As a Yankees fan, when I think about “The Yankee Experience” today – meaning the team, its players, the front office, their broadcast crew, the Stadium, and even the fans themselves – it’s soooooo much different than it was in the mid-to-late ’70′s.
Think of Roy White batting at Yankee Stadium in 1976 with Phil Rizzuto covering the game on WPIX and George Steinbrenner watching from his office at the Stadium, while the ballpark is reverbing the noise of gritty down and dirty fans – and then compare that to Mark Teixeira batting at Yankee Stadium in 2011 with Michael Kay covering the game on the YES Network and Hal Steinbrenner down in Tampa watching the game on his smart phone, as he’s out for dinner, while the backdrop of the field of play is empty Premium Seating boxes that are either not sold or vacant because those using them would rather be on the buffet line than watching the game.
It’s night and day.
Then again, you can say the same thing about the Yankees of today and those of the 1980′s or 1990′s. And, for those born before 1960, you could probably throw the Yankees of the 1950′s in there too.
Was it, meaning “The Yankee Experience,” better back in the day? Or, is that just the “everything when you were younger seemed better” factor coming into play?
I’m too tainted to answer that question. How about you?