Today’s tour started at the current Stadium, in the suite used by George Steinbrenner. I had never been in there before and took a good look around. It was endlessly fascinating.
The decor is straight out of the 1970s. There’s a small bar and a few lumpy brown couches. One chair is in the shape of a baseball glove. I tried sitting in it, it felt like you were being grabbed by King Kong.
The biggest couch had two decorative pillows. One said “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.” The other said “I’m Not Bossy, I just Have the Best Ideas.”
I’m not kidding.
One wall had an autographed photo of Kirk Douglas. Across the room, behind the bar, was a cast photo of the Mary Tyler Moore show signed by Mary herself. Above it was a hockey stick signed by Wayne Gretzky.
The coffee table was dominated by a model ship, a Spanish galleon. One of the pennants in the rigging said “GMS.” Nearby was a photo of Joe DiMaggio with Seattle Slew. “Two Great Champions” it said on a brass plate. Joe D and a horse?
There was even a photo collage of a young Hal Steinbrenner getting a ride on an Air Force jet of some sort.
The tour started and I had to leave. But for a few minutes, I got to hang in George’s rec room. Maybe if I ask nicely they’ll give me the model ship when the Stadium closes.
Phil Franchise e-mailed a few weeks ago telling me he was starting a blog. I encouraged him but figured his good intentions wouldn’t last. Everybody thinks they want to blog until they realize they have to actually write something.
But the The Phil Hughes Weblog is going strong. Phil has posted on music, running into an alligator on the golf course (watch that right arm, young man) and going to Daytona this weekend to see a Nascar race with Shelley Duncan and Ian Kennedy.
(Shelley at a Nascar race? No chance that ends well)
I’m all for athletes blogging. Whatever gets information to fans is a good thing. I think there’s room for all of us on the interweb. Phil linked to me, I linked to him. It’s all good.
One can only pray that the Big G starts a blog. Now that would be entertainment.
The new Stadium is pretty cool. It’s huge and there are a lot of suites. But if you get in, you’re going to have a better experience than at the old Stadium. The field itself will be the same but you’ll have more room, better food and getting a hot dog won’t take an inning.
What’s weird is this sports bar they plunked down in center field in the middle of the bleachers. It basically obstructs the view of anybody sitting next to it. If you’re on the left field side of the bar, you won’t be able to see right field or anybody sitting on that side. And vice-versa.
Lonn Trost said when they realized that, they decided to install televisions. So you could follow the flight of the ball for a bit then watch what happens on the screen. That helps, but it still seems like a huge design flaw.
There is a food court above the bar and several hundred regular seats. No word on whether that food court will serve beer.