Ok, and can you buy a season ticket as well?
You can usually buy tickets at the stadium, though games do sell out depending on how "big" of a game it is.
But you don't have to go all the way to the stadium to purchase tickets. You can buy them online (though you won't get the tickets that day) or just check availability at the Yankees website, or go to one of the Yankees Clubhouse shops at these locations. At South Street Seaport you can buy a ticket and get on a ferry to the stadium an hour and a half before the game starts.
Ok, and can you buy a season ticket as well?
The Yankees always have "walkup" sales, meaning you can go to the stadium and get tickets at gametime. Certain series are sold out in advance, like when the Red Sox come to town. But when I get tickets, I prefer to get them in advance, and by mail.Originally Posted by maroualle
New New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez adjusts his new Yankees cap during a news conference at Yankee Stadium in New York on Feb. 17, 2004. The New York Yankees introduced their newest highly paid All-Star a day after commissioner Bud Selig approved the trade moving Rodriguez from the Texas Rangers to the Bronx.
Both New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, and New York Yankees newly-acquired third baseman Alex Rodriguez smile as the mayor welcomed Rodriguez to the city during a news conference at City Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004
New New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter during a news conference at Yankee Stadium in New York
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, right, is helped with his new number 13 jersey by New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, left, during a news conference at Yankee Stadium
New New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter during a news conference
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, center, is surrounded by members of the media
February 18, 2004
Yankees Welcome Rodriguez, an M.V.P. Who Wants to Blend In
By TYLER KEPNER
He wore a white tie with thin navy blue stripes, evoking his new allegiance. A giant Yankees logo hovered behind him, and more than 300 members of the news media — about the total for a playoff game — stared back at him.
Alex Rodriguez had always wanted this, always burned to play in an East Coast city where baseball sizzled year-round. He had spent three years with the Texas Rangers, playing for fortune and fame, and he started his first Yankees news conference yesterday with this word: "Wow." It was an appropriate sentiment for a man who looked as if he had it all.
Rodriguez, who formally joined the Yankees on Monday in a trade for Alfonso Soriano and a minor leaguer to be named, does not quite have it all. He does not have his shortstop position, but he insisted that did not matter. Rodriguez will play third base, and Derek Jeter will play shortstop. Never mind that Rodriguez is a better defensive player and the reigning American League most valuable player.
"To me, it was a very easy decision," Rodriguez said. "To me, this came down to winning. Over the last three years, I've come to understand that winning is something I respect a lot. It was an easy decision. Hopefully, after today, it will be a dead issue. Derek Jeter is the captain of this team, and I'm going to follow his leadership."
Rodriguez, who was captain of the Rangers for three weeks before the trade, said repeatedly that he just wanted to blend in. That will be next to impossible for a player with a $252 million contract, but Rodriguez said he understood Jeter's stature. It is Jeter's team, he said, not his.
"When you have four world championships and you're the captain of the New York Yankees, that should never be an issue," Rodriguez said. "I'm here to assist him and be one of the guys."
Jeter said that having Rodriguez beside him could help his defense at short. Jeter does not have excellent range, but he has seemed even worse the last two seasons because Robin Ventura covered little ground at third. Jeter compared Rodriguez to Scott Brosius, the former Yankees third baseman whose range allowed Jeter to play closer to the middle.
Rodriguez and Jeter flew together from Tampa, Fla., to New York on Monday, and Rodriguez assured him that he would be comfortable switching to third. For Rodriguez, the move was a show of professional courtesy that Jeter said he would have returned.
"If he was with Texas and I went over to Texas, I wouldn't try to push him out of shortstop," Jeter said.
Manager Joe Torre, who also flew from Tampa for the news conference and had breakfast with Rodriguez yesterday, was not told of the trade talks until it had been decided that Rodriguez would play third. Torre said he agreed with it, even though he all but acknowledged that Rodriguez is a better shortstop than Jeter.
"I'm loyal to players, but I'm more loyal to the team," Torre said. "Because someone may have more ability and can do certain things doesn't mean you're a better team that way. I think that's my job, to decide how we're a better team."
