Dr. Evil and Mini-me (Randy Levine and Lonn Trost to the rest of the world) have seemingly heard the cries from the masses about the insipid rules about moving closer to the field during batting practice. No, there won't be a bridge over
troubled waters the moat, but in the bleachers and in the corners of the park, you'll be able to get closer.
Fans will be now permitted to watch batting practice and infield workouts during the first hour gates are open -- for example, between 4-5 p.m. for a 7:05 p.m. game -- from Sections 103-110 (right-field corner), 129-136 (left-field corner) and all of the Bleachers, provided the seat is vacant.
All seats between Sections 111-129, including areas near the dugouts, will remain off-limits unless fans hold a ticket for those sections.
The changes were made public one day after Yankees COO Lonn Trost defended the original policies of the new Stadium, telling reporters, "If you purchase a suite, do you want somebody in your suite? You purchase a home, do you want somebody in your home?''
Alice McGillion, a spokeswoman for the Yankees, told The New York Times that the club had received complaints and looked at the policy at the old Yankee Stadium.
"We liberalized the policy even more," she told the newspaper. "This is part of living in a new home and making adjustments. It's only been a month."