Yankee Stadium Tribute (1923-2008): Greatest Moments In The History Of The House That Ruth Built

We'll Miss You, Yankee Stadium. Especially Great Years Like 2004 And 2008. Thanks For The Memories

9/22/08 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Yankee Stadium (1923-2008)


After 85 years, Yankee Stadium has finally seen its final game. Fortunately for the Yankees, they beat the Orioles 7-3 in their final home game in The House That Ruth Built. Unfortunately, they were still mathematically eliminated in that same night. In honor of Yankee Stadium and the many d-bags that called it home, here are some of my personal favorite moments, people and events.
 

September 22, 1966
On this fateful day, only 413 fans showed up to see the Yankees lose to the Chicago White Sox, 4-1. This game had the double bonus of not only the Yankees losing, but also doing so in front of one of the smallest audiences in the history of the game. There have been Little League games with bigger crowds. Even the lowly Washington Nationals have drawn bigger crowds.

Carl Pavano
In 2004, Yankees fans got one of the worst Christmas presents imaginable, in the form of a 28 year old right-handed pitcher named Carl Pavano. Pavano was signed to a 4-year contract worth $39.5M, with a team option for $13M in 2009. Needless to say, this is one option that the Yankees probably won't be picking up. Pavano has been hugely disappointing for the Yankees. With only 6 games remaining in his contract, Pavano's next appearance will likely be his last in pinstripes. It will also be his 26th total appearance for the Yankees in 4 years, equating to over $1.5 million per appearance, for a guy who is currently 9-7 in a Yankees uniform. Pavano is symbolic of the Yankees' overspending and poor scouting, and his Yankees career has been a great one for everyone outside of the Bronx.

The 1980's
The 80's were a pretty awful time for a lot of pop culture. The cars were ugly, the clothes were even uglier, the movies were mediocre and the music was just terrible. Best of all, the Yankees made the playoffs only once in the entire decade, despite outspending the rest of the league. They signed guys like Dave Winfield to mammoth salaries, and then proceeded to miss the playoffs year after year.

2001-Present
Sure, it's not a "moment", but ever since the Diamondbacks won the 2001 World Series in Luis Gonzalez' blooper off of Yankee legend Mariano Rivera, which sailed right over Yankee legend Derek Jeter's glove, the Yanks just haven't been the same. Some of the prestige seemed to fade, as two of their greatest modern heroes came up short. It wasn't just that play, however. They have continued to come up short ever since. Each year, they seem to spiral further and further down. This year, they didn't even make the playoffs at all, for the first time since 1993. Which brings us to...

The 2008 Season
For the first time since 1993, there will be an MLB postseason without the Yankees. In the final season at Yankee Stadium, The Team That Cashman Built just wasn't good enough. With an opening day salary of $209M, 52% higher than their nearest competitor, the Yankees lost the division to the Rays ($43M payroll), and lost the wild card to the hated Red Sox. Not much compares to this glorious period of Yankee Stadium history except for...

Games 6 and 7 of the 2004 ALCS
Words can not express the greatness of the 2004 ALCS. The Yankees were winning the series 3-0, and were poised to return to World Series glory. But somehow, the Red Sox won 2 in a row in Boston, and forced the series back to New York for game 6. Yankees fans were still confident, and the series was coming back to the hallowed grounds of Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately for Yanks fans, it was simply not to be. David Ortiz, Johnny Damon, Jason Varitek and the rest of the Red Sox won a 4-2 thriller on the strength of a 4-run outburst in the 4th inning. This was also the game in which Alex Rodriguez had the infamous "glove slap" incident, where he tried to slap the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove to avoid an out. Stay classy, Yankees, stay classy. Game 7 was somehow even better, as the Sox completely destroyed the Yankees, 10-3. Not only did they destroy them on the field, they did so in front of a sold out home crowd, and did it in such a convincing fashion that it broke their pride, their ego, and made history in the process. This incredible comeback was undoubtedly the greatest moment in Yankee Stadium history.


Thanks, Yankee Stadium, for some excellent moments, especially recently. We'll miss you!
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9/23/08   |   bennyprofane

Pat wrote:
Brilliant. Thanks for that. You're completely right. I'm sure if I had written this about Tiger Stadium, Candlestick Park, Foxborough Stadium, the Boston Garden, or any other venue, people wouldn't be so upset. But God forbid anyone say anything bad about the Yankees, right?

And to all the other people who think I disrespected the Stadium: Please show me an example. Once you realize I didn't, and only went after the team itself, I expect you all to apologize.

The last sentence of this post pretty much says it all.  The point of my argument is that you used the closing of the Stadium to bash the Yankees.  Then you defend your article by saying these are your favorite memories of the Stadium which is a bunch of BS.  Let me explain.

First:  Sept. 22, 1966- You weren't alive, it's not your memory. 

Carl Pavano- A bad contract is not a Stadium memory.  The Yanks have had many of those, but it has nothing to do with the building.

The 80's- A decade of ineptitude, again not a memory of the Stadium, but rather a period of glee for all Yankee haters (myself included).  Perhaps if you had chosen a specific game in the Stadium as the low point of this period in Yankee history which you were witness to it would work in the context of your defense of this article, but you didn't.

2001-Present- Again a period in Yankee history with little to do with the building itself.  Perhaps the loss to Beckett in Game 6 of the 03' series, or the repeated defeats at the hands of the Angels.  Those are moments.  Like you said yourself you only chose to bash the team, those are not Stadium memories.

