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.
In 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.