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Ten people to avoid at the ballpark

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 19, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I’ll probably cover 120 or so games this season. But I also plan on attending at least four or five as fan. It’s fun to watch a game and not have to worry about coming up with a story afterward.

There are few things better than watching a game in person with your buddies. But every ballpark does have a few people who detract from the experience. Here are my top 10 least favorite people at the ballpark:

1. People who bring their vanity license plates to games and wave them around. We’re all quite impressed, “Yanks4Eva” and “GoYankz”

2. Drunks. Why would you spent so much money on tickets, gas and parking and then crush so many $8.50 beers that you can’t remember half of what happened the next day? It makes no sense. Meanwhile, they’re loud, obnoxious and usually fans of the other team.

3. Know-it-alls. Nothing worse than sitting next to the guy who knows somebody who knows Cashman’s dry cleaner and he knows for sure the Yankees are getting Albert Pujols.

4. People who keep getting up. Over nine innings, you should get up once, twice if you’re female. Go to the bathroom, get something to eat then sit back down and don’t get up again until the game is over. Stop making people in your row get up.

5. People waving signs trying to get on ESPN or Fox. This isn’t a game show. Sit down.

6. There are two categories of cell-phone users who need savage beatings. First is the guy who has a friend in the crowd eight sections over and calls him so they can wave at each other. Your friend knows what you look like, bozo.

Then there are the people who sit in box seats and call their friends watching at home and wave every time the camera catches them in the background. Teams should employ snipers to wound these people.

7. People who swear at the players. How badly has your life gone that you feel compelled to come to the park and yell obscene words at somebody playing baseball? Trust me, when the player goes back to his huge house and his insanely hot wife that night, you calling him names doesn’t make him feel bad.

8. People trying to start The Wave. The Wave is a plague on sports. It’s 50,000 people saying, “Look at us, we’re all mindless and we don’t care about the game.” Thankfully Yankee Stadium is largely Waveless.

9. Trampy girls at batting practice. This always brings a smile. No matter what stadium you’re in, you see scantily clad women in stripper heels posing near the dugout trying to catch the attention of the players. This strategy may work in the minors. But do you really think Jeter is going to look up and say, “Hey, purple halter, Room 812 at the Westin tonight.”

10. Adult autograph seekers. I think players should be contractually mandated to sign 10 autographs every day for kids. But once you’re 18, give it up. Let the kids through. I’m always disgusted at the get-a-lifers who jockey for position with children.

Is there anybody I’m missing?

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182 Responses to “Ten people to avoid at the ballpark”

  1. YANKEE BIAS March 19th, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Very interesting post Pete.

    I think you covered it.

  2. Andrea - anti-anti March 19th, 2008 at 12:53 am

    I personally dislike the Sox fan who gets a hot dog and says “this is no Fenway Frank.” Because you know what? That got me all excited to get a Fenway Frank when I went to Fenway, and those things are damn nasty. I was sad. Because I sure do like me some stadium hot dogs.

    jerks.

  3. Matt March 19th, 2008 at 12:55 am

    haha I hate annoying people. But Pete, if you get the chance sit in Section 39 of the bleachers. Best seats :). It’s not the same as it was two years ago but it’s still the funniest place in the ball park, and all us loyal fans sit there :).

  4. dave in ann arbor March 19th, 2008 at 12:59 am

    You forgot douchy frat boys who wear their hats to the side. By the way your post sounds like George Carlin bit, with a lot less obscenities.

  5. Nate March 19th, 2008 at 1:00 am

    The @$$holes that hit on my girlfriend when we go. My arm’s not around her shoulder just for an armrest, bud. Most of the time it’s not, anyways.

  6. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 19th, 2008 at 1:01 am

    how about the guy that goes to the game and quizzes you on the players on the field, I really hate loathe them nothing worse than a guy saying “you see that second baseman, he had nothing on Chuck Knoblauch” or “that RF hasn’t been solid since Paul O’neil left, you do know who PAul O’neil is right” then you say yes and he says I don’t believe you “what team did he come from ?”

    makes me want to punch them in the mouth :evil:

  7. thomas March 19th, 2008 at 1:01 am

    I HATE THE WAVE!

  8. mel March 19th, 2008 at 1:01 am

    You forgot obnoxious beat writers. Oops, never mind. :)

    Seriously, what about the people who yell at you, “Where’s Belicheat?!”

  9. mel March 19th, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Andrea,

    I heard the Dodger Dog is the best. But it has to be grilled. You got to search for them because not every vendor grills them.

  10. Patti March 19th, 2008 at 1:03 am

    The heckler at Tampa Bay needs to get laryngitis for the whole season.

  11. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 19th, 2008 at 1:04 am

    the guy that tells the batter “HIT A HOME RUN !!”

    just STFU he’s trying to make contact you jerk !

  12. Jay March 19th, 2008 at 1:04 am

    “Trust me, when the player goes back to his huge house and his insanely hot wife that night, you calling him names doesn’t make him feel bad.”

    I think I’ve actually been banned from this site saying this to you about your shots at Carl Pavano. You should abide by this yourself.

    I agree with everything you said, though. I particularly hate when people continually get up (even if they do apologize for it). It’s also annoying when the crowd stands for something (say a strikeout) and then the fool in front of you won’t sit down even after everyone else has and the play is over. But the drunks are not only annoying but dangerous. It’s amazing how the stadium takes on the aroma of beer around the fifth or sixth inning of a ballgame and how the hostility and noise ratchets up accordingly.

    Also add to the list: people who pontificate about the game but get all their facts wrong.

  13. stef March 19th, 2008 at 1:05 am

    You really are the best, Pete!

    My pet peeve — the people who insist on standing up every time a pitcher gets two strikes on someone — regardless of whether it’s at a pivotal point in the game or not. Can we just enjoy the game without having to constantly stand and sit, stand and sit? Personally, I’m there to relax a bit. Thank you.

  14. Bob March 19th, 2008 at 1:06 am

    Great stuff Pete!

  15. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 19th, 2008 at 1:07 am

    I’m for fans standing up going crazy but do it come playoff time or big game time, I’ve never heard Yankee Stadium more louder since Donnie Baseball’s first AB in his first playoff debut in the stadium

  16. eelz March 19th, 2008 at 1:13 am

    tampa bay cowbell people.

    people who smack seats.

  17. Colin March 19th, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Pete, I got two:
    Anyone who feels that it is their job to get everyone in their section to stand up and cheer. I’ll stand and cheer when I’m good and ready not when you turn around, wave your arms around and yell at everyone to get up. Also anyone who mimics the home run calls of John Sterling. I can’t stand “An A-Bomb from A-Rod” enough as it is when I listen to games on the radio, I don’t need to hear it when I’m actually at the game.

  18. Yazman March 19th, 2008 at 1:18 am

    I thought the rule was guys could get up twice and gals three times? My bad.

  19. kunaldo March 19th, 2008 at 1:21 am

    don’t take this the wrong way guys, b/c you’re all fellow yankees fans, so i have love for you all…but um, anger management anyone? I mean, i agree that most of those things are annoying(albeit I’m not THAT annoyed), but I’m as passionate as it gets, and I like the rowdy atmosphere…that’s what makes Yankee Stadium so special…i went to a game at Minute Maid Park and it was soooooooooooo lame…and i believe at the time oswalt was working on a no-no!!(maybe perfect actually)

    anyways, can’t wait till the season starts!

  20. Yazman March 19th, 2008 at 1:23 am

    I’ll add two least favorites to the list:

    -folks who curse nonstop when kids are right nearby

    -Yankee fans who boo Yankees who are struggling (despite busting their butts and playing with class)

  21. Jack March 19th, 2008 at 1:25 am

    You think people who get up more than twice a game are bad? How about people who sit in seats that are clearly not theirs. I am a season ticket holder, and the whole section I am in is full of season ticket holders. We will often arrive to a sold-out game and find some idiot sitting in our seats(or sitting in front of us, which has the same effect). When the person is confronted they want to stand up and compare tickets so that everyone behind them can’t see the game. Then they move somewhere else in the area that is empty until someone else asks them to move. It’s one thing to move down after people have left, but it is maddening when people do it before the game has even begun.

  22. Josh T March 19th, 2008 at 1:28 am

    i enjoy heckling certain guys on opposing teams, usually guys who burned my fantasy team in years past…i’m not the loud/rude guy but it’s fun to talk to them. not sure why that is so terrible.

    also..if a guy over 18 wants an auto, whats the best way to approach it without being the ‘get-a-lifer’? I’m guessing my only option is eBay – I live in Cinci, so getting to see the Yankees is a rare event.

