NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Thousands of Yankees fans were angered Tuesday night when a late shipment of Mariano Rivera bobbleheads led to confusion and long, long lines to redeem vouchers for the tardy giveaway.
“There’s a lot of mayhem, people cutting in line, aggravation,” fan Lou Licameli told WCBS 880. “It’s ridiculous. And we’re sitting here missing the majority of the game, which we bought our tickets to see. The way they handled this, someone’s head should roll over it.”
But some reportedly didn’t have to miss a single pitch. Witnesses told the New York Post that fans “in the priciest seats” had their Mo bobbleheads hand-delivered by Yankee Stadium employees.
A commenter on the blog RiverAveBlues.com said he was “disgusted” and would reevaluate whether to renew his season tickets. He wrote that seeing bobbleheads delivered to fans in the expensive seats was “the last straw.”
The comment was posted in response to an article titled “The Yankees lost to the Rays while I stood in line for a Mariano Rivera bobblehead.”
Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said a train transporting the dolls from Seattle had a mechanical problem Monday. Then the truck bringing the 18,000 bobbleheads from the train to the stadium had “hydraulic issues,” causing further delays.
Zillo told the Post that he didn’t know some fans had bobblehead vouchers redeemed by stadium staffers.
One fan told CBS 2 that he missed four innings of the Yankees’ 7-0 loss to Tampa Bay, which put them on the brink of elimination in the AL wild-card race.
“It was a mess,” Ken Latchney said. “They made us wait a half-hour, 40 minutes to go in. Then you go in and they tell you they’re not even here.”
Rivera, baseball’s all-time saves leader, is set to retire at the end of this season.
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