I was going to focus on the fifth starter/bullpen debate as well as the latest A-Rod drama, but I felt I would be remiss if I didn’t write about an image I saw this week that shook me to my core: a photo of the demolition of Yankee Stadium.
Crews started tearing down the “old” Stadium section by section, and I have to say that I’m really glad I’m not there to see it. Just watching the construction of the new stadium happen in 2008 and then seeing the old girl being gutted in 2009 was difficult enough, but now it’s official – this season, there will be nowhere to touch, tap, and see. Now, it’s left to our collective memories to reflect on all the history and important moments that happened just across from the new one.
Everyone remembers their first Yankee game. It was 1982 and I was nine. The Yankees had begun what would be a very dark, dark period for them, but I didn’t care. They beat the Orioles (who were very good back then) in 16 innings and I was thrilled I got to see almost two baseball games in my first visit.
From that point on, every time I entered the House That Ruth Built, I was thrilled. Emerging from the tunnels and seeing daylight, smelling the fresh cut grass, and feeling the electricity never got old.
I had the pleasure and privilege of seeing the Yankees play there as a fan, a member of the media, and a team employee, and Yankee Stadium was always a magical place.
I explained to everyone who had never been there before that “You go there for the baseball.” It wasn’t about the food – hot dogs, pretzels and that’s about it. It wasn’t about the contests or giveaways. It was about watching the most storied franchise in all of sports take the field day in and day out.
The “new” Stadium is lovely but it will never be the “old” one. I see too many people getting up during innings, not watching the game, and more importantly, not following what’s actually going on. The entertainment value has improved, but I’m not sure that’s a good thing, plus I think a lot of the die-hard fans have just been driven away by higher prices and the people who now come to games because it’s trendy.
There’s an empty spot in my heart, and every time I ride up on the 4 train I will feel it. Here’s to the memories. I will always have those.
Joba Chamerlain and Phil Hughes are not making things easy on Joe Girardi. Both have been less than stellar in spring training while Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves have made quite an impression. Joba’s ERA is a mammoth 27.00. Hughes’ looks somewhat better at 3.86, but Mitre (3.00) and Aceves (0.90) have attracted some very positive attention.
And in terms of negative attention, Alex Rodriguez is once again in the spotlight for seeking treatment from a Canadian doctor currently under investigation for dispensing human growth hormone following his hip surgery. Stay tuned.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits