Dusty recalls Bronx tale
You have to give credit to the security personnel at Yankee Stadium. They run a tight ship, which for those of us who work at the Stadium on a daily basis is very much appreciated. There are some visitors who might beg to differ, however.
Among them is Reds manager Dusty Baker, who was detained at the gate Friday when he tried to make an early entrance to the park on his own a few hours before their team bus was scheduled to arrive. This is common practice with many managers, but while most of the American League skippers are well known by Yankees security many in the National League are not.
Baker eventually got clearance from another guard who recognized him. Dusty was not angry and in fact complimented the crew on its diligence. The episode reminded him of a time during his playing career when he made a mistake in traveling to a ballpark that only an out-of-towner could make.
Dusty was on a trip to New York with the Dodgers when he hopped into a cab in midtown Manhattan and told the driver to take him to “the Stadium.” Baker was busy in the back seat reading a newspaper and only looked up after the cabbie said, “We’re here.”
“We’re where?” Dusty remembered asking the cabbie as he pulled alongside Yankee Stadium. “I didn’t want to come to Yankee Stadium. I wanted to go to Shea Stadium. He said, ‘Sir, you said, The Stadium.’ A $20 cab ride turned out to be a $45 cab drive.”
Dusty learned his lesson the expensive way. If you refer to “The Stadium” in New York, you must be talking about the one in the Bronx, the one with all that tight security, not to mention decades of baseball history.