What Torre did not say is that Rodriguez would probably be a better third baseman than Jeter. One official of another team said yesterday that Rodriguez has the most important asset of a great third baseman: the first-step quickness that comes with anticipating the direction of the ball off the bat.
But the same official said he did not envision Rodriguez staying at third for long, and that issue could shadow the Yankees.
"I understand if I make an error, people will start saying, `You should move over there,' " Jeter said. "But I've made errors before. I'm going to make errors this year. It's part of the game; you can write it down. But I understand my role on the team."
Jeter anticipated another question yesterday, about his relationship with Rodriguez. The two have been friendly for more than 10 years, but the relationship became strained in 2001 when Rodriguez questioned Jeter's leadership and talent in an Esquire article. Jeter played down the spat.
"When you have a brother, I'm sure you have arguments with your brother," Jeter said. "But the bottom line is, we're still close. I think everyone wants us to disagree; everyone wants us to not get along. But that's not the case. Our relationship is fine."
Rodriguez said he and Jeter used to joke about playing on the same team late in their careers, with one or the other moving to third base. He never expected such a sudden career move, but after Texas finished in last place in all three of his seasons there, Rodriguez was eager for a change.
His agent, Scott Boras, told Rodriguez only two teams could trade for him, and one, the Boston Red Sox, had missed its chance in December. Boras knew the Yankees did not want Rodriguez to play shortstop, so he presented Rodriguez with an enticing plan of what could happen in New York.
"When you've done what he's done individually, being a Gold Glove third baseman and being a two-time most valuable player and being a world champion is a lot better than being in the position he was in a year ago," Boras said.
Rodriguez is getting that chance in the city where he was born (in Washington Heights in 1975) and lived until he was 4. The family later settled in Miami, where Rodriguez followed the Atlanta Braves and the Mets on cable. He wore No. 3 because the former Braves star Dale Murphy wore it, and chose No. 13 for the Yankees because Dan Marino wore it for the Miami Dolphins.
Rodriguez wanted to play in New York after the 2000 season, but the Mets broke off free-agent negotiations, with Steve Phillips, their general manager at the time, saying infamously that Rodriguez would have created a "24-and-1" environment because of the perks Phillips said he had demanded. Rodriguez, who contended he did not remember that comment, said he still pined for New York after the snub.
"Deep down in my heart, I always thought New York was a possibility," he said. "I was thinking at 38, not 28. So that part of it is exciting."
It is also a relief for Rodriguez, who finally knows where he will play after months in limbo. After the deal was finished, Rodriguez said, his wife, Cynthia, told Jeter, "I'm glad that this whole thing is over."
Jeter corrected her. "The party has just begun," he said.
SPORTS OF THE TIMES
Jeter Shows His Cool, This Time in the Preseason
By HARVEY ARATON
IF Derek Jeter was feeling the heat from the newest star in the Yankees' expanding galaxy, he didn't show it. If he was feeling defensive about remaining the shortstop of the team he captains, he didn't sound it.
Sitting atop a worktable yesterday in the Yankee Stadium pressroom, where thousands of words are bound to be written measuring Jeter's value against Alex Rodriguez's, Jeter calmly answered the necessary challenges to his rights of incumbency with no sign of anxiety, without the loss of even one bead of sweat. He was characteristically cool as any starry October Bronx night.
"The measuring stick is how many championships you win," Jeter said, the implicit message serving as a reminder that in this statistical category, it is Jeter 4, Rodriguez 0.
Jeter made his case with all due respect to Rodriguez's Most Valuable Player award, Gold Glove and 47 home runs in 2003. But he planted an off-limits sign at short because he, not A-Rod, has been making all those classic October plays, walking tall, toeing George Steinbrenner's bottom line.
It was Jeter who sprayed big postseason hits all over the Stadium in the late 1990's, who led off Game 4 of the 2000 World Series against the Mets with a don't-even-think-it home run and who hit another to tie the Series finale the next night. It was Jeter who nailed Jeremy Giambi at the plate in the 2001 playoffs with his great positional intuition and who that fall was hailed as the modern Mr. October and even Mr. November, while Alex Rodriguez was already on vacation.
