From The Record -
Spring training is supposed to be a time for fans to bond with the players, especially before the preseason games begin. There’s no admission charge to watch the leisurely workouts, and it’s probably a kid’s best chance to score an autograph.
So why was a security guard speeding along both sides of the field on a motorized scooter Monday, ordering kids to move their feet from the top of the dugout? Wait, it wasn’t just feet that were forbidden. Even the baseball that one toddler was hoping to get signed was ordered moved.
Why the hassle, we wondered?
Maybe it was the lousy weather — 72 and cloudless. Maybe the crackdown was ordered by George Steinbrenner, who wasn’t even on the field. Or maybe it was just the badge. Nothing like a guy on a power trip to ruin a fan’s day.
This is the 3rd report, in the last month or so, where I’ve heard that the Yankees complex in Tampa is not fan friendly – at all. The first two came from individuals who have gone there, and shared how bad it was, and how much better/easier/more fun it was in the Blue Jays and Phillies camps.
What a shame that it has to be this way in Tampa.