Wang To Pitch In Extended Spring Training

Looking to get Chien-Ming Wang some work in a game-type setting, the Yankees will have him throw an extended spring training game on Thursday. From Kat O’Brien:

Wang, who will remain on the Yankees active roster, is scheduled to throw 100 pitches in front of Yankees Tampa-based officials Mark Newman and Nardi Contreras.

This way, Joe...

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The Ticket Price Problem

Jaon at IIATMS runs through the factors that contributed to the premium tickets to games at the new Yankees Stadium going unsold:

The economy tanked
Personal wealth linked to the capital markets tanked
Jobs disappeared
Government bailout of Wall Street behemoths
Many, many Wall Street financial institutions merged/disappeared
Many “feeder” industries reliant on Wall Street...

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The embarrassment of the rich

But the point today is how patently absurd the Yanks decision to price tickets as if they were scalpers during the playoffs. They clearly saw gap between face prices and scalper prices and said “that’s our money“. So they devised a strategy that pegged the potential buying audience (ultra-rich and corporations) with their ability to pay scalper prices. Then the world changed, plus they made at least one tactical error:

  1. The economy tanked
  2. Personal wealth linked to the capital markets tanked
  3. Jobs disappeared
  4. Government bailout of Wall Street behemoths
  5. Many, many Wall Street financial institutions merged/disappeared
  6. Many “feeder” industries reliant on Wall Street (like the lawyers) to pay their hourly rates suffered
  7. Tactical error: The Yanks failed to realize that there were thresholds that firms could spend entertaining clients and the tickets (and dinner and car services) would put the firms over the threshold, making the expense non-reimbursable.

A few weeks back, we went to a friends’ house for an afternoon.…

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Minor Notes: Brackman Strong

Andrew Brackman Goes 6, No Walks

Following two starts where he was effective, but not dominant, Brackman finally breezed through a lineup last night. He struck out 8 and walked none in 6 innings, allowing 2 earned runs. Brackman has a long way to go, but a few more starts like this could push him to...

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