It wouldn’t be spring training without the Yankees securing Legends Field as though it were NORAD.
There are two police cars parked in front of the field 24 hours a day. They never move and from I can tell, haven’t moved in two years. But they’re there and they have Yankee logos painted on the sides.
They also have three nice old guys posing as security guards at the door every morning to check our bags. The guy this morning patted the sides of my briefcase and announced it was OK. I could have been carrying a live wolverine in there for all he knew.
Then there is Randy Baker, the head of security (pictured above). He rides around the place on a Segway like he’s General Patton on a Third Army tank crossing the Rhine.
At one point during the workout, he even was buzzing through the outfield on the warning track. Just to make sure no seagulls were poised to attack Johnny Damon, I guess. He usually spends his time yelling at children not to sit on the dugout roof.
It’s quite comical after a while.
Obviously I’m kidding and security is a serious business. But as with most things involving the Yankees, it’s over the top.