And can someone correct Not-So-Dandy Dan Schulman and his…“The dimensions here at the New Yankee Stadium are exactly the same as the old Yankee Stadium.” biz?
With the Yankees sitting atop the AL East, there isn’t much to criticize, not much negative meat on the bone for analysts to chew.
Still, if a voice is creative, perceptive and not paid by the Yankees, there are other directions to go — such as taking shots at the new Yankee Stadium for the library-like atmosphere permeating the ballpark — at least when the Noise Boys ain’t master blasting sound through the public address system.
Led by former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” crew ripped into the lack of natural, fan-produced, audio dynamite inside the Stadium. And you didn’t have to read between the lines to get Francona’s ultimate message: The fans in the old Stadium made it a living hell for the opposing team. They affected the game.
The ESPN voices also segued into a riff on Stadium security personnel, which they find to be different than those who worked at the old Stadium.
...Sunday, the crowd needed no catalyst to be put to sleep. If it has reached the point where guys such as Francona, who knows what real home crowd noise can do to an opponent, are making the sounds of silence an issue, maybe it will spark a debate over whether the Yankees actually have a home-field advantage at the new Stadium.
Posted: July 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM | 13 comment(s)
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