Players who wanted anything more than their jersey from Sunday night’s Yankee Stadium finale were apparently out of luck.
Efforts to keep Yankees memorabilia from walking out the door were not just aimed at the capacity crowd that showed up for the game with Baltimore.
Lonn A. Trost, the New York Yankees’ chief financial officer, sent a one-page memo to the Yankees players with a gentle reminder not to take anything out of the stadium that didn’t belong to them.
“They were told that if they would like something, they can provide us with a list and then we will see if we can sell it to them and they will pay the same price as fans,” Trost told the New York Times in a phone interview.
The Yankees and the city are still formulating plans to collect virtually everything inside the New York stadium so it can be sold at a later date. The two entities are hammering out a revenue sharing arrangement, an important piece of the puzzle since it’s expected the sale will generate millions of dollars.
The memo, which according to the Times was distributed in English and Spanish, also instructed the players not to throw the ball from the final out into the stands should they wind up with it. The Yankees plan to place the ball in the team’s museum, which will be inside the new stadium now being built across the street.
Players were allowed to keep their game jerseys.
If you buy a base from the game, you’re not getting one of three. MLB authenticators changed the bases each half-inning, giving the Yankees 17 sets of bases to sell as memorabilia or give to VIPs. Every baseball used in the ninth inning was marked before being put into play in much the same manner as when a player is approaching a home run milestone.
The list of other Yankee Stadium items on eBay continues to grow, with unused tickets and subway signs directing patrons to the Stadium among the most popular.
Noth everything is for sale. Some Yankees memorabilia from the final game will be reserved for shipment to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Whitey Ford and Don Larsen collect dirt from the pitcher’s mound