TWO-GAME CROWD OF 108,091 NOT ENOUGH: GEORGE WANTS NEW PARK
Despite drawing crowds of 53,316 and 54,775 to Yankee
Stadium for the two Yankees-Braves interleague games on
Monday and Tuesday, Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
renewed his desire for a new ballpark yesterday.
Steinbrenner, on Cleveland's Jacobs Field: "They're sold out
every night. Every single night. They have what we had
(Monday) night every single night. ... It's the same in
Baltimore. Every single night" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/24). In
N.Y., Harvey Araton writes, "Tell us another one. Keep
setting obstacles in the Bronx and daring New Yorkers to
cross them. Face it, big guy, they will build a nuclear
test site in Manhattan before they build you a ballpark"
(N.Y. TIMES, 6/24). Steinbrenner, telling the media of the
need for a park: "To make you guys understand, what I should
do is take away your parking privileges and make you hunt
for a parking space the way I saw people doing the other
night." The POST's Wallace Matthews claims the team already
pulled those privileges: "[E]ven when 50,000 show up, he
still finds something to complain about" (N.Y. POST, 6/24).