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YANKEE STADIUM

Yankee Stadium exterior

Yankee Stadium - Bronx NY

TEAM ::: NEW YORK YANKEES
LOCATION ::: BRONX, NEW YORK
MY FIRST VISIT ::: MAY 16, 1979
OPPONENT ::: DETROIT TIGERS

Monument Park - Yankee Stadium

RATINGS

 

BALLFIELD ::: A
SCOREBOARD ::: A
FOOD ::: A-
FACILITIES ::: C
MY MLB STADIUM RANK ::: 14 OF 41

Batting practice @ Yankee Stadium

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

The House that Ruth Built from Right Field

Another view of Yankee Stadium from HP

YANKEE STADIUM, KNOWN ALL OVER THE TRI-STATE AREA AS "THE STADIUM," TELL SOMEONE YOU ARE GOING TO "THE STADIUM" AND THERE IS NO FURTHER EXPLANATION.
 
YANKEE STADIUM IS THE LAST OF THE OLD PARKS, FENWAY AND WRIGLEY ARE STILL BEING USED AND ARE OLDER. THE DIFFERENCE IS YANKEE STADIUM WAS COMPLETELY RENOVATED IN THE '70s SO DON'T EXPECT AN OLD TIME BALLPARK WHEN YOU ARRIVE. ANYTHING IN THE '70s THAT COULD BE CHANGED FOR THE BETTER, WAS .. BUT THEY DID NOT DO EVERYTHING RIGHT, HENCE WHY YANKEE STADIUM WILL BE REPLACE IN 2009. IF YOU HAVEN'T MADE THE TRIP, YOU HAVE 3 YEARS LEFT TO EXPERIENCE "THE STADIUM"
 
 
YANKEE STADIUM HAS A LOT TO OVERCOME AND DOES SO MUCH  TO MAKE IT SUCH A GREAT PLACE.
TO START, THERE IS THE PARKING ISSUE. LIKE FENWAY AND WRIGLEY, YANKEE IS IN THE CITY, AND SINCE THE STADIUM WAS BUILT IN 1923, THE ROADS WERE AS WELL. TRAFFIC IS A GIVEN AND WITH LIMITED PARKING NEAR THE STADIUM, IT IS BEST TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO GET HERE. THE SUBWAY STOP IS RIGHT OUTSIDE THE STADIUM AND IS FILLED WITH YANKEE FANS HEADED TO THE BRONX TO SEE THERE TEAM. IF YOU ARE MEETING PEOPLE HERE, THERE IS NO BETTER MEETING PLACE IN BASEBALL, MEET THEM AT THE BAT. OUTSIDE THE MAIN ENTRANCEWAY IS A GIANT BAT WHICH CAN BE SEEN FROM ALL AROUND, THIS IS THE YANKEE STADIUM MEETING PLACE.

Yankee Stadium from the upper tier

IF YOU DRIVE, GET THERE AT LEAST 2 HOURS BEFORE THE GAME, IT WILL GIVE YOU TIME TO STROLL AROUND THE PARKS EXTERIOR, SMELLING THE PRETZLES ON THE HOT COALS, AND MAYBE GO UNDER THE SUBWAY OVER TO BOWLING ALLEY ACROSS THE STREET.
 
OF COURSE, ONCE THE GATES OPEN, HEAD ON INTO THE PARK AND ENJOY BATTING PRACTICE. NO YANKEE BATTING PRACTICE IS COMPLETE, HOWEVER, WITHOUT A VISIT TO MONUMENT PARK. IF THERE WAS EVER A DOUBT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YANKEE STADIUM WERE A SHRINE, A VISIT TO MONUMENT PARK MAY CHANGE YOUR MIND.  WALKING DOWN TO FIELD LEVEL FROM THE LOWER DECK, MONUMENT PARK'S ENTRANCE IS LINED WITH ALL OF THE YANKEE RETIRED NUMBERS, ALONG WITH A BRIEF PLAYER BIOGRAPHY.
 
