I’ve had the fan experience at Yankee Stadium only once. My friend Ben came to town just after the all-star break last year, so he and I went to one of those Yankees-Rays games in mid-July. Our seats in the right-field corner at the very top of the stadium.
To be honest, my experience was quite the opposite of what Alex described this morning.
My friend lives St. Louis and goes to Busch Stadium pretty often, but he said Yankee Stadium was easier and more fan friendly than he expected. No one gave us free food while we waited in line, but I thought the concession stands were pretty easy to deal with. We moved to the lower level for the ninth inning — trying to get a head start on the crowd — and watched the bottom of the ninth from just behind the lower-level seats along the first-base line. There were quite a few people there, and as long as they weren’t causing problems or getting in anyone’s way, no one seemed to be forcing them to move.
It was one day, and I thought it went really well. But, the whole idea behind the Pinch Hitters series is to bring completely different points to view to the blog. I’m sure some of you have had Alex’s experience. Some of you have had my experience.
Mostly, I’m sure the majority of you are looking forward to getting back to Yankee Stadium as soon as possible. It’s not perfect — ballpark food is always too expensive, the city charges a ton to park, it’s frustrating to see open seats down low — but it’s home.