Security At the Yankees' New Stadium Is Tight, Just Ask Paul O'Neill

Jabber HeadSenior Analyst IMay 6, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, we were all over the Mets for their treatment of Dwight Gooden’s autograph on a wall in Citi Field. Well, the other team in New York will not be outdone by anyone, especially the Mets.

During the weekend series against the Angels, former Yankee great and YES broadcaster, Paul O’Neil was booted by security from the indoor batting cages.

“A security guard told O’Neill, the man George Steinbrenner called “warrior,” he could not loiter in the area. O’Neill had another reason to be perturbed. Security would not allow his wife, Nevalee, into the Stadium “wives room.” She was told by security it was for “current” wives only.”

If you’re booting one of the most loved Yankees of the recent era, surely no one else is safe from the long arm of the law security officers. Especially broadcasters from the opposing team.

“The Angels bring multiple announcers (including voices who work Spanish language broadcasts) on the road. The mouths rotate between radio and TV. At times, some of them are not on the air. During those breaks, they need a place to watch the game. There were two empty Stadium broadcast booths during the series. Angels voices, not on the air, used one of them to chill. Until they were booted by security.

The Angels broadcasters were told they weren’t allowed to sit in the empty booth. When asked Monday if the voices had been mistaken and were sitting in a private box reserved for patrons, an Angels source said: “No, it was a broadcast booth.” When asked if security invited the broadcasters downstairs to sit in those empty seats behind the plate, the source laughed and said, “no.”

In the words of the immortal Snoop Dog:

New York New York big city of dreams
And everything in New York ain't always what it seems.

That seems fitting here.

No Guts, No Glory is a Sports Jabber contributing author.

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