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Common sense prevails at Stadium

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 22, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

cartoon_sun_st6.gifAs anybody who goes to Yankee Stadium know, the security can be overzealous. It got stupid in recent days when they would not allow fans to bring in bottles of sunscreen. Never mind that it was 95 degrees.

But, alas, there is hope. This from the AP:

Go ahead, Yankees fans. Slather on that SPF 45—sunscreen is now legal in Yankee Stadium.

The baseball team has lifted a ban on plastic containers of sunscreen at their ballpark after deciding “not to be as stringent,” team spokesman Jason Zillo said Tuesday.

Sports teams around the country started restricting what fans could bring into stadiums after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Yankees’ web site lists bans on backpacks, briefcases, coolers, large purses, laptop computers and video cameras. Bottles and cans also are on the forbidden list, but the sunscreen question is not specifically addressed.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that Yankees fans were hot and bothered over the weekend because of a crackdown on sunscreen.

The newspaper said security guards confiscated garbage bags full of the stuff at entrances to the stadium when the team played Saturday and Sunday day games in 90-plus weather.

Zillo said the Yankees have banned sunscreen containers larger than 3 ounces for several years but the restriction was eased in the last few days and sunscreen is now permitted.

“Our No. 1 priority is always going to be our fan safety,” Zillo said. “That’s why these policies were put in place in the first place.”

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33 Responses to “Common sense prevails at Stadium”

  1. 86w183 July 22nd, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Need to use up all that sun block before you take your next flight!

    My last flight a NUN was chosen for extra screening

  2. al arodien July 22nd, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    well at least they did wake up because last time i was in the upper deck on a hot day game and came home burned!

  3. Fernando Alejandro (Respect Jeter's Gangster) July 22nd, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    I had to give up my sunscreen on Saturday’s game. At last justice prevails.

  4. jay destro July 22nd, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    me too, i had one of those expensive spray on cans, made me throw that out. bastids.

  5. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 22nd, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    From the last thread:

    Clay/Joe:

    Clay:

    The hardest part about the blog is making sure I update it regularly.

    I missed one week in May while I was in Italy, and I went from about 200 views a day to 80–and I had a couple friends guest post as well!

    I pay for mine, but only for the domain–that is, I’m just paying so my url is http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com instead of http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.blogspot.com

    It’s an incredible, amazing experience though–I’ve met tons of people because I’ve done it, learned way more about baseball and the Yankees as a whole, and actually feel like I’m doing something worthwhile

  6. Fernando Alejandro (Respect Jeter's Gangster) July 22nd, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    That’s exactly what I had. The spray on stuff. Luckily I had bought a “Got ‘Stache?” t-shirt, which I then used to cover my head from the sun for the rest of the game.

  7. Chris NY July 22nd, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    uhh, why not just put on the sunscreen before going to the stadium?

  8. jay destro July 22nd, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    so you dont have to stink like sunscreen

  9. Fernando Alejandro (Respect Jeter's Gangster) July 22nd, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Sun screen wears thin when your sitting in 96 degree heat and sweating.

  10. jay destro July 22nd, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    also i had a brunch to go to, yes that’s right a brunch.

  11. Rishi July 22nd, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    no one said anything about the jumbo sun block I had on Sunday – weird…

    they did make me toss one at the airport, though.

  12. wood is good July 22nd, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    When I first saw this story on NY1 this morning, I knew by gametime today the Yankers would rescind this ridiculous rule. [pats self on back]

  13. Pete July 22nd, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    >> “Our No. 1 priority is always going to be our fan safety,” Zillo said. “That’s why these policies were put in place in the first place.” >>

    Safety from terrorists, but not from the sun, apparently.

  14. Andrew July 22nd, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    I’ll be glad when you don’t have to check virtually every bag you try to bring to the Stadium across the street at the bowling alley or whatever it is. So stupid, they can open a woman’s purse and look inside but if you have a backpack, messenger bag, anything–you can’t bring it in.

  15. Chris NY July 22nd, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    “yes that’s right a brunch”

    Lol.

  16. RockinDaBronx July 22nd, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Security is out of control, it has less to do with threats and more with them making money on the the stupid things you can’t bring in.

  17. bubba July 22nd, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    In Tampa, they don’t let you bring umbrellas in. Does that make any sense?

  18. cc July 22nd, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    why does the AP article seem to think that the risk of sunburn increases with the heat? If it’s a bright and clear summer day, it shouldn’t matter if it’s “90-plus” or 70-plus.