  23. Hunter Ryan March 19th, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Fat people. There is nothing I hate more than arriving at the game and having to share an arm rest with some tubby bastard who thinks the nice weather is an excuse to sweat all over me. Then he wants to get out of his seat for the umpteenth time because he can’t wait another second for a vendor on foot to deliver him his tubesteaks, and i have to stand up so he can squeeze by me, and if he perchance slips on one of his numerous discarded ketchup packets, he might step on my foot and vaporize it. These people sicken me and should be required to buy multiple seats if they can’t fit into one.

  24. Yeah! March 19th, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Pete,

    What about the lonely, and over friendly people. I go to the ballpark to have a good time and enjoy. And this guy(is always a guy by the way)comes by himself to ballpark and keeps talking to me during the entire game. I of course, like to exchange enthusiasm with other Yankees fan, but please let me concentrate on the game for two uninterrupted innings.

  25. Jack Knight March 19th, 2008 at 1:36 am

    It was already mentioned, but definitely my biggest pet peeve is the over-stander. You stand up for the exciting play, and then you sit down after. I paid for my seat. I would like to sit in it and watch baseball, not watch your sweaty back.

  26. Beer Baron March 19th, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Addendum to the adult autograph seekers comment: all men quake for the right to earn Mariano Rivera’s autograph before he transcends his earthly chains. They will be our only reminder of his godlike presence on this petty planet.

  27. trisha March 19th, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Well in the spirit of love and giving and still reflecting on today’s game and the meaning behind it, I would suggest that perhaps the people to be most avoided at games are those who have little tolerance for others and who have a need to make lists about the kinds of people to be avoided!

    That said, I do have to agree that there are certain people who can lessen the enjoyment of a day at the ballpark. For me it would be fans who get drunk and then feel the need to be loud and vulgar. Short of that I’m pretty tolerant of all kinds of people.

  28. Jay March 19th, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Hunter, that was hilarious — and accurate.

  29. Andrea - anti-anti March 19th, 2008 at 2:04 am

    mel: I gotta get me a Dodger Dog!

    And let me say, there are other hot dogs at Fenway that are good. But the Fenway Frank tastes like an ass.

  30. Say it ain't so March 19th, 2008 at 2:06 am

    What about the sleazy guys who sit through an entire game, talking about getting laid and then making fun of the guys who propose to their girlfriends at Yankee games. I always seem to get stuck around these losers who can’t shut their mouths and have to share every 4 letter word that they know.

  31. Frank Marco March 19th, 2008 at 2:10 am

    I have to admit that on my 18th, I went to cleveland to see the yankees (I live in TN). anyway, I probably looked like an idiot, but I got Johnny Damon’s autograph! nice guy too, he came over and signed for people twice, and no one else form either team did.

  32. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 19th, 2008 at 2:10 am

    anything about that damn rally monkey in anaheim drives me nuts.

    and at the stadium i hate sitting behind some loud dude who screams most of the game. especially when his family is obviously embarrassed sitting next to him

  33. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 19th, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Yeah! : i actually like meeting strangers and chatting a bit with them at games. it can be part of the fun. and in any other situations, i hate meeting new people.

    ( except here ,of course)

  34. hugo March 19th, 2008 at 2:19 am

    My #1 pet peeve is the overweight fan that has legs the size of tree trunk that crowd my seat. Put the hot dog down and go for a run.

  35. Greg Cohen March 19th, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Hahahahahha great post Pete.

  36. G. Love March 19th, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Pete,

    Bravo! I love this post.

    I think you should add the Guy you don’t know who forces you to high five him all during the game and as he gets drunker, hits your hand harder and harder.

    I would also love to add a specialist category.

    The boyfriend girlfriend couple who come to the games together and he gets very drunk and loud and embarrasses her and himself and then they start to verbally fight and air their laundry out in front of the entire section.

    Last season I had about 10 instances in my section where a knucklehead in his Yankees gear and his cute g/f would spar for about 8 innings. Then she gets pissed. She won’t talk to him. He realizes he won’t be getting any later and he spends the last few innings attempting to apologize to her drunk.

  37. YankeesRfirst March 19th, 2008 at 2:56 am

    BOOOOOO bad post. Pete you seem to forget that the people in the stands pay the people on the fields salaries. Love the blog rarely post but damn. What pissed you off so much to lash out on the same people who give you a job. Without us reading news clippings constantly and commenting on blogs you wouldnt be living the dream. I know this stuff might annoy you considering you attend well over 100 games. But for the guys like me who at best attend 5 games. If I want an autograph, get up and pee 10 times cause i pounded 20 beers while attempting to start the wave in the aisle and heckle A-Rod bc he feels hes a “REAL YANKEE” I will, you know why? Cause I dropped 80 bones to enjoy myself not to sit there in silence drinking bottled water, I can do that at home. Now I understand the difference between this and bringing it to the next level and getting booted, but if one can get away with it in the stadium who are you to complain. Go sit in your media section with your laptop and co-workers cause the fans own the stands. All that being said keep up the good work lol.

  38. brockdc March 19th, 2008 at 3:34 am

    How about the drunk close-talker who wants to give you life lessons.

  39. Andrea - anti-anti March 19th, 2008 at 3:49 am

    I actually like the drunk high-five guy. Shows a bit of camaraderie.

  40. Andrea - anti-anti March 19th, 2008 at 3:52 am

    My favorite wave situation ever: I was sitting in the bleacher creature section. Some joker over in LF started the wave. They tried quite a few times, and at one point they got it all the way around to the bleachers, at which point the entire bleacher creature section stood up and flipped off the people in the box seats trying to get them to wave.

    Why this is fabulous–they can’t kick anyone out. If the entire section is doing it, you really can’t do much :)

  41. Reef March 19th, 2008 at 4:07 am

    Pete, big fan of the blog, but I must say this is one of your poorer entries. The only thing that this post proves is that you never went to a big state school with a semi-decent football team. If you had, then there would be no way you would be hating on drunk people, who enjoy swearing and attempting the wave, while watching scantily clad women, all at the same time… seriously though, make it out to State College, Pa for a football game one weekend and you’ll either hate your life, or turn a new leaf. Watching 110,000 people do the wave can be quite an experience in itself.

    And as far as getting drunk at a game goes, you’re right, spending 9 dollars on a beer, especially these days, isn’t really economically efficient, thats why there’s a little pastime called TAILGATING. Just because you have to “work” and therefore cannot pound some beers, before or during the game, does not make it right for you to hate on the fans; some of whom have been working hard for weeks just so they can afford to take a break and sit back, relax and enjoy a cold one at an already overpriced Yankee game. Granted, I realize some fans get out of hand, but thats why they have security.

    It seems to me Pete, that at some point in time you forgot what it feels like to be a real fan and now only know what its like to be a beat writer for the greatest team in the world. I suggest you take a couple days off and go to a game where you don’t have to worry about the fact you’re going to have to get an article into your editors by the time the game finishes, so you can feel what its like to actually enjoy a baseball game again, because it seems like you’ve forgotten that your job is actually an incredible privilege that few fans get to experience.

    All in all, although you made a couple decent points, you forgot the most hated of fans; grown men that steal foul balls from 8 year old kids.

  42. Brian M March 19th, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Pete, I like dry wit and dark humor and to be honest, don’t ever really get offended by what I read. I was surprised though given that you might have a lot of first time readers checking in for details on the V Tech game that you would choose to include comments about how teams should have snipers to wound people. Nice.

  43. patrick March 19th, 2008 at 6:53 am

    red sox fans

  44. Nick March 19th, 2008 at 6:58 am

    The so-called fans that go to games because it’s “fashionable” or a gathering.
    They know little about the Yankees and even less about the opponent. By the time the game is over, they know less about the game than when they entered the Stadium.
    Why did they waste their time ?

  45. Mike S. March 19th, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Agreed on the wave. It went out 20 years ago (or should have.)

    One time at the Stadium I had some Mets fan sitting in my aisle. The guy got up EVERY HALF INNING to smoke a cigarette down below. In the 5th inning I told the guy that if he comes by again, I’d throw him off the upper deck. I said it and gave him every indication that I meant it.

    The rest of the section gave me a standing ovation.

