New York Yankees

Another One Bites the Dust

By Billy Fellin

The New York Yankees and other prestigious members of the New York hierarchy were across the street from Yankee Stadium on Tuesday around a loosened pile of dirt. All donning Yankee hardhats, they broke ground on the $1.2 billion stadium that will be completed and ready for the team to move into in 2009.

So what does this mean for baseball? Just as the title says, another great stadium bites the dust.
Yankee Stadium was built in 1923 and the first game hosted at the ballpark, Babe Ruth christened it with a home run. Ever since then there have been many memorable moments in the park’s history. From Maris, Mantle, DiMaggio holding down the fort in the outfield to Jeter diving into the stands after a foul ball and countless walk off homers, Yankee Stadium has practically seen it all. It has twenty-six championship banners hanging from the rafters, a feature that no other stadium in any sport has. Only two baseball parks are older than the stadium, Boston and Wrigley Field, so this ballpark represents a simpler time in baseball’s history. When you went to the park to watch the game with the family, have a hot dog and popcorn and watch the game. When you could buy tickets for $10. And now one of baseball’s most prized possessions is going to be put to bed.

This is a huge loss for baseball and for Yankee nation. Even though the new stadium will have countless amenities and hold 57,478, it just won’t have the charm and the aura that the current stadium has. 2009 is the deadline for any fan that hasn’t seen the Yankees play in the current stadium to see it. This Yankees fan is included in that category. Even though I grew up about two or three hours away from the stadium and being such a huge fan, I still haven’t gotten the chance to get there. However, since this piece of baseball history will no longer be active in around 3 years, I know that I’m going to do everything in my power to get to a game in The House that Ruth Built.

I feel sorry for the next generation of Yankees fans that will never get to see a Yankees game in the Original Yankees Stadium. It’s really a tragedy that can’t be fixed. Like I said earlier, there is just the aura about the place, one can even feel it through a TV. It’s like “wow, this is Yankee Stadium. This is something special”. Enough history is installed in the place, it’s like the ghosts of the Yankee greats are there, watching the game with the fans. I can only imagine the feeling.

What I don’t get is why the new stadium had to be built. It’s been around forever, yes, and it is showing it’s age (the falling beam, the bathrooms), but it’s still capable of holding a capacity crowd. Just because it has bad bathrooms, which I’m sure would cost a lot less than $1.2 billion to fix, doesn’t give cause to build an entirely new stadium across the street. However, as most people know, Steinbrenner doesn’t always follow simple logic. It’s sad that they he has that amount of money just lying around though.

So here’s to the Stadium. I think that all baseball fans should make plans to get to the Bronx sometime between now and 2009. Even the Yankee haters should make a visit there to appreciate its’ place in the history of baseball. The stadium usually gets around 4 million fans a year. I have a feeling with the ground being broken on Yankee Stadium 2 that number will go up.

3 replies on “Another One Bites the Dust”

my 2 cents I’ve never been to Yankee Stadium, but from what I’ve heard about it it’s a pretty crappy field. Of course it has history, but everything need to be replaced at one point or another.

I Sure Hope… that they give it a normal name (if they haven’t already).  Enough of this Minute Maid Park, Tropicana Field, and Comerica Park crap.  What’s next?  “Viagra Field”?   If they haven’t named the stadium already (which they may have already), I hope it’s “New Yankee Stadium.”

The stadium might be old, but I’ll miss it.  Probably won’t go to the new one because the seats in the last row of the stadium will be $100…just to appease George.

the new yankee stadium needs to be built there are many more reason as to why it SHOULD be built then there are for why it SHOULDN’T be built.

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