Feb 27

On Tuesday, the final rosters were completed for the second WBC that will begin on March 5th. Among the rosters for the 16 WBC teams are the names of 10 New York Yankees who will proudly sport the uniform of their country and will try to bring honor and glory to their country as World Baseball Classic Champions. The 10 Yankees players are:

  • Robinson Cano – Dominican Republic
  • Francisco Cervelli – Italy
  • Derek Jeter – United States
  • Kai Liu – China
  • Damaso Marte – Dominican Republic
  • Edwar Ramirez – Dominican Republic
  • Alex Rodriguez – Dominican Republic
  • Jorge Vasquez – Mexico
  • Jose Veras – Dominican Republic
  • Zhenwang Zhang – China

After competing in the 2005 WBC for the US, Alex Rodriguez has apparently decided that he is Dominican and will now play for the DR. I can’t help but wonder how this, coupled with his recent steroids admission will affect the crowds’ reactions to him when the steps in for the first time.

Grab your WBC tickets as well as your New York Yankees tickets for Spring Training ASAP and find out for yourself!

Feb 26

Many people wondered if all the press and public opinion surrounding ARod and his steroid admission would affect his play in ’09, while there is no way we can actually answer those questions, it is safe to say that, for now, it looks like he might be ok.

Rodriguez slammed a homer in the fourth inning of the Yankees 6-1 victory over Toronto that marks their first win in their first game of 2009. A very mixed audience met ARod prior to his team’s spring training debut in the Blue Jays spring park in Florida, and Rodriguez responded well going 1-for-1 with two RBI on his home run.

Other stars for the game were center fielder Bret Gardner who also had a HR in the first inning, and the eight Yankee pitchers who combined to give up only one run in the nine innings pitched.

I have a great feeling about spring training this year, it’s going to be a great opportunity to buy Yankees tickets for their Grapefruit League games, so snatch some up and enjoy America’s pastime!

Feb 25

The Mets faced off against Baltimore today in the first game of the 2009 spring training season and the very first nine-inning game for both teams this year. Early spring training games never tell us much about the future of the teams, but they are fun to watch and always fun to speculate about.

The speculation today is mostly centered around a couple of lesser-known players for the Mets, center fielder Angel Pagan and first baseman Nick Evans (who is usually an outfielder). The two players each went 3-4 on the day while scoring four of the Mets nine runs on their way to a solid 9-3 win over the Orioles.

Other offensive contributors were Luis Castillo (2-3 with 4 RBI), Ryan Church (2-3 with 3 RBI), and Daniel Murphy (2-3 with 2 runs scored). Pedro Feliciano was the winning pitcher for New York pitching 1.1 innings with no runs allowed and giving up two hits.

Florida plus spring plus baseball equals a whole lot of fun, excitement, and relaxation. Grab some New York Mets tickets and enjoy a few games in the Grapefruit League in 2009.

Feb 24

Going into this weekend’s game the New Jersey Devils were ranked in the top of their division and 5th overall in the NHL, while the New York Islanders were pulling up the rear of the entire league, as well as the division, and the conference. With only 18 wins so far, the Islanders are certainly out of the playoff picture, but for one night, it was the Islanders who celebrated over their rivals.

The Islanders 4-0 win over New Jersey probably didn’t lift the spirits of too many fans, but it did show the teams potential to win big, and also perhaps exposed some of the flaws in the Devils team.

As 15,511 fans looked on, the Islanders struck early as Sean Bergenheim scored a wrist shot at 3:50 in the 1st period as he was assisted by Mark Streit. In the second period (at 8:45), Jon Sim backhanded an unassisted goal to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead.

The third period was all Islanders as well as Kyle Okposo and Bill Guerin both put in slap shots at 16:07 and 17:52, respectively.

The Devils are still the beat in the Atlantic Division, as the Islanders continue sit 20 games out but with just a little bit of pride in their weekend win.

Feb 23

Many people know Joe Girardi as an All-Star Major League catcher, or a former MLB Manager of the year, but Girardi also fancies himself as bit of a pool shark… and on Monday, the Yankees skipper called off a team meeting and organized an impromptu field trip in order to share his “other” favorite past time with his team.

Girardi loaded up the Yankees and hauled them over to a local pool hall for a pool tournament in an effort to “build relationships”, and have a little fun as well, I’m sure. “I’ve never been on a team that’s done something like this before, but I often wondered why,” Girardi told MLB.com. “There’s a lot of other sports that do these types of things. We can get away from the park and enjoy each other off the field and get to know each other.”

