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.

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I liked the headline “final act” it’s a nice touch. How many different headlines did you have before you decided on that one? Have a nice day at the stadium Bryan.

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As much as Aceves gets me all stemmy I’ll have to wait for next season. I’ve seen all too much Aaron Small/Shawn Chaon/Phil Hughes/IPK in the last couple yearrs.

And thanks for those who made my point on signing NL pitchers. Yes Unit had a couple good seasons here if you look at his win totals. But his post season numbers with US aren’t much better than Wangs. His ERAs were nearly bathwater numbers and in 3 games in 2 years he pitched a total of 13 innings. Hardly “successful”. Fact is, our most successful NL pitcher signing was Jon Leiber who went 14-8 including a great Stadium numbers and the team let him go. Go figure. Loiaza couldn’t pitch in NY. Vasquez couldn’t pitch in NY. Kevin Brown? Even tho he started in the AL he’d been in the NL for years with moderate success and was old. Couldn’t pitch in NY.

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Don’t let this man show his face in the Bronx Brian Tallet #56!! He cost us a game in the standing by serving one up to the Bosox yesterday. Can’t we just have Roy Halladay he’s unstopable……

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Don’t let this man show his face in the Bronx Brian Tallet #56!! He cost us a game in the standing by serving one up to the Bosox yesterday. Can’t we just have Roy Halladay he’s unstopable……

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Ohhhhh…who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Kids: (SpongeBob SquarePants!) Captain: Absorbent and yellow and porous is he! …

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Thank you Robinson Cano. Note to Girardi nextyear bench him earlier in the year to get his attention.

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ARGGGGGGGGGGGGG1!!!! OH YES ROBINSON CANOE’ ISN’T WORH A PENNY!! TAKE THAT CAIN!! LETS GO YANKEES!!!

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Steal home!! ;)

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Is Aceves the real deal this guy is dinomite!

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I wonder why Gardener is in? (evil laugh). Derek Jeter’s DH HPB’s are eveb clutch.

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