    Also, the ticket has the time of the game. Get there on time. One time I was in Camden Yards. Great seats up the third base line. Great view of the plate. Only problem was the people in the sightline getting their food during the national anthem instead of 20 minutes before the start of the game. Then these people come in and take their seats and you had to look around them for two whole innings. Hey, you know what time the game starts. Get there early, grab your food, so when the game starts you are in your seat, well-fed, and you and others can now watch the game!

  46. Yanksrule57 March 19th, 2008 at 7:24 am

    Worst Place to watch a game with the worst fans:

    Turner Field, Atlanta.

    My son and I went there several times when he was a teen because it was the closest park to where we lived at the time.
    The last time we went we were in fairly good seats. We were surrounded by theses corporate types who obviously just came to the game to get hammered. Graphic sexual conversations, drunken obnoxiousness and general loutish behavior was the norm. They weren’t even watching the game! Look, I am not into the class envy thing, I make a good living too. But these people had no sense of civility whatsoever.

    It got worse. We tried to move seats (it was the 6th inning and I had had enough). Turner has what I call “Seat Nazi’s”. They are everywhere and if you try to sit ANYWHERE (even the bleachers)in the stadium they check for a ticket. I tried to explain I was trying to get away from some louts but they weren’t very sympathetic. I vowed never to go back.

  47. Mike S. March 19th, 2008 at 7:24 am

    …and Reef, as a PSU alumni, I hate the bleepin’ wave. 3rd and one, close game, 4th quarter, and instead of seeing if whoever has the ball makes the first down, the bleepin’ wave comes to my section and everyone stands up an instant before the ball is snapped.

  48. jk March 19th, 2008 at 7:45 am

    In my section in the upper reserved, the drunks are the biggest problem, and they are all Yankee “fans”. Last season tickets in my section were $17 and beers were $8-$12. These bums spent at least 3X the cost of the tickets on beer.

    I have never seen anyone refused to be served by a vendor. The Yankees want every dime they can get from the drunks. It is as much the Yankees fault as any ones. Complaints by the sober customers, who generate less beer revenue, go ignored.

  49. Dan from Mass March 19th, 2008 at 7:47 am

    How about people who angrily implore everyone else to “GET UP” during what they deem to be key plays. I’ll decide when I’m going to stand and when I’m going to sit, douchebag.

  50. John in Ohio March 19th, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Pete

    Great post. What about the golf tournament guys who yell “Get in the hole!” ??? D-bags, all.

    Comerica Park (Tigers)hot dogs are insanely good, especially the one sold by the vendors in the stands. Mustard only, please.

    (Hunter Ryan at 1:34AM…that’s some funny stuff right there.)

  51. John in Ohio March 19th, 2008 at 7:49 am

    *ones*

  52. Enoch44 March 19th, 2008 at 7:54 am

    If you really tried to avoid item #2 it would be impossible to go to Fenway.

  53. Yanksgal07 March 19th, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Oh the wave …I cringe whenever it gets started. Whoever started that should be shot ….

    Go Yankees 2008 !!!

  54. Stephen March 19th, 2008 at 7:59 am

    I will defend the autograph seekers here with addendum. I can now afford to go to games and items to get signed that look great in my office. Why should I spend Steiner money (hundreds of dollars) for a Jeter sweetspot baseball or Ripken ball or Pujols (I have all 3, btw). A lot of these kids you see getting stuff signed are for dealers or for their dads anyway. However, I wil admit at Legends it is kind of weird when Molina comes over to sign and you have these obnoxious NYers who shove and push like they are giving out rations during a hurricane. They think they are entitled to an autograph because they are from New Yawk. I am married, two beautiful kids, and a high-paying job (unlike most adult autograph seekrs, I shower daily sometimes twice) and I love this “hobby”. I tell my wife I can have this hobby or collecting strippers’ phone numbers. Thanks for letting me rant and I love the blog, Pete!

    Stephen

  55. Ross March 19th, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Michael Schur or Will Leitch you are not. Let FireJoeMorgan.com and deadspin.com stick to the comedy/snarky writing.

    Pete, you are at your best when you are getting the inside scoop and reporting the news before anyone else can even sniff it.

    Your Clichéd jokes about cell phone users at the games, and the wave at the games are so old and tired. This post was painful to read.

    You know that I don’t hide under any sort of anonymity on these comments, you have emailed me before, and you can email me again.

    Like I have said before – stick to what you are good at.

  56. Y's Guy March 19th, 2008 at 8:05 am

    any adult who grabs a foul ball and doesnt give it to the nearest kid. also adults who wrestle kids for foul balls.

  57. Ross March 19th, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Let me clarify one more thing – Peter Abraham the BEAT WRITER is one of the best in town.

    I just don’t care for his personal opinions.

    No hard feelings

  58. Kelli in Conn. March 19th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    The wave went out with the dinosaurs. It’s for silly places like the Green Sardine Can in Boston.

  59. ouch March 19th, 2008 at 8:20 am

    seems like you mighta hit a few autograph hounds and wavers where it hurts! good work PETE!

    p.s. MET FANS!! it is imperetive that you go to shea and start the wave early and often since you wont have such a nice round stadium after this season! Dont miss any opportunity to do the wave (as well as the macarena) this season at your fine round ‘ballpark”

  60. YankeeDiva March 19th, 2008 at 8:35 am

    These are good tips Pete, I’m going to my first game at Yankee Stadium this year…but I must say:

    Ha! I’m guilty of actually liking the wave (never started one though) especially when I’m with my kids (8 & 5). They love it and its harmless so its hard for me to dislike it.

    I’m also guilty of being a ‘adult’ autograph seeker granted I was 21 at the time and I was a huge David Justice fan and he signed it for me. Granted I did not topple over any kids to get it…told him I drove 4 hrs (which I did) just to see him play and if he could sign it. He chuckled and signed it. But I seem to have lost the motivation to get more autographs with my ‘old’ age. You’re right its a kid thing now.

    Do people really bring their vanity plates to the game? LOL that’s one I haven’t seen before.

  61. StandingO'Neil March 19th, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I agree 110% on the cell phone users who call their friend 8 sections over. I took a friend out to the bleachers once and he tried calling his friend in the Tier Reserve, I almost strangled him.

    Second the adult autograph seekers is true to, if you really want one that badly, buy it from Steiner Sports.

    And my biggest pet peeve of all, the people who try and start the wave. The main reason I’m glad I’ve moved from the Tier Box to the Bleachers. I refuse to participate! And I’ve warned any friends I bring to the game, if you do the wave, your never coming to another game with me again.

  62. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 19th, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Pete TOTALLY AGREE!!!!

    I hate the wave as well!! My friends and I duck when it comes near us. It happened far to often last year. :(

  63. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 19th, 2008 at 8:41 am

    RALLY CAPS!!

    I can’t stand that!! Yeah wearing your hat inside out works. Now i’ve seen a new rally cap inside out folded and placed on the top of their head! Do you have any idea how stupid you look? :lol:

  64. PlayballNYY March 19th, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Pete,

    I can agree with most of those, but still, the way you’re whining makes me think you should just stay home…or stay wherever the media types stay…go watch golf or polo…

  65. StandingO'Neil March 19th, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Also I forgot, its true the know-it-alls can be annoying, but they aren’t nearly as bad as the people who DON’T KNOW A THING, and talk like they do. I sat in front of one guy yet who I just wanted to slap. He was telling his friend how the stadium was remodeled in 1978, how Mantle hit a 600 ft homerun, etc. Just totally misinformed on everything about the team.

    Oh and people who change seats in like the 8th inning, when all the bandwagon people leave, and I finally have some room, and they sit right next to me, HATE THAT.

  66. JBRO March 19th, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Anyone who reads this blog is the Know it all…

  67. Matt March 19th, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Holier-than-thou beat writers.
    Fortunately they’re usually kept in a separate holding pen from the fans.

  68. PlayballNYY March 19th, 2008 at 8:45 am

    And all this “adult” bullsh@t, I don’t know about you, but Idefinitely turn into a 10 year old kid with excitement when i walk into that stadium. I don’t seek autographs though. Honestly y’all need to stop brown nosin’ Pete, his heads gonna get too big for this little ‘ole blog.

  69. Y's Guy March 19th, 2008 at 8:48 am

    sorry jen but the rally caps stay. something we’ve been doing since we were 5 and although never scientifically proven, all of us who played little league KNOW they work if you really want it!

    personally i went sharkfin at citizen’s park last year and jimmy rollins hit a 9th inning 2 out inside-the-park job against the mets (ok it was a triple and an error), it was the high-point of last baseball season! (howard crushed one to win it in extras)

  70. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 19th, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I bet the people who are offended by this list have done 8 out of 10. :lol:

  71. Bill Porter March 19th, 2008 at 8:52 am

    I despise people who believe their purchase of a ticket or limited license entitles them to ruin the day of another person who also purchased a ticket to attend a ball game. It’s not just about you a-wipe; grow up and have some consideration for other people. We came to see a ball game not you jerk. You want to be noticed? Go jump off a building.

