Apr
14

Quick hits: Wells, toilets and YES

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No, this isn’t some odd Sesame Street style game of “One of These Doesn’t Belong.” It is, instead, three short stories all rolled into one post.

David Wells to join TBS broadcast

Outspoken former Yankee David Wells has signed a multiyear deal to join the TBS baseball crew. He’ll be serving as an in-game analysts for TBS’ baseball broadcasts throughout the year. We’ll have to see if he can announce with a hangover as well as he can pitch with one. Ostensibly, he’s replacing Harold Reynolds in the booth, but those are big shoes to fill. I’m going to judge him based on whether or not he thinks Joba should be in the starting rotation.

YES, on FiOS, to be available nationally

Good news with a bad twist for Yankee fans living outside of the New York area: The YES Network has become the first regional sports network to earn national distribution of sorts. As Maury Brown reported earlier today, the HD version of the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network will be available nationally on Verizon FiOS’ Extreme HD packages. That does not, however, include game broadcasts for either the Yankees or Nets. Baseball’s territorial rules do not permit it.

Toilets for Everyone and an Accessible Stadium

With New York City officially opening two new baseball stadiums this week, the local papers are going all out in their coverage. Yesterday, The Times covered the topic of toilets. New Yankee Stadium will have 30 percent more toilet fixtures than the old park, with the following breakdown: 369 women’s toilets; 98 toilets and 298 urinals for men; and 78 unisex bathrooms for families and luxury suite patrons. I can personally attest to the bathrooms at the new stadium. They’re clean, roomy and much, much nicer than those at the old park.

In other stadium news, Yanks’ COO Lonn Trost and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York touted the accessibility of the new stadium this afternoon. While the new park had to be ADA-compliant, the federal government has praised the new stadium as going above and beyond the call of duty. Most notable is the accessible paths to the field. Fans in wheelchairs can now enter the field during stadium tours.

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27 Comments»

  1. I second the bathroom thing. I’m a women, these things matter.

    “Good news with a bad twist for Yankee fans living outside of the New York area: The YES Network has become the first regional sports network to earn national distribution of sorts. As Maury Brown reported earlier today, the HD version of the Yankees Entertain and Sports Network will be available nationally on Verizon FiOS’ Extreme HD packages. That does not, however, includ”

    So YES will be available nationally, but those that live in the dorms at Fordham do not get it! (I get it, but I don’t live in a dorm, yay grad school)

  2. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    How nice can a bathroom be if Babe Ruth never took a dump in it?

  3. Tom Zig says:

    David Wells on YES? Oh man. I really hope they pair him up with Paulie. That would be awesome. Although, David Wells in a suit and reading off a teleprompter might turn out like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tJjNVVwRCY

  4. I have a hunch that Wells won’t be a B-Jobber. Wells has never been one to be beholden to conventional wisdom or those that espouse it. I actually kind of think (hope) that the identity of those who ARE B-Jobbers will make it more likely he’ll take the opposite point of view. Whatever, who knows. Just a hunch.

  5. Ed says:

    While it’s good to hear that the bathrooms are clean, I’d be worried if they weren’t. There have been a whopping two games so far at the stadium, so I’d be worried if that’s all it takes to make them a mess.

    • You’d be surprised at what a crowd of fans can do. Apparently, as one of the toilets I used last Sunday demonstrated, fans can’t be bothered to life the toilet seat before pissing all over it even in a new bathroom.

  6. A.D. says:

    That does not, however, include game broadcasts for either the Yankees or Nets. Baseball’s territorial rules do not permit it.

    Why were Braves games allowed to be shown on TBS around the country?

  7. Mike R. - Retire 21 says:

    David Wells, Toilets & YES…open the envelope…Things that are full of crap. Hiyooo!!

  8. Will says:

    DirecTV has had YES for a while now… is it the same deal, where they can’t show broadcasts of games, either? This could really mess up my Yankee-watching plans in a new house…

    • Sorry. I wasn’t clear about this in the post. DirecTV is satellite. That’s a different set of rules and regs. FiOS is the first cable delivery system to carry an RSN out of market.

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