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Yankees vs Red Sox In London

By Phantom On June 27th, 2019

London is one of the great places, a happy town where any of us would be happy to live. It has the best of everything, almost. The one thing that it has never had was sports.

Well all that ends this weekend, when the NY Yankees play the hated Boston Red Sox in two in-season games. London gets put on the sports map at long last.

London Stadium – the house that Judge built. It’s got a ring to it. Play ball.

25 Responses to “Yankees vs Red Sox In London”

  1. I had originally been planning to try and get tickets but sadly the dates didn’t line up due to other commitments. With the fact that I am unable to go I don’t approve of the Red Sox losing two games from Fenway to facilitate this. By all means play two Red Sox/Yankees games in London. Just make the Yankees home games.

  2. They should have found a way to make it one home game from each team.

    That doesn’t seem like it would be that hard.

    I’d love to have been there. Something new in the old town.

    Many Brits get to like baseball when in the US, I will be curious as to how they react to these games, and the laid back vibe that goes with a baseball game.

    I believe that at football matches there, there are separate sections for supporters of each team. There will be none of that at this or other baseball games. The fans of each team will be in the same sections, in their gear, slagging one another as the game goes back and forth.

  3. “They should have found a way to make it one home game from each team.”

    Indeed. Take a 3 game series at Fenway and make it a 2 game series. Take a 3 game series at Yankee Stadium and make it a 2 game series. Play the two spare games in London. But that would take too much thought for MLB.

  4. “I believe that at football matches there, there are separate sections for supporters of each team. There will be none of that at this or other baseball games. The fans of each team will be in the same sections, in their gear, slagging one another as the game goes back and forth.”

    There is a certain section of soccer supporters who are, for lack of a better word, scum. And can’t be trusted to not stab each other or riot if they are in 10 feet of an opposition supporter.

    Most other sports the stadium will be fully integrated.

  5. The Red Sox will be compensated for the loss of revenue at Fenway Park.

    The players I believe will receive a $60,000 a man bonus for the ” hardship ” of flying first class to London and participating in this totally fun event. It’s a good life, being a MLB player.

    One of the weird things of being an athlete in the US is the you must pay income tax for every state where you play home or away games in. I won’t be surprised if these fellows now have to file British income tax based on the two games ( 2/162 of their annual salary )

  6. For a load of the players that’s quite a bump. If you are on a pre-arbitration minimum deal ($555,000 a year) then you are on $3,425 per game. Getting an extra $120,000 for the equivalent of flying to San Diego would be a pretty decent deal.

  7. //I believe that at football matches there, there are separate sections for supporters of each team.//

    That’s often not enough.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9DXKjZI-yI

  8. Yes.

    But I think that it’s $60,000 total, still a lot.

    I’d think that for many of the players, it will be there first time in Europe, the first time outside the US/Canada. What an adventure for them.

  9. The UK does levy income taxes on income earned playing sport while in the United Kingdom. So on face value the players will have to pay income tax for their salary (probably as you say 2/162 of their base salary). The UK exchequer has waived it in the past (they are required by UEFA to do so when they host major UEFA events).

  10. “But I think that it’s $60,000 total, still a lot.”

    I thought it was 60 per game but either way for some players it will be nothing and for others it will be huge. I doubt David Price is going to notice an extra $60-120K. For some of the younger, less well paid players it will be a big boost.

  11. I hate the hassle of paying one set of US/NYS/NYC tax.

    I would really hate doing it for maybe 20 states, Canada ( games in Toronto ) and now UK tax too? Gimme a break. A universe of forms and bureaucracy, even if an accountant does it for you.

  12. I’d be surprised if the teams didn’t have people who were pretty well versed in it who will then do the bulk of the paper work. But it is a major aspect of American sports, though less so in baseball as there is no salary cap. But for the NFL it is a big deal. Because every team get the same salary cap (this year it is $188.2M). That means a player on $4.5M costs the San Francisco 49ers $4.5M against the salary cap but the player pays $578K on state and local taxes. The same player would cost the Jacksonville Jaguars $4.5M against the salary cap but the player pays $6K on state and local taxes. As such the 49ers are paying a guy $3.9M and the Jaguars are paying him $4.5M and both are being charged $4.5M against the salary cap.

  13. “One of the weird things of being an athlete in the US is the you must pay income tax for every state where you play home or away games in. I won’t be surprised if these fellows now have to file British income tax based on the two games ( 2/162 of their annual salary )”

    —–

    I used to work for one of the large accountancy firms in the US. It was structured as a partnership which meant that each partner in the firm earned income in every state that the firm did business. This meant that every partner in the firm had to file state income tax in every state that had a state income tax.

  14. Pack the stab vests.

  15. Prince Harry is throwing out the first ball.

    Winston Churchill and the Loch Ness Monster will be in attendance.

    King Henry VIII and Freddie Mercury going toe-to-toe
    As far as anyone can tell, there have never been mascot races at either Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium for a Red Sox-Yankees game. Those are mostly reserved for Milwaukee (sausages), Washington (presidents) and the more adventurous minors, but organizers of the London Series wanted to add that particular slice of Americana.

    So, a Twitter vote was held to determine Britain’s four most mascot-worthy figures. The queen didn’t quite make the cut, although Freddie Mercury of the rock band Queen was one of the winners. The other three to battle it out during the game will be Winston Churchill, King Henry VIII and the Loch Ness Monster.

    (The Beatles and William Shakespeare failed to make it. And you thought the voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame was controversial).

    The food will come to them
    Baseball fans in the United States and Canada are familiar with concessionaires wandering the stadium selling hot dogs and the like, but roving vendors are not common in Britain. Soccer fans typically wait until halftime to sprint to the concession stand and get a hot cup of Bovril, so the idea of roving vendors in Britain are alien.

    So the concessionaires went through a crash course led by a team of instructors from the United States to learn how to induce people to pay for food and drinks without ever leaving their seats.

    “We’re going to ask people to hand their money down the row of strangers and then have a bag of peanuts tossed over to them by a hawker,” Hill said. “That’s not something they are used to.”

    ( NYT )

  16. Today’s Yankees Red Sox Game is on live now on ESPN

  17. The commentators have spent the last 10 minutes talking about how historic the stadium is. It is West Ham’s stadium since 2016. That would be like talking about historic Target Field or Marlins Park is. A not great team in a very new stadium.

  18. You are watching the broadcast with the same US announcers I take it

  19. Yeah they are America (I imagine ESPN’s).

  20. Yes

    Two men, and one woman

    They are the normal ESPN baseball team of announcers

  21. That’s them yeah. Its on BBC (online) but they must just be using ESPN’s coverage.

  22. The Yankees just won the second of two games

    By all accounts, the players really enjoyed the experience. Of playing there. The crowds were large, and the fans were really into it

    There were some excellent defensive plays,

    Good job London and major-league baseball for organizing this special event

    Next year, the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago cubs will play into games set over there

  23. I think they were saying it is the highest scoring two game series in the history of the Red Sox / Yankees rivalry.

  24. At Various points in the game, They said that the hitters had a hard time seeing the ball because of the sun

    I’d hate to see how many runs would’ve been scored if they had been able to see the ball well

    They are talking about how fans travelled to London from other parts of Europe for the games

    Sorry about your Red Sox 🙂

  25. Aye. It was crazy scoring. You can’t have innings like the Red Sox did in the 7th and expect to win games. Was surprised as well. Marcus Walden has pitched real well in relief this season. His season ERA today jumped from 2.66 to 3.48.