  72. Southron March 19th, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Ah, yankeesrfirst, I believe what everyone is saying is there needs to be more consideration and civility at the ole ball park. I know you paid a large amount just to get there, but so did all the other people there. Frankly, I agree with everything Peter says. Well, maybe he’s a little over the top on the scantily clad, well-heeled gals hanging around the dugout. Personally, I consider that a perk as long as they settle down once the game the game starts.

    Southron

    P.S. Oh, and how about the everyone stands for a nearby fistfight by two drunk idiots. This always seems to happen just when someone like A-Rod come to the plate with the bases loaded?

  73. Ari March 19th, 2008 at 9:01 am

    The jerk who wears a brand new Sox hat to the stadium when it’s Yankees Twins. I understand wearing the brand new Sox hat when it’s Yankees Sox, but if the Sox aren’t playing, why purchase the new hat for a non Yankees-Sox game?

  74. John in Ohio March 19th, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I wore my rally cap last time I went in to ask for a raise. Didn’t work. Maybe they checked my internet usage…

  75. jmo March 19th, 2008 at 9:03 am

    things they could leave at the old ballpark
    1)therman’s locker (ok so they’re moving it out of the locker room at least) c’mon it was a long time ago and alot of other people have died tragically….
    2)Bob Sheppard – nice old guy who apparently was just as boring announcing babe and mickey’s names way back when.
    3)Sky Blue everywhere! the rebuild left us with a dodger-blue ballpark even when full! eck!
    4)Roll Call – shut up nobody cares whos in the bleachers
    5)7th inning streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech. ok we get it, time to move on.
    6)john and suzyn. nothing to add here

  76. NH Mike March 19th, 2008 at 9:04 am

    The last time I went to a game I had a crew in front of me that got up seven times in the first two inings, I finally asked them if they paid 50 bucks a seat to be calisthenics or to watch a game, except I threw in a few choice words.
    Between that and the flipping cell phones/texting that goes on, I’d rather stay home.

  77. PlayballNYY March 19th, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Actually Jenn…I don’t think anyone is offended buy the list, its just a little over the top and some true colors show…folks like Pete get a little self righteous. Like I said, I agree with some of the list…but other people have the right to enjoy the game the way they need to enjoy it. I say #’s 1,5,6,8 & 9 really don’t effect any body else’s ballpark experience, so let them be…as well as the rally caps, you’re nuts if you really have a problem with that…so who’s bandwagon did you jump on when you became a baseball/yankee fan?

  78. Chick Stahl March 19th, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Pete’s a curmudgeon; who woulda thunk it?

    Not as funny as Simmons, but not bad.

  79. jmo March 19th, 2008 at 9:07 am

    oh yeah
    8) that freking cranked-up noise that goes on all game long
    9)telling the crowd to make noise or clap hands…

  80. PlayballNYY March 19th, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Alright , here’s another gem, JMO, you must be high: you can not really have a problem with 1,4 & 5 ??? I’d rather get rid of the ridiculous break for “God Bless America”, and why do people stand up, put their hands on their heart, and take their caps off — ITS NOT THE FREAKIN’ NATIONAL ANTHEM!!

  81. Khoa March 19th, 2008 at 9:10 am

    This is getting forwarded today. Hilarious Pete. Though I gotta admit, I’m a fan of the “trampy girls.”

  82. jmo March 19th, 2008 at 9:10 am

    playball how can u defend #8, the freakin wave! people standing up and yelling and preventing you from seeing the game doesnt effect the people around them? you must just like the watching the wave go around than watching the ballgame.

  83. John in Ohio March 19th, 2008 at 9:11 am

    jmo

    John and Suzyn for sure. They set a new standard for terrible. It’s ridiculous that they are the radio voice of the great New York Yankees.

  84. TheKatzInTheHat March 19th, 2008 at 9:11 am

    In the “Know-It-All” category are the people who think they know it all and have NO clue what they are talking about…

    This is the ultimate dilemma: do you correct them or just sit silent?

    The worst was this past season when a father was trying to teach a son about the game and the son asked how many people could be on a major league team. The father’s answer: “As many people as they want but they all need to fit on the bench.”

    I couldn’t correct a father in front of his son but I’m worried I just contributed to the miseducation of one young man…

  85. PlayballNYY March 19th, 2008 at 9:11 am

    JMO – oh wait, you must be trying out your sarcasm? I hope

  86. PlayballNYY March 19th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Alright enough anger for this morning, must get too work.

  87. Clay Bucholz stole my laptop (aka Joe) March 19th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    People who get to the game in the 3rd inning and disrupt everyone around them while they try to find their seat.

    People who return from the concession stand right in the middle of a play. Common courtesy would be to wait until the play is over before making your entire row stand up so you can get back to your seat.

  88. J-Boogie March 19th, 2008 at 9:22 am

    I have to piggy back of an earlier comment about the adult autpgraph seekers. I don’t have the kind of money that a lot of these guys want for their autos. Steiner is crazy if they think the average fan can drop $400 on a signed Jeter ball. It’s ridiculous. As long as the “adult” isn’t pushing and shoving kids to get something, what’s the harm. Some of us are lifelong fans. I personally am going to use my collection to teach my kids (only have 1 who is 7 months old) about the history of the game.

    It’s too bad there are people out there who push and shove and hawk all they’re stuff on Ebay. It runins it for those of us that ruly love the game.

    I truly hate the people who sit behind the plate and wave to people at home while on their phones. I was able to get tickets in the Legends Suites behind home plate this year (cashed in some credit card points) and I see that the Yanks ban cell phone use in that section. That’s what all teams should do.

  89. Vincent Migliore March 19th, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Hi Pete,

    I agreed with everything you said except autograph seekers to an extent. I personally feel that I’ve earned the right to ask for an autograph if I’m a fan of the player. I’m not doing it to sell, and I’m not going to push away a kid in order to get the autograph first. However, being able to support a team in person is expensive. Buying the season long tv package is expensive. Watching baseball and rooting for the Yankees is something I’m extremely passionate about. Why can’t I get a thrill of having a ball signed because I’m 24 years old and not 4 years old? Its not like players sign at the park anymore anyway, but its not fair that I get turned away just because of my age. When I was growing up my family simply couldn’t afford to take us all out to a baseball game let alone at seats close enough to get an autograph so now that I can afford to go to more games its nice to get that experience.

    Buying an autograph just isn’t the same as having one personalized to you. I’d never want just the signature it means more to have the “To Vincent” I think.

    Just my two cents. Keep up the good work.

  90. Matt (In Toronto) March 19th, 2008 at 9:36 am

    I am 17 and have tried to get autographs from my favorite players since I was 10 or 11. I can spot the eBayer who will sell his stuff just by the way he talks and it sucks to see a non-yankees fan get the autograph over a die hard yankees fan no matter what the age (better for the kid).

    Last year, I think it was during the Yanks first trip to Rogers Centre of the season. This kid who lives in the Toronto area and seeks autographs to sell noticed Damon broke his bat. What did he do? He went up near the concession stands and took a piece of cardboard and wrote “JOHNNY MY FAVORITE PLAYER, CAN I HAVE YOUR BROKEN BAT?”

    The bastard got it, but he never got Damon to sign it the next time I saw him which was good, maybe Damon noticed something. ;)

  91. mommy March 19th, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Darnit Pete, you spoil all the fun. *rips up my I Love Pete Abe sign I was gonna wave at the 1st Yanks/O’s series*

    I admit, I am an autograph whore. I won’t knock a kid out of the way, but I was pretty darn excited to get Shelley Duncan’s autograph last year. Especially when I was warned that NO ONE signs outside the stadium barracades after the games.

    And I, for one, LOVE the roll call! Unique for Yankee Stadium and I have a feeling the players get a kick out of it too. The game just doesn’t “start” for me until after the roll call.

    To add to the scantily clad women at BP, I find it distasteful to be scantily clad at the game period. It’s a baseball game, not a dance club! There is no good reason for high heels whatsoever. But Pete, if you find out what WILL get you noticed enough to get Jeter’s room number, could you please share?

    Thanks for the laugh!!

