Yankee Fans Given Chance to Swing for the Fences
The New York Yankees are giving some lucky fans a rare opportunity to take batting practice at Yankee Stadium. The one huge catch is that it will cost $1,500 to $3,000 per person, depending on the package.
Paying customers, limited to 110 people this year, will have their pictures displayed on the stadium scoreboard while participating in two rounds of a live-pitching batting practice (approximately five minutes). They are allowed to bring one guest to view their batting from the stands and receive a catered lunch and clubhouse tour. A gift bag containing pictures from the day and a game-used ball from this season are also included in the base package. More expensive packages contain such items as a Derek Jeter signed ball, a commemorative Yankee Stadium seat or a signed photo containing the signatures of the pitchers and catchers involved in the Yankees' six perfect games.
Some conditions do apply. Fans cannot wear cleats or run the bases and they must bring their own wooden bats. Should anybody hit a home run during the special batting practice, they would join a select group that only has two members so far.
Steiner Sports has partnered with the Yankees to host the 3rd year of this event, the Yankees-Steiner Home Run Classic. Plans are underway for similar events at Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox) and Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs) later this year.