— Days Without Shea —

Filed under: Baseball | History | Mets | Shea
by Kingman on September 8 at 9:36AM
From this weekend's NY Daily News:

Mets, Yankees tell fans to keep hands off souvenirs at stadiums

It's the one souvenir fans want to avoid in their final visits to Yankee and Shea stadiums - an official pair of NYPD handcuffs.

With both the Yankees and the Mets set for their final regular season home stands this month, security and scrutiny have been set on high to deter vandals intent on swiping even a small piece of New York baseball history.

Both stadiums are slated to be demolished as the new ones near completion - and the teams want to make sure no one walks out with more than a good memory.

Already this year, fans have been found stealing outfield bunting, Shea Stadium seats, even a Yankee Stadium toilet seat - an indication of possible trouble ahead.

"We're going after this like a World Series game," said a Yankees spokesman. "This is a part of history."

Officials promise extra vigilance against vandals intent on swiping pieces of baseball history.

"The Mets maintain a zero tolerance policy on attempted thefts of items from Shea Stadium," the team said in a statement. "Throughout the season, a number of attendees have been arrested for attempted thefts.

"We hope this will discourage any further attempts as we look to close out Shea Stadium with record crowds."

The Yankees kick off their final home stand Friday, a 10-game stretch that ends with the final regular season game in the House That Ruth Built on Sept. 21, against the Orioles. They, too, plan a zero tolerance approach against thieves.

The Mets play the last regular season game in Shea a week later, Sept. 28 against the Florida Marlins.

Both local teams reported Opening Day arrests.

Two Yankee Stadium fans were popped for trying to swipe a piece of the red-white-and-blue bunting decorating the Bronx ballpark.

At Shea, three fans were arrested - one for trying to steal bunting from the right field corner and two for kicking apart a seat and trying to make off with the pieces. Another Mets fan was caught stealing in May, nabbed with the bottom half of a red upper-deck seat.

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