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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Pinstripe Politics May 20

MTA proves more efficient than Parks Dept.

The new Metro-North rail station at Yankee Stadium opens on Saturday. This station is an especially important development for the Yankees in their War on Red Sox, because the New Haven line will bring fans from Connecticut (our front-line against "Red Sox Nation") to the park.

From the Norwalk Advocate:

About two years after construction began, Metro-North on Saturday will begin direct service to its new $91 million Yankee Stadium/153rd St. station this weekend for New Haven, Harlem and Hudson line passengers. Metro-North expects up to 10,000 fans to pass through the station on game days.

Connecticut fans on deck for Yankee Stadium trains this weekend

We repeat,
the MTA is more efficient than the Parks Dept.

Well, the City and the Yankees are taking their sweet time in demolishing the old Yankee Stadium. Sure, they promised to have the job done by opening day, but now that they've missed that mark, those in charge of taking down baseball's greatest building are making sure they do it profitably right.

Geoffrey Croft of the NYC Park Advocates is not happy about how the demolition has been handled. Croft said in yesterday's Daily News, "This administration did everything possible to service the Yankees, including ignoring the law and treating the community's replacement parks as an afterthought."

I hereby propose a new plan: Until the parks are completed - Rather than squeeze everyone onto the limited park-space currently available in the South Bronx, all organized recreational baseball and soccer games should be played on the front lawn of Gracie Mansion. The City will, of course, provide transportation to and from (the newly renamed) Gracie Park.

Also check out....

The Demolition of Yankee Stadium.

Yankee players want a piece of the action.

Despite Lonn Trost, fans can now get close to the field during batting practice.

Make sure to check back every Wednesday for Pinstripe Politics, your source for that gray area where the Yankees and society converge. Also, check in with the BNN on Fridays for The Yankees, Unobstructed, our weekly Yankee opinion column.


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