NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — He sacrificed his job for his baseball team. Joseph Neubauer was fired from his position because he didn’t want to mess up an attendance streak at Yankee Stadium.
Neubauer has been rooting for the Bronx Bombers since he was 10-years-old and hasn’t missed a home game since the 1970s, CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported.
His loyalty is admirable but it recently got him fired from his job at the Taxi and Limousine Commission, a position that he has held for nearly three decades.
“I was working for the city for 27-and-a-half years until I got terminated on July 31, 2013,” Neubauer said.
The trouble stemmed from a game on September 19, 2012.
The Yankees were rained out the night before and rescheduled for the next day. Neubauer refused to break his 38-year tradition and took a day off from work without permission.
“I feel like I regretted it in a way. I just want to try to come back,” he said.
Officials at the Taxi and Limousine Commission say it wasn’t the first time Neubauer had gone AWOL.
A Judge suspended him for 60 days without pay in 2011 for going to Phoenix for the All-Star game even though his vacation request had been denied.
A year prior to that Neubaur had been suspended for 25 days after calling out sick for 13 Yankee games. Despite his problems in the past, Neubauer said he just wants his job back.
“I’m hoping to go back to work,” he said.
Now, he’s appealing his termination.
Neubaur was also previously disciplined for other problems at work including improperly accessing DMV records.
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