Not talking about the on-field product, but the Stadium Operations folks:
With rain falling for hours and no start time announced until shortly before 9 p.m., hordes of fans began leaving the Stadium and heading home - some who said they had been advised that the game had been called by Yankee employees who walked the concourse holding pinstriped "How may I help you?" signs.I understand and I totally support a firm stance on these sorts of rules, but sometimes common sense needs to intervene. When you have fans hanging around for 2 hours before being told the game was called, only to have the game start soon after, the team should have relaxed their "no readmittance" policy. It was a damp, rainy, cool night against their rivals. Couldn't someone in a position of authority have the presence of mind to say: "The team sure could use these fans IN the Stadium"? Guess not. Rules are rules.
When a 9:20 p.m. start time was eventually announced over the public address system, a crowd on the sidewalk outside Gate 6 tried to get back into the Stadium, only to have the employees working the turnstiles promptly close the doors in their faces. Panicked fans began racing up and down the sidewalk, trying to find a way back into the ballpark, while others remained at Gate 6 either pleading or demanding to be let back in.
Jason Zillo, a Yankee spokesman, said the team has a firm no-reentry policy. He also said the NYPD and Stadium security hadn't let any fans back into the ballpark.
But this is NY and these are the Yankees and this is your New
World Stadium Order. Get used to being strong-armed by security, ushers and other sorts of staff.
I can't wait to fork over some hard-earned money to go get treated like crap.
UPDATE: Ross at NYYStadiumInsider has a great write-up on this mess:
As we mentioned in a previous post, the "How May I Help You" people are useless, and should not be trusted for any information of value, especially whether or not a game has been postponed.
The Yankees (in typical Yankee fashion) did not properly inform their employees, but people are also to blame for trusting the word of security guards and the "How May I Help You" people, instead of waiting for an official announcement of the postponement. The Yankees then added to the frustration by allowing some people back in, then closing the gates for re-entry, and then opening them once again. Combine poorly trained employees, with a complete breakdown of communication, throw in some frustrated fans who had been drinking for hours, and you have the recipe for a near-riot.