Another night, another loss for the Yankees.
Facing his former team, A.J. Burnett kept the Blue Jays hitless for 3 innings, until things fell apart in the 4th inning. By the time he was finished for the night, he had given up 5 runs on 7 hits, including a home run. There were also 3 strikeouts and 4 walks. Aside from those first three innings, the only good really thing about Burnett’s performance is that he pitched into the 8th inning, thereby not wearing out the bullpen. But giving up 5 runs is not a good thing to do when he’s going up against former teammate Roy Halladay, who just so happens to be one of the best pitchers in the American League.
On top of the loss, Derek Jeter was scratched with a sore right oblique, and Hideki Matsui left the game in the 5th inning with a tight right hamstring.
The Yankees are 3-7 in May, and have 5 wins against AL East opponents so far this season. At the rate they’re going, they really could be out of the division race by Memorial Day.
Last week, Jenn at the Phillies Phollowers blog mentioned that she had checked on ticket prices at Yankee Stadium for the Phillies series there. She was appalled at the prices. I also would like to see the new stadium, so a couple of days ago I checked the Yankees web site to see if there were any affordable tickets available for the June 18th Yankees/Nationals game. It’s a day game, so I could just take an early train up to NY from DC, take the subway to the game, and then reverse the process after the game. It would be a long day — up at 5 a.m., return home at about 1 a.m. — but it would be fun.
Not gonna happen.
The least expensive ticket I found cost $90. Ninety dollars. For a seat by the left field foul pole. A seat in a similar location at Nationals Park would cost $30. The ninety dollar seat is actually one of the cheaper prices for Yankee Stadium. As much as I’d love to see that game, there is no way in hell I’m going to spend that much money for a ticket, especially considering how much a round trip ticket on Amtrak would cost me.
I do want to see a game at Yankee Stadium sometime this season, so I’m not going to give up trying to get a reasonably priced ticket (by reasonably priced, I mean under $50) for any game. But I definitely won’t be seeing the Yankees play the Nationals in person.