The clubhouse inside the Stadium is really amazing.
For starters, you could play touch football in there, that’s how big it is. Each locker is separated by a frosted glass partition and there’s a replica of the frieze above lit by a blue neon light.
Each player has two electrical outlets, enough room to charge a cell phone, an iPod or whatever else you have. While that doesn’t sound like a big deal, the old Stadium was pre-cell phone and there only a few outlets in the entire room.
There’s also an IBM ThinkPad with the revolving screen installed at each locker. Ostensibly, it’s for the players to receive messages and make their ticket requests. But of course the guys have already personalized the desktops with family photos (Joba), a scene from 300 (A.J.), a skull and crossbones (Bruney) and other things.
“I haven’t even turned mine on,” Jorge Posada said.
As for who is where, picture the clubhouse like a clock. Jeter is at 1 o’clock. Then going clockwise around the room you have:
Burnett, Pettitte, Wang, Chamberlain, Sabathia, Cano, Molina, Pena, Albaladejo, the doorway, Swisher, Damon, Nady, Teixeira, Gardner, Ransom, Cabrera, Berroa, Matsui, Rivera, Ramirez, Veras, Coke, Bruney, Rodriguez and then Posada back at 11 o’clock. There’s a doorway between Jeter and Posada.
Jeter and Posada get the all-important empty locker next to them to store more stuff. Perks of being around so long. Mo is next to a wall and a post, so he is sort of secluded.
The photo over to the right is the “bat room.” Each player has a locker within the room that he can store his bats. The lockers have combination locks. In the past, there were bat racks within the clubhouse or the players just stacked up their lumber in boxes near the lockers. No more.
There’s a room for bats. That’s how complete the place is.
“They said they wanted to build the best stadium in sports. I haven’t seen every stadium but I can’t see any stadium being better than this,” Jeter said. “I don’t know what else you could put into a stadium.”