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May 12, 2009
Yanks start carving up, selling old Yankee Stadium
As promised, Steiner Sports went live today with its web sale of items from the old Yankee Stadium, after teaming up with the Yankees to buy the lot from the city for $11.5 million. Among the bits of the historic ballpark being chopped up and offered as collectibles, in addition to stadium seats for $750 a pop, are a "Caution: Slippery When Wet" sign for $350 and a "Piece of Facade from the Original Yankee Stadium" (caution: not actual original facade; also, it's a frieze, not a facade) for a mere $50,000. Though that still seems like a bargain compared to $59.99 for a "Brett Gardner 2009 Yankees Mini Dirt Collage."
In other Yankees news, team president Randy Levine may be "done talking about seats," but COO Lonn Trost took some questions at today's stadium auction press conference, telling reporters who asked about the team's unpopular move to ban fans from going down to the field level during batting practice: "Right now, that's the policy. Well, if you purchase a suite, do you want somebody in your suite? You purchase a home, do you want somebody in your home?" This should go over about as well as Mayor Bloomberg's "We love the rich people!" remark.