Jan 31

Johan Santana’s agent met with the New York Mets yesterday to get closer to an agreement to bring Santana from Minnesota Twins. There’s not a lot of time to negotiate. The deadline to reach a deal is 5pm EST tomorrow (Friday).

No one is talking (except the two sides in negotiation) details. The deal could be worth more than $120 million over six or seven years. It’s expected that the deal will happen. Then all that needs to happen is that Santana passes a physical (no problem).

Santana’s agent already represents two Met’s players: All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and reserve outfielder Endy Chavez (who the Mets just brought on last week).

The Mets are going all out. They are trading four prospects: speedy outfielder Carlos Gomez, and pitchers Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra.

Hopefully this will energize the Mets after their collapse in September. Mets tickets have been selling well regardless. Even without Santana, the Mets already have sold 1.75 million tickets for their final season in Shea Stadium. That’s up 100,000 from last year at the same time period.

The Yankees, and the Boston Red Sox also flirted with bringing on Santana. The Twins can’t afford to keep him and he’s becoming a free agent this year.

Jan 30

Here at SelectATicket we sell a lot of NY Yankee tickets. It’s one of our top selling sports tickets, and this year will be no different. In fact, it should be better for one reason. What makes this year especially unique is that it’s the last time fans can see the Yankees play in the famous and historic Yankee stadium. The stadium is being torn down and a new Yankee stadium is being built nearby.

Talk about nostalgia. There are so many memories at the stadium, so many famous games played were played there. The Yankee Stadium in New York city (the Bronx to be specific) has been host to NY Yankees home games since the year 1923. It can hold 57,545 fans. Not only for baseball, Yankee stadium has been the home of the New York Giants football team, and once hosted dozens of boxing’s most famous fights.

There have been more World Series championships there than anywhere. The stadium is affectionately nicknamed, “The House that Ruth Built”, because superstar Babe Ruth had a winning history there.

Construction on the new stadium began in 2006 and cost $1.3 billion. The tickets to see the New York Yankees play for the last time at their original home will go fast. Read about this season and NY Yankees tickets in our most recent press release.

Jan 29

The Phantom of the Opera is celebrating 20 years. It’s the longest running Broadway show in history. It’s been so successful that its worldwide box office over the past 20 years out-grossed the highest grossing film in history, Titanic. Phantom has grossed over $675 million and that also puts it at number one. Internationally that number goes to over $5 billion.

People see Phantom again and again, and most see the production in New York. 12.5 million of us have bought tickets to Phantom. It’s a classic that’s almost become synonymous with New York and Broadway. It sells out all over the country with its haunting story and music. The Phantom of the Opera won seven 1988 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

The show is based on the classic novel “Le Fantôme de L’Opéra” by Gaston Leroux, a wildly popular novel that sold out several times.  The current cast of The Phantom of the Opera includes Howard McGillin in the tile role of the Phantom. Jennifer Hope Wills is Christine and Tim Martin Gleason plays Raoul. McGillin has performed the role  of the Phantom more than any other actor in the Broadway production. He’s played it over 2,000 times.

It’s playing at the Majestic Theatre in New York City, (between Broadway & 8th Ave).

Select-A-Ticket has tickets to Phantom of the Opera – along with other Broadway tickets online.

Jan 28

Mets player David Wright had some things to say about the Mets while he was at the New Hyde Park rededication for the Ronald McDonald House. He was there visiting  children who are sick, posing for some pictures and signing autographs. Several kids wore Mets attire. Wright also gave his opinion – that this season will go well whether the Mets get Johan Santana or not.

Not that he has any inside information about the duel for Santana going on right now between the Mets and the Twins. The St. Paul Pioneer Press says the decision on who gets Santana will be decided in the next 10 days. He has been a Minnesota Twin since 2000. The money is what everyone is choking on. Santana, is asking for a six-year, $150-million extension in return for waiving his no-trade clause.

Wright thinks it’s riding on the pitching staff….Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey, Philip Humber and John Maine.

Wright himself had the best season last year. He batted .325 with 30 home runs, 107 RBIs, 113 runs and 34 stolen bases. The third baseman also finished fourth in voting for the National League Most Valuable Player Award and won a Gold Glove. He’s still working out harder than ever.

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Jan 25

At only 25, Robinson Cano is close to a $30 million contract to continue playing for the New York Yankees. And, bucking trends, it might just be a four-year contract. The Yankees typically don’t give multi-year contracts to young players.

