World Series

The View From the Cheap Seats

As the World Series returns to New York City Wednesday night, David Samuels writes in The National about the new Yankee Stadium, and how its public-funded class-divided seats are a model for the financial state of the city itself. Multimillionaires circle the bases with Wall Street survivors watching nearby as the salaried help ring the upper tiers. Throughout the summer, the patches of empty seating remained a reminder of the hits delivered by the financial crisis. But as the economy comes barking back, and the Yankees have too, those empty seats are being filled once more with celebrities and bankers. “I wonder how I will explain to my son that it is not possible for people like us to sit near the field,” Samuels writes. “Still, I am grateful that the Yankees are winners again.”