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Today will probably one of the saddest days of my life.
The Cathedral in the Bronx will be no more
This also means that I will NEVER see another Yankee home again EVER.
This is just another sad example of corporate GREED taking over not only baseball, but all of sports.

I woke up this morning and I remembered something that was sent to me 10 years ago, way before a "new" Yankee Stadium was even a thought.
I scoffed at this when I first read it, thinking " that will NEVER happen"
How wrong I was.
I have changed the year, but you get the idea.

Little Rudy Visits The "New" Yankee Stadium - 2009



Today was going to be a very special day for a 9-year old boy named Rudy. His father, George, was going to take his son to his first baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Rudy, since he began to read, fell in love with Yankee Stadium and the New York Yankee tradition. So today, May 17th 2009, Rudy was going to realize his dream-he was going to Yankee Stadium.

Rudy and his father jumped in their car and headed toward the bronxto the new Yankee Stadium. .

As Rudy sat in his seat, he seemed unimpressed. The game began and quickly Rudy pointed to right field and asked his father, "Is that where Babe Ruth stood, dad?" "No", replied Rudy's father. "Son, Babe Ruth played in a different Yankee Stadium", he explained. Rudy became very disappointed upon hearing this. The boy had read so many stories about a charismatic man called the "Bambino" that he hoped to say he sat in the same stadium where this American Hero had played.

Rudy then pointed to the upper deck in right field and asked his father, "Is that the spot where Mickey Mantle almost hit it out of the Stadium"?" "No" was the reply again as Rudy was told Mickey Mantle played at the old Yankee Stadium.

As the game continued, Rudy's questions were all answered in the negative. No, Lou Gehrig did not give his farewell speech here. No, Joe DiMaggio never played centerfield here. No, Don Larsen did not pitch his World Series perfect game here. No, Reggie did not hit his three consecutive World Series homeruns here. No, this is not the same place where thousands mourned the sudden death of Thurman Munson. And so on it went until the two left in the seventh inning. Rudy's father told his son the traffic is terrible when the game ends so he wanted to get an early start home. The score was tied at two when they left.

As they headed home, Rudy, who was noticeably disappointed with the visit to the "Stadium", asked his father if they could visit the old Yankee Stadium. Reluctantly, his father obliged.

"Here it is, Rudy", his father said. He got out of the car and noticed a little bronze plaque on the sidewalk. The plaque read, "This was the original site of Yankee Stadium-home to the New York Yankees from 1923 to 2008. It was at this site that the greatest ballplayers in the history of the game had played. While the Stadium is gone from this spot now, the memories of heroes past remain."

Rudy now stood on the plaque and closed his eyes. Magically, Rudy heard the roar of the Stadium crowd. He "saw" the famous gait of Babe Ruth as he circled the bases after a mammoth homerun. He "saw" a centerfielder with the number "5" on his back gliding to catch a ball in the gap. He "saw" Lou Gehrig being hugged after he told the world he was dying but still considered himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth." He "saw" a young kid from Oklahoma smash tape-measured homers in this magnificent Stadium. He "saw" a gutsy catcher, with the number "15" on his back, throwing out a runner trying to steal second base.

Suddenly it stopped as Rudy's father told the boy to come back to the car as it was getting late. Rudy was very quiet as the two headed home.

As they entered the house, Rudy's mother asked how the game was at Yankee Stadium. Rudy sat in a chair with a Yankee history book in his hand and told his mother, "There was no game at Yankee Stadium today. Only a small bronze plaque.


There have been many on-field memories for me, too many to mention.
But on a personal level, my most enduring memory will always be the first time I ever set foot in that glorious place.
The date was July 26, 1977 and I was 10 years old. I just remember thinking that it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen,and thinking I had just walked into heaven. Maybe I did.
There were many other visits there after that day, but that is the one that stands out in my mind as I sit here this morning.

Vinny, if you are reading this.. shed a tear for me tonight will ya???

Anyone else have any final thoughts today?
Lets keep the Yankee bashing to the baseballl thread ok?

