I just wanted to take the opportunity to say goodbye to a place that I have spent so many nights at over the past 7 seasons. A place that has brought a lot of happiness over the years and some sadness as well. The Cathedral of baseball.....Yankee Stadium.
I have been a Yankees season ticket holder for the past seven seasons. I have seen over 200 regular season and playoff games during that span. And I have seen all types of games as well. This place was like a second home to me. To show up for a few games every home stand, and as we all know in American League baseball, get in about 4 hours of baseball a night. No matter what was going on outside the stadium, you had no worries inside other then making sure the Yankees won that night. Watching these games, hanging out with the crowd in the bleachers and just enjoying the experience has been awesome. I was a "bleacher creature" for my first six seasons in section 39 before moving to the upper deck this year. Different vantage point, but still the same passionate fans around me. I have seen a lot of great games during that span as well as some very bad ones as well. Here are a handful of the up's and down's for me over the years:
July 17, 2003 - Derek Jeter hits 2-run HR in the bottom of the 8th to tie the Indians at 4-4. Hideki Matsui wins it with a HR on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth. Yankees win 5-4 in first game after the All-Star break.
October 16th, 2003 - ALCS Game 7 - Yankees trail the Red Sox 5-2 in the bottom of the 8th with 1 out. Pedro stays in, Yankees rally for 3 to tie it at 5. Aaron Boone nails the first pitch from Tim Wakefield over the left field wall. Yankees win it 6-5. Yankees go on to play the Marlins in the World Series.
July 1st, 2004 - "The Jeter Dive". The Red Sox had bases loaded in the 12th with 2 outs. Trot Nixon fouls one off the 3rd base line and Jeter running full speed, catches the ball at the wall and dives into the crowd. Inning over. Jeter bloodied. Yankees win 5-4 in the 13th inn.
August 31st, 2004 - Yankees suffer worst loss in franchise history. Beat up by the Indians 22-0.
October 20th, 2004 - ALCS Game 7 - "The Collapse". Yankees blow 3 game lead over the Red Sox, and get blown out in game 7. Red Sox head on to World Series.
May 26th, 2006 - Derek Jeter gets career hit # 2000 in 7-6 loss to Royals.
July 14th, 2008 - Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium
July 15th, 2008 - Yankee Stadium hosts the All-Star Game
September 16, 2008 - Derek Jeter passes Lou Gehrig for most hits all time at Yankee Stadium in 6-2 loss to White Sox.
September 17, 2008 - My final trip to Yankee Stadium. Yankees defeat the White Sox 5-1.
I was also at the 2003 World Series games in the series loss to Florida. And I have been to the last 5 opening days at the stadium. I have seen a lot over the years and have some memories that will be burnt into my memory for the rest of my life. I'm sure the new Yankee Stadium will have plenty of great moments as well, but what I've seen as well as what many other have seen over the past 85 years will last forever. Thanks for the memories.
What are some of your memories from "The House That Ruth Built"?