  92. whoisthedogg March 19th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Pete,

    Although I have fallen into one or more of these examples from time to time…

    I dont know if someone wrote this already but…

    I think you forgot “I fight a foul ball away from an eight year old” guy. I think it should be a constitutional ammendment that all balls caught in the stands should be here by be handed to the nearst child younger then 12. I once caught a ball (off the bounce, at a minor league game) and the first thing I did was give it to this 10 year old kid sitting two rows in front of me. I am not trying to toot my own horn… but I feel like that made a life long baseball fan… and makes me feel better about me then a foul ball off a players bat…

    ammendment 11b…. if you catch a foul ball off Sheffield in air while sitting within 10 rows of the field… ball is officially yours (You earned it)

  93. Tim March 19th, 2008 at 9:47 am

    There are 2 people this list is for:

    1. People who get dangerously drunk
    2. People who swear loudly when kids are around.

    Everything else is acceptable. If people getting up annoys you, stay home. As long as I’m not spilling beer on you, throwing up on you, bumping into you, or teaching your kids new words, let me drink my 6 beers and eat my nachos and hot dogs, cheer as loudly as I want, and go to the bathroom as many times as nature demands.

  94. Anthony March 19th, 2008 at 9:47 am

    I’ve got one: People who want to strike up a conversation and become best friends simply because we had the random fortune to sit next to each other. Maybe I’m just not friendly.

  95. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 19th, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Funny how I don’t recogonize all the complainers names. And PlayballNYY I have been a Yankee fan for a long time, how long have you been? Geez cause I agree with Pete means I jumped on the bandwagon? I’d venture to say I am much more knowledgeable about baseball than you!

  96. Ggroovee March 19th, 2008 at 9:53 am

    There is also the fan that gets to the game in the second or third inning and stops to find their seats right in front of you blocking the view of hundreds of fans. Hey buddy…get here early if you don’t know where you’re going!

  97. Kevin CT March 19th, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Anthony – so much for the concept of camaraderie at a baseball game eh?

  98. 56Bomber March 19th, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Don’t forget the adults who bring their gloves to the game and crowd the right field box seats during BP. They are generally willing to crush children, women, and seniors to get a BP ball hit by anyone.

  99. Winfield killed my seagull March 19th, 2008 at 9:59 am

    If you didn’t get an autograph by the time you turned 18, too bad. Totally agree with Pete. Although I will never badmouth trashy girls at batting practice. LONG LIVE THE TRAMP STAMP!

  100. OldYanksFan March 19th, 2008 at 10:01 am

    “Fat people. There is nothing I hate more than arriving at the game and having to share an arm rest with some tubby bastard who thinks the nice weather is an excuse to sweat all over me. Then he wants to get out of his seat for the umpteenth time because he can’t wait another second for a vendor on foot to deliver him his tubesteaks, and i have to stand up so he can squeeze by me, and if he perchance slips on one of his numerous discarded ketchup packets, he might step on my foot and vaporize it.”
    ==========================================================
    Politically incorrect, cruel and hilarious post of the year.

    Pete – I absolutely agree with 9 of 10. It would be nice if the the PA guy would announce that all adults seeking autographs MUST let kids get their’s first… and the ball players would catch on and help.

    Cell phone calls should be interrupted telling them that due to homeland security, ALL calls are recorded by the FBI. Hopefully that would cut down on that crap.

    It’s nice to get a buzz on during the game, but getting drunk stinks. Be polire, and blow some dubes in the car first. Getting drunk should be discouraged by the Yankees by removing drunks from the game. That would also cut down on people getting out of their seats.

    BUT……..Trampy girls at batting practice. This always brings a smile. No matter what stadium you’re in, you see scantily clad women in stripper heels..!!
    Common Pete.. you get to spend a month in Florida, where there is young flesh on display everywhere, get to go to the finest Strip Clubs, and on an expense account no less, and yet you would deny an OldYanksFan one of the greatest glories of the summer? Shame on you Dude! I mean, who’s getting hurt here?

  101. V March 19th, 2008 at 10:01 am

    I never understood how public drunkenness is allowed at the stadium but illegal on the streets outside.

  102. PlayballNYY March 19th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Jenn,
    doubt it toots, and well, the reality is most girls grew up playing softball and jumping on baseball or a specific team when they dated a fan. May be a wrong assumption about you specifically, but fare assumption of most female yankee fans that only know Arod and jeter, oh and I guess Jorge now.

  103. Winfield killed my seagull March 19th, 2008 at 10:03 am

    And remember Pete isn’t telling these annoying people on the list not to go to games anymore, he is merely saying that you might want to avoid these folks at the games.

  104. Frankie Yankee March 19th, 2008 at 10:04 am

    How about all the different colored yankees hats/shirts, etc. Maybe its just me but Navy blue is the only way to go.

  105. whoisthedogg March 19th, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Frankie Yankee…

    I agree…

    and names of the back of jerseys should be outlawed at the stadium

  106. rbj March 19th, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I agree with your list Pete, except for #9. I like looking at scantily clad girls. That’s why I wear mirrored shades.

    Hubba hubba.

  107. THU March 19th, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Personally I hate people who bring babies to the stadium.

  108. J-Boogie March 19th, 2008 at 10:12 am

    good call with the names on back of the jerseys. That drives me crazy. I can understand the player t-shirt with the name and # on the back but never on a jersey. And no one should ever wear a Yankee hat with the interlocking NY that’s not navy blue.

    JMO

    J-Boog

  109. PlayballNYY March 19th, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Jenn-

    “Funny how I don’t recognize all the complainers names.”

    that’s cuz I check this site for information, not for social networking. I only post when I feel strongly about something. Why post the same thing as 50 other peoples just to say I agree with them?

  110. Jonathan March 19th, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Great list . . . makes me ready for opening day!

  111. Jimbo March 19th, 2008 at 10:16 am

    I hate just about everything that blares at ear-crushing levels from the horrible PA system other than Bob Sheppard and the organ.

  112. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 19th, 2008 at 10:17 am

    PlayballNYY quit while you are ahead. You could not be more off base! I could name the entire 25 man roster I could tell you who are the up and coming stars from the minors. I don’t just know Jeter and Alex.

    ANd I don’t know why I feel the need to defend my fandom!

  113. Drew March 19th, 2008 at 10:19 am

    LOL, that is really funny Pete.

    You forgot the person who keeps putting their feet on the back of your chair and the guy who keeps dripping his beer on ya.

    Thank God the old air horns were banned.

  114. Yanksrule57 March 19th, 2008 at 10:20 am

    PlayballNYY

    “most female yankee fans that only know Arod and jeter, oh and I guess Jorge now.”

    Dude, you obviously don’t read this blog much.

    We have a lot of female fans here who would put most guys knowledge to shame. mel, rebecca and jennifer to name three are here darn near every day and they know our team.
    You will have a rough time in here with that attitude.

  115. Brian from PA March 19th, 2008 at 10:24 am

    just got to this post 108 comments in, so if anybody already said something similar i apologize.

    The people who act like they’re the premier fan and everyone else should bow down to them. now i dare not knock the bleacher creatures, i’m not really referring to them, but there is always some group of like 20 something guys that come into the bleachers and act like total A-holes. they get hostile if your ass is slightly over the faded white line that designates your personal ass area of the bleachers. sometimes they criticize you for wearing jersey’s of players they personally don’t think is very good. sometimes you hear them criticize and make fun of the way other people cheer, and make fun of people who initially stand up to cheer at a pop fly that’s caught in shallow center. (we all do it sometimes). one time, a group of guys that meet this description came into the bleachers when i was at a Yankees-White Sox game. there were two older folks with 3 very young children, i assume their grandkids, that had white sox gear on. well god forbid these folks happened to be in the seats that were for this one group of 20 something male yanks fans. one guy approached them with suck anger and said “hey, sox fans, get the [expletive] out of our seats” and actually got in the guy’s face. IT’S AN OLD GUY WITH HIS GRAND KIDS. the guy just apologized, explained the usher told him to go there and started to get up to leave. the whole time, the guys kept swearing at them telling them to hurry up. i was disgusted. it’s people like that that make Yankees fans look bad at times and it really pisses me off.

  116. Deaner March 19th, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Great stuff!

  117. PlayballNYY March 19th, 2008 at 10:31 am

    yanksrule-

    A. Dude, I’m not a dude, and I know what I’m talking about, obviously women who read this blog (including myself, you dorks) know more than the rest…I still stand by the comment that most female yankee fans jumped on someone’s else’s bandwagon and have a jeter or a-rod jersey.