2004-Finally we get to something that you experienced.  This one works.  Just a shame you didn't share more of your personal experience, triumph over evil type of writing.  That would have been interesting and worth a read.

I've never said you should have written a touchy-feely piece about the stadium.  But you are showing a lack of intellectual honesty.  This article is an excuse to rip your hated rival, period.  If you had put a bad contract in the context of Kevin Brown punching the tunnel wall, or the wrath of the fans in the context of Jack McDowell's middle finger, those would have been moments which illustrated the underbelly of the Stadium, its penchant for defeat and ugliness and heartbreak the same as any other sports venue, and all in the context of actual Stadium memories.  That would have been a good read Pat.   

9/23/08   |   chad_is_god

Pat wrote:
Yes, you're right. I don't care about the Yankees unless they're losing. And when they lose, I love it. But tell me... how does that disrespect the stadium?

Please give me an intelligent reply, because so far you're coming up short in that department. Nothing you have said so far has proved that I have even slightly disrespected Yankee Stadium.

Grow up, quit whining, and write your own puff piece, if that's what you really want.

that is not what i really want! what i want is people to forget for 24 hours what team plays there and just look at the stadium its self. if you really want to know what i want...i want this article off but thats just an opinion.

and trust me you would feel the same way if the scenario was flip-floped so stop with your whinning routine its getting old.

9/23/08   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

I'm not gonna quote that whole thing, but this is obviously directed towards you Natasha...

When people bash opponent's fans for EVERY little thing, that's what we call a rivalry- that's what it's all about. It goes both ways, and there's nothing you can do about it, and it's all in good fun. I'm not condoning gloating after an injury, but hey that's part of the rivalry, and as I said before, it goes both ways.

What rivalries AREN't about is bashing the team right after this emotional moment- some people became attatched to that stadium.

I'm still not sure what you are trying to prove when you say that Yankee fans could have stopped the stadium from getting torn down. Do you understand the politics behind this? There is NOTHING the commoners of New York can do to stop this from happening. A new stadium is being built for economical gains of the city. This is New York City for christ's sake, do you really think the government cares what the residents think?

"It's getting out of hand when people are talking like their favorite uncle just passed away and he's talking smack about him."

Wrong, that's actually EXACTLY what it's like. I can't believe some people can't understand that. People were EMOTIONALY ATTATCHED to this building!!! Whether you think that's crazy or not is really up to you, but it still stands. I can't belive I still have to argue this, how hard of a concept is this to understand.

And please, don't mock me with that "This is America where I have freedom of speech" crap. You have every right to say whatever the hell you want, but it doesn't mean that you aren't going to piss people off.

And for the record, I'm actually a Mets fan. Yankee Stadium means nothing to me personally, but rather it means a TON to my father, which I've already explained.

I know this argument will go nowhere. Boston fans' hate for New York has no limits. I know Yankee fans gave you guys crap pre-2004, but I don't think there was anything like this that ever happened.

9/23/08   |   CalBoomer   |   43 respect

Whew. This has been very hot and heavy.

Let's face it, as a baseball "cathedral," Yankee Stadium is only a monument to the nostalgia of New Yorkers, who, for much of their existence, were able to simply buy winners. Fortunately, that 's not so true anymore. New York, the Yankees, and Wall Street are not so on top of the world these days. So let the New Yorkers and their fans wallow in their nostalgia. The rest of us just don't have to share it.

9/23/08   |   Natasha   |   2 respect

nyrangers wrote:
Did you not read what I just typed? I said I'm not asking him to praise the Yankees or anything about them, I'm just asking him to put aside his hated for them for a few days.

"I mean, did you hear anyone stepping aside and not cheering as the Pats fans were devastated over our almost perfect season or loss of Brady? Hell no! You guys wanted to rub it in and make everyone even more miserable."

First of all, who is "you guys"?? Second, how are you comparing the injury of one player to the course of events and traditions that occured in a building for 85 years? Injuries are just freak accidents that happen to EVERY TEAM.

"I don't find anything wrong with Pat's post "
Surprise surprise.

"If the stadium were that important to New Yorkers you'd think they'd have spent all season gathering support, signatures... whatever... to try to stop them from tearing it down."
Do you know how this even works? It's not the fans decision- it's New York's and the Yankee's management. Aaaaanyway, the stadium is old and needs to be redone. It's like leaving for college- sure, you don't want to leave all of your friends behind, but it's time to move on regardless of how sad that is.

"He gets to do it now, just like you'll do the next time Boston or the Pats lose big... and you know what... he's not going to cry about it and tell you to talk nice about his team or he'll cry. "
First of all, I have NEVER talked trash on this board, and it's insulting that you say that I will indefinetely bash his teams. Second,  bashing a team after a loss or due to having a losing season is ENTIRELY different than bashing a team after they will be losing something that's been a part of them for so long and has so much meaning.

The easiest way to look at this is if Fenway was being taken down- one of the more famous stadiums/arenas, no? I'm sure this will get recognition when it's taken down. Just think how you would feel if a Yankee fan bashed the moment because of their drought or something like that

Obviously I'm not going to go thru all your posts and check them... but I couldn't possibly count all of the "fans" on this site who cheered at Brady's injury... who acted like total D-bags on soooo many occasions when bad things happened to teams and players that weren't theirs. And I'm aware that injuries happen, and I'm not JUST talking about injuries. I'm talking about ANY LITTLE THING that people can go on and on and on about for days even though it's a sore spot for someone else.

