For the record, I've been going to Sox-Yankees games at the Stadium since 1994, and while it's always been a rough crowd for Sox fans -- I stopped wearing Sox caps and jerseys to night games years ago -- my feeling, until tonight, was that it had been getting better -- that the Yankees' stepped-up security was making a difference.
Boy was I wrong. We were sitting in the upper deck, section 25, and it was just shocking to me how much beer-throwing, peanut-tossing and obscenity-hurling went on there. Now I know that Fenway isn't a walk in the park for Yankees fans, but I've never seen it get as in-your-face at Fenway as it was tonight at the stadium. And I was just a bystander.
Security people showed up in our section for good around the 6th inning, but that was only after a mini-brawl broke out three rows in front of me... A drunk girl threw a beer cup at a Sox fan, but missed and hit a drunk Yankees fan. She stumbled over to apologize, but the guy was too angry to listen. He started mouthing off at her, the girl's boyfriend got involved, punches were thrown, and next thing I notice was that the girl had a bloody face and her boyfriend was pushed down two rows on top of some poor schmuck. Of course, the guy who threw the punch managed to leave the scene before the police showed up.
All in all, there had to have been 15 people removed from my immediate vicinity from the sixth inning on. Of course, if there had been a security presence from the start of the game -- as there was at both of the '04 ALCS games I went to -- I doubt it would have gotten so bad towards the end.
Now I know what the reaction from some quarters is going to be to this stuff: It's Red Sox-Yankees: what did you expect? .... Thing is, I'd like to be able to take my 7-year-old twins to a Sox-Yankees game at the Stadium some day, but that's never going to happen if the Yankees front office continues to tolerate the kind of drunken, abusive behavior that was rampant there tonight.
Edited by xjack, 22 May 2007 - 08:49 AM.