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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Playing for the Yankees Has Its Perks. In-Flight Internet Is Not One of Them.

Gerrit Cole had dreamed of playing for the Yankees since he was a kid, and in so many ways the experience has been exactly what children envision: the crisp pinstripes, the retired numbers, the Bleacher Creatures.

But one thing surprised him when he got to New York after signing a nine-year, $324 million deal before the 2020 season: The fourth-most valuable franchise in sports charges players for internet access on the team plane.

“It’s your fault,” longtime center fielder Brett Gardner told him. “Your contract is too big, so they can’t pay for the Wi-Fi.”

Technically, it’s Delta that does the charging, approximately $9 per flight. (Delta also offers free iMessage and WhatsApp.) But the Yankees, whom Forbes estimates are worth $6 billion, do not cover the cost. A person familiar with the prices of such things said an in-flight Wi-Fi plan for one team for one year costs approximately $40,000—or about the price of four Cole pitches.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2023 at 09:34 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. weiss-man Posted: March 15, 2023 at 11:30 AM (#6120464)
Slow news day.
   2. villageidiom Posted: March 15, 2023 at 12:12 PM (#6120470)
The Yankees can afford to pay for it. The players can afford to pay for it. No real issue either way.

I'm assuming without RTFA that the issue is that everyone else on the plane, including the person writing the article, would have to pay for in-flight internet. To them the Yankees are the problem, as the players aren't the ones providing the plane, and the Yankees are the deeper pocket.
   3. villageidiom Posted: March 15, 2023 at 01:40 PM (#6120475)
And now that I've RTFA, I'm happy to see the author is treating the issue as unserious as it is.
   4. Itchy Row Posted: March 15, 2023 at 02:29 PM (#6120480)
This probably dates back to when human resources took away Hideki Matsui's internet access.
   5. Der-K's enjoying the new boygenius album. Posted: March 15, 2023 at 02:50 PM (#6120481)
that was a pretty fun read
   6. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: March 15, 2023 at 03:22 PM (#6120482)
Catcher Kyle Higashioka buys the Wi-Fi on most flights so he can study for the next opponent. He considered purchasing a monthly pass but calculated that because he tends not to bother on short trips, it was cheaper for him to pay each time. He has never investigated the possibility of expensing the cost.

If the Yankees use Concur, I don't blame him.

But this was a fun article. Most surprising nugget is that the Marlins reimbursed Jazz Chisholm when he paid out of pocket.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: March 15, 2023 at 03:27 PM (#6120484)
New record for whitest of white people problems

EDIT: And will also recommend the enjoyable article
   8. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: March 15, 2023 at 04:52 PM (#6120489)
New record for whitest of white people problems

Domingo German, Jimmy Cordero, Luis Severino, Kyle Higashioka and Estevan Florial say hi.
   9. Accent Shallow is still reading xi as squiggle Posted: March 15, 2023 at 04:56 PM (#6120490)
“I’ve got T-Mobile,” said right fielder Aaron Judge,
[. . . ]
So does reliever Michael King—and crucially, so do his parents, whose family plan he still uses.

   10. Walt Davis Posted: March 15, 2023 at 06:02 PM (#6120492)
Domingo German, Jimmy Cordero, Luis Severino, Kyle Higashioka and Estevan Florial say hi.

Hold on ... non-white people are allowed to play baseball? When did that happen?
   11. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 15, 2023 at 06:08 PM (#6120494)
the crisp pinstripes, the retired numbers, the Bleacher Creatures.

I note the omission of championships mentioned; which of course has proven spot-on in the Gerrit Cole era. He really should've stayed with Houston if he wanted to make the WS and maybe win a couple...
   12. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: March 15, 2023 at 07:32 PM (#6120496)
“Bro, the Wi-Fi didn’t even fricking work and I paid 10 bucks!” His teammates laughed and explained that the Marlins provide players a code; in his next paycheck, he found that $10 reimbursed.

* Imagines Jazz Chisholm looking at his paycheck in confusion and thinking "This is supposed to be $27,615, but it's $27,625? WTF?" And then remembering the WiFi. *
   13. JimMusComp misses old primer... Posted: March 15, 2023 at 09:51 PM (#6120505)
Primey for #12.
   14. Anthony22 Posted: March 26, 2023 at 12:44 PM (#6121368)
Many routers also offer the ability to set up a guest network, which can be used to provide guests with access to the internet without giving them access to your entire home or office network.

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