It's just funny how people think that because a stadium is closing nobody should do anything but sing praise to the Yankees. Dude, nobody died. And I'm well aware of who is tearing down the stadium... but what I said was that people didn't attempt to try to keep it. If New York would have fought to have the Stadium kept in place... it'd be staying. They could have turned it into a little league park or something else creative... if people had wanted that stadium bad enough you'd have had grass roots people knocking on your door to sign a petition to send to the Yankees owners and management. I'm pretty sure you guys could have been a big enough force to make them second guess their choice.

For the record... if they wanted to tear down Fenway, they'd have a fight on their hands. I don't see Boston fans laying there and taking it...  I also know that I, for one, wouldn't expect Yankees fans to boo hoo and tell us how great our stadium is and wouldn't be personally attacking any of them because they didn't pretend like we were the best thing since sliced bread.  And I am not sure exactly where you're going with the "surprise, surprise" comment... but I sure hope it wasn't meant to say that I'd side with Pat just because. If it is... you've apparently been asleep as we've had some of the biggest arguements ever on the site about everything from sports to politics and religion on here... and I do NOT side with him for no reason. I actually thought the idea for this blog was great after hearing all the warm fuzzies for a week I thought a REAL opinion would be nice. Just get over it... not everyone agrees, that's just how it is. I personally think you (and others) have been whining about nothing at all. I've seen people be FAR worse disrespectful to people PERSONALLY on this site and none of you seemed to have an issue with that... but if it's a building, then it's a huge ordeal. This has pretty much gotten to the point where it's just ridiculous. So what if Pat doesn't agree with you or you think he's disrespected "every Yankee player to ever wear pinstripes, along with their loyal fans"... it's not the first time and it won't be the last. And it's always gone both ways. It's getting out of hand when people are talking like their favorite uncle just passed away and he's talking smack about him. He wasn't even "bashing" anyone, besides the d-bag comment... he was stating HIS favorite memories of Yankee Stadium... and last I checked, it's his right to do so. I would think that the bigger person would have just brushed it off and thought his opinion didn't matter (that's what I do at least when he disagrees with me) instead of the people on this thread that think that personal attacks over someone's view of a STADIUM is appropriate.

But ya know, whatever. Clearly we disagree. You guys want people to sing their praise... or just shut up. I'm all about the freedom of speech and the right to have an opinion. Thank God we live in America where I can say whatever I want.

9/22/08   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

chad_is_god wrote:
"We'll Miss You, Yankee Stadium

First of all there is no doubt in my mind that the above statement is completly sarcastic! You used sarcasm in a way to your own advantage to disrespect the stadium! Don't blame me...you wrote it. You are so bias that you attacked the stadium verbally. My bet is that you could care less about the yankees unless they are lossing (EX your use of 2004 and 2008 are prime examples)

Not like 2008 was all that bad anyways all we did was miss the post season for the first time in about hmmm 13 years? And had about 85 will have close to 90 wins in doing so. But this is all beside the point.

Yes, you're right. I don't care about the Yankees unless they're losing. And when they lose, I love it. But tell me... how does that disrespect the stadium?

Please give me an intelligent reply, because so far you're coming up short in that department. Nothing you have said so far has proved that I have even slightly disrespected Yankee Stadium.

Grow up, quit whining, and write your own puff piece, if that's what you really want.

9/22/08   |   chad_is_god

"We'll Miss You, Yankee Stadium

First of all there is no doubt in my mind that the above statement is completly sarcastic! You used sarcasm in a way to your own advantage to disrespect the stadium! Don't blame me...you wrote it. You are so bias that you attacked the stadium verbally. My bet is that you could care less about the yankees unless they are lossing (EX your use of 2004 and 2008 are prime examples)

Not like 2008 was all that bad anyways all we did was miss the post season for the first time in about hmmm 13 years? And had about 85 will have close to 90 wins in doing so. But this is all beside the point.

9/22/08   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

chad_is_god wrote:
When you title a blog:

"We'll Miss You, Yankee Stadium. Especially Great Years Like 2004 And 2008. Thanks For The Memories"

There is no way you can say you didnt go after the stadium! The one that owes the apology is not us. I can't believe you can sit there finding nothing wrong with going after one of if not the most historic stadium in all of sports just because the yankees who just so happen to play there are the rivals of your precious Red sox. Wake up will ya?

I didn't go after the Stadium. (notice, by the way, that I have enough respect that I capitalize "Stadium", because it's not just A stadium... it's THE Stadium). But anyway... I honestly think that 2004 and 2008 were excellent years, and I am glad that those events happened in such historic grounds as Yankee Stadium. What's wrong with that?

9/22/08   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

Pat wrote:
Brilliant. Thanks for that. You're completely right. I'm sure if I had written this about Tiger Stadium, Candlestick Park, Foxborough Stadium, the Boston Garden, or any other venue, people wouldn't be so upset. But God forbid anyone say anything bad about the Yankees, right?

And to all the other people who think I disrespected the Stadium: Please show me an example. Once you realize I didn't, and only went after the team itself, I expect you all to apologize.

Nope, you didn't directly insult the stadium--- you disrespected the team as a whole, but more importantly, you disrespected their fans in probably the most emotional moment some of them, particularly the older fans, have had

But in all seriousness, I checked SI...and saw your article. So congrats on getting that recognition...even though I completely disagree with their choice.

By the way, who's crying, as you above picture implied? I'm just annoyed that someone had the nerve, particularly a Boston fan, to bash the Yankees on right after this emotional moment

9/22/08   |   chad_is_god

Pat wrote:
Brilliant. Thanks for that. You're completely right. I'm sure if I had written this about Tiger Stadium, Candlestick Park, Foxborough Stadium, the Boston Garden, or any other venue, people wouldn't be so upset. But God forbid anyone say anything bad about the Yankees, right?