"I'm taking for granted that A-Rod is a performer in the month of October," Reggie Jackson, the original man of that month, said at the news conference yesterday during which Jeter stood behind Rodriguez and helped him slip into pinstripes but made it clear that he still regards himself as the Yankees' leader.
Taking for granted and knowing for sure are not the same, and that is why, in Jeter's mind, his credentials ring louder than Rodriguez's. He has won on baseball's most pressurized stage for the most demanding owner in the history of sports.
To all who are asserting that it is Jeter's place as captain and consummate team player to cede his position to a player widely regarded as his superior, Jeter would argue that he has already proved himself to be the most accountable Yankee of the Joe Torre era. For Jeter, we are merely at the point of the story where Rodriguez has the opportunity to prove he also has those transcendent qualities. It is A-Rod's turn to sacrifice.
Why would Jeter see it any other way? For eight years now, he has been celebrated for intangibles, for contributions that are not quantifiable. His approach to the game has been conditioned by Steinbrenner's terms of employment, best described by Jackson, who said, "It only matters if you win the last 11."
When someone baited Jeter by asking if he's a better shortstop than Rodriguez, he joked: "I don't have to answer that question now." He has been around New York long enough to know that even with A-Rod already calling himself "a former shortstop," the question isn't soon going away. Recognizing that resistance was futile, Jeter left it at: "I'm playing shortstop now."
In five years? Three years? Listen, these are the Yankees we're talking about. By August, more than a third of the roster is liable to have turned over. As with everything and everyone around the Yankees, the outcome of this experiment will be evaluated less on the basis of baseball logic and mainly on the mood of the owner after the last game of the season.
Jeter will continue to be Jeter, but how tempting it becomes for Steinbrenner to start squawking about A-Rod's wasting away at third will probably depend more on Mariano Rivera's ability to hold the lead in a key postseason game, or the fate of the Red Sox. The more years without a World Series banner to run up the Stadium flagpole, the more 2000 will loom as ancient history and the less the Yankees will be Derek Jeter's team, especially if A-Rod is hitting 50 home runs.
Andy Pettitte was allowed to leave this winter. Bernie Williams may be out of center field. Torre is in the last year of his deal. The Yankees begin spring training this week with four holdovers from their last championship team. Most people assume Jeter, who has a no-trade contract, is a Yankee for life, but what if out of Tampa one day comes a decree for Jeter to slide over to second?
"I'm not moving to second," he snapped when asked if the thought had so much as occurred to him.
In the event he ever gets the Bernie Williams treatment, might Jeter opt for moving out altogether, with Steinbrenner paying some of his contract, the way Texas is picking up a healthy portion of A-Rod's? All he knows right now is that he is staying right where he has been, and he'll deal with the prospect of the man he called "arguably the best player in baseball" stationed alongside.
They flew in together from Tampa on Monday night, Rodriguez taking the opportunity to tell Jeter that he is ready to switch for the long haul. With regards to winning, the newest Yankee was kind enough to compare Jeter yesterday to Magic Johnson. Was it sincere, or does A-Rod still believe what he told Esquire magazine a couple of years ago, that Jeter is no game-changer, no drink-stirring straw like Reggie?
It doesn't matter, because this is just the beginning and everyone is on the same page, with A-Rod at third and Jeter at short and the Red Sox in shock. By next season, who knows? Maybe Nomar Garciaparra is at second.
Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company
He looks like that golf player, the number 1....
Listen, i know the basis rules for baseball (we all play that in school), i promiss i will start looking at this and become a Yankee's fan, alright?
you know a website with all the rules? For the rest, i'll surf through the net.
February 18, 2004
Steinbrenner Is Not Done Celebrating or Dealing
By TOM SPOUSTA
TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 17 — A jaunty George Steinbrenner emerged from the Yankees' minor league facility early Tuesday afternoon and flashed the thumbs-up sign. He stepped into his midnight-blue BMW sedan and appeared ready to drive away, only to change his mind. For with Alex Rodriguez now in pinstripes, the Boss was ready to bask.