FROM THERE, THE MAIN ENTRANCE, MONUMENTS TO THE BABE AND MILLER HUGGINS, MANAGER OF THE GREAT YANKEE TEAMS OF THE '20s. ALONG THE WALL ARE PLAQUES OF ALL THE YANKEE GREATS THAT PLAYED ON THE FIELD LESS THAN 100 FEET AWAY. ALSO, MONUMENTS DEDICATED TO THE 2 PAPAL VISITS AND TO BOB SHEPHARD, THE VOICE OF YANKEE STADIUM.

The pitch - Yankee Stadium, Bronx NY

Yankee Stadium from left field tier

AFTER GETTING YOUR FILL OF YANKEE HISTORY, WHICH RIGHT THERE PUTS THIS STADIUM BACK TO THE TOP OF THE LIST, HEAD ON OVER TO ONE OF THE MANY CONCESSION AREAS OR THE YANKEE FOOD COURT. SADLY, THE FOOD AT YANKEE STADIUM CAN ONLY BE CONSIDERED EDIBLE. I CAN SAY I'VE EATEN AT YANKEE STADIUM MANY TIMES AND I'VE ONLY WALKED AWAY ONCE IMPRESSED, AND THAT IS WHEN I SAMPLED THE YANKEE BAKERY LOCATED IN THE MAIN LEVEL. LOCAL PASTRIES ARE SOLD THERE AND WITH LITTLE ITALY NOT FAR AWAY, THE BAKERY AREA MAY BE THE BEST PART OF THE STADIUM. ASIDE FROM THE FOOD BEING LESS THAN AVERAGE, IT IS NEW YORK AND IN NEW YORK YOU CAN ADD BETWEEN $1.50 AND $2.50 TO THE PRICE OF THE CONCESSIONS.

The third base stands, Yankee Stadium, Bronx NY

Yankee Stadium from Right Field tier

 
 
FILLED WITH NOSTALGA AND FOOD, HEAD ON OUT TO THE SEATING AREA. THE LOGE IS THE BEST SECTION IN THE HOUSE, BUT THOSE SEATS ARE NOW $50+ PER TICKET SO THOSE ARE OUT. ANOTHER GOOD AREA IS IN THE MAIN RESERVED, THE SEATS ARE LOCATED BEHIND THE FIELD BOX AND  UNDER COVER GIVING A GOOD VIEW OF THE FIELD.
SADLY, WHERE YOU MAY END UP IS IN THE UPPER TIER. THESE ARE "THE CHEAP" SEATS AND ARE FAR AWAY FROM THE ACTION. THEY MAY BE FAR BUT THE ATMOSPHERE IS STILL UP THERE. THE DRAWBACK TO THESE SEATS IS THEY ARE VERY STEEP. WALKING UP TO THE UPPER TIER IS TOUGH ENOUGH, WALKING TO YOUR SEAT, ESPECIALLY IF SOMEBODY IS WALKING DOWN IS A SCARY THOUGHT.
 
ONCE SEATED, TAKE A LOOK AROUND THE PARK. A SPECTACULAR VIEW! THE BLUE SEATS, WHICH WILL ALL BE FILLED, THE PERFECTLY MANICURED FIELD, AND THE FACADE. THE YANKEE STADIUM SIGNATURE ALONG THE TOP OF THE OUTFIELD WALL. IT GIVES AN EVEN MORE CLASSIC LOOK TO A CLASSIC LOOKING PLACE.

A view from Center Field of Yankee Stadium

WHAT MAKES A GAME AT YANKEE STADIUM MORE EXCITING THAN ANY PLACE ELSE ARE THE FANS. FANS ARE PASSIONATE AND KNOWLEDGABLE ABOUT THE GAME. WHERE ELSE DOES A PLAYER GET CHEERED FOR GROUNDING OUT TO SECOND BASE WHEN HE MOVED THE PLAYER ON SECOND TO THIRD?  DURING THE FIRST INNING OF THE GAME, A NEW TRADITION OF THE BLEACHER FANS DOING THE ROLL CALL, CALLING EACH PLAYER AND ALL 8 WILL TURN AND GIVE A TIP OF THE CAP. SOME PITCHERS DO .. SOME DON'T.

