New York Yankees News – 2013 Yankees Updates
7/25/13 - While earlier reports of the Bronx Bombers’ demise may have seemed premature, there is still a strong possibility of two things happening to the Evil Empire: one, the Yanks stay well above .500 for the rest of the season yet fail to make the playoffs; or two, age finally catches up with them, as it seems to be doing to both Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, neither of whom have seen time in the starting lineup. Haters hope – yet fans fear -- it could be a long, dry stretch run for the Yankees.
35 years ago, New York Yankees reliever Sparky Lyle wrote The Bronx Zoo — a book detailing the circus that was the 1978 New York Yankees. The 2013 Yankees could very well raise memories of those years, with a combination of media-darling stars, players returning from injuries, and the pressure-cooker situation that is inherent in being the subject of intense scrutiny and high expectations, by both New York City media, and fans. Coming back from injury are shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter, and shutdown closer Mariano Rivera — both of whom are also reaching an advanced age for high-level baseball success. While offensive catalyst Robinson Cano returns healthy and strong, another batting star, Curtis Granderson, recently suffered a broken arm which will leave him on the disabled list for an extended period. Also worth keeping an eye on is Alex Rodriguez. After C.C. Sabathia, Yankees starting pitching is also suspect; Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Hiroki Kuroda are either advancing in age (Pettitte) or are very inconsistent (Hughes, Nova, Kuroda). In case Rivera is either ineffective or chooses to retire (or both), the Yanks acquired closer Rafael Soriano from Washington. So whether you know them as the Evil Empire, or as the Bronx Bombers, skipper Joe Girardi's squad will always be in the news.
Yankees tickets average $80 in the Bronx, the 8th most expensive MLB
tickets this season. While it's no surprise the New York Yankees are one most popular baseball teams, it's hard to believe the Subway-rival New York Mets have higher average ticket prices at Citi Field
in 2103, almost $10 more per ticket than the Bronx Bombers. Who do Yankees fans want to see play at Yankee Stadium
? The 2013 Yankees schedule includes must-see series with the Boston Red Sox
, Los Angeles Dodgers
, New York Mets
, and world champion San Francisco Giants
. New York Yankees tickets for each of these series average $100 or more per ticket. Baseball fans wanting to enjoy Yankee Stadium without a high ticket price tag should checkout home games versus the Arizona Diamondbacks
, Houston Astros
, Miami Marlins
, Philadelphia Phillies
and Pittsburgh Pirates
— all average under $50. Cheap Yankees tickets to these Yankee Stadium games are as low as $5 in the Grandstands. On the road, the Yankees are the most popular team again in 2013; away game tickets average $127 — the highest in the League and $47 more per Yankees baseball ticket than at home.