There is a piece in today’s New York Times about the cost of tickets at the new Yankee Stadium. It’s very clerverly writen; Vincent M Malozzi does a cost comparison of Yankee tickets and what people might want to spend their money on instead. Since the top-priced seat at the Stadium is $2,650, and Malozzi has three sons, it would cost him $10,600 to attend a single game. Instead, he figures he could use the money to pay for one of the following:
Tuition at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York.
Cruising the Caribbean and, with the money you have left, buy a used Cadillac.
A two-week vacation: one week in Paris and the other on the Jersey Shore.
He continues, giving several other choices someone could make instead of choosing to spend it on Yankee tickets. Now, I would have loved this article had it not been for one thing: Vincent M Malozzi is a Mets fan. He talks about the top-priced seat at Citi Field being $695 but conveniently leaves out the fact that, for him and his three sons, that would be $2,780. I know it’s not half as much as what it would cost him for Yankee tickets, but it’s still a pretty penny. I could think of plenty of things to do with $2,780 and not one of them would be buying tickets to see the New York Mets. I could:
Ride the New York City Subway 1,390 times
Buy approximately 695 half-gallon containers of organic milk
Purchase about 185 boxes of Claritin-D 24Hr (15 tablets per box)
I could go on. Yes, I know, Malozzi is talking about luxury items and it goes without saying that one can buy a ton of necessary items with that much money. I get it. But when you’re struggling, sometimes a necessary thing can turn into a luxury.
By now we’ve all heard the miraculous story of US Airways Flight 1549. What could have been a tragedy turned into a wonderful story of courage and heroism.
Yesterday Yankees announcer Michael Kay reminded me of another flight, about ten years ago, that could have been just as tragic but wasn’t quite as miraculous. In fact, it was really quite hilarious.
I’ve heard Kay tell this story many times on his radio show. He seems to bring it up every time there’s a flight disaster in the news. It involves his former broadcast partner John Sterling:
It was 1998, early in the season. The Yankees were on a flight from Minneapolis to, I believe, Texas. Suddenly, the plane was hit by severe wind shear. The plane was thrown around in the sky as if it were nothing but a toy made of paper. Grown men, most of whom were world champions, began to scream. There were cries of “Oh,my God!” and “Ay, Dios Mio!” Everyone thought this was the end.
Things became so bad that oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Michael Kay was understandabley very shaken. As he reached for his oxygen mask, he looked over at John Sterling in the seat next to him.
Sterling was reading a Robert Ludlum novel. Calmly reading a Robert Ludlom novel, I should emphasize. With a serene look on his face, he held the book in one hand and, with the other, reached up and touched his oxgen mask. All the while, the plane continued to shake violently.
Out of his mouth came a low chuckle. “Of course, we’re going to land,” he said, his voice full of amusement.
And, of course, he was right.
How hilarious is that? Kay said something about Sterling never getting ruffled in such situations because, and I’m paraphrasing, “That’s the kind of fairy tale world he lives in.”
I guess you can say this about John Sterling: He is high, he is far, he is [pause] gone!
CC Sabathia will soon sign a contract that will make him the highest paid pitcher in Major League history. Times are tough, but not for CC. A lot of people are wondering if this is fair. A lot of people. So much so that, the other day, CC made the front page of the New York Daily News:
I like how this headline sits on top of the other, about how New York city faces more budget cuts. Anyway, back to the question of whether or not it’s fair.
Sabathia is rich and he’s getting richer. Others, including myself, are poor and getting poorer. But should those of us who are Have-Nots be upset with Sabathia and his peers because they are Haves? Absolutely not! We’re talking two different entities here. The Haves are apples. They’re from Mars. They’re from a totally different world. The rest of us are oranges. We’re from Venus. We’re from another totally different world.
I’ve never been in as bad of a financial situation as I am in now, but when I hear people calling into to sportstalk radio talk shows complaining about how they themselves are hurting while CC is thriving, I want to scream. Just stop it, guys. CC Sabathia is on another planet and, last time I checked, there are no flights there.