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Yankees dramatically increase ticket prices for Derek Jeter Night

The New York Yankees will hold Derek Jeter Night on Mother’s Day, May 14. And if fans want to be the ballpark for the momentous event, it’s going to cost them.

The highly anticipated pregame event, where Jeter will have his No. 2 jersey retired and be enshrined in Monument Park, has prompted the Yankees to dramatically inflate ticket prices for the evening tilt against the Houston Astros.

For instance, the Yankees ticket website has some bleacher tickets priced between $140-$155. This amounts to a 604 percent increase for the same seats at a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 13, as noted by the New York Post.

All told, ticket prices range from $90 bleacher seats up to $500 for Field Level seats, per the New York Daily News. Also noted is how the secondary market will only make tickets ultimately that much more expensive.

The Yankees apparently are the last MLB team to utilize varied ticket pricing, something that is done routinely throughout baseball, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s plans.

The Yankees obviously are happy to roll out the red carpet for Jeter, one of the organization’s greatest players of all-time whose No. 2 jersey retirement means no single-digit uniform numbers are available for Yankees players going forward.

Interestingly, while the likes of Alex Rodriguez, among other former Yankees, remain somewhat involved with the organization, Jeter has maintained a relatively low profile in that respect since his retirement. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner insists there are “no hard feelings” over Jeter’s decision to stay away for the most part.

There may be hard feelings, however, for fans who will get priced out of attending the Yankees great’s special day.