And to all the other people who think I disrespected the Stadium: Please show me an example. Once you realize I didn't, and only went after the team itself, I expect you all to apologize.

When you title a blog:

"We'll Miss You, Yankee Stadium. Especially Great Years Like 2004 And 2008. Thanks For The Memories"

There is no way you can say you didnt go after the stadium! The one that owes the apology is not us. I can't believe you can sit there finding nothing wrong with going after one of if not the most historic stadium in all of sports just because the yankees who just so happen to play there are the rivals of your precious Red sox. Wake up will ya?

9/22/08   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Pat wrote:
Brilliant. Thanks for that. You're completely right. I'm sure if I had written this about Tiger Stadium, Candlestick Park, Foxborough Stadium, the Boston Garden, or any other venue, people wouldn't be so upset. But God forbid anyone say anything bad about the Yankees, right?

And to all the other people who think I disrespected the Stadium: Please show me an example. Once you realize I didn't, and only went after the team itself, I expect you all to apologize.

I am sorry you New Englanders have won every major champonship in what seems like the last 5 years, an apology may be asking to much Pat!  Trade Paul Pierce,David Ortiz, and Tom Brady and will talk.  Notice no mention of the Bruins, even Boston has an ugly step sister in the closet.

9/22/08   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
Congratulations Pat!  I truly mean that by the way, no kidding.  Your blog, while I don't share all your views served a very good point.  It also created very passionate thoughts and emotions by both sides of the Yankee fan/Red Sox fan lines here on the Q.  I truly wonder if their are that many people on the Q who are Yankee fans as I am, or just like to get on your case?  I have been a Yankee fan since 1975 and would ask anyone who has gotten on Pat's case, if the roles were reversed and this blog were about Fenway being torn down would your "fave" moments of Fenway be that much different than Pat's of Yankee Stadium?  I think not.  By the way Natasha, as a Cornhusker fan who has seen to many times when Sooner's have kicked my team's behind, I feel your pain over the Sooner's losing out on a chance for a National Champonship.  NOT!

Brilliant. Thanks for that. You're completely right. I'm sure if I had written this about Tiger Stadium, Candlestick Park, Foxborough Stadium, the Boston Garden, or any other venue, people wouldn't be so upset. But God forbid anyone say anything bad about the Yankees, right?

And to all the other people who think I disrespected the Stadium: Please show me an example. Once you realize I didn't, and only went after the team itself, I expect you all to apologize.

9/22/08   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Congratulations Pat!  I truly mean that by the way, no kidding.  Your blog, while I don't share all your views served a very good point.  It also created very passionate thoughts and emotions by both sides of the Yankee fan/Red Sox fan lines here on the Q.  I truly wonder if their are that many people on the Q who are Yankee fans as I am, or just like to get on your case?  I have been a Yankee fan since 1975 and would ask anyone who has gotten on Pat's case, if the roles were reversed and this blog were about Fenway being torn down would your "fave" moments of Fenway be that much different than Pat's of Yankee Stadium?  I think not.  By the way Natasha, as a Cornhusker fan who has seen to many times when Sooner's have kicked my team's behind, I feel your pain over the Sooner's losing out on a chance for a National Champonship.  NOT!

9/22/08   |   Pat   |   5233 respect


9/22/08   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

Natasha wrote:
And how is it that you think that the Yankees or their fans deserve to be put on a pedastal and praised by all? I mean, did you hear anyone stepping aside and not cheering as the Pats fans were devastated over our almost perfect season or loss of Brady? Hell no! You guys wanted to rub it in and make everyone even more miserable.  What about when OU lost year before last? Because... as a fan I can promise you that people had no respect for the fact that we were all pissed that our chance at the Natl Championship was crushed. It might not have been a stadium, but it was still important to our fans. I personally don't think that the Yankees or their fans are deserving of anything but fair and equal treatment.

I think there are enough warm touchy feely posts about the stadium... we're all pretty sick of them honestly. I don't find anything wrong with Pat's post and I kinda think it's a little juvenile for anyone to be crying about it. If the stadium were that important to New Yorkers you'd think they'd have spent all season gathering support, signatures... whatever... to try to stop them from tearing it down. But I didn't hear anyone talking about it until this week. If nobody cared enough to attempt to do something then I don't see how they can claim that it's equivilant to losing an old friend. I know I would do anything in my power to at least TRY to prevent something bad from happening to MY friends.

Nobody said that the stadium wasn't rich in history or that great players haven't played there. It was simply stated that not everyone thinks that the best moments in their history were those that a NY fan would find so great.  Granted, I'm sure he could have left off the d-bag comment but we're not in 1st grade... we don't have to "say anything nice"... we get to say whatever the hell we want. He gets to do it now, just like you'll do the next time Boston or the Pats lose big... and you know what... he's not going to cry about it and tell you to talk nice about his team or he'll cry.

Did you not read what I just typed? I said I'm not asking him to praise the Yankees or anything about them, I'm just asking him to put aside his hated for them for a few days.

"I mean, did you hear anyone stepping aside and not cheering as the Pats fans were devastated over our almost perfect season or loss of Brady? Hell no! You guys wanted to rub it in and make everyone even more miserable."

First of all, who is "you guys"?? Second, how are you comparing the injury of one player to the course of events and traditions that occured in a building for 85 years? Injuries are just freak accidents that happen to EVERY TEAM.