As the “tournament” progressed, it was Mariano Rivera who came out on top, winning twice – once with Phil Coke, and again with Andy Pettitte. In the final game of the second tournament, he and Pettitte knocked off Nick Swisher and Hideki Matsui to clinch the eight ball recreational tournament.

New York Yankees fans surely hope that Girardi’s team building strategies will get them back on track this year and into the playoffs. Time will tell.

Feb 23

The hottest tickets on Select A Ticket last week were:

  1. The 39 Steps tickets
  2. 2009 MLB All Star Home Run Derby tickets
  3. 2009 Big East Tournament Tickets
  4. South Pacific tickets
  5. New York Rangers tickets

Be sure to come back next week to find out what events make the list for the current week.

Feb 20

Bruce Springsteen, one of the world’s foremost rock legends has recently announced tour dates for 2009. His tour will take him and his E-Street Band across the US, Canada, and into Europe.

The first half of his tour will be in April and May and will only take the band across the US and into Canada for a show in Toronto. All US dates for Bruce Springsteen tickets are  on sale now.
Here is a list of the tour dates for the first half of the tour:

4/1    San Jose, CA        HP Pavilion at San Jose
4/3    Glendale, AZ        Jobing.com Arena
4/5    Austin, TX        Frank Erwin Center
4/7    Tulsa, OK        BOK Center
4/8    Houston, TX        Toyota Center
4/10    Denver, CO        Pepsi Center
4/15    Los Angeles, CA        LA Memorial Sports Arena
4/16    Los Angeles, CA        LA Memorial Sports Arena
4/21    Boston, MA        TD Banknorth Garden
4/22    Boston, MA        TD Banknorth Garden
4/24    Hartford, CT        XL Center
4/26    Atlanta, GA        Philips Arena
4/28    Philadelphia, PA    Wachovia Spectrum
4/29    Philadelphia, PA    Wachovia Spectrum
5/2    Greensboro, NC        Greensboro Coliseum
5/4    Hempstead, NY        Nassau Veterans Mem. Col.
5/5    Charlottesville, VA    John Paul Jones Arena
5/7    Toronto, ONT        Air Canada Centre
5/8    University Park, PA    Bryce Jordan Center
5/11    St. Paul, MN        Xcel Energy Center
5/12    Chicago, IL        United Center
5/14    Albany, NY        Times Union Center
5/15    Hershey, PA        Hersheypark Stadium
5/18    Washington, DC        Verizon Center
5/19    Pittsburgh, PA        Mellon Arena
5/21    E. Rutherford, NJ    Izod Center
5/23    E. Rutherford, NJ    Izod Center

Feb 19

In short, I don’t think that A-Rod will miss out on the Hall of Fame, despite his recent accusal and admission of steroids abuse during his time with the Texas Rangers in the early 21st century. My argument stems basically on the fact that by the time sports writers are voting for A-Rod, there will be a greater understanding of the steroids era and the parity that it provided.

While I do think that Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds will be left out of the Hall of Fame, there may still be hope for A-Rod whose career is far from over and can still prove himself in the post-steroids era of Major League Baseball.

We know that many players in this generation were guilty of using PED’s but because of the sheer volume of players who used, they were competing against equal odds and that makes the “cheater” tag a little less true.
This season will be huge for A-Rod as he tries to adjust to life as a know PED user. We’ll see how he handles it. Don’t miss out on your chance to see the future Cooperstown inductee – get some New York Yankees tickets for the’09 season!

Feb 18

Much ado was made by Broadway fans when Kathleen Turner was chosen to star in this season’s comedy “The Third Story” at the Lucille Lortel theatre. The long-time television, film, and stage star is extremely well respected in Hollywood and in New York, and her re-appearance on Broadway was met with much excitement.

But many fans were sorely disappointed earlier in the week when Turner took a fall and injured her knee fairly severely. Three shows were cancelled this week while Turner was recovering and whispers began to spread that the show would be cancelled altogether. However, Turner announced on Friday that she would be returning this weekend with a leg brace and a cane after she was cleared by her doctors.

“Kathleen Turner personifies the attitude of the Broadway trooper,” said co-artistic director Bernard Telsey in a statement released today. “Against any odds, she must – and will – make her performance.”

Broadway ticket holders across the city rejoice!

