Sunday, September 21, 2008

Yankee Stadium breathes its last breath tonight

Yankee Stadium will host its final game tonight. And sure, Yankee-haters, it's not the same Yankee Stadium that Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio played in. It's not the same stadium that saw Don Larsen's perfect game, the only in World Series history. You're right, Derek Jeter doesn't stand in the same batter's box as any of those greats, since they moved the plate up during the last renovations in 1973.

But in the 35 years since, the renovated Stadium has still hosted ten World Series'. Of those, the Yankees have won six, which is more than all but one other team in baseball has won in its history. It's had its memories - like Wade Boggs riding the horse after the 1996 Series win, Reggie Jackson's three home runs in the 1977 Series, three magical WS games in 2001, Aaron Boone's walkoff homer in Game 7 of 2003 ALCS, two perfect games, etc. Even on the other side of the coin, Yankee Stadium was the site where the Red Sox finished off their spectacular come-from-behind run in the 2004 ALCS. And that's not even including concerts and Papal visits.

Even without all the old memories of Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, this building still has plenty. Think about them today while you're whining about the non-stop Yankee Stadium coverage.

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