Well, for all of you turned off by the WBC talk, I bring you TicketGate. The early part of Mike's show brought us endless calls about the inflated prices of Yankees tickets. One guy got so wrapped up in the opening day ticket scenarios that he thoroughly confused me, Mike and probably countless others listening. But then Lisa from Whitestone got on to battle the big man(Mike Francesa. This is for SEO purposes). She totally disagreed with Mike's contention that it was ok for the Yankees to charge these high prices. Mike was patient with her, no doubt because she is a woman. But in the end, Lisa's spleen received a full venting about how the Yankees have basically affronted her loyalty throughout the years.
Mike informed us, 'The Yankees are in a volume business. They want you to pahh-take in the stadium. To buy the programs. To buy concessions.' Now Mike isn't condoning the high prices. But his premise more or less says 'if you don't want to go, then don't buy tickets.' A highly simplistic yet truthful comment. On this account, I agree with Mike. But what he fails to do is finish that thought. Meaning, if enough people don't go, then the Yankees will get the message and lower prices. As Yogi Berra once said, "If the fans don't want to come out to the park, I can't stop 'em."
Now I have spent more time writing on this incredibly boring topic than I bother to listen to. But apparently this issue has legs as the callers keep on coming. But from now on, when TicketGate rears its ugly head, I won't pah-take.
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