Sunday, September 21, 2008
Is Yankee Stadium Dead Yet?
The wrecking ball can't come fast enough. The rest of us have a postseason to look forward to that, mercifully, doesn't contain the most overfed and annoying team in baseball. Even if it's only for one season, that is an event I've been anticipating for years.
My mom got to see DiMaggio, Mantle, Berra & Ford play there. My grandmother saw Joe Louis pummel Max Schmeling (her friend missed the fight; he was busy carefully folding a fancy coat before he sat down, and the fight was over by the time he was done).
As for the new place, I read that it's capacity is only a touch smaller: 52xxx compared to 56xxx. It is a travesty that public funds were used to build it, but that's for the people of New York to take up with their elders (except for the fact that it gives the Yankees that much more money to spend, including the luxury tax exemption).
I hated the place, but I'm glad I made it there one more time this year.