The Day We Met Freddy ‘Sez’ Schuman on the Subway

One of my favorite fixtures for many years at Yankee Stadium was Freddy ‘Sez’ Schuman. Anybody who went to games over the past two decades had to have seen Freddy going around with his trademark signs and banging on his frying pan.

Freddy on Opening Day in 2009

On Memorial Day in 2010, I brought my daughter Lexie to the Stadium.

Usually, I would drive to the game from Jersey, but since it was a holiday, I figured traffic would be nasty. So we took NJ Transit into Penn Station and then hopped on the subway to the south Bronx.

It was an enjoyable, sunny day with the Yankees beating up the Indians 11-2.

On the way home, I saw Freddy on the subway and asked if he would pose for a photo with my daughter, and he happily complied.

Lexie meets Freddy Sez on the Subway

Lexie thought that was the coolest thing, and we put the picture in a frame in her room.

Later in the season, I met up with my brother at a bar before the game and he asked how Lexie ended up on the cover of Freddy’s newsletter. I thought he was joking, and then he took it out of his pocket and showed me.

Freddy Sez newsletter with Lexie

Apparently, Freddy’s people found the picture on Flickr after I posted it and used it on the cover.

As you can imagine, Lexie thought that was extra cool. I was sure to grab a few extra copies for her before the game.

Sadly, Freddy died less than five months later. I miss seeing him at the games, and it makes that picture all the more special.

RIP Freddy.

God Bless America by Ronan Tynan at New York Yankees Opening Day 2009

The first Opening Day at the new Yankee Stadium got off to a really nice start with Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan singing God Bless America.

National Anthem at Yankee Stadium on Opening Day 2009

I loved hearing him sing at the games, but the Yankees stopped inviting him later in the 2009 season, due to an anti-Semitic remark.

Tynan ended up moving to Boston and he went on to sing for the Red Sox.

I hope to hear him sing again at a ball game.

Video: God Bless America at New York Yankees Opening Day 2009

Opening Day at Yankee Stadium 2009

I had the privilege of going to both the final game at old Yankee Stadium, as well as opening day at the new Yankee Stadium in 2009.

Shawn Collins at the first opening day at the new Yankee Stadium

While there is really no way to match the history of the old Stadium, I do like that the new (well now it’s 4 years old) Stadium is next door.

I’ve already had some really special moments in the new spot, which I will cover in future posts.

In the meantime, I can’t wait to make it back there.

Video: Opening Day at Yankee Stadium 2009

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