"I don't find anything wrong with Pat's post "
Surprise surprise.

"If the stadium were that important to New Yorkers you'd think they'd have spent all season gathering support, signatures... whatever... to try to stop them from tearing it down."
Do you know how this even works? It's not the fans decision- it's New York's and the Yankee's management. Aaaaanyway, the stadium is old and needs to be redone. It's like leaving for college- sure, you don't want to leave all of your friends behind, but it's time to move on regardless of how sad that is.

"He gets to do it now, just like you'll do the next time Boston or the Pats lose big... and you know what... he's not going to cry about it and tell you to talk nice about his team or he'll cry. "
First of all, I have NEVER talked trash on this board, and it's insulting that you say that I will indefinetely bash his teams. Second,  bashing a team after a loss or due to having a losing season is ENTIRELY different than bashing a team after they will be losing something that's been a part of them for so long and has so much meaning.

The easiest way to look at this is if Fenway was being taken down- one of the more famous stadiums/arenas, no? I'm sure this will get recognition when it's taken down. Just think how you would feel if a Yankee fan bashed the moment because of their drought or something like that

9/22/08   |   chad_is_god

wow for someone who i thouht was a sports fan, Pat my respect levels just dramatically decreased towards you. I know you hate the Yankees and i know that you cant go a day without bashing them but honestly only a true moron bashes the history of the stadium as a whole. That stadium has had more history happen in it then many other ballparks combined...forget about what team played in it for one minute.

What some call the greatest football game was played there for crying out loud.

Like i said before my respect has truly depriciated because of this post....honestly grow up and throw your biased red sox hat out the window for 24 hours!

9/22/08   |   Natasha   |   2 respect

nyrangers wrote:
My problem is not so much the content of this blog, but rather the timeliness. If this was written in one year after most of the drama/emotions passed, it would not be as controversial and disrespectful.

Boston fans, and Yankee haters need to understand what this means to Yankee fans. Take my dad, who grew up with the Yankees being a huge part of his life---he dreamed of playing for them in that stadium. Many people have lived and died through this team and the stadium, and developed an attatchment like you would, to as one poster alluded to earlier, "a good childhood friend," and losing it is heartbreaking for some.

Now I'm not asking Pat to write an uplifting, inspiring post about what Yankee stadium meant, I'm just asking him, and everyone else--regardless of what they think about this whole deal-- to show respect to a stadium with a rich history and the people that had that history play a significant part of their life. If you're not going to say anything nice, just keep it to yourself

And how is it that you think that the Yankees or their fans deserve to be put on a pedastal and praised by all? I mean, did you hear anyone stepping aside and not cheering as the Pats fans were devastated over our almost perfect season or loss of Brady? Hell no! You guys wanted to rub it in and make everyone even more miserable.  What about when OU lost year before last? Because... as a fan I can promise you that people had no respect for the fact that we were all pissed that our chance at the Natl Championship was crushed. It might not have been a stadium, but it was still important to our fans. I personally don't think that the Yankees or their fans are deserving of anything but fair and equal treatment.

I think there are enough warm touchy feely posts about the stadium... we're all pretty sick of them honestly. I don't find anything wrong with Pat's post and I kinda think it's a little juvenile for anyone to be crying about it. If the stadium were that important to New Yorkers you'd think they'd have spent all season gathering support, signatures... whatever... to try to stop them from tearing it down. But I didn't hear anyone talking about it until this week. If nobody cared enough to attempt to do something then I don't see how they can claim that it's equivilant to losing an old friend. I know I would do anything in my power to at least TRY to prevent something bad from happening to MY friends.

Nobody said that the stadium wasn't rich in history or that great players haven't played there. It was simply stated that not everyone thinks that the best moments in their history were those that a NY fan would find so great.  Granted, I'm sure he could have left off the d-bag comment but we're not in 1st grade... we don't have to "say anything nice"... we get to say whatever the hell we want. He gets to do it now, just like you'll do the next time Boston or the Pats lose big... and you know what... he's not going to cry about it and tell you to talk nice about his team or he'll cry.

9/22/08   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

"My problem is not so much the content of this blog, but rather the timeliness. If this was written in one year after most of the drama/emotions passed, it would not be as controversial and disrespectful."

It also wouldn't be relevant.

9/22/08   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

Natasha wrote:
I think that was kinda the point. If someone wrote ANOTHER blah blah blah blah blah article about Yankee Stadium then it would be the same stuff I've been watching and reading for DAYS. It's everyones right to state THEIR favorite memories on THEIR blog. It's your choice to read it!

I'm personally very sad to see the stadium go, but I also share Pat's version of my "favorite moments at Yankee Stadium".  Just because our favorite moments at the park are not ones that you also share doesn't mean that you should be a total a$$ to someone for blogging about it. Not everyone shares YOUR opinion either.

It's Pat's blog and Pat's opinion... it's still morning and it's already gotten almost a dozen thumbs up, more than any of your hate spewing comments... so I think it's safe to say that not everyone thinks the way you do. I find it almost humorous that people are acting like he just said their dead grandpa was a pedophile or something. Stop being ridiculous. Yes, it's a part of baseball's history but last I checked it was YOUR team tearing it down, not any Boston fan's blog.

My problem is not so much the content of this blog, but rather the timeliness. If this was written in one year after most of the drama/emotions passed, it would not be as controversial and disrespectful.

