The Mets are the only first place team in New York City this morning. While we enjoy a two-game lead over the pesky Phillies, The Spankees are struggling to stay relevant in the AL East.
But in at least one category, the Yankees have already defeated the Mets:
Yesterday, the Evil Empire announced their 2009 full AND PARTIAL season ticket plans
for the new Yankee Stadium (thanks for the heads-up Glenn!).
Besides the full season plan, fans have a choice to get a 41, 20, 15, 12 or 11 game plan. And the Yankees provided an online relocation guide
to help their fans find their way to the new ballpark -- and perhaps keep not just their seats but also their proximity to other fans with whom they have sat for many years.
Upon first glance, it doesn't appear the prices for comparable seats are that much higher in the new park (granted, the prices are already pretty high). On one fan site
, a Yankee partial planner wrote: "If my seats in the new Stadium end up in the same area as this current
Stadium, and the price for next season is the same as this season, I
will personally send the Brothers Steinbrenner a thank you card."
There's a satisfied customer.
Meanwhile, Met partial season ticket holders have officially heard nothing. In comments and private e-mails to Loge13.com, quite a few Met fans have expressed their dismay over the fate of 2009 partial ticket plans. The only message from Mets brass was the quote from Dave Howard earlier this week
At least two folks have told me they were told the Mets will announce something about partial plans in September. That is just a second-hand rumor but there you go. Longtime Loge13 reader Doug has been a solid believer that partial plans are coming and we all hope he's right. But now the Mets have to once again follow in the footsteps of the Yankees (ugh) who seem to have put together a thoughtful, fan-friendly migration plan for their middle class fan base.