The Yankees Hate the iPad

There are very few things in this world that I can honestly say that I hate. I’m not a huge fan of broccoli, but I’ll eat it. I don’t really enjoy flying in the back of a plane, but sometimes it’s all you can do. But I truly and deeply hate the New York Yankees. Most of that comes from where I was raised, Framingham, Massachusetts. I grew up when Roger Clemens was a Red Sox and A-Rod was just dreaming of smacking balls away on legitimate plays. My contempt for the Yankees knows no bounds. In fact, I’ve ordered a shirt for my 3-month old son: “I’m not even able to crawl yet and I still hate the Yankees.”

So when I read this article by Yahoo Sports, I knew that I had to tell the world what the evil empire was up to:

The Bronx ballpark has a policy that prohibits fans from bringing laptops inside, and iPads are included in that ban. The team says it’s a security-and-safefy issue.

Yankee Stadium is among the most tech-savvy parks in the majors. Every player has a computer screen at his locker, in fact.

Major League Baseball says the issue of allowing iPads into stadiums is a team-by-team decision. The Mets, Angels and Mariners are among the clubs that permit the tablet computers.

An Apple commercial for iPad features the slogan that it “goes anywhere.” Last week, a driver practicing for the Indianapolis 500 checked one while his car was idle.

You might wonder why someone would want to bring their iPad to a game. Checked out the MLB At Bat App [iTunes Link]? It’s the perfect toy for statistics freaks, and it gives you play-by-play calls. So if you’re sitting in the bleachers, the iPad makes the perfect accessory. Me personally, I wouldn’t bring it to the game for fear of an errant beer getting spilled on it. But then again, that’s just me.

Of course, I couldn’t write this article without first checking to see if Fenway Park allowed the iPad, or even laptops. Turns out, there’s no rule against it that I can find online. But even if they did ban iPads, I would still love my Red Sox and hate the Yankees with all my heart.

Seriously. I really hate the Yankees.

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.

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