No word if either of the Steinbrenner Bros. were recently visited by someone doing his best Jacob Marley impression, but the Yankees sure are being generous as we near Christmas Day.
First it was announced that the Yankees will be writing a $26.9 million luxury tax penalty check to be distributed among the rest of the league's teams (save the Tigers, who were also penalized to the tune of $1.3 million). Then they handed $180 million to Mark Teixeira.
Now comes news that the club will be charging 1923 prices for some seats to the first two exhibition games against the Cubs in new Yankee Stadium on April 3-4.
If you want to sit in the bleachers, it'll cost you a nice shiny quarter. If you'd like to sit in the grandstand, it'll set you back $1.10. Both amounts were what it would have cost you to see the opening of old Yankee Stadium 85 years ago had you actually been alive in 1923.
The stadium's other seats are being offered at reduced prices (they'll top out at $50) and the team's full-season ticketholders won't be paying anything for admission to either game. With Prohibition over, beer will presumably be offered at this grand opening (albeit for a little more than it would've cost at a Bronx speakeasy back in the day).
But before we get a little too busy fawning over the glad tidings of the newly-changed Scrooge, remember this: These same seats getting offered for free or 25 cents on April 3-4 will cost as much as $2,500 for the first official game, an April 16 date against the Indians.
And considering that the park has been publicly financed, the '23 prices are a little closer to a small stocking stuffer than the big-ticket present under the tree.