Every Yankees player and coach had a memo from the team waiting for them in their locker today. It said, in 24-point bold letters, that the ball used to get the final out tomorrow night belongs to the Yankees and must be turned over immediately to federal or NYPD authorities for authentication.
The ball will be placed in a museum at the new Stadium.
The memo also said the players would be able to keep only their backup jersey “as a gift” under the condition that they never sell it or give it away.
Their game-used jerseys will apparently be sold.
The players were warned against taking any items from the clubhouse or the Stadium. Anything they want, it said, would be sold to them “at prices set by New York City.”
Federal authorities? Is there a Bureau of Baseball Authentication?
Just to make this clear … you must have a ticket for tomorrow’s game to enter Yankee Stadium. The gates open at 1 p.m., only to those fans who have a ticket for the game.