the Bombers in the process.

But loyalty only goes so far…certainly not across 161st Street in the Bronx.

The Yankees are in the new Stadium now, and they want to push season ticket packages and corporates in the suites and behind the plate and wherever else people will plunk down mucho pesos for a seat.

I guess the Yankees just don’t want my business anymore. Not when they can sell tickets at $2,625 a pop.

Oh yeah, almost forgot. Here’s the Dear John letter:

Dear Yankees Fan:

Thank you for registering for the chance to be included in an online Pre-On-Sale Ticket purchase opportunity.  Unfortunately, however, your entry was not selected.  Thank you for taking the time to register and please remember that any Tickets that remain after the conclusion of all Pre-On-Sale opportunities will be available for purchase, online only, beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 10:00 am.

It may as well have been signed: Forget About It.


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