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    Unhappy Goodbye Yankee Stadium

    I hate it when national treasures are destroyed

    I only went to a few games at Yankee Stadium but the excitement of being THERE made it so much more meaningful especially now that I will have to go to the new yankee stadium.



    Giving up the ghosts at Yankee Stadium by Kevin Kernan, New York Post

    Updated: September 21, 2008, 10:42 AM EST 58 comments add this RSS blog email Print Even the ghosts will cry tonight.

    The final game will be played at Yankee Stadium. The House That Ruth Built opened on April 18, 1923, and is home to 26 world championships. This is baseball's most hallowed ground, and tonight the curtain comes down.

    Bringing down the House So many years, so many memories. As they prepare to play the final game at Yankee Stadium, it's hard to pick out the greatest moment at the House that Ruth Built. Hard. Not impossible. Here's Dayn Perry's list. Eighty-five years of glory will come to an end when the Yankees play the Orioles. Bang the drum slowly for Yankee Stadium. It never was supposed to end like this, it was supposed to be an October sendoff, but this season the Yankees could not make it to October.

    "It's going to be sad, Babe would not like to see his House come down," his granddaughter Linda Ruth Tosetti said yesterday. She placed a wreath of flowers on Babe's monument and made a presentation to Derek Jeter before the Yankees' 1-0 win over the Orioles.

    Babe is not alone.

    A roster of Yankees legends or family members representing those legends will be here for a magnificent pregame farewell party.

    "I'm scared," said Goose Gossage, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame two months ago. "I just cannot believe we're not playing baseball in Yankee Stadium again. The finality of it is scary, something I can't comprehend. There are no words."

    Noted Tino Martinez, "I think when that last out is made (tonight), it's going to be pretty sad."

    It's sad, too, that George Steinbrenner will not be here because of failing health.

    Derek Jeter admitted this will be an emotional night and that he "still can't picture being over there," at the new Yankee Stadium.

    Yankee Stadium isn't just a ballpark. It's baseball heaven and is loved worldwide. One of the saddest Yankees is Hideki Matsui , who said that when the lights go dark on Yankee Stadium, "It's going to be a very lonely feeling. To me, this is the world's No. 1 stadium. To not be able to play again on this field is going to be very sad."

    Everywhere Gossage has gone this year he has heard from fans who have told him how much Yankee Stadium means to them.

    "Oh my God, I feel sorry for the fans," he said. "I can't tell you how many fans, men and women, have come up to me and said, 'You know, Goose, Yankee Stadium is where my dad first took me to a game.' Yankee tradition is greater than anything, words can't describe it. You hear about Red Sox Nation, let me tell you, they're Little Leaguers compared to Yankees Nation."



    Fans like Tony Cangialosi, who first came to this ballpark with his father Anthony in the early '70s, said he will never forget the sound of Yankee Stadium.

    "When there was a big game against the Red Sox or a game in October," Cangialosi said, "the roar of the Stadium was incredible. The entire Stadium shook."

    This will forever be Babe's House. Babe's granddaughter is trying to get his No. 3 "retired" so it can be put on the wall of every Stadium, much like Jackie Robinson's number, but she said MLB and commissioner Bud Selig have not agreed to such a move.

    Joe Girardi said he was going to take his family out for one last look at Monument Park. He also will "walk over to where Charlie (Hayes) caught the baseball and then walk to the mound where we celebrated in '96."

    That was world championship No. 23, the first of Joe Torre's four titles. Andy Pettitte , tonight's starter, will collect dirt from the mound. He wanted the pitching rubber, but that will not be available.

    "The new stadium is going to be phenomenal," Gossage said. "The perfect scenario would be to put it on rollers and plop it down right where Yankee Stadium sits, but that's not going to happen. Sure it's going to be a beautiful stadium, but it's never going to be the same."

    Never, there's only one Yankee Stadium.

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    this is so exciting to know that the greats will also be there tonight.


    Fans Ready For Final Game At Yankee Stadium
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    Deborah Garcia BRONX (CBS) ― Yankees fans have one last chance to say good-bye to the famous Yankee Stadium where Babe Ruth hit his home runs and where they shared countless memories: catching fly balls, snacking on hot dogs, and enjoying America's favorite pastime.

    Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles is the last time fans will get to sit in the legandary stadium seats, and the last time the New York Yankees will get to hit fast balls and run the bases. Andy Pettitte has pitched some of the most important games at Yankee Stadium over the past 14 years, so it's fitting that he'll start for New York in what shapes up as the ballpark's grand finale.