    B. Like I said , I’m not here for social networking, I’m not here to have any kind of “time”…just getting info I don’t necessarily get anywhere else.

  118. wood is good March 19th, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Pete, that was a fun, stellar post. I’d venture a guess and say maybe 80 percent of the commenters here disagreeign with you or putting down your opinion probably fall into at least two of the catagories you describe.

    I’ll say this, having been a season ticket holder for a long time: I’ve gotten used to the drunks. I’ve gotten used to the people who don’t pay attention. But the one thing I will never, ever get used to are the people who curse and curse and curse and don’t care who hears them. They don’t care if there’s children around, older folk, NO ONE! It’s disgusting. If you’re getting a load on and aren’t too obnoxious, then whatever. But if you gotta shout curses every five minutes, then you’re not a fan of anything other than your own ego.

  119. Phil March 19th, 2008 at 10:34 am

    I always get anoid at people who wear jerseys for teams that aren’t playing. Why are you wearing a red sox jersey to a Mets/Braves game? Do you think that since it involves baseball it is all good?

  120. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 19th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Agreed about the name on the back. How about the idiots who put their own last name on the back!! What?!!

  121. randy l. March 19th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    the simple solution is to have all annoying fans removed form their seats and relocated during the game to a special “holding pen” section that more reflects their special skills .

    the cell phone wavers will end up sitting next to the know it alls. drunks will be next to the trampy girls. swearers and yellers of racial and ethnic slurs will be next to wavers. up and downers will be wedged between gluttonous people. the adults that steal balls from kids will be next to the vanity plate wavers and cow bell ringers. celebrities who know nothing about the game who sit in front row seats will be next to home team fans who steal balls from their teams fielders on foul balls.

    i can’t take credit for this idea. the red sox have already done it. it’s called fenway park.

  122. Rob March 19th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    ADULTS WHO WEAR BASEBALL GLOVES. Lets get it straight, the cut off age for that is 13. You have to be man enough to use your bare hands…. Come on you’re an adult.

  123. Christine March 19th, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Great post, Pete.

    You never fail to entertain me!!!

    I don’t know if these have been covered or not, but:

    Those who yell “Yankees suck” when the Yankees aren’t even playing.

    The White Sox “fans” I encountered who wanted nothing more than to play drinking games instead of watch the game. They were drunks, but different.

    The so-called “parents” who let their children swear.

  124. Y's Guy March 19th, 2008 at 11:06 am

    back in the day (pre 1997) when on most days the stadium was 1/2 empty, there was alot more room for people to spread out and not get in each other’s hair. the louder and drunker folks tended to move back in the upper deck where they could stand and drink and yell without driving people next to them nuts. you could take up as many bleacher spaces as you want and the decnt folks who bought bleacher seats just to get in cheap went into the grandstand so the bleachers were the place where it was acceptable for people to get theier freak on. there was alot of pot smoking and sometimes even a percussioin band out there.
    it is the microcosm of new york squeezed into every single seat available which causes such problems. the cursing (even by kids) in public and the question of adequate sized seats for larger people (becoming a very large % of the population) come up in the subway and at the movie theatre every day but the confined space accentuates it. Even new yorkers cant handle people within thier very limited personal space. everybody needs to mellow out on one another a little bit!

    that being said, wavers should be tossed over the back of the upper deck.

  125. Russell NY March 19th, 2008 at 11:09 am

    #11. Red Sox fans

  126. Skippy March 19th, 2008 at 11:19 am

    People who buy an entire buffet’s worth of food and come and balance it all around their seat (while I try to shrink away and hope to avoid a spill) and eat and drink throughout the whole game. Good heavens, you’re watching a baseball game, not preparing for hibernation.

  127. Brian from PA March 19th, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Phil

    About the people wearing jerseys for teams that aren’t even playing: I agree for the most part, however i think it’s okay to do that if you wear the jersey of a team that rivals one of the teams playing. for instance, when i lived in Atlanta i went to a Red Sox-Braves game all Yankee’d out to cheer against the Red Sox. When i was in the men’s room some Sox fan said “What’s Jorge Doin here!?!?!” ( i had my posada jersey on) and i said “He’s hitting over .250!” (because it was early 06 and at the time Varitek was hitting like .239.)

  128. clevername March 19th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Man, o’ man…where do I start?

    Adult autograph seekers…fine with me as long as they don’t trample over kids and act obnoxious to get them. I am an adult baseball card/memorabilia collector, and as such, I think a purchased autograph is not the same at all (cold, sterile) as one collected in person.

    Rally caps…who is against rally caps???? Super-douche!

    Getting to the game on time…those of us with JOBS may have a tough time making it to the game on time….give us a break!!!! In L.A., it’s impossible to get to a 7:05pm first pitch unless you take the whole day off work. And after sitting in traffic for an hour, you get to your seat and some loser whose only claim-to-fame is being punctual to baseball games starts ragging about people who show up late–they obviously must not be REAL fans–PLEASE, get a job and shut up.

    Giving foul balls to kids…I know I’ll get slammed for this, but I still have never gotten a foul ball at a baseball game. I’ve been going since I was 9 years old, I must have been to over a hundred games (easily) by now and I’ve never gotten a foul ball. The first foul ball I get will go in my pocket–any ball after that I’m fine with giving away to a kid. BUT if you expect me to give up my FIRST foul ball ever to some brat with season tix who probably has a bucket of them sitting at home–tough #$%&* kid, ask your dad to buy you a Steiner auto-ball instead.

    What I hate is those damn banner/sign/lights that go all the way around the stadium and flash “Make some noise!” so the stupid people in the stadium know when to cheer for their team. Sorry, Dodger and Angels fans, but if you need a sign to tell you it’s a key point in the game and that you should be paying attention instead of talking on your celly, you’re a douche.

    well, that was fun…

  129. rbizzler March 19th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    The cell phone folks need to pushed up to the top of the list.

    Great list other than being annoyed by having to stand up. However many times I need to get food or go to the bathroom isn’t really anyone else’s concern.

  130. clevername March 19th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    …wearing gear of a team that’s not playing…REALLY??? REALLY??? Why in THE WORLD would you have a problem with a Braves fan wanting to check out a Yanks-Orioles game? And what difference does it make if he wears a Braves jersey or not? What’s WRONG with you people?????

  131. Y's Guy March 19th, 2008 at 11:41 am

    clevername
    im sorry, i lived in elay for 5 years and this is what i found at dodger stadium
    when nomo was pitching, almost all the japanese fans (plus my wife and i) made it for the 1st pitch and stayed till the end…
    when valdez pitched, almost all the mexican fans (plus me and my wife) made it for the 1st pitch and stayed till the end…
    when when park pitched almost all the korean fans (plus my wife and i) made it for the 1st pitch and stayed till the end…
    all the los angelenos showed up in the 3rd and left in the 7th.

  132. Y's Guy March 19th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    since yankees gear appears at more games not including the yankees, its odd for a yankees fan to be against it!

  133. BigV March 19th, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Pete can I prescribe some anti depressants for you?

    TRADE FARNSWORTH

  134. Ranting Guy March 19th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    This was actually a good post Pete.

    I’m sure each of us could add one or two to the list, and soon there would be 100 kinds of morons to avoid. Including my favorite – the obnoxious, angry, drunk fan of the opponent.

    I remember several years ago being in the bleachers when Pedro struck out 13 and Moose matched him K for K to the end of the game. It was really a great game pitched & played by both sides. The single most obnoxious Sox fan in the crowd happened to be sitting right in front of me, pontificating vociferously about Pedro’s supremacy (and Pedro was ‘on’) as the game went on. Randomly he turned around after strikeout number 9 or 10, and raged at me like I was his life’s sworn enemy (I’d never said anything to him before that, just let him yap away) but I calmly told him it wouldn’t bug me if Pedro struck out 20 as long as NY won. Guess what … Moose was ‘on’ too. It was a low scoring game, NY won by a run. The bonehead did some stupid Hulkamania yelling afterwards then he turned & left. Some people should be sterilized.

  135. clevername March 19th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Y’s Guy

    First, I don’t know what you’re apologizing for.

    Second, anyone who’s ever gone to a Dodgers game knows most fans show up in the 3rd and leave in the 7th…SO WHAT? I’m there to watch the game and have a good time…what do I care if people show up late and leave early?

    Third, what was the point of your last post???

