Freddy Sez: Let Me Back In

Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IApril 22, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 21:  Freddy Sez poses for a picture as the Baltimore Orioles play against the New York Yankees during the last regular season game at Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees are playing their final season in the 85 year old ball park and plan on moving into the new Yankee Stadium across the street to start the 09 season.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

According to Jeremy Olshan of the NY Post, long time unofficial mascot of the Yankees, Freddy “Sez” Schuman had quite a tough time making it to the New Yankee Stadium due to ticket prices.

freddy-sezIn years past Schuman, who like Yogi Berra turns 84 next month, received free season tickets from sponsors such as Modell’s, or was simply let through the press gate with a wink from a stadium official.

On Opening Day he had no trouble getting into the new ballpark for free through the press gate, but on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday he had to depend on the kindness of fellow Yankee fans for free seats.

On Sunday he stood outside the stadium holding his frying pan and a sign that read, “Freddy Sez, Yankees say ‘I can’t go in. Must buy ticket!”

“The Yankees say I am a part of the stadium. What part am I, the toilet bowl?” Schuman said. “But the fans have come through. They gave me $40, and even $100 tickets.”

The Yankees said it was merely “miscommunication” that caused Freddy to be barred from the stadium. And that may be true, but I think a big thanks needs to go out to the NY Post for bringing this situation to light.

The new stadium is already much quieter than the old one so the Yankees need Freddy now more than ever.