How to Thwart God Bless America
Ever wondered how you can countervene God Bless America, the seminal song of American folk lore and, in more recent years, an extended break between the top and bottom half of the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium? It takes a lawsuit.
According to the New York Post, Bradford Campeau-Laurion, a Red Sox fan who happens to live in Queens, sued the Yankees and New York City after being thrown out of a game last year when he got up to use the restroom halfway through the incredibly elongated, live version of God Bless America that the Yankees trot out every game.
During a game last season, Campeau-Laurion left his seat during the song, "violating" a call for fans to be still for the patriotic anthem. He was quickly thrown out of the stadium by two uniformed New York police officers, one of whom told him to, "Get out of my country."
The suit clears the way for fans to get up and use the restroom whenever the want during a game, which, of course, they should have been able to do already. The ruling also made Campeau-Laurion a somewhat richer man, earning $10,001 from the city for the behavior of the officers.
Hey, maybe now he can afford a seat to one of the Yankees-Red Sox games in August!
As much as it may seem bizarre and out of the blue, the lawsuit isn't the first time the Yankees' performance of God Bless America has come under fire.
The team began having performers play God Bless America back in 2001, after 9/11, and the move immediately earned the organization plaudits for its patriotism and decorum. But when the team continued to play the song every game the next year, opponents began complaining about the lengthy delay it causes so late in a game. Perhaps most notably, then Twins ace Johan Santana and his former manager, Ron Gardenhire complained about it more than once in 2004, claiming that it was a significant tactical advantage for New York.
July 8, 2009; 12:17 PM ET
Categories: Yankees | Tags: God Bless America, Red Sox, Yankee Stadium, Yankees, lawsuit
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