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.