Boston fans, and Yankee haters need to understand what this means to Yankee fans. Take my dad, who grew up with the Yankees being a huge part of his life---he dreamed of playing for them in that stadium. Many people have lived and died through this team and the stadium, and developed an attatchment like you would, to as one poster alluded to earlier, "a good childhood friend," and losing it is heartbreaking for some.

Now I'm not asking Pat to write an uplifting, inspiring post about what Yankee stadium meant, I'm just asking him, and everyone else--regardless of what they think about this whole deal-- to show respect to a stadium with a rich history and the people that had that history play a significant part of their life. If you're not going to say anything nice, just keep it to yourself

9/22/08   |   bennyprofane

Natasha wrote:
Well, I'd say the blog being picked up by SI probably rings more praise of it than a few people's bashing comments.

Did this really get picked up by SI?  Wow.  Journalism is truly dead.

9/22/08   |   Natasha   |   2 respect

bennyprofane wrote:
A:  Not a Yankee fan.

B:  I don't care about painting rosy images of Yankee Stadium, like you I have heard enough of that as well.  But listen to the tone and the phrases that pat uses.  This blog has nothing to do with favorite memories and everything to do with bashing his hated rival, their fans and their players.

C:  Of course people gave it a thumbs up, people hate the Yankees, myself included.  This is more about baseball, this blog leads me to believe Pat has no respect for the sport or its history.  That is my opinion and I am entitled to it, and if YOU don't like it than YOU don't have to read it.

All writing warrants critique both positive and negative.  I gave what I felt was a valid critique, if it came off as hateful I was only emulating the tone of the blogger.  Furthermore, I would admire Pat defending his work, or even considering some of the criticism by not just me but the others who have shown similar distaste.  That did not happen though.  Instead he railed back at me and linked a bunch of New York fluff.  Like I said in my post above yours, I would have enjoyed a different take on the closing of the stadium.  Pat's piece lacked any interesting perspective, and rang of petty sports rivalry hatred, very transparent if you ask me. 

Anyway, this is what happens when an individual puts their work out there in the public eye, it is open for both praise and ridicule.  Unfortunately most can not handle the latter.

Well, I'd say the blog being picked up by SI probably rings more praise of it than a few people's bashing comments.

9/22/08   |   bennyprofane

Natasha wrote:
I think that was kinda the point. If someone wrote ANOTHER blah blah blah blah blah article about Yankee Stadium then it would be the same stuff I've been watching and reading for DAYS. It's everyones right to state THEIR favorite memories on THEIR blog. It's your choice to read it!

I'm personally very sad to see the stadium go, but I also share Pat's version of my "favorite moments at Yankee Stadium".  Just because our favorite moments at the park are not ones that you also share doesn't mean that you should be a total a$$ to someone for blogging about it. Not everyone shares YOUR opinion either.

It's Pat's blog and Pat's opinion... it's still morning and it's already gotten almost a dozen thumbs up, more than any of your hate spewing comments... so I think it's safe to say that not everyone thinks the way you do. I find it almost humorous that people are acting like he just said their dead grandpa was a pedophile or something. Stop being ridiculous. Yes, it's a part of baseball's history but last I checked it was YOUR team tearing it down, not any Boston fan's blog.

A:  Not a Yankee fan.

B:  I don't care about painting rosy images of Yankee Stadium, like you I have heard enough of that as well.  But listen to the tone and the phrases that pat uses.  This blog has nothing to do with favorite memories and everything to do with bashing his hated rival, their fans and their players.

C:  Of course people gave it a thumbs up, people hate the Yankees, myself included.  This is more about baseball, this blog leads me to believe Pat has no respect for the sport or its history.  That is my opinion and I am entitled to it, and if YOU don't like it than YOU don't have to read it.

All writing warrants critique both positive and negative.  I gave what I felt was a valid critique, if it came off as hateful I was only emulating the tone of the blogger.  Furthermore, I would admire Pat defending his work, or even considering some of the criticism by not just me but the others who have shown similar distaste.  That did not happen though.  Instead he railed back at me and linked a bunch of New York fluff.  Like I said in my post above yours, I would have enjoyed a different take on the closing of the stadium.  Pat's piece lacked any interesting perspective, and rang of petty sports rivalry hatred, very transparent if you ask me. 

Anyway, this is what happens when an individual puts their work out there in the public eye, it is open for both praise and ridicule.  Unfortunately most can not handle the latter.

9/22/08   |   Natasha   |   2 respect

bennyprofane wrote:
Maybe you're right.  Maybe vitriolic attacks can only be levelled at Yankee Stadium.  The truth is I don't have a dog in this hunt, and enough has been said by all media outlets about the exploits of the stadium, me writing my own article would be redundant.  The author of this article looks to sully the legacy of a historic building.  To me this just seems like a time to put away that type of partisan fandom, and warranted a critique. 

I think that was kinda the point. If someone wrote ANOTHER blah blah blah blah blah article about Yankee Stadium then it would be the same stuff I've been watching and reading for DAYS. It's everyones right to state THEIR favorite memories on THEIR blog. It's your choice to read it!

I'm personally very sad to see the stadium go, but I also share Pat's version of my "favorite moments at Yankee Stadium".  Just because our favorite moments at the park are not ones that you also share doesn't mean that you should be a total a$$ to someone for blogging about it. Not everyone shares YOUR opinion either.

It's Pat's blog and Pat's opinion... it's still morning and it's already gotten almost a dozen thumbs up, more than any of your hate spewing comments... so I think it's safe to say that not everyone thinks the way you do. I find it almost humorous that people are acting like he just said their dead grandpa was a pedophile or something. Stop being ridiculous. Yes, it's a part of baseball's history but last I checked it was YOUR team tearing it down, not any Boston fan's blog.