[Edited on 9/21/2008 by WharfRat]

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 09:31 AM
I feel your pain my friend....

Corporate greed ?

Yes.

A travesty?

Absolutely.



[Edited on 9/21/2008 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 09:37 AM
Same sickness here, my friend. Can't fight the sadness I feel about the closing of this Cathedral and them taking a wrecking ball to it. If what I'm reading about the new ticket prices takes place, unless someone gifts me tix I may never get to see a game in the new stadium.

Quoted from an article in todays NY Post - "An old friend asks a great question. He's winding up 25 years as a YankeesNew York Yankees season-ticket holder. He has no choice. His tickets, two years ago, went to $105 per game per ticket, then to $160, and this year to $250. Next season, the Yanks want $850 per ticket per game for similar seats. And those won't even be the most expensive tickets.

His question: Because MLB establishes the cost of World Series tickets, might it be possible that future Series tickets in Yankee Stadium will be less expensive or roughly the same price as what the Yanks charge for regular-season tickets?

Or, if the Yanks make next year's World Series, will MLB have the audacity to charge more than $850 for $850 regular-season seats?

He's just curious. After all, starting tomorrow, he's done. He's not interested in so-so seats for next season that will cost him more than what he spent on good seats this season."

I've heard loads of similar stories. If these people are serious, and obviously less Wall Street money going to sports entertainment perks, will the lower decks of the stadium be half empty? Don't doubt it. It's already happenening in Europe in the stadiums of elite soccer clubs. While the cheaper seats are mostly filled, the lower decks have many empty seats.


[Edited on 9/21/2008 by hankpipes]

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 09:41 AM
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If what I'm reading about the new ticket prices takes place,


From what I have bee hearing only the "high end" tix are going up.
The rest will remain the same..... for now.

No matter to me, I will never set foot in that place.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 10:01 AM
Very sad day in baseball....

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 10:02 AM
It is definitely a sad moment and I am not even a fan of the team.

I had the same feeling for the old Montreal Forum when they closed it. Perfectly good building that celebrated more Stanley Cups than any other team. Plus there were enough urinals for 20000 guys to piss at the same time.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 10:11 AM
Very sad day indeed..never been in the stadium,but have driven bt it & seen it a million times on TV...just won't be the same.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 10:16 AM
"Plus there were enough urinals for 20000 guys to piss at the same time. "


If only my favorite local rock hall could make that claim...

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 10:38 AM
Great memories, only one game there, but very memorable one! My Babe Ruth baseball team in a Wiinnebago! August of 1975, Bobby Mercer, Craig Nettles, and of course Munson. Yankees won, and Nettles hit a dinger over the right field wall.

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Today will probably one of the saddest days of my life.
The Cathedral in the Bronx will be no more
This also means that I will NEVER see another Yankee home again EVER.
This is just another sad example of corporate GREED taking over not only baseball, but all of sports.

I woke up this morning and I remembered something that was sent to me 10 years ago, way before a "new" Yankee Stadium was even a thought.
I scoffed at this when I first read it, thinking " that will NEVER happen"
How wrong I was.
I have changed the year, but you get the idea.

Little Rudy Visits The "New" Yankee Stadium - 2009



Today was going to be a very special day for a 9-year old boy named Rudy. His father, George, was going to take his son to his first baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Rudy, since he began to read, fell in love with Yankee Stadium and the New York Yankee tradition. So today, May 17th 2009, Rudy was going to realize his dream-he was going to Yankee Stadium.

Rudy and his father jumped in their car and headed toward the bronxto the new Yankee Stadium. .

As Rudy sat in his seat, he seemed unimpressed. The game began and quickly Rudy pointed to right field and asked his father, "Is that where Babe Ruth stood, dad?" "No", replied Rudy's father. "Son, Babe Ruth played in a different Yankee Stadium", he explained. Rudy became very disappointed upon hearing this. The boy had read so many stories about a charismatic man called the "Bambino" that he hoped to say he sat in the same stadium where this American Hero had played.

Rudy then pointed to the upper deck in right field and asked his father, "Is that the spot where Mickey Mantle almost hit it out of the Stadium"?" "No" was the reply again as Rudy was told Mickey Mantle played at the old Yankee Stadium.

As the game continued, Rudy's questions were all answered in the negative. No, Lou Gehrig did not give his farewell speech here. No, Joe DiMaggio never played centerfield here. No, Don Larsen did not pitch his World Series perfect game here. No, Reggie did not hit his three consecutive World Series homeruns here. No, this is not the same place where thousands mourned the sudden death of Thurman Munson. And so on it went until the two left in the seventh inning. Rudy's father told his son the traffic is terrible when the game ends so he wanted to get an early start home. The score was tied at two when they left.

As they headed home, Rudy, who was noticeably disappointed with the visit to the "Stadium", asked his father if they could visit the old Yankee Stadium. Reluctantly, his father obliged.

"Here it is, Rudy", his father said. He got out of the car and noticed a little bronze plaque on the sidewalk. The plaque read, "This was the original site of Yankee Stadium-home to the New York Yankees from 1923 to 2008. It was at this site that the greatest ballplayers in the history of the game had played. While the Stadium is gone from this spot now, the memories of heroes past remain."

Rudy now stood on the plaque and closed his eyes. Magically, Rudy heard the roar of the Stadium crowd. He "saw" the famous gait of Babe Ruth as he circled the bases after a mammoth homerun. He "saw" a centerfielder with the number "5" on his back gliding to catch a ball in the gap. He "saw" Lou Gehrig being hugged after he told the world he was dying but still considered himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth." He "saw" a young kid from Oklahoma smash tape-measured homers in this magnificent Stadium. He "saw" a gutsy catcher, with the number "15" on his back, throwing out a runner trying to steal second base.

Suddenly it stopped as Rudy's father told the boy to come back to the car as it was getting late. Rudy was very quiet as the two headed home.

As they entered the house, Rudy's mother asked how the game was at Yankee Stadium. Rudy sat in a chair with a Yankee history book in his hand and told his mother, "There was no game at Yankee Stadium today. Only a small bronze plaque.


There have been many on-field memories for me, too many to mention.
But on a personal level, my most enduring memory will always be the first time I ever set foot in that glorious place.
The date was July 26, 1977 and I was 10 years old. I just remember thinking that it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen,and thinking I had just walked into heaven. Maybe I did.
There were many other visits there after that day, but that is the one that stands out in my mind as I sit here this morning.

Vinny, if you are reading this.. shed a tear for me tonight will ya???

Anyone else have any final thoughts today?
Lets keep the Yankee bashing to the baseballl thread ok?

[Edited on 9/21/2008 by WharfRat]

 

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Great memories, only one game there, but very memorable one! My Babe Ruth baseball team in a Wiinnebago! August of 1975, Bobby Mercer, Craig Nettles, and of course Munson. Yankees won, and Nettles hit a dinger over the right field wall.





You sure it wasn't 1976? If my memory serves me correctly, Yankee Stadium was being renovated in 1974 and 1975 and the Yankees played at Shea Stadium those two seasons.


Our memories might not be serving either of us, but if you are accurate with the renovation, It could have been '76, my 3rd year of Babe Ruth. Weather I was 14 or 15; either way a vivid youth memory walking into that place with my team. Thanks!

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 11:34 AM
I will cry tonight, that's for sure

Otie - I believe the Stadium was closed for two years during the renovation. During that time the Yankees played at Shea.

The "Renovated" stadium re-opened in 1976 - which is the year the Yanks won the AL Pennett on Chris Chambliss' home run.

