Stadium Hits: Monument Park, God Bless America

Brett Tomko, we hardly knew ye
Game 93: The new guy

Some Yankee Stadium story updates before the game thread arrives: In the Yankee notebook in today’s Times, Tyler Kepner reported on some Monument Park news. According to Yanks’ COO Lonn Trost, the team has no plans to move Monument Park out from underneath the giant Mohegan Sun sports bar in center field. Supposedly, the logistics of a move and the fact that the monuments are fragile and set in stone preclude an off-season move. That’s a mistake. There’s no reason to shove Yankee history under a restaurant, and the prominent place Monument Park had at old Yankee Stadium should have been maintained.

In other stadium news, C.J. Hughes followed some Yankee fans to that bathroom on Friday, and everything went a-OK. That, of course, sounds far sketchier than it is. Hughes’ story focuses around how the Yankees and their security guards are now letting fans move freely during Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America.” After a recent lawsuit over the issue, politics, it seems, has been removed from the Seventh Inning stretch.

Brett Tomko, we hardly knew ye
Game 93: The new guy
  • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    “Supposedly, the logistics of a move and the fact that the monuments are fragile and set in stone preclude an off-season move.”

    Good thing they never had to move them completely out an old stadium, where they’d been for over 30 years, across the street to a new stadium that was still under construction.

    Oh, wait.

    What a poor excuse. They just don’t want to spend any money to move the monuments to another area. Sometimes the Yankees’ PR choices really don’t make any sense to me. Feeding people lies instead of just owning up to the truth is just insulting. You don’t want to move the monuments because there would be a cost involved in doing so and you think the current configuration works ok? Fine, just say so and stop feeding the public BS all the time.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Here here.

  • Slu

    Am I the only one who doesn’t care all that much? I think it is fine where it is.

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Is it a huge deal? No, probably not. Is it a clear downgrade from Monument Park in the old Stadium? Yes.

    • KG Sturnz0r

      I love our history, but I don’t care either.

  • Klemy

    “Hughes’ story focuses around how the Yankees and their security guards are now letting fans move freely during Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America.””

    My…they weren’t allowing it before? I haven’t been there in 2 years now, but I don’t remember being forced to stand still for it I guess.

  • countryclub

    Monument park is way overrated. It’s a nice part of team history, but as a fan, you go there once and you never go back. As a matter of fact, i know life long fans who never had any interest at all.

    The Yanks should never have forced people to stay in their seats. But people should show some class and wait the 60 seconds.

  • monkeypants

    Burying monument park, one of the signature features of the old stadium (well, the remodeled stadium anyway, since the original stadium featured the monuments even more prominently in the field of play), under a hideous restaurant that also happens to obscure large sections of the field from over 1000 fans, is symbolic of what the Yankees really thinks about the franchise’s history and its fans.

    • countryclub

      Actually. the bar and the view it offers when your in it, is great.

      • monkeypants

        I’m sure it is–but that’s the point, no? It’s pretty clear who and what the Yankees care about.

        • pat

          The obstructed seats are 5 bucks and you have access to the patio above the bar, as well as the rest of the stadium. Back in the day you couldn’t get anywhere from the bleachers. It’s not as terrible as it is made out to be.

      • VO

        By any chance were you there when the ball was hit off it? I’ve wanted to hear what went on in there as it was coming towards them.

  • Sean A

    I would make it a little nicer if perhaps they made a see through outfield wall so they would be a little more visible during the game

  • Josh

    What an absolutely galling way to treat fans. It’s distressing how little Lonn Trost considers us. This is just an extension of the contemptible attitude towards fans by the way in which he thinks they have no business troubling players during batting practice just asking for autographs. Remember, this is what he had to say about fan access to the players: “If you purchased a suite, do you want people in your suite? If you purchased a house, do you want people in your house?”

    Nice. And sadly symptomatic of the way cold, corporate treatment the Yanks have developed toward their fan base. I sincerely hope the chance their attitude, and therein the Stadium, or that base of support might slowly erode…

  • Tank the Frank

    Yeah bad move by the Yanks PR dept.

    But do they even need to move the park to see it? Could they not replace the CF wall with a see-through fence type wall? I’m sure they could work it out in a way where it would look really cool.

  • Charlie

    is the game gonna happen or what? no game thread doesn’t seem like a good sign..

    • pat

      Scoop is reporting 7:30 starting time.