9/22/08   |   bennyprofane

Pat wrote:
Thanks for the input, man. I really appreciate it. If you want a nice, cheesy Yankee Stadium post, here are a few for you. I figured that with the dozens out there, it wouldn't hurt to post about MY favorite memories. And as always, feel free to post your own.

NJ.com
Newsday
Buster Olney
The Big Lead
USA Today
Sports Illustrated
Reuters


Enjoy.

Quote:   "In honor of Yankee Stadium and the many d-bags that called it home, here are some of my personal favorite moments, people and events."

And herein lies the problem Pat.  If you wanted to give the anti-gooey review of Yankee Stadium fine.  If you wanted to offer the Red Sox fan's viewpoint, the celebration in Yankee Stadium post 2004 ALCS fine.  But when you use lines like the one I quoted above you show only pettiness and little reverence for the sport.

It's obvious that you're only intention was to diminish the legacy of Yankee Stadium.  Lines like:
"There have been Little League games with bigger crowds. Even the lowly Washington Nationals have drawn bigger crowds," prove that.

Furthermore, you use it as a pulpit from which to bash the Yankees, talking about Pavano, the 80's and the post 2001 ineptitude.  It's a joke. 

Truth be told I got tired of hearing although sentimental hogwash that went around about the last days of the stadium.  I would have appreciated an anti-history of the stadium, complete with Yankee dissappointments and crippling defeats.  The idea that as much victory as Yankee Stadium has seen, it has also seen its share of defeat.  But that is not what you offered Pat.  Instead you gave us the childlike diatribe of a bitter Boston fan.  A less than eloquent rant.  The tap dance of a fan whose team has only recently assumed the mantle of champion, and rather than appreciate that with humility, you turn into the very thing you claim to despise above.

I have seen you rail on people, in some of the political blogs about a need for personal responsibility in our populace.  I only wich you had exercised said virtue in writing this blog.

9/22/08   |   snbslugger

Of all the fluff pieces written about Yankee Stadium over the past season, I thought this was hilarious.  Those of you hating on Pat need to lighten up.  If I hear anymore about "The Grand Cathedral" I'm going to vomit.  It's not even the same stadium that was built in 1923.  Very little of that REAL "House that Ruth Built" even exists anymore.

Quick backstory.  I am currently on a yearly mission to visit all Major League Baseball parks.  To date, I have been to Fenway Park (27 times), Montreal, Baltimore, New York (Shea), Philly, San Diego, Toronto, and Tampa Bay.

I went to Yankee Stadium on July 23, 2008 against Minnesota.  As a Yankee hater, but a baseball fan and a fan of the game's rich history, I felt compelled to go as it was the final year and I thought I might regret it if I did not.

What I determined was Yankee Stadium is the most overrated sports venue of all time.

Look, I understand many legends of the game played on this hallowed ground.  I understand its role in the dominance of Yankee baseball.  I understand it's a symbol of the Yankees' rise to prominence in baseball after acquiring Babe Ruth and going from a perennial last place franchise to one of the most recognizable teams and brands in the entire World.  That said, as ballparks go, it's boring and forgettable.

Inside the stadium it's bland.  The walls are painted white with blue trim around doorframes and it looks like the hallway of any hospital or school.  Outside on River Ave. there are a few small sports bars and souvenir shops that try to harken back to the old days in the Bronx, but doesn't do enough to help the atmosphere.

The stadium is huge.  It's too big to be intimate.  I went to a game where Mussina was cooking for 7 innings and there were over 54,000 people there.  You could hear a pin drop.  The seats are blue, the grass is green, the trim is white.  There is no color or visual stimuli.  It's all very much like the Yankees, clean cut and corporate.

The Yankees' place in history, along with their stadium, are assured, but as far as a ballpark and its surrounding atmosphere, I've been to places that do it so much better.  Boston, Baltimore and Philly really bring that old-time baseball "Game Day" feel in and out of the ballpark.  At Yankee Stadium, I was bored.

That said, the new stadium looks incredible and I think it will be much better than the old one.

9/22/08   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

I'd PQ this if I could. I expect better from you. If there is one day to leave out the rivalry and your hate for one day, this would be it. This "blog" disrespects every Yankee player to ever wear pinstripes, along with their loyal fans

9/22/08   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

(Edited by Toejam)

I got a good laugh out of the post but i also understand the history and the loss the old stadiums passing will mean to so many lives. Even though i now live 3,000 miles away I still mourn for the old Red Wing Stadium in Rochester that was so much a part of my childhood, seeing games with my late father and grandfather who were the people in my life that gave me so much and whom i owe my love of sports to this day. A bit of us all passes on when a landmark is destroyed

9/22/08   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

bennyprofane wrote:
I'm not even a Yankee fan, in fact I absolutely hate the Yankees, but you Pat have absolutely no class.  Funny how you tear down the Yankees and their fans, and give no respect to the most iconic piece of sports real estate in this country.  As a fan of baseball, and of sports history in general, this article you wrote shows a complete lack of reverence, and is just the grandstanding of a bitter person.  It makes me wonder if you have any respect for the game at all, or if your just so consumed by the "rivalry" that you can't step outside of it for one minute to give tribute where its due, or better yet just shut the f--- up.  The fact that the internet gives someone like you a voice is almost unforgivable.   

Thanks for the input, man. I really appreciate it. If you want a nice, cheesy Yankee Stadium post, here are a few for you. I figured that with the dozens out there, it wouldn't hurt to post about MY favorite memories. And as always, feel free to post your own.

