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:
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.
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.
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).
A television photographer getting shots of the monuments…These used to be in play! The playing dimensions were HUGE before the renovations.
George Herman Ruth. Nuff said.
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.
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.
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.
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!”?)
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)
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!”