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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pinstripe Politics July 29

Yankee Stadium, the Perfect Venue for Big $ Fundraising

Lately, politics and pinstripes have made frequent bedfellows. On Sunday, Senator Chuck Schumer hosted a fundraiser at Yankee Stadium which included a tour of the facility and attendance at the day's game (a 7-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics). The cost of some laid-back game-time with our state's senior Senator? A cool $5,000.

Think a tour of the stadium is cool, but what you'd really like is the VIP experience? That's actually only going to cost you $15...and a fair amount of pull luck. Congressman Charlie Rangel (15th District) is touting a raffle of sorts for those who donate to him before August 3rd. One lucky winner and a guest will get to watch the Yankees face the Red Sox on August 6th, from the owner's box.


Then again, cozy ties have their perks. Work with me on this one, because we're about to make some wildly unsupportable allegations. We all remember the hullabaloo over the luxury suite reserved for City Hall at the new Stadium. And we also all remember the cushy deal cut between Bloomberg and the City Council to allow third term runs for all, just this once. But after they retain their seats of power, how are all those people going to get all the way from downtown to the luxury suite in time for a game, what with midtown traffic and all? If only they had a ferry from Manhattan with service straight to Yankee Stadium....Coming soon?

Also check out....

Yankees HOPE week was pretty cool. I hope they do that again.

Tarrytown is raking in extra cash from the new Yankee Stadium Metro-North route.

There are at least a dozen construction-related lawsuits pending against the Yankees and Turner Construction.

NOTE: Make sure to check back every Wednesday for Pinstripe Politics, your source for that gray area where the Yankees and society converge. Also, check in with the BNN on Fridays for The Yankees, Unobstructed, our weekly Yankee opinion column.

For more of Graham Kates' sports writing, check out his True/Slant blog "Coaches in the Crosshairs" (www.trueslant.com/grahamkates).


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