    After helping the Yankees to four World Series titles and six AL pennants from 1996-2003, Pettitte will get the ball Sunday night against Baltimore in a game dripping with nostalgia.

    Barring an incredible charge to the postseason, New York will be playing its final game at the 85-year-old ballpark before a sellout crowd and a national television audience. The Yankees are on target to move next season into a $1.3 billion palace rising across the street.

    "Like I've been saying the last few days, the Yankees wanting me to pitch that last game, that means an awful lot to me. I'm just extremely excited to be able to do it and it's just going to be a special night for me," Pettitte said.

    "It's amazing how fast it goes," manager Joe Girardi said. "I'm interested to see all the emotions of the players tomorrow."

    Fans will be permitted to walk on the field hours before a pregame ceremony honoring the stadium's rich history. Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Goose Gossage and Bernie Williams are among the former stars scheduled to participate in the festivities.
    This weekend, several Yankees started collecting souvenirs and soaking up their final moments at the old place.

    Girardi filled a few bags with dirt from behind home plate Saturday and plans to give keepsake containers to his kids and nephews.

    He said he'd take his family to Monument Park after the game, then stroll Sunday toward the third base stands and find the approximate spot in foul territory where Charlie Hayes caught the final out of the 1996 World Series. Girardi, of course, was a Yankees catcher from 1996-99, winning three World Series rings.

    In the clubhouse, rookie pitcher Phil Coke snapped a photo of his own cubicle.

    "I've got proof," he said. "I actually have a locker."

    Babe Ruth's granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, hung a wreath of blue carnations on the Hall of Famer's plaque in Monument Park. She also presented Derek Jeter with a sterling silver plate to commemorate him passing Ruth on the Yankees' career hits list.Pettitte sat behind a microphone in the bowels of Yankee Stadium with his two oldest sons alongside. He secured 13 tickets for friends and family members Sunday night—no easy task.

    "It's been weird just sitting there the last couple of nights, just thinking about it. It's going to be sad, there's no doubt," Pettitte said. "Anything special to you in your life and it's going to be gone—you're going to drive by here and see this place and it's not going to be here anymore, it's like driving by your first house that you lived in when you first got married or something like that. Just remember the memories."

    Pettitte said he'd like to keep the pitching rubber, or at least some game balls and dirt from the mound.

    The 85-year-old stadium, the house that Ruth built, will soon be torn down, but the memories of historic games and the legendary players will live on. Next season, the Bronx Bombers take the field next door in their new state-of-the-art ballpark, an updated version of the classic design.

    And across the street, a brand-new mural was painted, immortalizing the men that made the Bronx field a field of dreams.


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    I still can't believe they're tearing the House that Ruth Built down. That stadium has got a lot of history.

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    ^^ I can't believe it either. Did you see the ceremony. Nice I have a friend who has season tickets but didn't go b/c he was able to get 900 dollars for them. He said he was able to see more on tv than probably would have in his seats.
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    Nah, I missed the ceremony. But the Yankees missing the playoffs wasn't a nice way to say goodbye to the Stadium.

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    why are they rebuilding it?

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    They just wanted to tear down the old stadium to build a bigger, shinier one, like a lot of sports teams are. That way, they can justify raising ticket prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    They just wanted to tear down the old stadium to build a bigger, shinier one, like a lot of sports teams are. That way, they can justify raising ticket prices.
    It's also in relatively bad shape structurally speaking. Not as bad as Shea, the home of the Mets.

    I'm not a Yankee fan- at all. I love my Mets but I will admit to tearing up while watching the ceremony. Jeter gave a beautiful, heartfelt speech. I think he's a goofing looking mofo, but he's all class. He's represented that Yankees in a dignified manner all these years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    They just wanted to tear down the old stadium to build a bigger, shinier one, like a lot of sports teams are. That way, they can justify raising ticket prices.
    oh and honey I hear they are raising them big time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charmed Hour View Post
    It's also in relatively bad shape structurally speaking. Not as bad as Shea, the home of the Mets.

    I'm not a Yankee fan- at all. I love my Mets but I will admit to tearing up while watching the ceremony. Jeter gave a beautiful, heartfelt speech. I think he's a goofing looking mofo, but he's all class. He's represented that Yankees in a dignified manner all these years.
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