All-Star tix available; Boras responds to Jay-Z
Tickets for Monday night’s Home Run Derby were available Sunday
evening on Major League Baseball’s website, priced at $205, $263,
$267, $300 and $310. Nearly 2,700 resale tickets were listed on
StubHub for $112-$2,327.
Tickets for Tuesday night’s All-Star game were still tied to
Mets season-ticket, partial season-ticket and premium-ticket
packages on MLB.com, and StubHub had just over 2,300 All-Star
tickets from $288-$9,172.
MLB boosts the price of All-Star tickets when the game is in New
York. The range was $150-$725 for 2008 at old Yankee Stadium,
$100-$360 the following year in St. Louis, $190-$350 in 2010 at
Anaheim and $90-$425 in 2011 at Phoenix.
Last year’s game in Kansas City was priced at $125-$450 and this
year’s at $195-$715, with an additional 54 seats at $968.
Next year’s game is at Minnesota and the 2015 showcase is in
DIFFERENT TYPE OF RECORD: Agent Scott Boras responded to Jay-Z’s
shot at him on the rapper’s newest recording, ”Magna Carta… Holy
Grail,” which was released July 4.
Jay-Z rapped: ”Scott Boras, you over baby/Robinson Cano, you
coming with me” on the song ”Crown.”
”I listen to jazz. Bernie Williams is my favorite musician,”
Boras said, referring to the retired New York Yankees outfielder, a
longtime client. ”In the owners’ game of player contracts, it’s
about what you know, not who knows you. And behind the owners’
door, the game takes care of itself, and the only records that I’m
familiar with are the ones that are related to player contracts.
And until you have those, I don’t think any owner is going to find
Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports partnered with the Creative Artists
Agency’s CAA Sports in April to represent athletes, and Jay-Z
became a certified baseball agent who will represent Cano along
with CAA Sports’ Brodie Van Wagenen
NOT INTERESTED: Gene Orza, the former chief operating officer of
the Major League Baseball Players Association, said he will not
return to the union.
Orza joined the union as associate general counsel in 1984 and
retired in March 2011, 15 months after Michael Weiner replaced
Donald Fehr as executive director. Weiner said last August that he
has a brain tumor and has remained on the job, and there has been
speculation about succession plans.
Yahoo Sports reported Friday that MLBPA officials have talked
about the possibility of Fehr returning; Fehr has said he has had
no such discussions.
”This talk about succession at the players’ association would
be unseemly even if it were informed, but, having taken place, let
me curtail some of it,” Orza said in a statement Sunday to The
Associated Press. ”I am not returning to the players’ association,
still loved though it is. I am happily retired.”
CELEBRITY MVPS: John Wege of the Wounded Warrior softball team
and actor and comedian Kevin James were voted MVPs of Sunday’s
celebrity softball game, which followed the All-Star Futures
Wege, who has two prosthetic limbs that replace legs blown off
in Afghanistan, homered during the six-inning game, which also
included retired major leaguers Mike Piazza, Frank Thomas, Rickey
Henderson and Bernie Williams.