A Few Updates From Yankees Universe

Kevin RozellSenior Writer IOctober 4, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 30:  Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees pitches in the 9th inning against the Kansas City Royals during the game on September 30, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Yankees Postseason tickets go on sale this Monday. They announced that tickets for the first two rounds of postseason games at Yankee Stadium will go on sale to the public on Monday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. ET.

The New York Yankees are increasing seating capacity for playoff games at Yankee Staidum. They are going to install 60 cafe seats on the field level and sell 200 standing room places on the field and main levels during the post-season. The cafe seats will cost US$81 for the division series and $131 for the league championship series. Standing places will go for $30 and $25 in the first round and $64 and $48 in the second round.

The Gate 2 movement is coming to an end. As of now, Gate 2 is not a part of the Heritage Field plans. Let’s hope that changes.

Chuck Knoblauch was charged with assault, accused of hitting and choking common-law wife. He appeared in court on Tuesday to face assault charges brought by his common-law wife. Knoblauch’s wife told police he hit her in the face and choked her on Friday at their Houston home. The judge set Knoblauch’s bond at $10,000. It’s sad to see all the bad news surrounding Knoblauch over the past few years.

Robertson feels like normal for Yankees and says he’s ready for the playoffs. ”The elbow felt great,” Robertson said after the game. “I didn’t have any problems at all warming up. It felt really good. It felt just like normal. And then once I got out of the game, it felt the exact same. It felt like it was a month ago.”

Tino Martinez greeted fans aboard the ‘Yankee Clipper’ Ferry.  He greeted fans on Wednesday at Pier 78, near the shore of the Hudson River. He posed for photographs and signed autographs for fans to help promote the New York Waterway “Yankee Clipper” ferry. The cost is $22 for adults and $18 for passengers under age 12, with passengers under 3 riding for free. The ferry ride will be in operation for the entire 2009 Postseason.

Jon Heyman on Matsui:

Hideki Matsui is in the final year of a four-year, $52MM extension he signed with the Yankees following the 2005 campaign.  At the age of 35, Matsui turned in one of his best seasons in the majors, posting .280/.373/.521 and 28 HRs.  However, it doesn’t appear that Hideki Matsui is a capable fielder at this stage of his career after all the injuries he has been through.  Having not taken the field once all season, Matsui is strictly an American League player.  As Tim Dierkes pointed out last week, if Matsui looks to sign elsewhere, he will find himself vying for 8 or less DH openings with 11 or so others.

Those close to Matsui say his first choice is to stay with the Yanks.  However, the Yankees may have to let him walk as the DH spot will be needed for Jorge Posada and others.

Yanks to bid on Jason Bay? MLB Trade Rumors says that they coudl have interest in him, and of course they have the resources to sign him.

The Yankees honored Jeter and Rivera for their accomplishments this season. Before their game on Tuesday night, the organization gave milestone achievement awards to the both of them. Jeter broke Lou Gehrig’s franchise record for hits with No. 2,722 on Sept. 11, and Rivera reached 500 saves on June 28.

Derek Jeter was given home plate and first base, from the night he surpassed Gehrig. He also received the two seats he crashed into while making his famous diving catch against Boston in 2004, and the “I want to the Good Lord…” sign he cherished from the old Yankee Stadium. Mariano Rivera was given the bullpen bench from the old Yankee Stadium. He also got the Citi Field pitching rubber from the night he earned save 500th save.

Jon Heyman breaks down each playoff team’s main concern. This is what he had to say about the Yankees:

New York Yankees
There’s no debate where the Yankees’ vulnerability lies: it’s in the back end of their rotation. Which is why they are going to opt for the longer division series, with the extra day off. That’s certainly understandable if their opponent is the Twins, who have five fairly interchangeable starters, but the Tigers are slightly top-heavy, too. The Joba Rules have changed as the games have gone on, but the preferred treatment today is to keep him out of the rotation (at least for the division series), no matter who they play. A.J. Burnett went to the videotape and appears to have cured a series of mechanical flaws that made him into a shell of himself for the better part of the summer, while October veteran Andy Pettitte now reports no shoulder fatigue after missing a start in September.
Worry Meter (1 to 10 scale): 3

The Red Sox Worry Meter was 4.