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Yankee fan loses job to keep attendance streak going

ESPN staff
September 25, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

A fan of the New York Yankees has been fired from his job after remaining loyal to his team to maintain an attendance streak at the Yankee Stadium.

Joseph Neubauer has been supporting the Bronx Bombers since he was 10 years old and has not missed a home game, but has now lost his job at the Taxi and Limousine Commission in a position he 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," he said.

The Yankees had to play a rescheduled match after their tie was rained off on September 19 last year. Neubauer took a day off work without permission after refusing to break his tradition of going to every home match.

"I feel like I regretted it in a way. I just want to try to come back," he said.

Neubauer has a history of running into problems as a consequence of going to watch his beloved Yankees. In 2011 he was suspended for 60 days without pay after attending a match despite his holiday request being rejected, while the year before he was given a suspension of 25 days after calling in sick for 13 of the Yankees' encounters.

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