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from Yankee Stadium
you know that you canít wear a Boston Sucks t-shirt at Yankee Stadium
anymore? New rule took effect in 2002 Ė part of Major League Baseballís
new Family Decency Act. The act started in Seattle.
know I never believed in the Boston Sucks t-shirt, which dates back to
about 1977. Thatís the first I ever saw it being sold in the stores
outside Yankee Stadium. Iím pretty sure it started just then; summer of
í77. Created a stir at the time.
it was kind of rude then. And that was long before Iíd ever been to
Boston. Now, many years later, having been to Boston many times, and
having a number of good friends from Boston, and having met so many good
people from Boston, I have to say that Boston doesnít suck. At all. Itís
actually quite nice.
something about the censorship of a Boston Sucks t-shirt at Yankee Stadium
this all happened the summer after 9-11, when everyone in every major
American city started wearing I Love NY t-shirts. I bet you they even wore
them in Boston. So how rude would it be for folks in Boston to adopt I
Love NY t-shirts when New Yorkers at Yankee Stadium were wearing Boston
Sucks t-shirts. For that alone Iím glad they banned the shirt.
as luck would have it, I went my whole life living up to my ideals and
never wearing a Boston Sucks t-shirt until the summer of 2001. Was at the
game with friends, and Letizia bought us all Boston Sucks t-shirts. Sort
of a celebration. And it was good timing because that happened to be a
game I ended up wearing a suit to Ė the change of clothes after work
didnít work out. The cotton t-shirt was a comfortable change from the
white-collar shirt I had on. So there I am in a suit at Yankee Stadium,
the suit partially hiding a Boston Sucks white t-shirt Ė and that by
itself drew a lot of attention. A whole bunch of strangers applauded me
throughout the evening, when I went up to get beer, when I went to the
bathroom, when I went up to get more beer, when I returned back to my seat
know, a thumbs up to the idiot who had bad enough taste to wear a suit to a
baseball game, but at least showed he was trying by putting on a Boston Sucks
t-shirt underneath. So I ended up accidentally making more of a statement wearing one than
the typical nitwit.
then before you could spell Carl Yasztremski they instituted the Family
feel fortunate to have worn a Boston Sucks t-shirt while it could still be
worn; probably almost as much as the folks who threw beer on the ballpen
car when it was still considered "in good taste" back
in the seventies, before they made that illegal.
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I went yesterday and they were not enforcing that rule at the new stadium;
it was all over 8/8/09 .