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Yankee Stadium Memorabilia Sale Underway Following City Deal

Old Yankee Stadium Memorabilia Will Be On
Sale Through July 24 On Steinersports.com
Memorabilia from the old Yankee Stadium "went on sale Tuesday, opening a process designed to turn memories into money -- at least enough to cover removal costs" and the $11.5M the Yankees "paid the city for the privilege," according to Neil Best of NEWSDAY. The sale, which closes July 24 at Steinersports.com, includes a "dizzying array of items, and more to be rolled out over time through Yankee-Steiner Collectibles, from freeze-dried grass to various 'dirt products' to foul poles to pieces of the facade to a section of the wall down the leftfield line that Derek Jeter once fell over to pursue a popup against the Red Sox." Some items are "for sale at a fixed price, such as pairs of generic seats for $1,499 -- nearly double the $869 the Mets charged for Shea seats -- and $1,999 for seats from a specific season-ticket holder's location." The auction also features $749 commemorative seats "in which odd bottoms and backs are assembled with new iron arms" (NEWSDAY, 5/13). In N.Y., Fenton & Olshan report segments of the outfield facade are selling for $50,000 apiece, while a 20-by-20-foot "chunk of center-field sod" is selling for $10,000. Fans also can "snag GM Brian Cashman's pleather chair" for $5,000 (N.Y. POST, 5/13).

CRITICS CRY FOUL: In N.Y., Samuel Goldsmith reports the $11.5M payment from the Yankees to the city "led critics of the club's relationship with the city to cry foul." New York Assembly member Richard Brodsky: "The value of the relics of Yankee Stadium is clearly much more than $11.5[M]. With these guys, it's always the Yankees win and the taxpayers lose." Brodsky said that the "original plan to sell pieces of the stadium gave the city a cut of the proceeds in addition to a lump sum, but the provision was abandoned." Brodsky "estimated the value of the stadium relics at more than" $100M. Yankees COO Lonn Trost accused Brodsky of "grandstanding" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/13).

TRIAL & ERROR: Trost said that "no change is imminent" in the new Yankee Stadium policy that prohibits fans without Legends Suite tickets "in the area during batting practice, a location that was popular for securing autographs in the old stadium." Trost: "If you purchase a suite, do you want somebody in your suite? You purchase a home, do you want somebody in your home?" Meanwhile, when asked if he is "satisfied with the reaction to [the team's] recent decision to lower prices in some locations and offer extra tickets in others to fill more seats in TV camera range," Trost said, "I'm never satisfied with anything. Every day we look at it and analyze it. ... Can you really tell what's taking place in two homestands with 90[%] of them in rain? I can't" (NEWSDAY, 5/13). Trost added that the Yankees will "continue to monitor and test the wind's effects" on the new ballpark. Trost: "We'll always look and always analyze and right now, I don't think I can do anything about wind." Meanwhile, Trost said that the Yankees "would consider whether anything should be done about the row of seats in the outfield from which it is easy for fans to interfere with fielders near the wall." Trost: "We're going to have to look at that this year to see whether that row, which is both in leftfield and rightfield, impedes play in any way. But we can't do anything this year" (NEWSDAY, 5/13).

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