Feb 17

The word is curse is thrown around a lot in the MLB, but for some New York Mets fans, it’s the perfect way to explain their late-season failures in the past two seasons. In 2007, New York was poised to win the NL East handily and were favored by many to make it to the World series, but the Phillies stormed back while the Mets lost 13 games in September and lost the division and the wildcard races.

In 2008, the mid season firing of Willie Randolph gave the Mets a boost, but again, they couldn’t hang on late in the season as they lost 12 September contests and allowed room for the future World Series champion Phillies to make the playoffs.

One of the weak points in ’08 was the fickle Mets bullpen who blew game-after-game down the stretch. With the pickups of Francisco Rodriguez, and JJ Putz in the offseason, they should have less of a problem in the late innings. The other major pickup for the Mets is starting pitcher Johan Santana. Preliminary evaluations of the New York Mets look as though they’ll be much, much better this year!

Feb 16

The first sign of summer is officially here. With Major League pitchers and catcher reporting to duty for MLB spring training, the first micro-sign of baseball season is upon us and the road to Opening Day has begun as more and more, baseball will take the forefront in sports news. It’s great, ain’t it!?

No stove was hotter this off season than that of the New York Yankees who made a ton of moves this summer to bolster their lineup as well as their bottom line. The signings of CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Mark Texiera were the marquee moves of their winter, but they filled in a few more holes here and there as well – and lets not forget that Manny Ramirez is still without a home. I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin…

As the Yankees begin spring warm-ups in Florida, make no mistake that they are in it to win it in ’09. If you don’t believe me, buy some New York Yankees tickets and see for yourself!

Feb 16

The top events on selectaticket.com for the past week were:

 Big East Tournament Tickets

Guys & Dolls

Daytona 500 tickets

Katy Perry tickets

2009 MLB Home Run Derby tickets

And that does it for this week! Check back next week to see what tickets were most popular on www.SelectATicket.com.

Feb 13

The Florida Panthers had the answer to the New Jersey Devils last night as the pulled a 1-2-1 in order to beat the Devils 4-0 in front of 14,500 Fans in Florida. The loss puts the Flyers only 7 points behind the Devils as the season continues towards the playoffs.

Since the Devils had no offense, I’ll just run down the scoring summary for Florida:

  • Stephen Weiss at 4:18 in the first period scored on a wrist shot – assisted by Bryan McCabe
  • Richard Zednik at 11:27 in the second period scored on a wrist shot – assisted by David Booth
  • Nathan Horton at 14:05 in the second period scored on a wrist shot – assisted by Zednik
  • Cory Stillman at 17:06 in the third period scored on a tip-in assisted by Weiss

The loss sends the Devils to 37-18-3 and while they still have the division lead, they are third in the Eastern Conference. Grab some New Jersey Devils tickets now and join in on the road to the playoffs!

Feb 12

It’s no surprise to sports fans that the New York Yankees have the biggest pay role, not only in the MLB, but in all of professional sports. In the past this has worked to their advantage, but in recent years, they have failed to turn their payroll into championships.

Not only is the list of highest paid Major Leaguers littered with Yankees players, but the top four players are ALL Yankees. Those players and their current salaries are:

  1. Alex Rodriguez, $27,500,000
  2. CC Sabathia, $23,000,000
  3. Mark Teixeira, $22,500,000
  4. Derek Jeter, $18,900,000

For the record: The ENTIRE Florida Marlins Payroll in 2008 was $21,000,000 (that’s less than a single year for ARod, Sabathia, or Texeira).

In the past, the Yankees $200,000,000 payroll hasn’t been enough to break through the American League East and into the World Series – they haven’t won a Pennant since 2003, and haven’t won a World Series since 2000.

This year, Hank Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, and Joe Girardi think that will all change. A new stadium, a new team and and new hope for continued greatness

Feb 11

U2 is undoubtedly one of the hottest bands in the history of rock music. Their classic rock style and supreme ability to adapt have given them two decades of success across the world. Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen have become synonymous with rock and roll in the 80’s, 90’s and today – and now you can be a part of one of the greatest concert tours of all time.

In 2006, the last time U2 had a major worldwide tour, they were the biggest worldwide draw, bringing millions of fans to their shows from Dublin to Dubai and adding to their legacy as one of the premier rock groups ever.

As U2 embarks on a world tour, be sure to look for them in a city near you and grab your U2 tickets quickly because – make no mistake about it – they WILL sell out… Fast! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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