The Filibuster

This weekend will see the very last game ever at hallowed Yankee Stadium. On this blog you have made it no secret that you are everything anti-Yankees, but even you must feel some sadness in seeing this historical and cultural relic fall to the wrecking ball. Please enlighten us with some of your favorite Yankee Stadium memories; while doing so, try not to shed too many tears.

– Jeff

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I only visited Yankee Stadium one time while I living in NYC. I remember it well.

The year was 2006 and the Tigers were lighting up the American League on their magical (but tragically aborted) run to the World Series. A friend of mine got tickets through her company when the Tigers came into town for a series with the Yankees and so I found myself in the Bronx on a weeknight in September. Well, I assume it was September. I don’t really remember all that well. And that was when my magical night began.

First off, I came straight from work so I had my small messenger bag with me. Bad idea. Turns out you’re not allowed to carry anything into Yankee Stadium with you. So instead I had to check it at a bowling alley next door. When I finally got inside, the seats were amazing, right down in a field box along the 1st base line but there was one small problem. Yankee fans. Of course I suppose I should have expected it since I had worn my Tigers hat. But I didn’t realize that I had basically signed up for a couple hours of taunting.

The taunting was bearable up until they hit the point in game where “God Bless America” is sung. Now, I love my country and I always stand for the “Star Spangled Banner.” I could not be more proud to be an American and that’s why I took a job where I could serve my country. But this whole “God Bless America” fad is nothing but a post-9/11 NYC conceit and I’m an atheist to boot so I remained in my seat.

SaddamYankee.jpgTurns out that this was a bad idea since the taunting then took on a whole new level of awfulness. From that point on, even after the song was finished, I was accused of everything from hating America to being a child rapist. Granted, Yankee fans are known for their boorishness and my experience was actually better than others I have heard about. But after that experience my feelings towards Yankee Stadium are similar to my feelings towards France. It would be a wonderful place if not for the people in it.

So, that’s what I think about Yankee Stadium’s imminent passing into history. The best thing I can say about “The House that Ruth Built” is that at least it’s better than Shea.

-A

5 Comments

Allen – On behalf of Yankee fans everywhere, I apologize! Not that I’m some Yankee diplomat or anything. I’ve been boorish. I’ve been obnoxious. I’ve acted entitled – all the things Yankee fans are reputed to be. But I had a wild experience at Comerica Park last season when I was on the road following the Yankees for my book. It was a Friday night in the bleachers and some poor guy in front of me was wearing a Mariners jersey. I tell the story in the book about how mercilessly he was taunted by a group of really drunk Tigers fans (he was called a ***-lover for rooting for Ishiro, among other slurs). At one point I honestly thought the Tigers fans were about to kill this guy and yet the security guard just sat there watching the game, pretending the fight wasn’t happening. What can I say except that some people are idiots, especially after too many beers. Please come to the new Yankee Stadium next year and give us another try.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Having grown up watching “soccer” in England it’s still bizarre for me to see fans of the “away” team sitting amongst the home fans.
I totally agree about “God Bless America” but I don’t think I would be brave enough to remain seated!

http://arizonaviaslough.blogspot.com/

Thanks for cleaning up my post. I wasn’t thinking. (But not because I’m a Yankee fan – honest).

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Thanks Jane. Yeah, Michiganders definitely have their moments, too. I think all teams have fans of whom they are not proud. And that probably goes double for some of those British football teams, eh Russell? It’s just too bad that a bunch of drunk hooligans are able to take away from real fans enjoying the game itself. I’ll definitely try to make it to the new stadium, though.
-A

If you do, beware, Allen. Jane Heller may be setting you up for a trap (haha).
–Jeff

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