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I don't get this one at all.
Of course you do; follow the dollars :)
Arrogant and stupid move by the Yanks, and as much as I'm not a fan of the NY Post, I'm glad they called the organization out.
Only the Yankees have what can be interpreted as "unreasonable" security policies. This is perfectly in line with what they've done in the past.
Flags fly forever, but nickle and diming the fans is always a losing proposition.
To paraphrase Dubya (and I never thought I'd do that) ...
"If we don't allow sunscreen, the terrorist Yankee accountants win."
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The bigger issue is how silly these security measures really are. Not only are they inconsistent, but they are far from thorough. If a terrorist wanted to blow up YS, all he would have to do is tape plastic explosives to his stomach and he'd never get caught...assuming he doesn't also hide any under his cap or rig his cell phone to be a detonator.
And all Duke has going for them is Scott Schoeneweis (history) and Chris Capuano (economics).
Al Leiter last night said that you can be too smart for baseball. And perhaps he was right, as Breslow was the first pitcher since at least 1956 to have two wild pitches and a balk in the same game.
THAT'S a lawsuit waiting to happen.
What I see is the problem with having to go through these constant anal probings is that the people put in charge to enforce these rules have no idea of a word called "discretion". They just have steadfast rules and don't deviate because they don't want to be responsible for something awful happening. The rules are never clear and I am starting to think it was meant to be that way to always keep us on our toes.
Everyday I come to work the rules are changed, there are some days my bags don't have to go through the x-ray machine there are other days it does. There are days I get stopped and other people have to give an approval nod, other days I have no issues. It's a weird environment but it is also required in this particular building.
It's kind of like an umpire with a strike zone that is inconsistent from inning-to-inning. It's frustrating but I really feel we are powerless here, we have very little choice here.
This is actually the first I've heard of a ban on sunscreen. I know someone that had theirs taken away but I thought it was because of the type of bottle they had.
Meanwhile for a Yanks/Red Sox game, I have to show up at least an hour ahead to make sure I can get to my seat before the first pitch.
Additionally, the attitude of the security guards at Yankee stadium is much worse than at Shea. No doubt Yankee guards have to deal with many annoyed customers who have to be told that they brought too much sunblock or shouldn't have brought a bag, or a video camera.
At Shea, a few guards jokingly teased me about my Yankee hat and asked me to come back another day. I was pleasantly surprised.
In the past few years, I have been to SF, Cleveland, St. Louis, Chicago (both teams) and none of them were nearly as much of a hassle as the Yankees are.
Interestingly enough on the days where the rivalry is not so intense, the yanks have fewer guards. So the lines are longer though with less scrutiny. This year, I have been to the stadium to see the Royals and Oakland as well as Red Sox. They had more security lines for the Red Sox games but they seemed to check more intensely. Either way, it takes a while to get in the game.
Note: even if you know all the rules on what to bring, there is always someone ahead of you that doesn't.
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