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“Don’t Get Their Money Back”: $290 Million Roster Plays for Empty Stadium as Yankees Betray 41,000 Fans in Jinxed Monday Game

Published 09/26/2023, 7:00 AM EDT

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It’s a tough time for baseball in New York. Neither the Bronx nor Queens are headed to the playoffs for the first time in nine years. The New York Yankees, who just played their last home game of the season, have been dismal to watch this season. Had a cemented wall not protruded from Dodger Stadium’s right field, could 2023 have been different? September games at Yankee Stadium would look different, that’s for sure.

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Despite boasting the second-highest payroll in the league, at $290 million, the Yankees rank near the bottom in statistics. The players on the injured list could make up a worthy roster to play against active members. Even if some players refuse to accept defeat, the last game of the season in the Bronx spoke volumes.

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All season long, the Oakland Athletics fiasco has inspired the most creative methods of rebellion from fans. To protest the Las Vegas move, attendance numbers at the Coliseum have never been worse. But it seemed like yesterday, Yankee Stadium could have rivaled the Oakland ballpark. With more than 40,000 paid tickets reported, not even 1/4th of that number showed up.

Certainly, a number of reasons could be given for the starkly empty stands. Monday’s game was a make-up for last Saturday’s rain delay and a weekday is generally unsuitable for most audiences. After Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Yankees were officially eliminated from postseason contention. Who would want to watch a seemingly useless game after that?


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For a team that has seemed star-crossed all season long, Monday’s game was just jinxed due to all the wrong reasons. September games are generally more popular as eager fans crowd the ballpark to see how their team will end the season. But this sad state just went on to show how ticket-buyers wasted their money, only to be betrayed by the Yankees in a terrible series.

Bronx fans have been protesting for change all year long, for the front office and the players to do better. But it all culminated in the very last homestand of the season with barely anyone in attendance.

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There are rarely any louder protests than simply not showing up to a game. Athletes will perform no matter what, and cameras will cover them, but what is the point of gigantic stadiums if there is no one to fill them?

One fan commented how the tickets to the game will not be refunded.

One thought relocation should be their next step.

One thought the stands were emptier than in 2020 when a worldwide pandemic didn’t allow people to gather together.

Another mocked the fact that players in the dugout outnumbered fans in the stands.


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One couldn’t believe people were just ready to throw away their money like that.


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One of the poorest seasons in Yankees history was just topped by the last day of the season. It probably doesn’t get much worse than this.

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Written by:

Arunima Bhanot


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Arunima Bhanot is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Her tryst with MLB was accidental, but what followed was nothing short of a pursuit of excellence. Arunima's articles have been recognized as Editor's Picks on multiple occasions, highlighting her exceptional attention to detail and insightful coverage.
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Deepanshi Bajaj