John Oliver is always fighting the good fight, whether that means taking on Donald Trump, or his Major League Baseball equivalent, the New York Yankees.
Just in time for Opening Day, Last Week Tonight ripped the Yankees – "the biggest elitist assholes in all of sports," as Oliver put it – for their recent decision to stop accepting print-at-home tickets at games, a brilliant (and decidedly evil) way of preventing their high-end "Legends Club" seats from falling into the wrong hands.
Or, as Yankees exec Lonn Trost put it: To keep the poor people out.
"If you buy a ticket in a very premium location and pay a substantial amount of money, it's not that we don't want that fan to sell it," Trost said on WFAN radio. "But… a fan picks it up for a buck-and-a-half and sits there, it frustrates the purchaser of the full-price amount…and quite frankly, the fan may be someone who has never sat in a premium location."
Yes, we can't allow the unwashed masses anywhere near upstanding gentlemen like Aroldis Chapman.
Anyway, Oliver has an ingenious plan to disrupt the Legends Club status quo: He bought a pair of premium seats in the section for the Yankees' first three games – including today's Opening Day matchup against the Houston Astros – and will be selling them for cheap. But there's one catch.
"There will be riff-raff in those seats," Oliver proclaimed. "We will sell [the tickets] to you for just 25 cents apiece, on one condition – you must dress like you have never sat in a premium location before."
Want the tickets? All you have to do is tweet a photo of you and a friend in your game day finery, using the hashtag #IHaveNeverSatInaPremiumLocation and Oliver will pick a pair of winners. And judging by some of the early submissions, he's definitely got his work cut out for him.