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New Yankee Stadium Still Facing Issues As Season Progresses
Published May 18, 2009
|Yankees Still Struggling To Find
Ways To Fill Up New Ballpark
TIME TO TAKE CHARGE: In N.Y., Mike Lupica wrote Yankees co-Chair Hal Steinbrenner, who is running the franchise, "needs to start reminding the people who report to him that they work for him, not the other way around." People are "always going to tell him that things aren't as bad with their fans as the media says they are," which is "just another way the underbosses look out for themselves instead of the Yankees." Sources indicated that Streinbrenner is a "good guy, doing the best he can while getting on-the-job training" and "deciding whom he can trust." But within the Yankees organization there is President Randy Levine "letting everybody know he's the president of the Yankees pretty much every chance he gets," and COO Lonn Trost "taking fire these days for everything that goes wrong at the new Yankee Stadium." Lupica: "Sometimes the war to win the AL East is nothing compared to the turf wars that go on behind the scenes at the new Stadium." One MLB exec, who "thought he'd never miss" Yankees Chair George Steinbrenner, said of the franchise, "There's not one voice." Lupica wrote Yankees fans "shouldn't miss [George Steinbrenner] because they miss the show," but they "should miss him because he would have banged a few heads over the run-out of the new stadium" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/17).
Several Celebrities, Athletes Showing Interest
In Purchasing Some Old Yankee Stadium Items
PRODUCT PLACEMENT: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Russell Adams notes an "astounding 47 homers were hit in the first 13 games" at the new Yankee Stadium, and "two thirds of those were hit to right field where the names of sponsors like Sharper Image and Toyota are displayed." Sharper Image VP/Licensing Federico de Bellegarde: "We couldn't be happier with our investment" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/18).