It is just like the Yankees to bid against themselves and drive up the price of something only they can really afford. It works that way for high-end free agents and it works that way on another free agent market, too.
As the holiday season rolls around, deep-pocketed people with too much time on their hands desperately search for new and inventive gifts to express their love. What better way to showcase your own capacity for selfless thought than selecting the perfect gift that hits all the right emotional notes?
Due to their unbelievable legacy of success and base of operations just a few miles from Wall Street, the Yankees have their share of wealthy fans. Wealthy fans who shell out big bucks for arcane memorabilia or random pieces of their old stadium or just about anything tangentially related to the Bronx Bombers.
While the tangible artifacts are few and far between, the vast expanse of the internet offers numerous places for well-heeled Yankees fans to flex their fandom. Can I interest you in Derek Jeter’s Baseball Reference page, Mr. Stockbroker, sir?
As of this very moment, the Baseball Reference page for Derek Sanderson Jeter is unaffiliated. It can be yours for the low, low one-time fee of…$3960 dollars. Almost four thousand American dollars to have our name and/or link attached to the stats page of the Yankees Captain.
If Jeter is a little tooooo rich for your blood, perhaps the yin to Jeter’s yang – Alex Rodriguez? The BRef page detailing the exploits of the universally loathed Yankees third baseman who also happens to be y the best player you are likely to ever see can be yours for a mere $3150.
The full list of available high roller pages puts a fine point on the economics of the internet. Popular players get more views which drives the cost of the individual page higher. Hunter Pence was traded twice in the last two years, to two teams with incredibly plugged-in fanbases in Philadelphia and San Francisco. The result? A B-Ref page more valuable than Josh Hamilton.
If you are searching for value, look no farther than good old Barry Bonds. The sheer statporn brings gawking fanboys by the dozen on a daily basis.
Current players have more immediate value though that price isn’t always set by their relative level of skill. Marco Scutaro and Tim Lincecum fetching the nearly the same price? Okay. Buster Posey or Ryan DeMopster – who best represents a good use of $740 bucks?
Go ahead, dig deep for your baseball loving brethren and get their name on a piece of digital real estate sure to result in nothing but pride and taunting fantasy baseball emails. In this cruel world, what else do we have?