Last updated on October 27th, 2023 at 07:37 am
I’ve sat with the bleacher creatures multiple times at Yankee Stadium, so I have first-hand experience with this group.
The bleacher creatures are a rowdy and passionate group of Yankees fans that sit out in the right-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium. They are famous for their Yankees roll call after the first pitch of a baseball game at ballpark in New York City. What began in the early 1980s at the Old Yankee Stadium in section 39 has moved to the New Yankee Stadium in section 203.
The bleacher creatures are also notorious for terrorizing the opposing right fielder and coming up with funny chants at games. No matter if it’s a game in April, a playoff game, or a World Series match up, the bleacher creatures will be ready.
What is the Yankees Roll Call?
The roll call begins with the fans sitting out in the right-field bleachers clapping their hands in anticipation of the first pitch. After the first pitch is thrown, Bald Vinny will stand up and yell “Yoooooo” and then the center fielder’s name. After Bald Vinny screams the name, the rest of the bleacher creatures chant for the center fielders name until he salutes them.
Once the center field salutes the crowd, the creatures go to left field and then right field chanting the player’s name. Once the outfield players give their salute, the chant goes around the diamond from first base, second base, shortstop, and third base. The roll call typically lasts between one and two minutes. Sometimes the fans taunt other Yankee fans for sitting in expensive seats with “Box Seats Suck”, but the Yankees staff has been cracking down on that.
How Did the Yankees Roll Call Begin?
Back at the old Yankee Stadium in the ’90s, fans out in the bleachers began chanting for Tino Martinez during the first inning. Tino turned around and waved at the fans which started the tradition of recognizing each Yankee on the field. The two position players that are never part of the roll call on the field are the Yankees catcher and Yankees pitcher.
What Section Are the Bleacher Creatures at Yankee Stadium?
The Bleacher Creatures sit in right field at section 203 at Yankee Stadium. At the old Yankee Stadium, the Bleacher Creatures were in section 39 in the bleachers. At the old venue, fans in the bleachers were unable to purchase alcohol, but fans would sneak beers in. Most famously, fans would hide beer cans in giant subs as they came into the ballpark.
Yankee Fan Favorites with the Roll Call
One unique home game roll call is that every player does something different to salute the creatures. Johnny Damon would go down on one knee and point to the crowd during the chant. Brett Gardner shows off his muscles to the group when they would chant his name. Nick Swisher would turn around completely and do a firm salute back to the fans. Aaron Judge, who’s position is right field, stands very close to the bleachers, so he’s the fan favorite.
Yankee Stadium Bleachers and the Opposing Right Fielder
The Bleacher Creature Yankee fans don’t do the roll call for the opposing team, however. You will find that the right fielder for the opposing team is heckled the entire game from the fans. Red Sox and New York Mets right fielders usually get the worse treatment out of every MLB team when visiting Yankee Stadium. The creatures also make sure to throw back any opposing team home run that his hit out to their section. In this picture above, you will see the Yankees Bleacher Creatures under the Budweiser and Hess signs.
My Carl Everett Experience in 2003
At the Yankee Stadium bleachers at the old stadium in the Bronx, I was sitting in section 39 looking at Carl Everett in right field. Carl Everett was playing for the Texas Rangers as their right outfielder , so he was an instant target for the Yankees fans. Carl Everett broke up a no-hitter by Mike Mussina a few years prior, so Yankees fans did not forget.
During the Major League Baseball game, you would hear chants about Everett that were getting on his nerves. Everett turned around during the match to mouth off to the fans which began to get the creatures more agitated. The two sides kept going back and forth, and Everett turned around again during a pitch to say something as a ball was hit to him. He was not ready to make the play and thus made an error. The fans were loving it, and a home field advantage was shown when visiting the ballpark in the bronx.
Should Families Sit in the Yankee Stadium Bleachers?
My dad, brother, and I sat out with the bleacher creatures each summer from 2002-2008 at the Old Yankee Stadium. Those games were incredible due to the chants, jeers, swearing, and so much more. So many characters like Bald Vinny, Ali Ramirez, Teena Lewis (the Queen), and more made it an experience to say the least. If you are going with a family with young kids, you should stay away from this section. You will hear lots of swearing, chanting, and maybe even a few fights with opposing fans. Alcohol is in this section too, so be prepared..
Your Next Trip
The bleacher creatures section are unique only to the ballpark in the Bronx. No other team has baseball fans like this, so it’s worth checking out when you visit Yankee Stadium. My advice is to get to the game get to to section 203 to be part of the roll call. The bleacher creatures encourage as many fans to join in with the chants, so have fun!
Greg Kristan, owner of The Stadium Reviews, LLC and TM Blast, LLC, brings his extensive experience visiting over half of the MLB ballparks, along with numerous MLS, NHL, NBA, and NFL venues, to provide in-depth coverage on the bag policy, food options, and parking. He has also been interviewed about his experiences on several sports podcasts.