Packing away the memories
I wrote here last week that the Yankees had taken down all of the old photos from the dining room downstairs. Yesterday we showed up and the giant poster size lithographs were removed from the press work room downstairs, further dissuading anyone who might have been thinking of carrying out an oversize portrait of Elston Howard, I guess.
Well, this morning all of the retired numbers and photos were taken out of the hallway leading to the Yankees clubhouse (above, the hallway as it used to be).
No more Babe Ruth, no more Lou Gehrig, no Joe D., Mick or Yogi. Bye guys, see you in the new park. Also missing in action were the giant American League logos and sculptures commemorating the 39 AL pennants, with only blank paint spots and residual sticky tape left on the walls.
Even gone is the sign directing you to follow the blue line to the Yankees clubhouse, the red line to the visitors. Those of you who took the Yankee Stadium tour this summer or earlier know what staples I’m talking about. These are becoming colder times here in the Bronx. It’s hard to believe it, but it’s really happening and there’s no getting around it.