  136. Ranting Guy March 19th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Obnoxious mascots that aren’t even in the stadium.

    i.e. The rally monkey. Someone pleeeease shoot him. Or me.

    We do have Cotton-Eye Joe I suppose. But at least he’s on the jumbo screen only once per game, after a certain inning, he’s not there to spontaneously create rally-inspiring energy, and he’s not shown on TV. Please, o great stadium gods, limit him to this much if you don’t totally eliminate him in the new stadium.

    At least the Philly Phanatic is in the stadium entertaining people (thankfully HIS stadium) and neither he or any of his compatriots are in Yankee Stadium.

  137. Y's Guy March 19th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    im with you on the jersey thing, who could possibly care what jersey anyone else is wearing? i met ron dayne when he was in la for the rose bowl.
    w/o knowing my g/f got me a red ron dayne giants jersey off a discount rack, #27, same # i wore in midget football. (dont remember the GMen ever winning in red) giants havent lost since she bought it.
    to someone else its an outdated jersey, to me it was an awesome present and a good luck charm.

  138. OldYanksFan March 19th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    “drunks will be next to the trampy girls.”
    ———————————————-
    NOW WAIT A SECOND!
    Why do the drunks get rewarded?
    The tramps should sit next to us more mature gentlemen!
    Ain’t ya got no cents?

  139. Jason R. March 19th, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Adults who wear Yankee jerseys with PLAYERS NAMES ON THE BACK! Any self-respecting ADULT fan will never wear a jersey with a name on the back because the Yanks have never put a name on the back of a jersey.

    This is excusable for kids, of course.

    Modell’s and all other chain sporting goods stores should be banned from selling this garbage. Period.

    Also, wearing any jersey that’s not white/gray/navy should be grounds for ejection/snipershot. If you are wearing a red/camo/yellow/green/etc. Yankee jersey, throw yourself out of a car onto the Deegan.

  140. clevername March 19th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Y’s Guy
    We could start a whole other topic on unfortunate or badly-timed sports-related gifts…I was a big Nomar fan but never got around to buying his jersey. My wife (bless her) bought me my first Nomar jersey while she was on a business trip…Nomar Garciaparra, #5…on the Chicago Cubs (doh!).

  141. Russell NY March 19th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Good one, Randy.

  142. Jimbo March 19th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    The only thing your missing is an acknowledgement to Bill Simmons for ripping off a column he wrote years ago. Typical Yankee arrogance and stupidity.

  143. Kill-Schill(ing) March 19th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    “Trampy girls at batting practice.”

    Sorry, I like them. Great for a laugh and an adrenaline rush even if you don’t want, and can’t get, their phone number.

  144. saucY March 19th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    great post pete.

    i agree with mike s: Get there on time (or at least plan to)

    i’ve never had an autograph opportunity when older than 18, but i’ll admit, depending on the player, i may not be able to resiste :)

    adding to that, the worst is people over 18 who take trying to get a ball hit into the stands during BP way too seriously.

    i thought some old guy was going to try and fight me over a ball once during a playoff game. we bumped into each other and neither of us got to the ball. he was pissed and shoved me. i told him to grow up and he then left the area.

  145. JJ March 19th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Old Dancing Guy who wants to be on Scoreboard Cam.
    There is one guy in my section who has Paulie Walnuts hair and wears these fugly Hawaiian or Fake tommy bahama style shirts over the wife beater and Gyrates every time he hears some stupid music. guy get over it! I hope freddy sez hits you with the Pan.

  146. Mick March 19th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    You forgot the folks who eat stuff that isn’t baseball friendly.

    Nachos! buffalo wings! sushi! pizza! These things are not baseball friendly! Hot Dogs, Peanuts, Soda, Beer. Those are baseball’s four basic baseball food groups.

    The drunk guy who mispronounces players names, the opposing teams fan who must make a scene, and the drunk kids who get up every inning for pee/beer breaks and then doublefist the 7th inning are just a few others.

  147. regg March 19th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Cardinals fans…most annoying ever!

  148. NFL Adam March 19th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    You probably could have just covered it all by saying Yankees fans. But I hate the guys who wear the jersey/team hat combination. At that point, just wear the whole uniform including the black socks.

  149. Travis March 19th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    I also disagree with Pete’s assertion that adults shouldn’t ask for autographs. If an adult is respectful when asking, why not? I fail to see the logic here. We don’t get to see the players everyday. It might become boring to run into Derek Jeter every day if that’s part of your job as a sportswriter, but it’s a thrill for the average fan, adult or child.

  150. saucY March 19th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    “Personally I hate people who bring babies to the stadium.”

    another great one.

    and randy l. @ 10:42 —- bravo!

    clevername – i agree on the ball thing. i never got one and while i’d never fight my way thru kids to get one, if i caught one i doubt i’d hand it away…

    i have to disagree on other team’s jersey’s though. wearing a braves jersey to a yankee-oriole game accomplishes what? says you’re a fan of ‘baseball’ (of course you are, you should be), but not the yaks/o’s? i don’t get it.

  151. kenny March 19th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Great post, Pete. I can agree with 100% of this!

  152. Pooholes March 19th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Yankees fans who wear Yankees jerseys with names on the back. A real fan knows who #2 is. No wonder this country is going to hell in a handbasket.

  153. clevername March 19th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    saucY-
    Why does wearing another teams’ jersey have to accomplish anything???

    This is all hypothetical, but…a Braves fan goes to Yankee stadium to catch Yanks vs. O’s and he’s not supposed to let anyone know he’s a Braves fan because…?????? What?

    You guys are Jersey-Nazis! Gimme a break.

  154. HE from NJ March 19th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    yea fake jerseys suck! i also try to avoid all non-yankee fans, just because i don’t want another teams horribleness rubbing off on us :)

  155. Go Royals March 19th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    RFK has the seat Nazi’s too. they absolutely ruin the game. I’m a season ticket holder, please, you don’t need to check my ticket everytime I go up and down the aisle. Furthermore, if my friends stop and want to have a 5 minute conversation, please dont shoo them away. They just want to say hi and we aren’t in anyone’s way. Finally, if the guy who bought the $120 seat decides not to show up, don’t kill me for sitting there, after the middle of the third all seats should be up for grabs.

    Also, is there any rule modification to the autograph rule at spring training?

  156. mb March 19th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    It sounds like you’re channelling Hunter S. Thompson a little bit — especially regarding savage beatings and team snipers.

    The people that bother me the most, however, are the sports memorabilia employees who come to batting practice with a bag full of crap so they can sell it at outrageous prices to children and their parents.

  157. andy March 19th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Any Yankee fan.

  158. METS March 19th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    the things to avoid are yankee fans and yankee players they all suuck

  159. Christine March 19th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Oh, Jason R., right on!!!

    What about those catalogs that sell MLB things where you can have your name over Derek Jeter’s number. Hello, Yankees don’t have their names on their jerseys. These companies should be shut down. (http://shop.mlb.com/sm-all-sta.....70109.html) MLB should KNOW better!

    The only time I have a Yankees’ name on my back is when I wear my T-shirt, not jersey.

    And I cringe at other colors (especially pink) for the hats. Though I was very touched with the Virginia Tech ones yesterday. That is my only exception.

  160. richmond upon james March 19th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    The only defence to having the names on the backs of jerseys is that the authentic jerseys are EXPENSIVE. I don’t have $200 to just drop on a Wang jersey, in fact the only authentic jersey I own is my Tottenham Hotspur shirt that a friend picked up for me in North London. However when I do pick up a Yankee jersey I’m going authentic because I love to have the real deal, just thought I’d say not everyone can afford the authentics.

  161. saucY March 19th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    clevername, i guess you’re right… it doens’t need to accomplish anything.

    i will say that i went to see the yanks play in cleveland last year with a bunch of my cousins, one of whom was a sox fan who wore something sox related to both games that we attended. and yes, i gave him a hard time about it… “when do the sox get up to bat?”

  162. clevername March 19th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    saucY-
    You make it sound like ONLY fans of the two teams playing should be let in the stadium.

    Your cousin was probably hoping to run into another Sox fan so he didn’t have to hang out with YOU anymore.

    So you don’t wear Yankees gear anywhere but to a Yankees game? Yeah, right!

  163. Dubs March 19th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    How about uptight individuals that allow others to get under their skin to the point that they publish a list of annoying fan types on their blog. Those people really make my skin crawl.

