From the NYT.
This is old news, but it pisses me off all the same. As you may or may not know, the New York Yankees play "God Bless America" durng the seventh-inning stretch at home games, ostensibly to remember the September 11th attacks. Because the real heroes of 9/11 are and were New Yorkers and their baseball team. *cough* They take the song and the gesture quite seriously, apparently, and will put up chains along the gates to keep people in their seats, and don't tolerate "excessive movement." In August a man was thrown out of the stadium for trying to take a bathroom break during the song.
When he tried to leave his seat during the traditional singing of God Bless America, however, he says he was stopped by a NYPD officer who said he'd have to wait until the song was done.
"I then said to him, 'I don't care about God Bless America. I just need to use the bathroom.' As soon as I said that, he immediately pinned my arm behind my back," Campeau-Laurion told CBS 2.
The 29-year-old says two officers pinned both of his arms behind his back and ejected him from the stadium.
"He shoved me out the front gate and told me get out of their country if I didn't like it," he said.
Please don't take tips on ethics and civic duty from members of the NYPD, or lessons on multiculturalism from security guards. Deadspin has more, including an email from and an interview with Campeau-Laurion.
This week the final game was played at historic but shitty Yankee Stadium, which leads to the question, "Have the terrorists won?"