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:
Don Garber discussing Yankee attendance must be a joke. We draw more people in a year than his entire league does in a year. If he ever gets Major League Soccer into the same time zone as the Yankees, we might take him seriously…. Hey Don, worry about Beckham, not the Yankees. Even he wants out of your league.
So what’s worse, Randy: having the MLS commish feel like he can poke the bear or having such a sensitive bear that it cares about gnats?