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John Oliver Continues to Troll Yankees, Gives Premium Tickets to Unicorns and Left Sharks

Earlier this year, Yankees COO Lonn Trost defended the team’s controversial new ticket policy by explaining that premium-ticket holders don’t like it when someone buys a seat for less money than they spent. Explained Trost: “And quite frankly, the fan may be someone who has never sat in a premium location.” And so on Last Week Tonight this past Sunday, John Oliver promised to sell prime opening-week Yankees tickets to viewers for a quarter each if they tweeted at him with the hashtag #IHaveNeverSatInAPremiumLocation and a photo of what they’d wear to the game. On opening day, the tickets went to a couple of guys in Ninja Turtles costumes. The winners Wednesday night, for the team’s second home game? Two unicorns, and two Left Sharks, of Katy Perry–Super Bowl–halftime-show fame.

And while Trost claimed that premium-ticket holders would be bothered by newcomers unaccustomed to such seating areas, at least a few fans behind home plate posed for a photo with Oliver’s latest winners: unicorns Hannah Lee and Michelle Munera, and Left Sharks Ashley Lewis and Jennifer Sedgley.

The Yankees won the game, 16–6, and will finish off their series against Houston today.

John Oliver Continues to Troll Yankees