"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Update: The mysterious black curtain

On Saturday evening, I posted pictures of the various obstructions I came across during my YS III journey. I originally thought the above curtain was erected to block out the view of the Gate 4 entrance, because it's directly behind the plate.

As commenter Greg pointed out to me, however, Lonn Trost mentioned on WFAN that the pitchers were complaining they could see traffic driving by.

Ross at New Stadium Insider delved deeper, and revealed this:
It turns out that the black obstruction affectionately known by some stadium workers as "Shaq's shower curtain," is actually there as a "fielder's eye" for the infielders. Apparently, the way that the field level concourse at the new Yankee Stadium was built causes the ball to get lost among the fans passing by, so the curtain had to be erected.
I should've done my due diligence and asked a guard what it was for when I was there, but it's good that someone got to the bottom of this.

Picture taken by me.  Click to enlarge.


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