Lucky me, I was supposed to see two games during the Yankees opening series at the new Stadium this weekend against the Indians. I made it about halfway through Opening Day before a Stadium-induced illness (hear the sorry details on our podcast tonight) and completely missed out on my chance to escort blogbuddy Kris to yesterday's finale. But having experienced five innings of the first preseason contest against the Cubs and five innings of Opening Day, I can confirm that yes, the rumors are true: New Yankee Stadium is built with the bones of the working class and strengthened with cement made from their tears.
New Yankee Stadium is just like the Republican Party. You have to be super-wealthy to reap all the benefits from both, yet the two entities attract people with all kinds of income levels through fundamentalist doctrines that promise "family values" and "American League pennants". You can see the same Joe Six Pack in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium that you'll witness lining the streets of Tuscaloosa for silly tax protests. Really? No taxes? Sounds great! The ownership has the fans fooled, promising free-agent signings that end up backfiring, like the Bush era tax cuts that put the country into a deep deficit.
Just like in real-life economics, there is no such thing as trickle-down luxuries at the new joint in the Bronx. While the wealthy are surrounded by a protective moat around the half-empty Legends seats, the poor folks get to watch poorly-angled wall-mounted televisions. While the wealthy dine behind glass at white-clothed tables and sip their fancy Merlots, the poor folks wait on hour-long lines at the concessions just to find out that they've run out of hot dog buns.
Still, I've been a Republican my whole life, but in name only. After all, I voted for Nader twice. But maybe this is like how I'm starting to feel about the Yankees: perhaps my unwavering fandom for the team is taking a backseat to the game itself. Since we started this blog and started covering all thirty teams, my love for baseball has increased so much, it almost hurts to keep supporting an evil, top-heavy regime. Almost.
(Photo courtesy of our pal Chief Wahoo)