Reaching out of the driver's window, he signed autographs for fans. Speaking out of the passenger's window, he talked of another possible trade to counter any weaknesses, real or imagined, arising in the wake of Rodriguez's arrival and the departure of Alfonso Soriano.
Whether it might be for a crafty left-handed starting pitcher — all the Yankees starters are right-handed — or for an established second baseman, Steinbrenner, the team's principal owner, would not say. Still, the not-so-subtle message was that Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman was not finished retooling the Yankees' lineup.
"We may make one more deal, but it won't be a huge blockbuster, of course," Steinbrenner said. "It's up to Cashman. He's constantly tinkering where he thinks we need help here, need help there," adding that the Yankees "didn't raise our payroll at all" in acquiring Rodriguez.
Having first watched on television as Rodriguez donned a Yankees uniform at a news conference at Yankee Stadium, Steinbrenner talked of various team issues as fans and reporters surrounded his car. He gave his front office high praise, particularly Cashman and the team's president, Randy Levine, for outmaneuvering conventional wisdom, and opponents, in trading for Rodriguez and in making other off-season moves.
"I would say A-plus," Steinbrenner said. "You don't like to lose Andy Pettitte, but instead of sitting there moping, they went out and did some other things."
Steinbrenner bristled at the suggestion that he has again disrupted baseball's competitive balance and was simply trying to spend his way to another World Series title. And he maintained that the Boston Red Sox remained the team to beat in the American League East.
But he also tweaked the Red Sox and every other major league team for not being as clever as the Yankees in finding a way to acquire Rodriguez and insisted that the Yankees did not "buy" Rodriguez.
"They don't know their math," Steinbrenner said. "They don't know what the costs were or were not. We didn't go out and buy him. Texas got a very good deal. I hated to lose Soriano — he'll do great in Texas. Given the time, he'll be a very great player out there. But look at the finances before you make that statement."
The handful of Yankees players and coaches who arrived at Legends Field for workouts strongly endorsed the Rodriguez trade and could not help but smile as they pondered the capabilities of the Yankees' 2004 offense. Don Mattingly, the team's new hitting coach, said he had only one concern.
"We can't sit back and wait for the next guy," Mattingly said. "There's a tendency when you've got a club that's so good offensively, and I've played on a few of those myself, where you kind of lay back and say, `Oh, if I don't get him in, the next guy will.' Individually, each guy has to put pressure on himself to do the job."
Catcher Jorge Posada half-jokingly anticipated he would drop from the middle of the Yankees' batting order to the bottom. "How can you not be excited about this?" he said. "We've got a very strong lineup, and I'm going to be hitting ninth."
Steinbrenner also said he was not concerned about possible friction between Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, the Yankees' captain.
"He's the guy I look for to lead the team," Steinbrenner said of Jeter.
And Steinbrenner said he was not worried about distractions stemming from the status of Manager Joe Torre, who is in the last year of his contract, and he dismissed rumors that the Yankees were interested in acquiring the free-agent pitcher Greg Maddux.
"We're happy with the pitching we've got right now," Steinbrenner said.
Asked who would be the Yankees' center fielder on opening day, Steinbrenner said that it was Bernie Williams's job to lose — to newly acquired Kenny Lofton.
"It's Bernie, but we've got some flexibility there," Steinbrenner said. "We've got Lofton, and he's a great one. That's going to be up to the manager. I think that's the way Joe feels, that's the way I feel. Bernie has been an important part of this team for so long."
"It's a good day for the Yankees, a very good day," Steinbrenner concluded. "But we haven't won anything yet."
Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company
Still the talk of town...
Steinbrenner Likes Revamped Team
By Jim Baumbach
February 18, 2004
Tampa, Fla. -- Upon stopping his BMW on his way out of the Yankees' minor-league complex yesterday, George Steinbrenner was his usual self. The Boss had an opinion on everything.
