Seats in the new Yankee stadium say a lot about a changing America

Bob Dorigo Jones Senior Fellow, The Center for America
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One thing I like to do each summer is to visit a new major league baseball park.

So when I was in New York City recently for a TV interview about our Wacky Warning Label Contest, I went to see the new Yankee Stadium.  It’s a pretty amazing place, but one of the first things I noticed was the seats.

Like seats in all new stadiums these days, they’re a lot larger.  I doubt dieticians think this is a great change, but I love it.  The new seats also have a drink holder, and who doesn’t like that?!

But the change that really stood out was a huge sign on every single seat.  The signs warn: “Be alert for bats and/or balls.”

Let’s be fair, baseball teams have been warning us for years about flying bats and balls.  It’s built into the game itself and warnings are on every ticket.  But when every seat is plastered with this warning – even the ones in the last row – the fear of lawsuits has gotten out of hand.  What’s happened to common sense?

Do you have a story about how something in America has changed because of lawsuits?  If so, I’d like to hear.  Go to my blog and share your story at BobDorigoJones.com.