August 2008

GOODBYE YANKEE STADIUM…

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The way thing are going for the New York Yankees, it appears this may be the first year since 1993 that they don’t qualify for the postseason.
 
During the Royals final appearance in “The House that Ruth Built,” I recorded some images from “The Stadium,” which opened in 1923 and was renovated in the mid-1970′s: 
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Thought I’d throw a Times Square picture on here, as it’s just so photogenic.  Very very busy on a Saturday night.  My cousin, John William and I found long lines just about everywhere.

 

 

 

 

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Down in the bowels of Yankee stadium.  I think I’ll go left.  The security guard saw me taking a photo of the sign and said “take it.”  I think he was kidding.  I think that might have gotten me in trouble, but I’m sure plenty of fans would like it as a memento.Splitt at Yankee Stadium.jpg 
 

 

 

Paul Splittorff pitched in this ballpark many times.  Split makes his way back toward the Royals dugout after one last visit to the monuments.All the Numbers.jpg
 

Of course the retired numbers and monuments will all be moved next door to the new $1.3 billion ballpark, but I thought I’d capture them in their original location before they’re uprooted.  A lot of numbers.  The only single digits that are not retired will be retired some day: 2 (Jeter) and 6 (Torre).Four Numbers.jpg
 

 

 

Hard to find four better players in the history of any franchise. Perhaps you’ve heard of Gehrig, Ruth, Dimaggio and Mantle?Two Numbers.jpg
 

 

Two former Kansas City Athletics have their numbers retired by the Yankees:  Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson.  Of course several of the others played minor league ball in KC prior to 1955.Photog Shots.jpg
 

 

A television photographer getting shots of the monuments…These used to be in play!  The playing dimensions were HUGE before the renovations.

 

 

 

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 George Herman Ruth.  Nuff said.

 

 

 

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Lou Gehrig and longtime Yankee Manager Miller Huggins.  Of the three men honored with the three most prominent plaques, Gehrig died at 37 Huggins at 50 and Ruth at 53.  But what greatness they achieved.

 

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Two great Yankee voices, Mel Allen, who broadcast their games for many years, and later was the narrator of “This Week in Baseball.”  And 97 year-old Bob Sheppard, “The Voice of Yankee Stadium” since 1951.  Sadly, Bob has been unable to attend games this year. 

 
 

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They honor 9/11 victims, playing “God Bless America,” during the 7th inning stretch of every game, not just on Sunday.  Those victims are memorialized in Monument Park too.

 

 

 
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Here’s something the media won’t miss.  The two elevators from the basement are separated by a five-foot thick brick wall.  In order to watch both elevators at once, you have to stand across the hall.  I have a feeling there won’t be a similar wall at the new place.  (Can I get a “Mr. Gorbachev, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!”?)
 
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This is one of the PR offices right behind the press area, with a view of the field.  It looks like it could be George Costanza’s office.  No sleeping under the desk, people!  I smell calzones!  (Seinfeld references)Yankee Stadium Radio Booth.jpg
 

 

The 3-tiered, somewhat crampt, visiting radio booth.  Don Free is on Tier 2.Field at Yankee Stadium.jpg  
 

One final postcard image of Yankee Stadium.  Royals had some great memories there, some not-so-great memories there.  You may hate the Yankees.  But one thing with which you can’t argue:  much of the history of this game happened on that field.  As Mel Allen would have said “How about that!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

IMAGES FROM THE K

With about a quarter of the season left to go, some snapshots from Kauffman Stadium:
 
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We’re not sure what kind of bug this is, but from this view, it looks like it could eat half the infield.  Fortunately no one was injured in the process of capturing this insect on film.  Just thought it was an interesting photo, as the bug crawled up one of the windows in the radio booth.Larry Gura.jpg
On Larry Gura Bobblehead Night, Larry admires his likeness with Nick Wright of 610 Sports.  Larry was good enough to come by the radio booth for a visit as well.  He was a pioneer in baseball, a fanatic about nutrition and weight training, years before it became commonplace for all ballplayers to pay attention to such matters.  He, of course, credits his wife with helping with the nutrition part.  Larry has a ranch near the Royals’ Spring Training home in Surprise, AZ.Marty.jpg
 
 
 
 
 
On 610 Saturday, our flagship radio station has a party for the fans, here post-game host Marty Wall is on stage with his band, showing he doesn’t just talk a good game, he can sing one too.  And he could play a guitar just-like-a-ringin-a-bell….Sorry, dated referrence, lost on younger blog readers…Steve Stone & Jerry Krause.jpg
 
Here’s former Cy Young Award winner and White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone, with New York Mets scout Jerry Krause, who’s better known for his days when he was Michael Jordan’s boss, as GM of the Chicago Bulls.  Just finishing up dinner in the press dining room before a game.  Wish we would have had tape rolling, because it was an entertaining conversation, to say the least.Trey Throwing.jpg
 
 
 
Before the Royals faced Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, Manager Trey Hillman warms up his own knuckleball before throwing batting practice.   
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