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Good Night Yankee Stadium

Posted on: September 21, 2008 11:12 am

I will never be confused for a Yankee fan; however Yankee Stadium does hold a special place in my heart...

Billy Crystal had made a comment some time ago about his first ever experience at Yankee Stadium, he mentioned the smell of the stadium, the stale beer and the hot dogs, he mentioned the colors, the greenest grass, the bluest sky, he mentioned the ghosts... and I sat there thinking yeah right... Yankee lover... how can grass be greener or the sky bluer??? and ghosts come on...

He was right... I had the good fortune of going to Yankee stadium on a few occassions, the first time, I do not recall the team, the players, the score, just the stadium... and for me that is rare... all I remember from my first Yankee game was the smells, the colors and the ghosts...

For those who have been, you know what I am talking about... it is a cathedral of baseball... the history of the game is so thick you need to cut through it with your program... everywhere you look something is better than you could have imagined... monument park is a hallowed ground... just thinking about it is giving me chills...

My memories of Yankee Stadium are not nearly as great as many I have seen/heard on television this week, but they all have their place in my heart... Reggie being Reggie (before Manny was being Manny), George Brett racing from the dugout tobacco juice flowing, pine tar on hands, pitching dominance --- Righetti/Cone and Wells, old timer's games as a kid when I was able to see Mick and Yogi, Dimaggio and Rizutto, even Pepitone... and the modern day heroes, Jeter and Williams, Rivera and Posada and even A-Rod...

I had a chance to go to the Stadium last year and see my beloved Pirates... fall to the Yankees and I thought that this would be my last time at this cathedral... I did not properly thank my friend for getting me tickets because I was too caught up in the moment. Even days later I was still breathing in Yankee Stadium air, thinking about the greenest grass, the bluest sky and those ghosts...

So as the Stadium will have it's last game played there tonight, I wanted to take a moment to thank all the people that have made Yankee Stadium great... too many to mention here... and to remind the ghosts, that the trip to the new yard is just across the street, The Babe, The Iron Horse,  The Mick, Joltin Joe and all the others to party tonight, because we will be moving soon!!!

Category: MLB

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2008 3:37 pm

Good Night Yankee Stadium

Thanks from this Yankee fan Pitt. The Stadium will always hold a special place in my heart. Any true baseball fan knows how special a place it has been. I have been there for some great Yankee moments and for some low points too.

The Stadium has hosted many other great events other than Yankee baseball. It is the place Knute Rockne made the famous Win one for the Gipper  speach, where Joe Louis knocked out Schmeling, where 3 Popes appeared and where Ameche scored the winning touchdown in overtime to beat the NY Giants for the NFL title.

The new ballpark looks magnificent but no matter how nice it is I will always miss this one.

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2008 2:31 pm
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