    Enjoy the game…

  164. L.A. Yankee Fan March 19th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Y’s Guy: “im sorry, i lived in elay for 5 years and this is what i found at dodger stadium
    when nomo was pitching, almost all the japanese fans (plus my wife and i) made it for the 1st pitch and stayed till the end…
    when valdez pitched, almost all the mexican fans (plus me and my wife) made it for the 1st pitch and stayed till the end…”

    Moved to L.A. from Brooklyn 10 years ago and I have to say that getting in and out of Dodger stadium at the end of a game is one of the most frustrating experiences you can imagine. Thus, over the past 50 years, Angelenos have trained themselves to come late and leave early. I can’t say I blame them. It’s the reason I try not to go to Dodger stadium very often. For those not from LA, imagine no public transportation and pretty much only one way in or out. I heard they made some improvements last summer, but I didn’t make it out. Otherwise it’s a decent place to see a game with the only fans in Southern Cal that have even a bit of the passion of east coast sports fans. As for the Angel’s disneyfied theme park of a stadium, it can kiss my a**. I only go there to catch the Yankees when they’re in town.

    The best baseball experience in Southern Cal is PetCo field in San Diego. A beautiful little stadium, easy in and out, always great weather and the Padres generally play good ball. A great day away from LA is an afternoon game at Petco, hang out a bit and then have a sunset dinner on La Jolla Cove with your girl. Can’t beat it. I’ve seen the Yanks there, random Padres games plus one of my favorite baseball games in recent years, Cuba vs the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

    Plus it seems like none of Abe’s worst 10 listers go to that stadium. You get ribbed a little for wearing your Yankee gear (only when the Yanks are there of course) but in a good natured San Diego kinda way. The worst I got was when a flying bird pooped on my Bernie Williams Jersey and a fan a couple rows back shouted “that’s god punishing you for being a Yankee” and the whole section laughed at my expense.

    I do miss New York and Yankee stadium though and I am planning on making a pilgrimage this year with my dad, two brothers (third brother became a Mets fan somehow) and 5 nephews+ 1 niece. It’ll be great and hopefully we won’t run into any obnoxious drunks, the only people on the list that I have absolutely no patience for.

  165. L.A. Yankee Fan March 19th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    P.S.

    Hope you guys don’t mind the long post. I was gonna make a brief comment about Dodger stadium and somehow kept typing and typing…

  166. bodhisattva March 19th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    all true, all annoying as hell. but i have taken my revenge, and here’s how it goes:

    passing beer to guy eight seats away from me (one interuption is excusable, but this is the third time this guy is ordering beer and expecting me to aid and abet his drunkenness. he also decides to do this, just as Rivera is trying to close out a game, and there’s a guy on first). i pass the beer, i pass the money (a $20.00), and when the vendor attempts to give back change, I tell him “keep it.”
    works like a charm.

  167. Jim March 19th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Pete, I just have to disagree with those that have taken shots at you. This was a great thread. Your blog? Like alot of effective writing, sometimes its not the particulars of a subject, but how its said that matters. Don’t change a thing!

  168. saucY March 19th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    clevername – i conceded and said you were right.

    also
    “So you don’t wear Yankees gear anywhere but to a Yankees game?”

    i didn’t say that.. but the i didn’t wear yankee gear when i saw a cubs @ mets game. the only non-yankee baseball game i’ve been at in years…

  169. saucY March 19th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    and i will continue to give my sox fan cousin a hard time. it’s what we do.

  170. Justin March 19th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Hey Peter –

    Love your blog, you are a doing a great job as usual but don’t you think your are being a little elitist w/ this post? Yes, those of us who have gone to many games and have been fans for awhile can laugh at stuff like the wave and corny signs. But the majority of people there are just trying to have a good time – and if they want to be goofy and do the wave, or hold up signs to try and get on TV, they paid the same price of admission as we do. I do agree w/ you about the other categories, however. GO YANKS.

  171. Scott March 19th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    This subject was already covered by Bill Simmons 5 or 6 years ago, and remains to this day one my favorite columns of his.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....ult/010808

  172. Mike March 19th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    I don’t mind people getting up, just wait until it’s in between at bats. These people that get up during an at bat drive me crazy.

  173. Ant928 March 20th, 2008 at 8:13 am

    I have to add “That Guy” who will get up after a blatently obvious call/play with a rousing and incredulous “DID YOU SEE THAT?!?!”

    No f*cktard (or jack-tool as my GF coined last night)…I pay $40 for seats, $100 for concessions, and deal with traffic to come to the stadium and sleep…those seats are SO MUCH more comfortable than my bed at home.

  174. saucY March 20th, 2008 at 10:47 am

    $100 for concessions!

    slow down

  175. Matt March 20th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    All good ones. But the guy I hate the most is the one who comes to the game with headphones on so he can listen to the game on the radio.

    There’s actually people out there who WANT to listen to Sterling and Waldman. Unbelievable.

  176. marilyn lesters March 20th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    MY DAUGHTER & SON-IN-LAW GAVE US TWO TICKETS TO A YANKEE GAME AS A GIFT.WE SOON DISCOVERED WHEN ARRIVING AT THE PARK THAT YOU HAVE TO BE A TRUE YANKEE FAN TO ENJOY THE GAME.WE FOUND THE FANS WERE VERY RUDE.THEY WERE ALWAYS JUMPING UP & DOWN ,YELLING & SCREAMING CONSTANTLY.BESIDES WHICH THE VENDORS WERE IN YOUR FACE ALL THE TIME.THE DISTRACTIONS FROM THE GAME WERE NUMEROUS.

    HOWEVER ALL THOSE THINGS WILL SEEM LIKE A BLESSING WHEN MY GRANDSON IS PLAYING FIRST BASE FOR THE GOOD OLE YANKEES.HE NOW PLAYS SEMI-PRO BALL FOR THE ROCKFORD RIVER HAWKS OUTSIDE OF CHICAGO. REMEMBER THE NAME BRANDON C & DON’T FORGET TO JUMP UP& DOWN & SCREAM AT A VERY HIGH PITCH WHEN HE IS PLAYING FIRST BASE FOR THE YANKS.I GUESS IT’S ALL WHERE YOUR COMING FROM.
    A VERY PROUD GRAM & GRAMPA FROM NJ.

  177. Toast March 21st, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I disagree completely about #10. I was at two Spring Training games in Tampa last weekend, and I would have loved an autograph. I’m not sure why being 10 years old makes someone more of a fan. That said, at least the issue is open to debate.

    Not so #4. Pete, if you can manage to only get up only once during a baseball game, either you don’t drink any beer at all or you’ve got a bladder the size of basketball. I think it’s ridiculous to expect people to stay in their seats for three and a half hours. I’ll get up easily three or four times during a game. I don’t expect people to complain about it, and I never complain when I have to stand or move for others to get by. Ballparks create an unnatural situation by packing people in so tight they’re practically held hostage by their fellow fans.

    (Note: The second game last weekend we watched from the new Tampa Tribune deck at Legends. While that area had many shortcomings — including no sound and shade — the best thing about the seating was that you could get up and do your thing without bothering anyone else.)

  178. Toast March 21st, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I think it should be a constitutional ammendment that all balls caught in the stands should be here by be handed to the nearst child younger then 12.

    Again, this is ridiculous. I’ve never caught a ball in the stands, and if I had the opportunity I’m sure I wouldn’t be a dick about it, but come on. Hand it over to the nearest kid why? Because they’re a more passionate fan than me? Listen, I’ve been to plenty of games, and for every young kid there who’s into the game, following along with their dad or whatever, there are ten who have no idea what’s going on and who would forget that ball the day after you gave it to them. I’m sorry, but the idea that autographs and caught balls and other memorabilia are more important to children is absurd on its face.

  179. Randi March 24th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Amen Pete Abraham! You’re my kind of baseball fan. Honestly drunks are the reason why I don’t even bother with the upper deck anymore. Its either the pricey seats or I stay home.

    But the fans on the cell phones waving to their friends watching on TV is just abominable. I was watching Saturday’s Yanks/Jays game and right before the rain-out I noticed some dweeb wearing a umbrella hat actually switch seats so that he could seen on TV behind the plate. BTW, unfortunately this blatant display of idiocracy has now spread to NBA games.

  180. Marc Thayer May 9th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Screw all the people complaining about this post! Chances are they fit the bill of more than one of those categories. It is spot on! I had never been to this blog before, but I will be back.

  181. Jason April 29th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    hahaha great post. very funny. When going to the yankee game, I always try to avoid the boyfriend/girlfriend couple who care nothing about the game. The boyfriend will always buy her a pink yankee hat when she cares nothing about what is going on.

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