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Your new Rupert Murdoch Yankees, ladies and gentlemen. Come to the game, watch an inferior product and have your phones tapped as well.
Pavano (to himself): I can't believe I signed my whole name without hurting myself. Wait... now my back hurts...
Cashman (to himself): Looks like sniffing glue is the most fun part of picking free agents to sign!
Comparing an NHL game to an MLB game is laughable. You are much much closer to the action in the NHL. And there is much much more contact with the screens in the NHL. Pucks and players routinely hit the screen. Way more than line drive foulballs in MLB game.
As for baseball, putting screens up also impedes the players' ability to catch flyballs by leaning into the seats. Do we want that?
As for Steinbrenner putting up a screen in the Yankee dugout, players now stand at the top of the step to watch the game maybe so as not look thru the screen.
Are we measuring the risk properly? With countless foul balls in all of these years, we have one death in 41 years? The other fatality was WITH the extended screen in a minor league game. The screen did NOT prevent fatality. So why not go with asking people to be aware and not plan for a 1 fatality in 41 years event?
Or since screens don't work (as seen the minor league game). Ask kids to wear hard helmets at the game in "dangerous" sections? But let's not exaggerate the threat here. Many, many, many kids have gone to the ball park and enjoyed the game without being hurt already.
Not that I think a Yankee game is cheap, but I will say that it can be done cheap. You buy a $5 ticket (or some other section being dumped on Stubhub) and take the subway back and forth ($5). The whole evening costs $10. You can bring in food from the nearby places so you don't even have to pay for the hot dogs and sodas.
Cano can\'t be worse that what he was last year.
Jeter did decline last year but is still only two years removed from his career high of 10.6 WARP1. So last year\'s 4.4 WARP1 (career low while healthy) either suggests that Jeter is the next Roberto Alomar or that he will rebound a bit (though no one is expecting another 2006 type performance).
But mostly Posada is back and hopefully stays healthy. The worst that Posada gives is got to be better than what the Yanks saw from the catching position last year.