It has been a long standing policy for fans to be held hostage during the singing of God Bless America by our old gal pal Kate Smith. Until now, I didn't realize that this often ridiculed policy was upheld even when a patron was on the verge of a bathroom emergency.
This all leads us to this story on Deadspin (wow, that is two links in a row to Deadspin, glad I'm coming up with some original content lately). A fan was actually verbally and physically accosted and ejected from the stadium by New York City Police Officers for wanting to go to the bathroom during the 7th inning stretch. The juicy stuff:
attempted to get up to use the restroom, rather urgently, during the 7th inning stretch as God Bless America was beginning. As I attempted to walk down the aisle and exit my section into the tunnel, I was stopped by a police officer. He informed me that I had to wait until the song was over. I responded that I had to use the restroom and that I did not care about God Bless America.
As soon as the latter came out of my mouth, my right arm was twisted violenty behind my back and I was informed that I was being escorted out of the stadium. A second officer then joined in and twisted my left arm, also in an excessively forceful manner, behind my back. I informed them they were violating my First Amendment rights and that I had done nothing wrong, with no response from them.
That is only the beginning. Click the link above for the full story.
I think we all realize how absurd this is. It is time for the Yankees to take note of these incidents and make some changes. Hell, I'm all for getting rid of "God Bless America" all together!
It should be noted that the "fan" involved is a Red Sox fan. I stand by the actions of these officers if:
a) The "victim" was wearing a Papelbon or Youkilis jersey
b) Has a "New England Accent"
c) Was drinking (alcohol and Red Sox fans are always a bad combination).
I wish I knew the whole story from an objective source. Who knows, maybe this guy also said something negative about the officer's favorite Golden Boy Derek Jeter and isn't admitting it?
If anyone was there and witnessed this, PLEASE leave a comment below.
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