Freddy “Sez”, a Yankee Stadium staple for the last 20 years, has died at age 82, according to friend Chuck Frantz. At almost every Yankee game, Freddy could be seen outside Yankee Stadium with his daily message for the Yanks and a frying pan he banged like a drum. He also let other fans bang it as well. He became such an institution that his lucky frying pan and spoon, thanks to Frantz, were put into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Yogi Berra museum in 2004. (via the NY Daily News)
Rest in peace, Freddy. You will be missed. I can still think back to my experiences at the the old Stadium, wondering who the person banging the pot for the whole entire game was. After a while, you didn't even notice it anymore, it was just part of the Stadium tradition. It would have been weirder to not hear it there than to hear it. I know the team and the fans will miss you and the pot tomorrow night when they get ready for Game 3, and Yankee fans everywhere will miss you beyond that.
P.S.- tough year to lose so many staples of the franchise...
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