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Another Yankees scandal! Well, OK, maybe not.

Apr 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

B Train

This is a weird story:  The Yankees have run “subway races” on their scoreboard for a few years now. Basically they’re the on-screen equivalent of the racing sausages or presidents or what have you. Lots of parks do it with various characters. Subways, dots, ducks, etc.

Until this year, the three racing subways had always been labeled as the B train, the D train and the number 4 train, which are the three subway lines that serve Yankee Stadium.  For complicated reasons that sound more like a “Three’s Company” episode than a business negotiation over naming rights for an animated feature, the Yankees ended up changing the labeling to “Road Gray,” “Midnight Blue” and “Pinstripes” this season.  This angered people. Partially because people don’t like change. Partially because people don’t like dumb things.

Anyway, it all seems to be resolved now, as MTA and the Yankees have agreed to change things back to B, D and 4 starting tonight. This, I think, is a good thing.

For my part, the “racing whatevers” thing is done well in Milwaukee and everyplace else is derivative or lame.  Especially when it’s contrived and one of the racers — like Teddy Roosevelt at Nats Park or Mustard at Columbus Clippers games — never get to win.  It’s tired. My suggestion is that we should replace these contests with something more … interesting.

Like a hunt. For the most dangerous prey of all: man.

  1. BC - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Sorry nothing beats Champ The Lake Monster cruising around on his ATV.

  2. okobojicat - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    I think you are totally and completely wrong about the Teddy Roosevelt at Nat’s Games. Its actually pretty funny to see what is going to go wrong. Its corny yes, but it is still very entertaining. Its something that doesn’t bring people to the baseball game, but it does make them enjoy the experience more.

    • echolmberg - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:38 PM

      I completely agree. It’s kind of like Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, you know he won’t catch the Road Runner but you watch anyway to see how he messes up. Plus you hold out the slightest hope that you’re there when Teddy actually wins.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 6, 2011 at 3:15 PM

        You know what? Teddy Roosevelt was probably the most athletic President we’ve ever had. He was a war hero. It was his vision to build the Panama Canal. He once gave a speech an hour after he was shot, without stopping at a hospital even though his doctor begged him to. I could go on. Really.

        He deserves better than to have his memory mocked at 81 home games a year. I don’t find it amusing at all, and I know it makes me an old fogey.

        Teddy Roosevelt is not a chorizo.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    So I guess Joseph Patterson setting up the first sports reporting section in the Daily News circa 1919 can be considered the original all others derivatives?
    Where have you gone Murray Chass? Now you’re a double faker.

  4. marshmallowsnake - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Slow news day, huh?

  5. sdelmonte - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Howcum they ain’t including the Metro North train to the Bronx? Or a taxicab? Or that ferry from Wall Street?

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Now that the trains are ‘real’ again, can we tie Cotton Eye Joe to the tracks and wait for the merciful end to that tragedy? Maybe throw in the YMCA thing for good measure as well.

    I am all for in-game entertainment, but the Yankees have to be able to do better.

    While I’m ranting about it already, New York has 5 or 6 opera companies, hundreds of Broadway and off-Broadway shows, music schools and conservatories, recording studios, a tremendous live music scene…why have we had Ronan Tynan and Whatserface Swindall as the only live performers for the National Anthem/God Bless?? Again, the Yankees are rich, they can do better.

  7. spudchukar - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Yeah, I like the image of 3 deer riding ATVs chasing some dude in an orange jacket, flannel hat, and combat boots. Perhaps with some kind of water balloon projection gun. How much of a head start do you think he should get?

  8. phukyouk - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    its nice to know that there are others out there that are as infuriated with stupid bullsh*t as i am. opening day i saw this and it pissed me off. could not figure out why and im still not sure but thank gd they are going to put everything back to normal again.

  9. mcsnide - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    My suggestion is that we should replace these contests with something more … interesting.

    Like a hunt. For the most dangerous prey of all: man.

    I get Rainsford. You can have Zaroff.

  10. b7p19 - Apr 6, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    The pirate ships in Pitt usually gets both fans fired up.

  11. thesexyburger - Apr 6, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Frank Reynolds: NO! YOU DO NOT GO ON A MANHUNT!

  12. crpls - Apr 6, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    For Boise Hawks games we get a fry, a potato and a gem. It’s fun when it’s a group of friends who just tackle each other and cheat like hell.

  13. minnesconsin - Apr 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    These things are only great when tied to a free prize. when for a while in college they had an animated fishing contest every game at the metrodome, and each fisherman represented a randomly chosen seating section. If Sleepy Pete beat Bob the Bass and Tina Trout, section 113 all won free candy bars.

    But the best giveaway at the Dome, by far, was the Hormel Row of Fame, wherein an entire row of people were served free dogs while the greatest song EVER was played over the loudspeaker:

    Now that your’e at the game
    Are you in Hormel’s Row Of Fame?
    If you’re in a lucky seat
    You’ll win a Hormel Hot Dog treat
    Great for lunch, great for dinner
    You could be a weiner winner
    In the Hormel Row of Fame

  14. Kevin S. - Apr 6, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    I love it. Craig’s second “Most Dangerous Game” reference of the year. Already in mid-season form!

  15. madocyankfan - Apr 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Ben Kabak sucked you into this too??? LOL

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