Last day game at Yankee Stadium
It’s the top of the first inning here at Yankee Stadium and already Alfredo Aceves has given us a moment to remember this game by. Adam Jones popped a bunt back to the mound and Aceves caught it on the fly, sprawling in front of the mound. He then popped up and ran the ball to second base, doubling off Brian Roberts, who watched it transpire from third base.
I know that when Aceves came here, he said he was wearing No. 91 like his hero Dennis Rodman, but that, “I’m not crazy.” Well, that was a crazy play. The fans loved it.
The schmaltz is reaching overload levels here in the Bronx, but if there was ever a stadium worth celebrating, this one is it. The Associated Press ran a terrific feature about Yankee Stadium this morning, and here’s an excerpt so you know what you’re getting into:
It was an edifice built to symbolize American power, a place meant to hold
the same place in New York’s imagination as the Colosseum does in Rome’s.
And now, 85 1/2 years after it was opened, Yankee Stadium is about to close.
“I’m going to miss it all,” Yogi Berra said wistfully.
So much of baseball’s history has occurred on this five-sided patch of land
near the Harlem River: Of the 601 World Series games, 100 have been played here.
Eleven no-hitters have been pitched here, including three of Major League
Baseball’s 17 perfect games.
There are the monuments and the short porch. Before a renovation that added
amenities and subtracted ambiance, there was the copper frieze and Death Valley.
The new Yankee Stadium, a $1.3 billion palace rising just across 161st Street,
may have the latest in comforts, food and amenities, but it will never replace
the history of the original.
You can’t say it much better than that. Enjoy the game, everyone.