A giveaway snafu that resulted in late-arriving Mariano Rivera bobblehead dolls caused mayhem at the Stadium on Tuesday.
Instead of watching the Yankees play for their playoff lives against the Rays, thousands of fans waited on long lines to receive a bobblehead of baseball’s retiring all-time saves leader.
Rivera was feted with a lavish retirement ceremony Sunday. The celebration was to continue Tuesday with the first 18,000 fans in attendance slated to receive the commemorative figurines. But the giveaways hadn’t arrived at the Stadium when the gates were due to open at 5 p.m., as thousands lined up outside.
The gates opened more than 30 minutes later than usual, and the Yankees handed out vouchers instead. An announcement was made during the middle of the third inning that vouchers could be redeemed from that point until 30 minutes after the game.
Lines formed immediately and stretched from beyond the right-field foul pole to third base on the main level, then up a ramp to another level and back down to the first level, as some fans waited several innings to scoop up their gifts.
Posted: September 25, 2013 at 04:50 AM | 90 comment(s)
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