Cano could become a free agent after the 2012 season. He joined the Yankees in 2005 and batted .297 with 14 homers and 62 RBIs. He finished second to Oakland’s Huston Street in voting for AL Rookie of the Year.

Cano was an all-star the following season. Last year things didn’t go so well at first. His batting average was .234 in May, but he wound up batting .306 with 19 homers and 97 RBIs. Last year he made $490,800 and asked for $4.55 million in arbitration. No go. Instead he was offered $3.2 million.

“New York has two other players still eligible for arbitration. Starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang asked for $4.6 million and was offered $4 million; and reliever Brian Bruney requested $845,000 while New York countered at $640,000.”

Other young players who will be eligible for arbitration includes pitchers Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy.

NY Yankee tickets go on sale next month.

Jan 24

I recently saw the movie Enchanted that starts out as an animated Disney spoof and ends up in real life New York City. Yes, they call the real world hell, and the characters enter it through a manhole in Times Square. And what do you think is one of the first things you see when Giselle (Amy Adams) comes up, as the camera pans the surroundings? A poster for the broadway show Wicked. I wonder if it was a product placement!

Incidentally, it’s not just Wicked posters and wicked witches in this movie – a few of the songs were written by Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken. Schwartz wrote Wicked. Here’s another tie-in Wicked actress India Menzel (who plays Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West) plays Patrick Dempsey’s girlfriend.

Either way, see the movie. And when you’re in New York, you must see Wicked. It’s one of the Broadway tickets online you can find at Select-A-Ticket.

Jan 23

Note: Mets tickets are on sale now, starting on February 26 with Spring training.

On to the news. Endy Chavez is getting a big raise (even though less than the $2,075,000 he asked for). Yesterday he signed for $3.85 million over the next two years. That number goes up for 2009. Last year Chavez made $1,725,000. He’ll get $1.8 million this season and $2.05 million in 2009. On top of that he can add on $250,000 in bonuses this year and $375,000 in bonuses in 2009.

His deal calls for bonuses this year of $25,000 for 100 games, $50,000 each for 110, 120 and 130 games, and $25,000 each for 350, 375 and 400 plate appearances. In 2009, he would make $50,000 for 100 games, $75,000 each for 110, 120 and 130 games and $25,000 each for 325, 350, 375 and 400 plate appearances.

Chavez didn’t finish the season last year because he strained his left hamstring. Then last month he hurt his right hamstring on his right ankle. He batted .287 with one homer and 27 RBIs in 150 at-bats.

Don’t miss this year’s Met’s season. Here is the list of Mets tickets available now. This is the last year to see the Mets in historic Shea Stadium before next year’s season at the new Citi Field.

Jan 22

The NY Yankees recently changed how much they are going to pay some of their key players. Due to the changes, some of these players are really going to have to step it up this season if they’re going to get the kind of pay that they think they deserve.

One of the biggest changes in pay went to infielder Wilson Betemit. Betemit is a switch-hitter who the team is expecting to handle backup duties at all four infield spots this season. His pay increased from $405,000 last season to a reported one-year contract for $1.165 million this year. Talk about a pay increase!

On the other hand, Chien-Ming Wang and Brian Bruney need to have a great year to make up for the pay cuts that both are getting from the team. Wang asked for $4.6 million but is only being offered $4 million, and Bruney asked for $845,000 and is only getting $640,000.

This really just goes to show that if players really want to get the kind of salary that they want, then they better be willing to play their best to deserve that kind of pay. I still think it’s a little ridiculous how much the spread can be between different players, but I guess that’s just the way the system works.

For great deals, get your NY Yankees tickets online. Save some money this season while enjoying great baseball.

Jan 21

I would have to say that one of the most entertaining shows that I have ever been to is the Blue Man Group. Originally this show was only performed in Las Vegas, but now they do several shows around the country and currently there is a show running on Broadway.

Granted, if you don’t like rock music or are expecting a lot of dialogue (or any talking at all for that matter), then Blue Man Group probably isn’t for you. This is a loud physical comedy act that will have you wanting to come back and see it time and time again – if not just to figure out how they did some of the skits.

You’ll never believe how hilarious 3 guys painted blue can be even when they don’t say anything. This is what I would call very smart physical comedy. They also do a lot of audience participation which adds even more to the overall enjoyment of the show.

Blue Man Group is a very popular show, so if you want to save some time getting tickets, you should get them online. Getting Broadway tickets online is one of the best ways to avoid the hassle and long lines of buying tickets the traditional way.