UPDATE: Kay said A-Rod took batting practice in Tampa today. I guess there was no way to do that in New York.
From Rising Apple
In an interesting development, the Yahoo Sports website refused to acknowledge Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnellâ€™s participation in Wednesday eveningâ€™s game vs. the San Diego Padres.
The line to enter Monument Park snakes far behind the bleachers and up several flights of stairs. Itâ€™s like the security line at Laguardia on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but nobody seemed to mind.
One thing you notice right away is the classic collection of photographs, several for each of the 26 title teams, drawing your eyes above the concession stands. In the very last photo we see Joe Torre, holding the 2000 trophy with the principal owner George Steinbrenner and then-Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. (It seems like a long time since Torre managed the Yankees, doesnâ€™t it?)
Well done as always…I’m not going to excerpt because there’s no point giving you just some of it. So instead, click the link!
And so it begins…
There’s a lot wrong with the new Yankee Stadium and with Section 203 – starting with the fact that it’s not Section 39 across the street. Here are a few of the many complaints collected after the two exhibitions leading up to today’s opener:
It’s too gray out there.
It’s too cold out there.
There are no painted lines separating the seats on the benches.
The sightlines from Section 203 are closer to being what they were from Section 41 at the old stadium, than from Section 39.
“The potted plants have got to go, the bathroom and beer lines seem as long as ever,” Sheriff Tom comments. “I defended a new stadium all along, but to me they bungled it.”
Perhaps most worrisome are those crowded entryways, which serve far too many fans from several sections milling about or moving from the concessions to their seats. This is the one problem that goes well beyond conventional whining and demands immediate club intervention.
“If there’s a fire, you’d need a chainsaw to get out of there,” Donahue says.
Remember folks. The complaining is after two exhibition games, and today will be all fat-cats. Wait until the “real fans” start attending games.
Read the rest here.
And always keep an eye on New Stadium Insider.