1976 was also my first ever trip to Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately, I was too young to ever make it to the original House that Ruth Built.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 11:59 AM
It is sad. I started going to Yankee Stadium around 1964 or there abouts; my brother Billy took me to maybe25 games my 1st year. I remember seeing the Mick, the bat days they had. The Horace Clarke years and so forth. Went to a couple of opening days taking my younger brother with me who is a die hard Yankee fan. Around 1994 a few of us at work got the idea to get Friday night tickets. We did . I was at the game Friday night and it was sad. Not sure what;s going to be with the new ticket deal. Very hard to afford the tickets and the food & drink. And transportation/parking.

So long old friend. It was a good run.

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 12:06 PM
Yes this is real sad.....NOT.

Lots of old buildings/sports arenas get razed to make room for the new.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 12:25 PM
I still remember my first trip there as a kid, growing up across the river in Jersey.

Nothing will ever replace that memory of seeing Mickey play that day, back before the renovation, when the monuments were still out in deep center.

A sad day indeed

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 12:56 PM
I was born in the Bronx in '47. I got to a number of games in the 'old' Yankee Stadium and remained a Yankee fan even after moving to Colorado. My loyalties were split when Colorado got the Rockies, but since they have only been to the playoffs twice, I would root for the Yankees in the post season. Too bad they did not have a better year for their last year in the old stadium.
The new stadium will probably be great looking, but after seeing some of the new ticket prices, I wonder if I'll ever be there.
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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 01:04 PM
It's a shame what can you say. Hopefuly 70 years from now she will have her own story's to tell. I'm sure you will grow to love her in time.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 01:05 PM
First baseball game I ever went to was at yankee stadium with the cub scouts on ball day,man that had to be like 70 or 71.I forgot all about that till I started reading this thread,thanks for the memories.I am a MET fan but Yankee stadium will hold a place in my heart.I am a fan of all things New York even though I live in Florida now.
 

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I know it is not the original but was remodeled on the same grounds. Wish they could have done that again. There is nothing like walking on that field and knowing this is where Babe, Gerhig, Dimaggio, Mantle, Munson and all those great players who have played there. There has been a lot of magic over the years and is coming to an end

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 01:09 PM
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Lots of old buildings/sports arenas get razed to make room for the new."


You are totally, completely, and monsterously CLUELESS.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 01:11 PM
D, I wasnt even going to touch that.
He has no idea....

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 01:30 PM
I'm watching ESPN's 2 hour special on Yankee Stadium right now. They just showed all these old film clips of great moments at Yankee Stadium. Radio clips with film of the really old stuff.

I'm glad I'm recording all of this. I'll be recording tonights last game as well. I hope they also show some old clips of the football Giants playing at Yankee Stadium.

Every time a franchise somewhere would leave a tradition filled old stadium for some new glitsy one I'd say..."You dont see the Yankees leave Yankee Stadium do you?"

I'll admit, from what I've seen they have done a good job with the new stadium. And it IS right next door, but still...It'll never be the same.

I grew up in a city that has a great college basketball tradition. In 2 years they will be moving from where they have played for over 50 years for a brand new "better" arena.

The only problem is...my Dad and I never went there when I was a kid. Nobody will have a lifetime of memories there. Thats what makes events like this so sad. It affects so many peoples HEARTS.


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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 01:30 PM
Will Little Rudy still be able to get some cheese fries cheese fries cheese fries ?

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 02:17 PM
Very sad day indeed, saw many a great game at the old Stadium.

I think my first game was at the end of the '62 or '63 season, took the bus into NYC, then grabbed a subway out to the studium.

Saw a lot of games in the 70's and 80's, no championships, but saw Craig Nettles up close owning third base, saw Donny Baseball a.k.a. God being the best player during that era.

Last game was last year when it meant something that Roger Clemens won his 350th. My son Daniel was so psyched that he was going to his first yankee game and the rocket was going for his 350th.

How times have changed and how innocence has been lost.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 03:01 PM
Wharfie, dammit, I thought your dog died and I was afraid to open this!

Sorry about your stadium.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2008 at 04:20 PM
Glad I got to take my kids to a game last week....Thanks Vinny
When we walked in my daughter looked at me and said "Dad, this place is beautiful!"

[Edited on 9/21/2008 by illness]

 

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