No fun allowed! No fun allowed!

Scranton bullpen: 9 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
This is awesome

I’ve been sitting in the right field bleachers frequently this year, so the recent string of ejections has me worried. My buddy Mischa G, who also frequents the right field benches, has written a little something-something about the whole situation. As Ben’s mother pointed out yesterday, the Fascism in Yankee Stadium is not limited to the bleachers, but it’s certainly more emphatic there.

“Yo! Melky!”

So begins most home games this season in the right field bleachers. With Bald Vinny standing, surrounded by the most die hard of fans, Yankee Stadium’s Bleacher Creatures lead as the right field bleachers chant each Yankee’s name. As they player waves back, the fans move onto the next player, from Melky in center to Matsui in left and Bobby in right. And so on. After A-Rod‘s name is chanted the fans turn to the section of box seats just across the divide and chant “Box seats suck!” several times before Vinny instructs everyone to “Sit down and shut up!” and the ball game really begins.

Except recently there’s a new tradition. Starting around the series vs. the A’s at the end of June, the chant of “Box seats suck!” was met with ejections. In fact a zero tolerance policy was instituted in the right field bleachers, far beyond any enforcement in any other section of the park.

Pointing at out-of-town fans and singing “Why are you gay?” during the YMCA is now met with immediate ejection in the bleahcers, and rightfully so. Those doing so are usually not the regulars anyway. Instead, those leading the stadium tradition of roll call have often been thrown from games before the first out for so little as shouting “sucks”. The enforcement is highly inconsistent from day to day, but is generally strict.

Slowly the Bleacher Creatures, saluted on billboards outside the park, are being killed off. Their cruder rituals like the gangbang song, have long since gone the way of the dodo in the stands. Now you only hear whispers of “Mets Suck” sung to every song piped through the stadium. “Box Seats Sucks” has only been chanted (and not met with ejection) a few times in the last month. The wave even occasionally ripples through the right field stands.

So these days roll call often ends a different way.

“Rob-in-son! Rob-in-son!”

“De-rek Je-ter! De-rek Je-ter!”

“A-Rod! A-Rod!”

“No Fun Allowed!”

Scranton bullpen: 9 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
This is awesome
  • randolf

    Mad tru, the stadium does not allow any fun. Whenever I go I wear a Mets Suck shirt and they make me turn it inside out (I change it back to normal once I walk in) it has gotten crazy. During game i was at last year a bunch of guys came in with “Boston Sucks” painted on their chests and attempted to begin a chant where they were immediately throw out. Yes, they have to draw the line somewhere but not at the word sucks.

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  • Relaunch

    Its ridiculous. They are trying to make the bleachers fan friendly. Please, its the only place in the stadium where they usually have fans that know their baseball. I’m not looking forward to how they are going to take more fun out now.

  • somebody in rf

    The Yankees don’t care about the fans. They want everybody who isn’t willing to pay at $100 a ticket gone before 2009.

  • conky

    I was @ the game on Sat for A-rod’s 500 in Section 41 & the box seats suck chant was in full effect. I saw no one ejected except the guy in the right field seats who got the shit kicked out of him in the ninth inning. All I saw was 8 guys from security arms & elbows flying in a downward motion. My wife had left cause of the heat & she saw it finished in the street. The Taser from the cops slowed him down.

    I almost felt bad for Farnsworth when we came in, almost…..

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  • FDE

    It’s such a shame that totally nonthreatening celebrations of tolerance like this have to disappear. I blame Obama.