From Right Field at Yankee Stadium

 
THE GAME HERE IS HANDLED AS WELL AS A TEAM WITH A RICH HISTORY COULD. BETWEEN INNINGS YANKEE HIGHLIGHTS CAN BE FROM ANY DECADE OVER THE PAST 80 YEARS, THE SCOREBOARD IN LEFT CENTER LEAVES THE LINE SCORE UP THE WHOLE GAME WITH A GIANT CLOCK ABOVE IT. ALWAYS A CLASSIC BACKDROP ON TV WHEN THEY SHOW THE PLAYER ON FIRST BASE.

The Outfield from Right Field - Yankee Stadium

OF THE 40 MAJOR LEAGUE PARKS I HAVE VISITED I RATE YANKEE STADIUM 14th. BEHIND MEMORIAL STADIUM IN BALTIMORE BUT AHEAD OF A T & T IN SAN FRANCISCO.
THE YANKEES HIT YOU RIGHT AWAY WITH THE TRADITION, OPPOSING PLAYERS HAVE EVEN SAID THAT THE YANKEES NEVER LET YOU FORGET WITH THE "26 TIME WORLD CHAMPIONS" ACROSS THE FACE OF THE UPPER TIER. 
THE BUILDING STRUCTURE IS 80+ YEARS OLD, THIS CAN BE SEEN IN THE AISLEWAYS UNDER THE STADIUM AND EVEN THE BATHROOMS, WHICH ARE IN SOME AREAS ONLY 4 STALLS WIDE.
FOR ALL OF THE SHORTCOMINGS, THE THING THE YANKEES DO BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE IS HONOR THE PAST. AT EVERY OPENING DAY THE OLDEST LIVING YANKEE LEGEND WILL THROW THE FIRST PITCH. DURING THE PLAYOFFS, ANY NUMBER OF PLAYOFF GREATS CAN COME OUT TO NOT ONLY THROW THE FIRST PITCH, BUT INTIMIDATE THE OPPOSING TEAM. NO MATTER HOW YOU FEEL REMEMBER, 2008 IS SCHEDULED TO BE THE LAST YEAR HERE SO, MAKE PLANS TO GET TO THE BRONX EARLY. 50,000 PEOPLE WILL BE WITH YOU REGARDLESS OF WHO YOU PLAN ON SEEING.

Exchanging the Line Up cards at The Stadium

THE LINE UPS
 
Detroit Tigers manager :::
 
54 Les Moss
 
New York Yankees manager :::
 
21 Bob Lemon

DETROIT TIGERS

8 Ron Leflore cf

27 Jerry Morales lf

10 Rusty Staub dh

33 Steve Kemp rf

14 John Wockenfuss 1b

13 Lance Parrish c

4 Aurelio Rodriguez 3b

1 Lou Whtaker 2b

5 Mark Wagner ss

20 Mark Fidrych p / LP

Don Mattingly preparing for a game

NEW YORK YANKEES

17 Mickey Rivers cf

30 Willie Randolph 2b

15 Thurman Munson c

9 Craig Nettles 3b

44 Reggie Jackson rf

14 Lou Pinella lf

10 Chris Chambliss 1b

12 Jim Spencer dh

20 Bucky Dent ss

49 Ron Guidry p / WP

Another scoreboard shot @ Yankee Stadium

The Scoreboard at Yankee Stadium

TIGERS     000 000 002     2 9 0
YANKEES 200 400 00x    6 6 0

TIME ::: 1:59
ATTENDANCE ::: 43,843
WEATHER ::: CLEAR, COOL

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