Dissatisfied with the product on the field at Yankee Stadium? Salty about helping the Minnesota Twins clear their payroll blockade so they could take Carlos Correa from you? Well, the New York Yankees have heard you loud and clear: ditch the throwback auxiliary scoreboards!
Wait … what? No one said that? Though somewhat kitschy and unreliably operated, the zeroes and ones were a personal touch at an otherwise shopping mall-esque “ballpark”? Oh. Why didn’t you, uh, say that earlier? Because they’re already gone.
Photos of a new-look Yankee Stadium emerged on Wednesday, featuring one clear change. The Fenway-esque hand-operated scoreboards at field level had been replaced by video boards, showing off the Pepsi insignia in the example photos.
If they can put a talking WB Mason or a walking Johnny Walker on ’em, we’ll reconsider. Until then, though, no deal.
Check the new boards out for yourself.
And, while you’re doing that, try to figure out why they were necessary/what they’ll be used for!
New Yankee Stadium video boards replace auxiliary scoreboards at field level
Who knows? Maybe this has something to do with the Yankee Letter?
Remember all those cool photos of Yankees outfielders tracking balls against the wall, leaping, and swiping dingers out of the bleachers? Welp, now every 8×10 you get autographed of Joey Gallo roaming the outfield will have a surreptitious advertisement in the background! Maybe you can get Jake From State Farm to sign it, too!
It feels like an extremely “If Da Boss Were Still Alive!” Guy thing to be yelling about this, but the stadium is objectively worse now than when we left it. Was there a dearth of video boards otherwise? Every single inch of this stadium blinks. We couldn’t keep one thing the way it was?
We should’ve seen this coming, to be fair. In 2021, blaming the move on COVID protocols, the Yankees didn’t station employees behind the scoreboards, as if that cost-cutting measure would be the difference between signing Justin Wilson and letting him walk.
Now, the Yankees have taken the next step towards being the Soulless, Corporate AL East team, while the Red Sox get to keep their rat-infested scoreboard manned by Willem Dafoe from “The Lighthouse”. Figures.