$2,625 top ticket price at new Yankee Stadium

no pain for Phillies' ace

baseball notes

March 22, 2009|By From Sun news services

Two grand? Fuhgetaboutit.

If you want to buy a front-row seat at the new Yankee Stadium for an individual game, the list price of a ticket is $2,625.

Individual game sales for the first season of the $1.5 billion ballpark start Tuesday, and the Legends Seats that ring the infield start at $525 a game, according to the team's Web site. Those seats cost $500-$2,500 as part of full season tickets, and they include food and soft drinks.

Other field level seats cost $95, $150, $275, $300, $350 and $375. Then comes the Delta Sky360 Suite, where tickets are $375-$800, and main level tickets, which are priced at $60, $80, $95 and $150.

The Yankees said last summer that they had sold 3,500 of 4,300 premium seats as part of season plans, but sales slowed when the recession intensified. They had an open house last weekend to try to sell more seats.

More Yankees: : Right-hander Phil Hughes was one of four players optioned to the minor leagues. Hughes and pitchers Steven Jackson and Anthony Claggett were optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Reliever Humberto Sanchez was optioned to Double-A Trenton.

Phillies: : Ace left-hander Cole Hamels threw 41 pitches pain-free in a bullpen session in Clearwater, Fla. The team said last season's World Series Most Valuable Player, who has been bothered by tightness and inflammation in his elbow this spring, will next throw about 50 pitches in a minor league game Tuesday.

Nationals: : Washington signed catcher Josh Bard to a minor league deal, adding another veteran to compete with Wil Nieves for the backup job behind Jesus Flores. Bard was released by the Red Sox on Wednesday and will join the Nationals' big league camp. He would make $600,000 this year if he makes the major league team. Bard, 30, played 57 games for the Padres last season, hitting .202.

Cubs: : Third baseman Corey Koskie called off his comeback, two days after taking himself out of a game because he felt lightheaded. Koskie, a former Twin and Brewer, had been at spring training in Mesa, Ariz., as a nonroster player. Koskie had a concussion in 2006 while playing for the Brewers.

Et cetera: : The baseball players association filed a grievance against the major league clubs after Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said charitable donations will be required in future player contracts for the team. ... Eric Chavez was cleared to take batting practice. The Athletics third baseman is rehabilitating from shoulder surgery.

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