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More impressions of the Stadium

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 04, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few other impressions:

There’s a lot more room between the dugouts and the baselines. There will be more foul balls caught by the infielders. … The highly-touted manual scoreboards set inside the wall in right field and left field are almost useless. The numbers are too small to see from the stands. The out-of-town scoreboard is in right field now. Only four games at a time, however.

Mark Feinsand of the News made a good point during the game that you can’t see the retired numbers in Monument Park like you used to be able to. There should be somewhere where everybody can see them. Retired numbers should be celebrated, not hidden away.

The Yankees, unfortunately, didn’t change the in-game entertainment very much. The same old lame YMCA, etc. I also don’t understand why the Yankees have to be the only team in sports that plays God Bless America in the middle of the game. Is there a prize for most patriotic team? The Star-Spangled Banner would seem to suffice. … The new announcer, Paul Olden, was fine.

I suspect, just at first glance, that it won’t be a very intimidating park for opposing players. The fans are not on top of the field like they used to be. And the wealthy people close to the field will be more interested in the wine list than screaming at Kevin Youkilis.

But the comforts and the benefits will far outweigh any problems, that’s for sure. According to some friends who were at the game, it was pretty easy to get around and to get in and out of the place.

Meanwhile, I find it comical that some people are faulting the Yankees for opening such a luxurious stadium in a recession. When they broke ground on Aug. 16, 2006, the Dow was at 11,327.12 and tickets were in high demand. Were the Yankees somehow supposed to know the Dow would close on Friday at 8,017.59?

If the market was at 11,327 today, those $2,000 seats would be getting snapped up. The economy will turn and the Yankees will either adjust their prices until it does or have a lot of empty seats.

I’m sure some of you were there tonight. What did you think?

UPDATE, 10:04 a.m.: I’m not against God Bless America. I think it’s great to honor the country by playing our national anthem before every sporting event, from Little League on up. Put your hand over your heart, bow your head and honor anybody you want to. Personally, I think of soldiers serving abroad at that moment.

My question is why are two songs necessary? If patriotism is the mission, than let’s play My Country Tis of Thee in the third inning and The Battle Hymn of the Republic in the fifth inning. Toss in America The Beautiful in the sixth.

Baseball just held the WBC. The Yankees have players from Japan, Panama, Taiwan, Mexico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. The crowd is full of people from dozens of countries. But the Yankees seem intent on proving they love America the most, like it’s some sort of contest. So are the Giants wrong because they don’t stop the game in the third quarter and play God Bless America? Based on some of the comments, apparently so.

At some point, it’s a baseball game and not a rally for patriotism. I applaud you if you want to rally for patriotism. Apply for a permit and hold it in a public park.

As Samuel Johnson once said, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”




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