The New York Yankees organization has grown tired of hearing about their empty premium seats. When Bud Selig called in the Yankees and Mets to talk about having to hear about overpriced seats in repeated news cycles, the two New York teams nodded politely and reminded Selig who pays the bills around here. Selig promptly shrugged his famous shrug and backed down.
(Visual representation of the Yankees discussing empty seats at New Yankee Stadium)
Therefore, the Yankees took it very badly when Don Garber, commissioner of Major League Soccer, made a rather unkind comment about those unfilled seats. “It’s incomprehensible,” said Garber, “that you watch a game, and there will be front-row seats empty.” Randy Levine, Yankees president, drilled Garber in his soft underbelly with his own unkindness:
You probably didn’t notice with all the football going on (Giants, cough, Cardinals, cough), but the Columbus Crew, the best team in MLS all season, won the MLS Cup this afternoon, 3-1, in sunny Southern California. While MLS Commissioner Don Garber was busy brushing up his Spanish accent so he could pronounce Guillermo Barros Schelotto, the Crew was busy dismantling an overmatched New York Red Bulls team that probably didn’t deserve to be there in the first place.
(This is what it’s supposed to look like, Ohio State.)
It’s a good story for American soccer fans, because the Crew has built itself up the right way, sticking with their plan and coach and augmenting a talented core, including longtime captain Frankie Hejduk, with one surprising international star (the aforementioned Barros Schelotto). But this title is even more important for the city of Columbus itself, providing a means of escape from two of the most embarrassing performances in collegiate national championship history.