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Filip Bondy's book on the Bleacher Creatures

The Bleacher Creatures are a notorious group of season ticket holders who occupy Section 39 in the right field bleachers at Yankee Stadium. They are known for their strict allegiance to the New York Yankees, and are often verbally merciless to opposing fans who sit in the section and cheer for the road team. They dislike the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox the most among all teams. They also enjoy doing a series of chants throughout the game that are unique to their section, such as responding to the hitting of a cowbell. Their most famous chant is their "roll call", which begins the top of the first inning of every home game. Occasionally, the creatures like to mock the opposing team's right fielder with a series of chanting and insults. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... In sports, a season ticket is a ticket that grants the holder access to all regular-season home games for one season without additional charges. ... The position of the right fielder A right fielder, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in right field (e. ... Bleachers is a term used to describe the raised, tiered stands found by sports fields or at other spectator events. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... The cowbell is a percussion instrument. ... The position of the right fielder A right fielder, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in right field (e. ...


The Creatures attained their nickname from New York Daily News columnist Filip "Flip" Bondy, who spent the 2004 season sitting in the section for research on his book about the group. Entitled, Bleeding Pinstripes: A Season with the Bleacher Creatures of Yankee Stadium, it was published in 2005.[1] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ...

Contents

Roll Call

In the top of the first inning, when the Yankees are on the field and their starting pitcher is getting ready to throw the first pitch, they all stand and begin clapping. Then, after the pitch is thrown, a group of guys wave their hands down to hush the crowd, and a man nicknamed "Hairy Vinny" (a Baseball Cap designer and vendor who was featured in 2005 in the YES Network's reality television show YES's Ultimate Road Trip) shouts out the name of the center fielder (ie: "Yo, Johnny!"). The whole group then procedes to chant his name (ie: "JOH-nee DA-mon, clap, clap, clap clap clap"). The rest of the players are called in a similar fashion (CF-LF-RF-1B-2B-SS-3B, in that order) except for the pitcher and catcher (although there have been exceptions). Each player's chant continues until the player has responded in some way, usually with a wave or point. After the creatures go through the lineup, the group turns to the left, and chants "box seats suck!" at the right field box seats until the chanting finally dissipates. When a player is replaced in a defensive position (not counting the pitcher) the replacement is also given the same chant. Sometimes, after a long rain delay, the Creatures start another Roll Call for comic effect. The Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network is a New York City regional cable TV channel dedicated to broadcasting baseball games of the New York Yankees, and basketball games of the New Jersey Nets. ...

The view from Section 39: After a Roll Call that features a too-exhuberant "Box Seats Suck!" followed by an obscene gesture, "Hairy Vinny" (right) is about to be ejected from the Stadium (by the female NYPD officer, center left). August 2007.

Other names called out during roll call from time to time have included Yankee broadcasters John Sterling and Michael Kay, or Aaron Boone, Bucky Dent, and Babe Ruth when the Yankees host the Boston Red Sox.[citation needed] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1536 pixel, file size: 961 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Scene from the Bleacher Creatures section at Yankee Stadium, August 18, 2007. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1536 pixel, file size: 961 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Scene from the Bleacher Creatures section at Yankee Stadium, August 18, 2007. ... The New York City Police Department (NYPD) , the largest police department in the United States, has primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Michael Kay (born February 2, 1961) is the main play-by-play voice of the New York Yankees, host of Centerstage on the YES Network and the host of The Michael Kay Show on WEPN. // Kay began reporting as a youth at the Bronx High School of Science and then... Aaron John Boone (born March 9, 1973 in La Mesa, California) is a major league third baseman who plays for the Florida Marlins. ... Bucky Dent (born November 25, 1951), born Russell Earl ODey, is an American former Major League Baseball player and manager. ... Babe Ruths number 3 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1948 George Herman Ruth, Jr. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds...


In 1999, when David Wells, who had pitched a perfect game for the Yankees the season before, made his first appearance at the stadium since an offseason trade to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Creatures included David Wells in the roll call. When David Wells was a Yankee, he was also the only Yankee pitcher to receive a roll call every time he pitched. Former Yankee third baseman Scott Brosius is notorious for not waving to the Bleacher Creatures immediately after they chanted his name the first time, like many players on the diamond. He got such a kick out of it, that he would wait until they chanted for sometimes up to a minute for him to wave at them. This article is about the year. ... David Lee Boomer Wells (born May 20, 1963 in Torrance, California) is a Major League Baseball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ... Third Baseman Scott Brosius Scott David Brosius (born August 15, 1966 in Hillsboro, OR) was a Major League Baseball third baseman for the Oakland Athletics (1991-1997) and the New York Yankees (1998-2001). ...


