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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yankees Fans to Pass Through Metal Detectors Before MLB Mandate

“...Starting with a homestand next week, fans at select Yankee Stadium entrances will go through metal detectors, according to an e-mailed statement. The team is asking fans to budget extra time for the added security…”

NattyBoh Posted: August 16, 2014 at 11:27 PM | 36 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 17, 2014 at 08:42 AM (#4772719)
I've only been to one Yankee game this year, and #### like this means it's highly likely I won't be going to a second, even if the team weren't a pile of garbage.

screw this.
   2. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: August 17, 2014 at 08:49 AM (#4772720)
MLB mandate? Government mandate would be a far more accurate headline.
   3. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 17, 2014 at 09:12 AM (#4772723)
Oh the humanity.
   4. Bunny Vincennes Posted: August 17, 2014 at 09:23 AM (#4772725)
So going to Yankee Stadium is going to be like the airport? #### that.
   5. JE (Jason) Posted: August 17, 2014 at 09:29 AM (#4772726)
So going to Yankee Stadium is going to be like the airport? #### that.

Last I checked, TSA doesn't confiscate iPads.
   6. Lassus Posted: August 17, 2014 at 09:38 AM (#4772732)
Thanks, Obama.
   7. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 17, 2014 at 09:51 AM (#4772735)
Like a lot of people I work for a living. I typically get to weeknight games about five minutes before first pitch. Unfortunately I've "budgeted extra time" as much as I already can.

This has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with MLB protecting themselves from lawsuits.
   8. adenzeno Posted: August 17, 2014 at 10:44 AM (#4772752)
We went to a couple of Giants games this summer and it seems we went through metal detectors. Was not a big deal
   9. Fat Al Posted: August 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM (#4772762)
Alas, this is one new travesty that I can't blame on the Yankees. They do it in Oakland, they do it at the Barclays Center (but not at MSG), and MLB will make everyone do it next year. It is stupid, ridiculous, oppressive, and an utter waste of everyone's time and money, and it will make me less and less want to go out and take in a ballgame. Pity.
   10. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM (#4772765)
My wife left her purse at home when we went to the Orioles game last Saturday, which at Camden Yards got us through a line that moved as quickly as it would have 50 years ago, with no frisking or metal detectors. Those with backpacks and purses had to have them inspected, but that's understandable.
   11. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM (#4772776)
Those with backpacks and purses had to have them inspected, but that's understandable.


I have two problems with that;

1. The "check" is entirely window dressing. I bring a big with stuff I use to keep score to every game. There is a fair amount of stuff in it and they just look inside, don't move anything around and wave me through. It takes about 15-20,seconds but it's entirely wafted time.

2. It's not like there has been a rash of violence at games. I get that they don't want to close the barn door after the horse is out but at some point I think we as a society need to accept that #### happens. Isolated incidents are just that and shouldn't be used as a justification for fear-based, unnecessary inconvenience that only serve to lower insurance rates for the baseball teams.
   12. TerpNats Posted: August 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM (#4772778)
I've done it at Dodger Stadium a few times this season. Not that big a deal.
   13. McCoy Posted: August 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4772782)
That's what she said!
   14. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM (#4772787)
Those with backpacks and purses had to have them inspected, but that's understandable.

I have two problems with that;

1. The "check" is entirely window dressing. I bring a big with stuff I use to keep score to every game. There is a fair amount of stuff in it and they just look inside, don't move anything around and wave me through. It takes about 15-20,seconds but it's entirely wafted time.

2. It's not like there has been a rash of violence at games. I get that they don't want to close the barn door after the horse is out but at some point I think we as a society need to accept that #### happens. Isolated incidents are just that and shouldn't be used as a justification for fear-based, unnecessary inconvenience that only serve to lower insurance rates for the baseball teams.


I don't really disagree with any of that, but I was glad to see that by not bringing excess baggage in the form of backpacks or purses we were able to walk right through the gates without any delay beyond being handed our free Wild Bill Hagy hats.
   15. Bunny Vincennes Posted: August 17, 2014 at 11:57 AM (#4772797)
1. The "check" is entirely window dressing. I bring a big with stuff I use to keep score to every game. There is a fair amount of stuff in it and they just look inside, don't move anything around and wave me through. It takes about 15-20,seconds but it's entirely wafted time.


Yes. At Wrigley, depending on game time I frequently have my Filson shoulder brief bag with tomorrow's clothes inside (makes a great compact overnighter and fits easily under the seat). I open it, and they just wave me through. When I was married I don't ever think they looked in my wife's purse.
   16. puck Posted: August 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4772799)
Maybe the next thing is to go to the clear plastic gallon bag like the NFL.
   17. StHendu Posted: August 17, 2014 at 01:34 PM (#4772853)
At least the national anthem will be shorter after removing 'land of the free and home of the brave'
   18. kaline Posted: August 17, 2014 at 02:21 PM (#4772879)
17 made me laugh out loud
   19.     Hey Gurl Posted: August 17, 2014 at 02:28 PM (#4772883)
Isn't this normal? I swear I did this when I went to games at Safeco and AT&T. Really didn't think anything of it.
   20. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 17, 2014 at 02:29 PM (#4772885)
Isn't this normal? I swear I did this when I went to games at Safeco and AT&T. Really didn't think anything of it.