  19. Lambchop Louie July 22nd, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    It’s a tradeoff. The smell of beer against the smell of coconut oil.

  20. DM July 22nd, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Great. Why don’t they just lift the ban on firearms. The terrorists got a victory today.

  21. nyyfaninlaaland July 22nd, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Bubba – I assume you mean for the Yankees, not the Trop.

    Cause if for the latter, I wouldn’t let you in.

  22. MadForYanks July 22nd, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I’m very good at smuggling it in (including on Sunday) and I’m glad I don’t have to do it anymore. My mother died of melonoma, and I take the protection bit very seriously. But IMHO the Yankees still need to be confronted about their utter hypocrisy–they were running anti-skin cancer announcements on the Jumbotron, including advice to use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15, while they were confiscating sunscreen at the gate. A friend of mine saw them confiscate labeled prescription sunscreen from a woman being treated for skin cancer.

    Peter–how come the press didn’t pick up on this years ago?

  23. JJNJ July 22nd, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    I guess I was lucky, they let me bring in a bottle in early June during that heatwave.

  24. Fan mail from some flounder... July 22nd, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    “Turrurists” don’t go to ballgames. Its against their religion…

  25. Bronx Jeers July 22nd, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    the security at the Stadium is ridiculous. What’s the deal with checking cell phones? I’ve never encountered that anywhere but at the Stadium.

  26. Fan mail from some flounder... July 22nd, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    “Our No. 1 priority is always going to be our fan safety,” Zillo said. “That’s why these policies were put in place in the first place.”

    Methinks their #1 priority is our money…

  27. Fan mail from some flounder... July 22nd, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    What really happened is; some sunscreen sales person convinced stadium mgmt. to ban the sunscreen on a hot day. Then, sell sunscreen inside, next to the $hitty food & bad beer. “We’ll make killing, trust me”.

    Only in America… and everywhere else too.

  28. John July 22nd, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Security at the stadium has certainly reached a new peak of absurdity this season. I watched a security guard check under an 8 year old’s hat.

    What is she expecting to find?

    All this while a long lines forms behind her and the 1st inning is well under way.

    Ridiculous.

  29. Jesse July 22nd, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    The security at the stadium is always rude and offensive.

    Went to a game two weeks ago, and was threaten by a security guard because I asked him the difference between a briefcase carried by a woman and a man.

  30. Rob July 22nd, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    “John
    July 22nd, 2008 at 6:16 pm
    Security at the stadium has certainly reached a new peak of absurdity this season. I watched a security guard check under an 8 year old’s hat.

    What is she expecting to find?

    All this while a long lines forms behind her and the 1st inning is well under way.

    Ridiculous.”

    Well said John – Of course it has nothing to do with security and everything to do with teaching us to comply. I was surprised earlier this year to see the added level of security including the hat checks and had resolved to leave if I was forced to conform to this newest intrusion. If the choice really is to comply or stay home – I will stay home.
    Are we collectively safer for all being violated just a little? Isn’t the intrusion antithetical to every reason we love the game of baseball? I wouldn’t want my child to be patted down, have his cap inspected etc. How do you explain that to the 8 year-old? And frankly who do we even think we’re protecting ourselves from?

  31. bigjf July 22nd, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    In all fairness, I guess if terrorists are suspected of making explosives out of shampoo and gatorade bottles, sunscreen wouldn’t be out of the question. But Stadium security is so weird. I was at Opening Day one time a couple years back and they made me throw out my water bottle. Ok, but then later on in the season water bottles were allowed again…I guess they had litter issues when all the bottles overflowed the garbage cans on the street. Then the searching crew at the gate. Sometimes I’m practically given a cavity search, then other times I’m just told to walk on through and not even frisked. That’s when I put my arms out and say, “What a tease…” and I get the old evil eye.

  32. Gene July 23rd, 2008 at 1:01 am

    See, I read all this and don’t understand. I have a 20 game ticket pack, and the last 4 games have brought in my I-pod and new camera that records in HD in my pocket and never so much as got patted down. I really think it’s the people who don’t come often who get checked. I walk up with my hat off and my cell phone open, and my bag of chips and 20 oz bottles of soda and they let me right through every time, they just make me change my sodas into a clear plastic bag they supply.

  33. Rob July 23rd, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Yeah! All you newbies don’t know how to do it – I just walk up with my hat off and my phone on and they cheerfully put all my belongings in a clear plastic bag! It’s so great!What are all you fake fans complaining about?

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