There’s no question that Opening Day is one of the best annual traditions in all of professional sports, and that time of the year is rapidly approaching for the 2015 baseball season. There’s a lot of intriguing matchups out there to kick off the regular season, but amongst the highest on that list is a battle between two AL East rivals, the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays, which will open up the Yankee Stadium slate for the upcoming season.
According to Razorgator, when these organizations get together for the first game of the year at Yankee Stadium, the average ticket price is said to be $262, which isn’t all too bad compared to other Yankee Stadium openers over the years. The get-in price for Yankees tickets vs. Toronto is around just $76, which is a relatively modest amount given the usual prices of prestigious games at the Yankees’ home venue.
Both organizations missed the playoffs in 2014, although it was largely for the same reason, injuries. The Blue Jays, for instance, held a first place lead in the division throughout much of the summer months before succumbing to injuries, including a significant one to MVP candidate Edwin Encarnacion and as a result the Blue Jays faded out of the picture before season’s end extending the longest playoff drought in baseball to 21 seasons.
The Yankees meanwhile find themselves in a very unfamiliar position coming off missed postseason appearances in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the mid-90s. However the main reason for this has much to do with the mounting injuries they dealt with that would wreck any club, the Yankees still labored to a respectable 84-78 record, while hanging around in playoff contention for the entire campaign.
That being said, this is a pretty important opening series for both clubs, in what could be an early telling sign for the Yankees and Blue Jays how the beginning of their season will turn out. New York surprisingly didn’t really make any major upgrades in the offseason, but perhaps didn’t need to because of all the injured players they’re getting back, making them a team that should certainly be included in the conversation when analyzing the favorites from the American League. As for Toronto, they’re absolutely a contender as well despite the little offseason activity they participated in, getting their own hurt players back, hoping to make a push similar to last year before it quelled due to injury.