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.