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The Yanks have learned nothing from price gouging, have they?

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According to CNBC's Darren Rovell, the Yankees and their memorabilia company have released their prices for artifacts from the old Yankee Stadium.

Needless to say, they're outrageous.

But not only are they outrageous in terms of being high priced, they're also profane in that the Yankees are disrespecting their most loyal season-ticket-holding fans and reaching into their wallets even deeper.

Get this: If you're just a regular fan and would like to buy a pair of seats from The House That Ruth Built, it'll set you back a grand total of $1,499. That's a lot of bread, but maybe worth it if you have a cool sports bar in your basement and want the flavor of old Yankee Stadium nearby. They're almost twice as expensive as the seats from Shea Stadium (which haven't even sold out at that price point) and cost more than the original seats from Yankee Stadium, pre-renovation, but fine. I can see it. Consumers can decide if they're willing to pay that price.

But here's the part that gets me. If you are/were a season ticket holder and you want your specific seats that you used to sit in game after game, the Yankees will be happy to reward your pocketbook loyalty by charging you $500 more for the pair. Just write out a check for $1,999 and they're yours forever.

If you don't want to take advantage of the offer? Well, the Yankees will be glad to sell you some freeze-dried grass for $50, a vial of dirt for $80 and a block of sod for $280.

And, oh, they'll presumably release your specific seats into a pool where an Average Joe who didn't spend thousands of dollars on tickets, parking, food and beer over the last eight World Series title-free seasons can buy them at a 25 percent markdown.

Honestly, this is so mind-boggling in its stupidity that I can't even wrap my head around it. The franchise has been repeatedly flogged for its astronomical prices across the street — to the point of having to reduce seat prices — and now they do this to their loyal fans, in a down economy, no less? It'd be funny, if only it weren't so stunningly arrogant. What's it going to take for the Bros. Steinbrenner and Lonn Trost to learn from their past mistakes?

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