What To Look Out For During The Yankees First Home Stand of 2010: Ticket Deals Aplenty, A Final Farewell To The Old Yankee Stadium & The Return Of MatsuiTuesday, April 13th, 2010
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After a brief winter respite, The 2010 slate of Yankees home games is finally upon us. As usual, this first home stand is a great opportunity to score some great values on Yankees tickets and enjoy baseball that is just as meaningful as in August and September! With a little bit of savvy (and by using FanSnap’s best value tool), even last minute Opening Day Yankees tickets could have been had for close to face value.
While the Yankees ticket office quickly sold out of April games, those tickets quickly popped up on the websites of FanSnap’s 60 ticket partners and are ripe for the picking.
This may or may not be a dirty little Stadium Insider secret, but there are PLENTY of season ticket holders who buy their plans just for the guaranteed Yankees playoff tickets. They don’t care to go to regular season games, especially those during the “cold” month of April. The joke’s on them this year – New York City’s beautiful Spring weather should continue for the first six Yankees home games, with game time temperatures ranging from the upper 50′s to low 60′s. If you’re on a budget, now is the time to stock up Yankees tickets for early season games.
What to look out for during your first trip to Yankee Stadium in 2010:
- The ruins of the old Yankee Stadium. In case you’ve been out of the loop, the deconstruction of the “House That Ruth Built” quickly accelerated during the winter months. Just a few weeks ago, the final tier of the upper deck came crashing down.
It was a sight that many people had been dreading for years, but for residents of the Bronx, it means finally getting their parkland back. The time had come. If you want to catch one more glimpse of the original structure before it is an empty lot of rubble, now is the time.
- The return of Godzilla. Hideki Matsui will surely get an extended standing ovation during the ring ceremony on Tuesday, and that should continue during each of his at bats during the three game series vs. the Angels. Matsui was a huge draw in New York and had wild throngs of unwavering supporters. Its no guarantee that his knees will hold up until the Angels’ next trip to town in July, so fans should pay their homage now.
- The Grandyman. With two big home runs against the Red Sox and a cheesy nickname from John Sterling, Curtis Granderson may have already earned his pinstripes. The short porch in right field will be beckoning and a fan favorite is brewing. Sure, he struggles against lefty pitchers at times, but he is a model ballplayer that Yankees fans are sure to embrace.
- Josh Hamilton takes aim at the impossible to reach upper deck. Back in ’08, Hamilton put on a show in the home run derby at the old Yankee Stadium. During his first trip to the new digs in 2009, he went 7 for 13, but didn’t go deep. He’s had a slow start to 2010, but if the jet stream is flying out to right, Hamilton has as good of a chance as any player in baseball to hit the first upper deck home run at the new Yankee Stadium.
- Chan Ho Park’s path to the restroom. The man with the coolest nickname in baseball (CHoP) has had an interesting start to the season. After being lit up in his first outing in Boston, he bounced back to throw three scoreless innings in his second outing. When asked why there was such a huge difference between his first and second start, he had a simple answer – diarrhea:
And with that, the 2010 MLB season has truly begun. We’ll try to check in with some Yankee Stadium Insider tips daily, or at least every other day. Be on the lookout for an upcoming post on standing room only Yankees tickets. They seem to be causing some confusion.