Monday, September 22, 2008
"The House That Ruth Built" Will Be Missed
So yesterday was the last baseball game at Yankee Stadium. We had tickets to Saturday's game (we wished we could have gone yesterday, but oh well). I grew up a Phillies fan and was sad to see the Vet go, but the new Citizens Bank Park is really nice too. However, there is nothing like being at Yankee Stadium. I'm not a history person, but there is just so much history that took place there. The stadium is always packed and there's nothing like the energy of being there; no other ball park is the same. We are looking forward to the new stadium next year, but it is kind of sad to see the old one go. There are several traditions that I'm sure will carry over to the new stadium: the "bleacher creatures" yelling out each players' name until the player acknowledges them at the start of each game, the ground crew doing the "YMCA" as they grate the field, Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" during the 7th inning, and as much as I hate Metallica, there is nothing like when their "Sandman" song starts and the place goes even more crazy because Mariano Rivera is coming in the game. As Derek Jeter said last night, it is up to the fans to keep the memories alive. I'm sure everybody will. Dave and I have many memories there already and not just the games. The first game he took me to at Yankee Stadium, we went up early and went in to Manhattan.....we ended up walking the whole length of Central Park (not the width, the length). The look on Dave's face when he opened the ticket package I got for him 2 years ago. The nightmare weekend with the curse of the Red Sox, which many of you already heard about and I don't need to relive because that wasn't a good memory. How last year, just about every game we went to we ended up driving through horrible downpours on the NJ Turnpike to get to the stadium and see the sun shining as bright as ever. Sitting in the dugout and seeing the Clubhouse during our stadium tour last winter. The game we went to this past spring when we had just found out that morning that we were pregnant with Ally. Watching Josh Hamilton break a record at the home run derby. Seeing all of the Hall of Fame players and future Hall of Fame players at the All-Star Parade. And of course attending our last game at the stadium, knowing Ally will never get to go to the old one and she will only know the new Yankee Stadium, "The House That Jeter Built," as some are calling it. Here are some pics from Saturday's game and the souvenirs we bought for Ally because we stopped at Modell's and Babies 'R Us since ours don't sell baby girl Yankee stuff. We decided to use some of our flea market money to buy a cute 3 pack of Nike onsies, a onsie with a bib, and we got a little All-star game t-shirt that was on clearance.
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