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So Long (It's Been Good To Know Ya)
2008-09-19 07:37
by Alex Belth
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

Tom Verducci wrote SI's cover story on Yankee Stadium this week. He also penned a column about the ballpark up on 161st street:

I understand the price of progress is to lose a piece of history. I understand Yankee Stadium was never re-built to accommodate four million people. The stadium, in fact, is overrated simply as a place to watch a game. The concourses are frighteningly narrow and without view of the field, the food services are abominable, the bathrooms require haz-mat gear to enter, there is far too much room behind home plate, and you could probably earn an online degree in the time it takes to exit a parking garage if you dare drive and stay for a whole game. But hey, my 1973 Plymouth Satellite was nothing to look at, either. It's the history, which becomes a personal history because we connect its events to moments in our lives, that made the place beautiful. Yankee fans seemed to pride themselves on not being comfortable. They were there to watch some ball, that's all.

Thrills, no frills.

Comments
2008-09-19 07:55:53
1.   Cliff Corcoran
When was the last time he was in one of the Yankee Stadium bathrooms? They're actually quite clean, particularly for public restrooms.
2008-09-19 08:15:52
2.   dianagramr
1

I assume the reporters don't use the public bathrooms? Do they have their own?

2008-09-19 08:22:57
3.   Chyll Will
Some people likes to smell the roses, some people like to scoop the poop. Tom Verducci does not like to smell the roses.
2008-09-19 09:54:23
4.   williamnyy23
1 I don't know...at times, I've definitely seen the bathrooms in pretty bad shape. They aren't filthy as a rule, but after a long game and big crowd, they can get there.
2008-09-19 10:15:49
5.   liam
1 not the bathrooms ive gone to. the one exception is one of the first floor ones. the rest (at busy games) have a half inch of 'liquid' on the ground...
2008-09-19 10:20:56
6.   pistolpete
4 So this is going to change just because it's a "new" bathroom...?

After a long weekend of games, the 'new' bathroom can get just as grimy and disgusting as an older one. I would think it depends on the personnel rather than the facilities themselves.

Now, if you want to talk about the space in said bathrooms, that's one area that could definitely use an upgrade.

2008-09-19 12:50:44
7.   Biscuit Pants
I think he was using what used to be called "literary license" . . .

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