The question is, why is it normal?

What are they trying to prevent?
   21. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: August 17, 2014 at 03:53 PM (#4772940)
Bags are searched at Safeco, certainly, but there are no metal detectors that I recall.
   22. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: August 17, 2014 at 04:00 PM (#4772947)
Those with backpacks and purses had to have them inspected, but that's understandable.
If by "understandable" you mean "retarded pointless security theater that solves a nonexistent problem," then yes.
   23. Spahn Insane Posted: August 17, 2014 at 05:03 PM (#4772983)
At Wrigley, depending on game time I frequently have my Filson shoulder brief bag with tomorrow's clothes inside (makes a great compact overnighter and fits easily under the seat). I open it, and they just wave me through. When I was married I don't ever think they looked in my wife's purse.

I've got a buddy who's snuck growlers of beer into Wrigley. How, I'm not quite sure, even given Wrigley's absurdly lax security.
   24. BDC Posted: August 17, 2014 at 05:09 PM (#4772993)
growlers of beer into Wrigley

From DryHop, maybe? That would be something worth smuggling, but also a tragedy if confiscated :)
   25. DEFCON: jive Posted: August 17, 2014 at 05:29 PM (#4773014)
I was just at Safeco for a couple of games, and there were metal detectors. The line didn't seem to move appreciably slower--maybe took an extra minute to get into the park. It still feels like security theater, and it definitely pushed my civil libertarian buttons, but didn't really affect the ballpark experience. If they're not picketing the $8.75 tall cans of Rainier, a row of metal detectors isn't going to get folks to man the barricades.

A buddy got a pocketknife confiscated, but he got a tag to get it out of hock after the game. At least it wasn't tossed into the garbage like TSA would have done? And I suppose that he didn't stab anyone, so hooray America (and of course he should have known better).
   26. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 17, 2014 at 05:38 PM (#4773020)
Those with backpacks and purses had to have them inspected, but that's understandable.

If by "understandable" you mean "retarded pointless security theater that solves a nonexistent problem," then yes.


Read # 14. Of course some people can manage to attend ballgames without backpacks or purses, European or otherwise. You might try it sometime---those pockets in your pants are there for a reason.
   27. McCoy Posted: August 17, 2014 at 06:41 PM (#4773054)
Most security is designed to keep rational sane human beings from doing something stupid.
   28. Bourbon Samurai Posted: August 17, 2014 at 06:44 PM (#4773056)
Guess I'll need to switch to a plastic flask
   29. boteman Posted: August 17, 2014 at 06:59 PM (#4773071)
If I'm elected commissioner, I will require fans to attend in the nude. Total security assured, and the only guns brought in to the stadium will be the kind you don't mind. So go to the gym and work on those biceps curls. I think it's a win-win-win-win-win deal!
   30. DKDC Posted: August 17, 2014 at 07:23 PM (#4773087)
I don't see how this is that big a deal.

We already consent to arbitrary rules to get into stadiums (last week I was told I couldn't bring a laptop into Yankee stadium, so I convinced them my surface pro was "like an iPad").

It doesn't make me feel safer, and it's a waste of time, but it's the world we live in.

We aren't quite on the brink of a broad, popular anti-metal detector backlash that will start rolling some of this silliness back, but this is a step in the right direction.
   31. Pirate Joe Posted: August 17, 2014 at 08:08 PM (#4773115)
Maybe the next thing is to go to the clear plastic gallon bag like the NFL.



Since Pitt plays their home games at an NFL stadium they follow this idiotic policy. While my kids are long past the age for it to matter, I could not imagine taking a toddler to a game (which we frequently did back in the day, although I never would for an NFL game) and being told that you couldn't take in a diaper bag, you had to jam everything into a ziplock bag. Hell, they don't even let women take in their purse unless it's one of those little clutch purses. Something like 4" x 6" is the maximum allowed size.

   32. Repoz Posted: August 17, 2014 at 08:16 PM (#4773120)
With the Astros coming in on Tuesday, will I be stopped for wearing my Colt .45's t-shirt?
   33. bobm Posted: August 17, 2014 at 08:46 PM (#4773130)
With the Astros coming in on Tuesday, will I be stopped for wearing my Colt .45's t-shirt?

Only if you show up loaded.
   34. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 17, 2014 at 09:35 PM (#4773162)
Part of the problem with this is that baseball is a daily game. A lot of people take public transportation to a game straight from their offices so they walk in with briefcases/bags that they bring to work. When I worked in downtown Boston I did that all the time. NFL games that is a much less significant issue with one weekday game per week in the league and that typically starts late enough to allow for other arrangements.
   35. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: August 17, 2014 at 09:39 PM (#4773164)
Read # 14. Of course some people can manage to attend ballgames without backpacks or purses, European or otherwise. You might try it sometime---those pockets in your pants are there for a reason.
Yeah - and that reason is not to carry things big enough to need a backpack for. But your comment is spoken like a true effete liberal without children. And without a job, so you aren't coming from work with a briefcase. And without being a tourist, so you aren't going to a game after wanderIng around the city all day first.

It's a big inconvenience for no gain.
   36. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: August 17, 2014 at 09:41 PM (#4773166)
Most security is designed to keep
stupid jurors from awarding money from deep pockets defendants to greedy trial lawyers willing to make ludicrous arguments.

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