Daily Minyan – April 30, 2009

As a result of embarassing scenes like this,

 

the Evil Empire has slashed the prices for premium seatsI Here is an excerpt from an AP article about this move:

The New York Yankees slashed prices on more than 40 percent of their front-row seats by up to 50 percent Tuesday and announced many of those who bought tickets closest to the field for $325-$2,500 will be eligible for additional free seats.

Those initiatives could help pack previously unfilled areas that were an eye sore on television broadcasts during the opening homestand at the $1.5 billion ballpark.

“There are a few hundred suite seats in our premium locations that have not been sold on a full season basis,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “As a result, and for many of our fans who have already purchased full season suite seats in such premium locations, the Yankees are announcing today a program that adjusts certain prices and benefits.”

While most of the cheaper tickets in the second and third decks were sold for the opening six games, entire sections of cushioned blue seats with teak arm rests in the first nine rows in 25 sections went empty, areas that cost $500 and up. In addition, many of the non-premium seats between the bases, which cost $325 as part of season tickets and $375 individually, also went unfilled.

 Assemblyman Richard Brodsky of Westchester, a frequent and vocal critic of the Yankees, said the reductions weren’t enough.

“It’s the public that built Yankee Stadium, and even at these prices, the public has been excluded from the very stadium they built,” Brodsky said. “It’s a continuing disaster.”

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad, who went 1-for-1, pinch hit for Russell Martin and delivered a 2-out run scoring single in the 8th inning of the Dodgers’ loss to the Giants.   He raised his average to .462.  With Martin hitting .216, I question why Brad isn’t getting more playing time.

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 0-for-4, with three strikeouts in the Brewers victory over the Pirates.  He lowered his average to .333 and extended his streak to 169 errorless games.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Minnesota Twins

Craig pitched a scoreless inning in the Twins victory over the Rays, however it wasn’t easy!  After a lead-off walk to Carlos Pena, and a strike out of Pat Burrell, he gave up a 1-out double to Ben Zobrist to put runners on 2nd and 3rd.  But he dug in and got the last two batters to pop up.  He lowered his ERA to 4.26.

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott’s next start is Thursday against Oakland.

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch the Pirates loss to the Brewers.

 

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in yesterday’s loss to the Twins.  

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian didn’t play yesterday because the Rangers game against the A’s was rained out. 

That should give him more time to read this book:

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t start yesterday in the Rockies game against the Padres. He is slated to pitch this Sunday.

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t pitch in the Diamondbacks victory over the Cubs. 

 

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk didn’t play in yesterday’s victory over the Indians because of a sore back.

  

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Brad Ausmus

                        

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4 comments

  1. jewsonfirst and http://brooksrobinsonrules.mlblogs.com/

    Emma,

    I’m surprised by how little he is playing considering it is the NL, where double switches are commonplace. Brad is raking right now.

    Ken

  2. jewsonfirst and http://brooksrobinsonrules.mlblogs.com/

    Thanks for the clarification. I couldn’t discern whether he pinch-hit for Martin or came in on defense from the play-by-play of the game.

    Brad’s average is significantly higher, though and I continue to wonder why he isn’t getting more playing time as a former All-Star.

    Ken

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