NJ.com
Newsday
Buster Olney
The Big Lead
USA Today
Sports Illustrated
Reuters


Enjoy.

9/22/08   |   kappafla211

While watching the game last night. The camera panned out through the crowd and I saw a man that was probably in his mid to late 60's. That got me thinking. I know that there aren't a lot of people who can say this but.......some great grandparent this morning can tell his family I saw the first pitch and the last pitch in Yankee Stadium. I know the 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's year olds have memories but man some of these old timers have seen it all or almost all of it.

Yes I know if someone saw the first pitch they would be in their late late 80's or early 90's. But god they could tell you some stories I bet.

9/22/08   |   seanpking1

(Edited by seanpking1)

I went to Yankee Stadium on a number of occasions when I was living in New Jersey, and it was by far the greatest sports venue I've ever been to. It is literally the only stadium/arena that gave me goosebumps when I walked through the doors. It will be sorely missed by all that played and by all the watched.

To the author of this article: The best thing about being a Yankee fan is knowing that everyone outside of our fan base hates us with a passion, and no other team is within shouting distance of the success and legacy of our team. Good luck this postseason - maybe the Sox will only be 18 away at the start of 2009.

9/22/08   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

My favorite memory of Yankee Stadium was getting to watch my favorite player the late Thurman Munson warm up the starting pitcher before every game.  Thurman had the passion and intensity of a guy like Curt Shilling, at least before Curt bloodied his sock by accidentally stepping on his over inflated ego. 

9/22/08   |   pennjersey_jimmy   |   47 respect

(Edited by pennjersey_jimmy)

I was at this Saturdays game the last day game at Yankee stadium, there is alot of rich and as mentioned above not so rich history back at the stadium.  But what I dont think alot of folks outside of the City understand is that the building is not just about the history of baseball, but it was a big part of our lives.

It is where I saw my first baseball game with my Pop. It was also the place where I saw the last game with my Pop (miss ya Pop) It was about cutting school and work to watch the Yanks, and yes it was when they were not the greatest.  But even in the pitiful mid and late 80's besides Dave Righetti's no hitter of the Red Sox on July 4th (still have my ticket stubb) still had fond memories of meeting friends talking baseball and alot of trash. 

Yes there is alot of baseball history at the ballpark but most of the memories I have are of the great times and people I met at the stadium.  Section 37 right field bleachers were we used to sit season tickets from 90-95 (figures 96 took a job on west coast and they finally go to world series)

Memories of  freezing in cold early may drizzle at night on my birthday buying first "legal" beer (you could buy beer in the bleachers back in those days) and yelling at  Ricky Henderson to stop trying to snort the foul line its just chalk.  So while many of you complain about all the attention Yankee stadium is getting with it closing, I guess if you were not a New Yorker you just would not understand.  If your a bandwagon Boston Fan I know you would not understand. 

Think if they built a new Fenway and you were a New England Native or a new Wrigley in Chicago then you might understand that it is not just baseball, It is piece of your life.  Memories of growing up and good times, alot of good times.

I am sure I will get alot of poor ratings for this post from all the Yankee haters, but I do think you should respect the building,  I hate the red sox as much as anybody but if Fenway ever goes I will understand the feeling, its like you lost a good childhood friend. 

9/22/08   |   bennyprofane

MarkTheShark wrote:
Dude, relax.....write a piece about the glorious history of the House That Ruth Built as rebuttal, not this vitriolic attack.

Maybe you're right.  Maybe vitriolic attacks can only be levelled at Yankee Stadium.  The truth is I don't have a dog in this hunt, and enough has been said by all media outlets about the exploits of the stadium, me writing my own article would be redundant.  The author of this article looks to sully the legacy of a historic building.  To me this just seems like a time to put away that type of partisan fandom, and warranted a critique. 

9/22/08   |   IlliniBob72   |   83 respect

I do have to laugh at the irony of the fact that the author of this piece is giving anyone a hard time about a lack of class.

9/22/08   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

bennyprofane wrote:
I'm not even a Yankee fan, in fact I absolutely hate the Yankees, but you Pat have absolutely no class.  Funny how you tear down the Yankees and their fans, and give no respect to the most iconic piece of sports real estate in this country.  As a fan of baseball, and of sports history in general, this article you wrote shows a complete lack of reverence, and is just the grandstanding of a bitter person.  It makes me wonder if you have any respect for the game at all, or if your just so consumed by the "rivalry" that you can't step outside of it for one minute to give tribute where its due, or better yet just shut the f--- up.  The fact that the internet gives someone like you a voice is almost unforgivable.   

Dude, relax.....write a piece about the glorious history of the House That Ruth Built as rebuttal, not this vitriolic attack.

9/22/08   |   bennyprofane

I'm not even a Yankee fan, in fact I absolutely hate the Yankees, but you Pat have absolutely no class.  Funny how you tear down the Yankees and their fans, and give no respect to the most iconic piece of sports real estate in this country.  As a fan of baseball, and of sports history in general, this article you wrote shows a complete lack of reverence, and is just the grandstanding of a bitter person.  It makes me wonder if you have any respect for the game at all, or if your just so consumed by the "rivalry" that you can't step outside of it for one minute to give tribute where its due, or better yet just shut the f--- up.  The fact that the internet gives someone like you a voice is almost unforgivable.   

9/22/08   |   The Wakka Man   |   16 respect

HOO-HAH!

Thanks for the chuckles, I needed them.