At the 2002 Yankees home opener, former Yankee David Cone sat among the Bleacher Creatures and participated in Roll Call. At the end of Roll Call the creatures chanted "We've got Cone! We've got Cone!" Cone is the only former Yankee to become a Creature, although Jim Leyritz expressed interest in doing it on an episode of the YES Network show Ultimate Road Trip. David Brian Cone (born January 2, 1963 in Kansas City, Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. ... James Joseph Leyritz (born December 27, 1963 in Lakewood, Ohio) is a former catcher and infielder in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Yankees (1990-1996, 1999-2000), with whom he debuted on June 8, 1990. ... The Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network is a New York City regional cable TV channel dedicated to broadcasting baseball games of the New York Yankees, and basketball games of the New Jersey Nets. ...


In Hideki Matsui's first game at Yankee Stadium in 2003, the chants of "Matsui" went on for approximately two minutes, because Matsui did not know what was going on and was unsure of what to do. Alfonso Soriano's name was chanted when he made his first appearance at Yankee Stadium after being traded to the Texas Rangers before the 2004 season. Hideki Godzilla Matsui , born June 12, 1974) is a Japanese Major League Baseball left fielder who plays for the New York Yankees. ... Alfonso Guilleard Soriano (born January 7, 1976 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Chicago Cubs. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26, 34, 42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Other nicknames None in common use Ballpark Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1994–present) a. ...


In the 2006 home opener against the Kansas City Royals, the Bleacher Creatures chanted the name of long-time Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams, who was the designated hitter that day, right after the rest of the defensive lineup. Williams, whose future in baseball was uncertain in the offseason, was in the clubhouse at the time and did not hear the Creatures. Pitcher Shawn Chacon ran to the clubhouse to retrieve Williams, but by the time they returned the chant had ended.[2] At the beginning of the 2007 season opener, the Creatures started a chant of "We want Bernie!", a reference to the fact that Williams was no longer with the team.[3] Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Other nicknames The Boys in Blue Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... Bernabé Bernie Williams Figueroa (born September 13, 1968, in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball outfielder and a guitar-playing jazz recording artist. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Shawn Chacon (December 23, 1977) is a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees. ...


The Creatures also call out in memoriam, such as calling out former Yankee shortstop and longtime broadcaster Phil Rizzuto's name during the roll call on August 14, 2007, the day Rizzuto died. Philip Francis Rizzuto (born Fiero Francis Rizzuto, September 25, 1917 (see below) – August 13, 2007), nicknamed The Scooter, was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who spent his entire career from 1941 to 1956 with the New York Yankees. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Atmosphere

A shirt worn by a number of Bleacher Creatures

Because of rowdiness and the fact that many families now sit in the more affordable bleachers, alcoholic beverages were banned from the bleachers in 2000.[4] Because of the alcohol ban, the fans in the box seats often retaliate to the Creatures' mockings by chanting "We've got beer!" This chant is often a reply to (or sometimes caused by) the Creatures chanting "Al-co-hol-ics!" In one instance, the cowbell guy, MTA Joe, said, "We got water!" He put some water in his mouth and spit it out everywhere. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2856x2142, 1170 KB)Source: I, the Silent Wind of Doom took the picture at Yankee Stadium I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2856x2142, 1170 KB)Source: I, the Silent Wind of Doom took the picture at Yankee Stadium I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free...


By 2007, some Creatures expressed dissatisfaction with anti-obscenity rules imposed upon them by the Yankees and the NYPD personnel on hand, and wore T-shirts with the sarcastic phrase "Section 39 Fun Police" on them. They also sometimes refer to the Stadium Security as the S.S. This section may require cleanup to meet Wikipedias quality standards. ...


The Creatures often credit Ali Ramirez as the "Original" Bleacher Creature. Ali rang a cowbell to inspire the fans to cheer during the 1980s and early 1990s. He died in May of 1996 and was given a tribute before the 5/14/96 game against the Seattle Mariners on the digital scoreboard. That night Dwight "Doc" Gooden threw a no-hitter and many bleacher regulars considered it a very nice coincidence. Today a man named MTA Joe carries on the tradition of the cowbell in the right field bleachers.


The Creatures are not made up of entirely Yankee fans however. One regular who goes by the name Face is a lifelong fan of the New York Mets. He says that he went to his first game in the bleachers during the 80's with his brother Yankee Mike and the two of them have been attending games ever since.


Another creature who is nicknamed "Nacho" because he can always be seen eating nacho's is a beer vender at Shea Stadium and when not eating nacho's can be seen yelling at the opposing right fielder.


Prehaps the loudest creature is Straight Barry who is so loud he is often heard on television while yelling at the opposing right fielder.


References

  1. ^ Filip Bondy, Bleeding Pinstripes: A Season with the Bleacher Creatures of Yankee Stadium , foreword by David Cone (NY: Sports Publishing, 2005)
  2. ^ Notes: Bernie makes 'roll call' [1]
  3. ^ Opening Day Roll Call 2007. Youtube. Retrieved on 2007-05-22.
  4. ^ Bondy, ibid., p. 20-22.

YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • "Rowdy, obnoxious ... meet the Bleacher Creatures", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 23, 2001. Retrieved on 2007-08-03. 
  • "Bleacher creatures add life to Bronx", USA Today, 01 November, 2001. Retrieved on 2007-08-03. 

 
 

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