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Yankees Opening Day Advent: Day 5

If you don’t know what an Advent Calendar is, and I’m no expert, it’s a special Christian calendar leading up to Christmas. So leading up to Opening Day, I have put together a 25-part series of things to get excited about because baseball is almost officially back.

Pushing And Shoving At Stan’s

I’m on the record, of not loving Stan’s. I like the concept of Stan’s, but hate the execution. Classic rock, shots of Jameson flowing like the Nile, and Yankee Stadium only a block away, is an absolute dream.

The problem is, this all happens inside a shoe box. if you think about it, Stan’s is the hipster of NYC overcrowding. They did it before it was popular.

I just think the combination of the prices being so high, and it being nuts to butts before every game is just a bit much for me.

HOWEVER, there is a positive, if you can keep the proper distance. That positive is the eventual fights you’ll see because of the space and the crowd.

In terms of the space, we’ve covered the nuts on butts situation. (Scott will never read this but he would be so mad I’ve used this phrase twice already in the blog.) The crowd though, these are the “real Yankee fans”. I’m talking the kind of people that think I’m a “pussy”  (they actually use homophobic slurs) a for liking Billy’s, and probably wear a jersey with a patch for every World Series the team has played in. These are the kind of people that are just looking for a fight, and that shit is hilarious to me. Some people may think it’s bad to enjoy seeing people fight, but let me tell you about Opening Day 2014.

It’s Derek Jeter’s last season and w’ere all hoping for 1 more year of magic out of The Captain. It was cold and a little rainy, so not the nicest weather for baseball, but it’s opening day in the Bronx. Plus, I sat in Legends that day. That has nothing t0 do with the story and is just a brag.

The game ends and the people I’m with wanted to go to Stan’s, so we went. Beers are being sipped, shots are flowing and Billy Joel is blasting through the speakers. And then it happens! Some guy with a barbed wire arm tattoo accidentally bumps into a guy who had been a fireman for probably 20 minutes and a scuffle breaks out. Pushing and shoving. Men and women. Chaos everywhere.

In all the chaos, one woman hit another in the head with a bottle and instead of everyone freezing, the fight just continued on top of the woman. Security came in and got maybe 20 people that were fighting out the door. The fight kept going in the street, but for those of us still inside, there was now so much room. On top of that, right in the middle of where the fight just happened, was a bag of souvenir hats that someone had dropped. I picked up the bag, started handing out hats, and people bought me shots.

That’s my only positive experience at Stan’s, and that’s why the pushing and shoving is something to look forward to.

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