During a news conference Tuesday that covered a wide array of topics including how the wind is affecting home run balls and how the recent decrease in ticket prices may or may not be affecting sales, Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost said something I found to be highly elitist and just plain wrong.
Trying to justify the Yankees new policy that unless you have tickets in the Legends Suites area, meaning you spent $500-$2,625 per seat, you cannot gather near the field during batting practice to get autographs, Trost said:
“If you purchase a suite, do you want somebody in your suite? If you purchase a home, do you want somebody in your home?”
Can you really tell me that this guy is not an ass? Trying to compare seats at a Yankee game with your home? I would GUARANTEE that 90% of people who bought those seats probably wouldn’t care if kids were congregating before the game to get autographs. And the 10% that might care, probably are the ones not showing up until the 3rd inning anyways.
In the old stadium, once BP was over, ushers would calmly ask the fans to return to their seats. I attended several games at the old stadium and this never appeared to be an issue.
If the Yankees do not watch out they are going to end up alienating the casual fan. I think the Yankee Brass would be smart to remember that there is another baseball team 20 minutes away with a nice new stadium that is much more fan friendly. Oh, and the brass should tell Trost to shut his mouth.