The Yankees are playing hardball with ticket refunds amid COVID-19, according to fuming fans who are prepared to distance themselves from the beloved Bronx Bombers.
“It is simply unconscionable for the Yankees, a business valued in the billions of dollars, to be holding fans’ money at a time when the federal government is mailing out checks trying to keep people afloat,” Yankee season ticket holder Tom Griffin wrote in an open letter to the team posted on his Facebook page.
Griffin, 64, whose seats are in section 105 in right field, griped that “games in New York, at the very earliest, are starting in July. … No issue with not playing the games, big issue with keeping the money.”
The Sparta, New Jersey, man said the team waited until May 8 to refund him for the scrapped April games and haven’t addressed May or June. “No one should ever pay these shysters money in advance. They shame the organization and its history,” he wrote.
Another Bombers backer tweeted “it took 5 nasty emails and 2 phone calls” to get back his April money on a partial season ticket plan totaling nearly $2,000 for three $41 seats in section 422. He still hasn’t heard about a May refund.
The 65-year-old Massachusetts resident, who asked to remain unidentified, said he drives 350-miles round-trip to see the games in The Bronx. With his 37-year-old daughter recovering from the coronavirus and the specter of being unemployed next month, he’s “very aggravated that we have to jump through hoops to get money back.”
The Yankees did not immediately comment.
Coronavirus forced the team to postpone 16 home dates in April and to date, six in May.
The Mets have scrapped 29 home dates through May 22.
In April, a Mets and Yankees fan teamed up to sue MLB over coronavirus-canceled games.
MLB told its players that without fans in attendance, their desired prorated salaries would contribute to an average loss of $640,000 per game, according to an Associated Press report. MLB is seeking a revenue-sharing plan. In the empty-stadium scenario, the Yankees would lose $312 million and the Mets $214 million, MLB concluded.