In short, Steinbrenner said he regrets losing Andy Pettitte to free agency, already misses Roger Clemens and David Wells, thinks centerfield is Bernie Williams' job to lose, and joked that fans want his autograph only "because they think I'm dying." Oh, he also said the Yankees were not the favorites to win the American League East.
"Boston is probably the favorite," Steinbrenner said.
On the day pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, Steinbrenner again proved he is already in midseason form.
"It is a good day for the Yankees, a very good day," he said after watching the Alex Rodriguez news conference on television as he worked out. "But we haven't won anything yet."
Dressed in a dark blue Yankees jacket, Steinbrenner was in a giddy mood as he sat in the front seat of his car listening to music, signing autographs and talking about the Yankees.
He said he spoke to A-Rod for the first time since the trade by phone and was impressed. "I said we're very happy to have him," he said. "He's an outstanding young man. His wife is a lovely girl and they're going to be a great addition to our family."
That "family" has gone through an overhaul since losing to the Florida Marlins in the World Series in October, which has Steinbrenner excited and sad. The revamped roster gives him high hopes for this season but he already misses his former players.
"Andy Pettitte was a great warrior for me, but he wanted to go home," he said. "We knew that and I understood that. I'm going to miss Wellsie because he was a special favorite of mine and I'm going to miss the big man, Clemens. He was a supreme warrior."
Steinbrenner disputed reports that the Yankees were pursuing free-agent righthander Greg Maddux to help secure the rotation, saying, "We have not even had any conversations with him."
When asked about who's going to play centerfield, Steinbrenner said Williams starts spring training ahead of offseason acquisition Kenny Lofton because he is the incumbent.
"I think that's the way Joe [Torre] feels and that's the way I feel," Steinbrenner said. "Bernie has been an important part of this team for so long, you know."
Steinbrenner also took issue with those who claim that the A-Rod acquisition is just another sign of the Yankees using their tremendous resources to reel in top-tier talent.
"We didn't buy him," he said. "They don't know their math. They don't know what the costs were and were not. We didn't go out and buy him."
Steinbrenner said another move was probably going to happen soon, a likely reference to the impending signing of free-agent first baseman Travis Lee, who played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays last season.
Steinbrenner also said the team would stay in-house with the vacant second-base job, saying it would either be Enrique Wilson or Miguel Cairo, with whom Steinbrenner has taken a liking. "I like the look of this young fellow," he said.
Before leaving the complex, the 73-year-old Steinbrenner made humorous references to his health without being asked. He even closed the interview by saying his front-office staffers have to always be working the phones "even though these people don't think I'm going to be around for a while." He then closed the car window, laughed and drove off.
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To bring us down to earth a bit, the pitching is still a big question mark - and pitching and defense win championships. For a graphic, compare the Yankee and Texas Ranger rosters for 1996, 1998, and 1999. The Rangers were tailored to overwhelm the Yankees with offense, and the season stats show the superiority of output, but in the playoffs, the Rangers were completely shutdown, 9 games to one.
Exactly. Need the pitching.
I agree, they could use better pitching, but its not a concern right now. Pitching is mainly needed for the playoffs, and thats a while away. Besides, we won't know what kind of pitching we really have until the season is about half through. Last year's pitching wasn't great....Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp
And that was with Pettite and Clemens. No argument about the offense, the Yankees are stacked!Last year's pitching wasn't great
Another good example is last years Cardinals, ofcourse Kile's death had contributed to their disadvantage. They were however baseball's best offensive team and they were unable to get to the playoff's.To bring us down to earth a bit, the pitching is still a big question mark - and pitching and defense win championships. For a graphic, compare the Yankee and Texas Ranger rosters for 1996, 1998, and 1999. The Rangers were tailored to overwhelm the Yankees with offense, and the season stats show the superiority of output, but in the playoffs, the Rangers were completely shutdown, 9 games to one.
There's a wise old saying; Good pitching stops good hitting.
Let us also not forget that Boston acquired Shilling in the off season.