As we enter the final weeks of Yankee Stadium's existence, it's hard not to think of the history that was made there and the great players who used to call it home. Whether it's the Mickey Mantles, and Whitey Fords of old or the Reggie Jacksons and Thurman Munsons of more recent times, the place has seen more than it's fair share of Hall of Fame players.
Many Yankees fans and baseball fans in general will leave the place with fond memories of baseball's great cathedral. Well, not all of them. One fan in particular probably isn't going to have very nice things to say about the place after being kicked out earlier this week. His crime? He had to use the washroom.
A Queens man is considering legal action against the New York Yankees after he was ejected from Tuesday night's contest against the Boston Red Sox for trying to use the restroom during the playing of "God Bless America."
During the patriotic 7th inning stretch at Yankee Stadium, nature called on Bradford Campeau-Laurion. When he tried to leave his seat during the traditional singing of God Bless America, however, he says he was stopped by a NYPD officer who said he'd have to wait until the song was done.
"I then said to him, 'I don't care about God Bless America. I just need to use the bathroom.' As soon as I said that, he immediately pinned my arm behind my back," Campeau-Laurion told CBS 2.You see, as you may or may not be aware of, there's a rule at Yankee Stadium that forces fans to stay in their seats while God Bless America is played during the seventh inning stretch. You know, because there's nothing more American than taking away a person's freedom.
"He shoved me out the front gate and told me get out of their country if I didn't like it," he said.
Thankfully another of America's great traditions is suing the hell out of somebody who wrongs you, and I hope that's what Campeau-Laurion does here. Forcing someone to be "patriotic" goes against everything this country stands for, and it's about time someone did something to put an end to it.
Hopefully Bradford and his weak bladder will be the man to do so, and turn out to be a true American hero.