In an effort to keep pace with the Detroit Carmakers, the NY Yankees and the NY Mets have returned to NY City begging for a handout. Having realized the $1.5 billion they have already received to build new stadiums is not enough they have returned to request an additional $450 million.
Having learned from the Carmakers, the Mets are presenting a plan to reassure the City that they can return to success while combining fiscal responsibility. The have offerd "K-Rod" the free agent closer who saved a record setting 62 games last sesason a "low-ball" offer of $24 million for two years to come save them from the late inning disasters we have come to expect as fans.
The Yankees have offered $140 million to pitcher CC Sabathia for six years of pitching in the hopes of having the opportunity to have a late inning disaster.
Season ticket prices for four box seats at Shea were $5,837 dollars in 1993. Four similar seats in the Mets new stadium, Citibank Park, will cost $57,000 dollars. Parking fees have not been set and playoff tickets (They can dream) would have cost an additional $8,000 last year had the Mets not collapsed.
Having already floated bonds to pay for the construction of the new stadiums, NY City residents will enjoy knowing the NY City budgeting process has maintained its perfect record of underestimating expenses, calling on taxpayers to make up the shortfall, and in this case having the added bonus of knowing that corporate seats in the new park are tax deductible as an entertainment expense.
And I would also like to shout out a little Thank You to all of NY City's taxpayers for making up the tax deduction an unnamed corporation received for inviting me to watch Endy Chavez go over the wall and extend the Mets World Series hopes for a few more innings in game seven of the NLCS in 2006 from a corporate booth. Free tickets, free parking, free food. All tax deductible and all replaced by your tax bill.