Posts Tagged ‘Citi Field’

Assorted Thoughts on Paul McCartney at Citi Field

28500774-28500779-slargeOlder bands and musicians tend to be hit-or-miss: Witnessing The Rolling Stones’ lackluster performance in 2005 started me thinking this way. Accordingly, I came into last night’s (July 18) Paul McCartney concert (my first McCartney concert) a bit skeptical. I shouldn’t have been: The concert was excellent. You can see a traditional review and the set list here. Now, some of my own observations:

-The set list went from disappointing (only three of the first nine songs were Beatles’ songs) to great. In the end, 19 of the 33 songs (a long set indeed) were Beatles’ songs. Wings’ hits like “Live and Let Die” and “Jet” were performed excellently as well. Of the Beatles’ songs, there was a solid mix. The first encore got us back to earlier stuff such as “Day Tripper” (the first Beatles’ song I really loved) and “I Saw Her Standing There.” The “A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance” combination was phenomenal, but perhaps the best performance compared to its album version was “Back in the U.S.S.R”: It was extremely upbeat and McCartney’s vocals particularly stood out. In fact, throughout the night McCartney’s vocals were incredible. The fact he could sing all-out on “Helter Skelter”—the 31st song performed—was amazing.
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Baseball Nostalgia

It is currently an interesting time to be a New York baseball fan. Both the Mets and Yankees are in their opening seasons of heavily subsidized new stadiums. A common complaint about both of these stadiums is that the seat and food prices are too expensive and—unlike in past times—it is no longer feasible for middle class families to go to games multiple times per year. Wallace Matthews of Newsday critiques the owners for running the teams “as if they were hedge funds.”

I’m moderately sympathetic to this argument. I, for one, do not support using taxpayer money to fund the stadiums of two very profitable organizations. “The Yankees got $1.2 billion in tax-exempt bonds and $136 million in taxable bonds; the Mets got $697 million in tax-free bonds” to build their new stadiums according to Sports Illustrated. But, the Mets and the Yankees are not to blame; they are in business to make profit, so if the government is going to throw money their way, then it doesn’t surprise me that they take it. Ideally, I’d love them to be honorable and not take the funding, but that is too much to expect. The government, on the other hand, has the power to stop disbursing these bonds; the onus is on them to stop giving billions of dollars to already profitable organizations. Accordingly, I have trouble accepting the argument that because Citi Field and the new Yankee Stadium are subsidized, they somehow owe the fans—the taxpayers—affordable ticket prices.
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