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STANDING VACANT NOT A FITTING END FOR OLD YANKEE STADIUM
New York Post ^ | August 9 2009 | Mike Vaccaro

Posted on 08/10/2009 7:52:35 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight

"WHAT'S up, old friend?" I asked the other day.

But there was no response. The old friend was muffled, muzzled, unable to say anything, trapped in his new black straitjacket. I looked at him sadly. He looked back silently. I wanted to offer comfort, but what could you say? What could you do?

"Thanks for the memories," I said, walking away.

And Yankee Stadium -- the old one, the real one, the one presently wrapped by black scaffolding as it undergoes a painful transformation from national treasure and civic landmark to picked-apart, torn-asunder rubble -- didn't say a word. Noble to the end. Restrained in its dignity. Accepting its fate. To the end.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Sports
KEYWORDS: america2point0; americana; americaspastime; asocialistamerica; change; history; mlb; nostalgia; nyc; nyyankees; revisionisthistory; yankeestadium
Last year the Yankees and the Mets drew 4 million customers apiece, the factions of New York flocking to the doomed and dying playpens in order to say goodbye. All summer long, people seemed to tiptoe through Yankee Stadium as if not wishing to disturb the ghosts, as if they were taking their last steps along some holy thoroughfare -- and in some ways, they were.

~~~ The last day at Yankee Stadium, grown men cried and didn't care who saw them. ~~~

1 posted on 08/10/2009 7:52:36 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Artemis Webb; June K.

~~~ PING ~~~


2 posted on 08/10/2009 7:53:30 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Mr_Moonlight

How many bodies will be pulled out of the concrete in the stands?


3 posted on 08/10/2009 7:54:43 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Mr_Moonlight
Mike Vaccaro isn't just a sports writer, he's a sports writer.

Goes for Joel Sherman, as well.

4 posted on 08/10/2009 8:00:07 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (green is the new red.)
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To: Yo-Yo
How many bodies will be pulled out of the concrete in the stands?

who wants to know?

5 posted on 08/10/2009 8:00:36 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (green is the new red.)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

6 posted on 08/10/2009 8:02:19 PM PDT by knarf
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To: GOPsterinMA; IndyTiger; henkster; JerseyJohn61; TennTuxedo; Mr_Moonlight; BatGuano; refreshed; ...
BASEBALL PING LIST

If you would like to be on the ping list let me know.

This will be a medium volume ping list during the baseball season and a low volume ping list when all life stops in late October.

7 posted on 08/10/2009 8:04:24 PM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Yankee Stadium standing empty sounds pretty appropriate to me.


8 posted on 08/10/2009 8:08:25 PM PDT by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Mike Vaccaro isn't just a sports writer, he's a sports *writer.*
Goes for Joel Sherman, as well.

Ya ... he *gets* the sentimentality of the topic he's writing about, and relates it to the reader. Many of us real 'Yankee Stadium' fans have been put off with all the hyperbole and superlatives over the *new* Stadium, not wanting to accept it whatsoever. Vaccaro gives a nice eulogy here for the *old* Stadium, the one we remember .... and a eulogy which us 'sentimentalists' can accept

I've been waiting for a piece like this for two years, and Vaccaro finally delivers one

9 posted on 08/10/2009 8:11:37 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Mr_Moonlight

MM,

This sounds almost as if written by you...in fact, I thought it WAS, at first!

...Lots of sadness in seeing these places go!!

Junie K


10 posted on 08/10/2009 8:16:42 PM PDT by June K.
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To: Mr_Moonlight
the day before John Smoltz was designated (the day after game 2 of the series), Sherman wrote something like this:
...an arm that is no longer nearly the equal of his heart...
Incredible line.
11 posted on 08/10/2009 8:17:13 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (green is the new red.)
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To: Mr_Moonlight
All summer long, people seemed to tiptoe through Yankee Stadium as if not wishing to disturb the ghosts, as if they were taking their last steps along some holy thoroughfare -- and in some ways, they were.

Except for the Red Sox fans....

12 posted on 08/10/2009 8:17:36 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (The War on Poverty is over. Poverty won. - Howie Carr)
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To: To Hell With Poverty
Except for the Red Sox fans....

Hahaahahahaa ... OK, good one, but I'll bite ... even Fenway was threatened with destruction a few years back, until more rational minds prevailed. Wish similar rational minds prevailed for *old* Yankee Stadium ...

Otherwise, a rivalry is a rivalry ... thats what makes it interesting and fun ... and for the record, I was just as dismayed at the BoSox possibly gutting Fenway a few years back as I am about the *old* Yankee Stadium

13 posted on 08/10/2009 8:27:33 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Tee hee, couldn’t help myself. I hate seeing any historic building neglected or torn down. And I’m mostly a Sox fan because my father grew up a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, anyway! :P


14 posted on 08/10/2009 8:36:10 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (The War on Poverty is over. Poverty won. - Howie Carr)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

I’ve been thinking about this since I read the article.

I’ve been asked in the past if I believe in ghost. I’ve said that what I believed was that places CAN retain a memory of things past. If that is true then that spot in The Bronx could and should be the most ghost filled place on earth.


15 posted on 08/10/2009 8:43:42 PM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: June K.

16 posted on 08/10/2009 8:47:46 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: To Hell With Poverty
And I’m mostly a Sox fan because my father grew up a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, anyway! :P

Hahahaa .. not sure I see a connection with BoSox and B-Dodgers ... if anything, it was the B-Dodgers and NY Giants at each others throats in the NL every year ... beating each other up just for the privilege of meeting the Yankees in the World Series :)

17 posted on 08/10/2009 8:55:46 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Artemis Webb
I’ve been asked in the past if I believe in ghost. I’ve said that what I believed was that places CAN retain a memory of things past. If that is true then that spot in The Bronx could and should be the most ghost filled place on earth.

I've been there, within the innards of Yankee Stadium, ... and lemme tell ya, the 'ghosts' are there, really, no kidding ... ya just *feel* their presence. OK, it might be just the mind imagining so-called 'supernaturalism' or such, and it could just be a bunch of bunk ... but whatever it is there is something very special about places like the old Yankee Stadium, or Wrigley Field, or Fenway Park, or whatever is still left ....

(WHOH!! This is the exact same spot where Babe Ruth smashed his bat into the concrete after striking out! ... /laughs)

That sort of thing :)

MM

18 posted on 08/10/2009 9:07:29 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: knarf

When baseball was a sport and not a zillion dollar business played by multi-millionaire prima donnas on steroids and ego trips .


19 posted on 08/10/2009 9:38:48 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: Mr_Moonlight
That's at least as bad as Ted Turner showing his massive ego and utter smallness at the same time by naming Turner Feld for himself instead of calling it Henry Aaron Stadium. There's a frikkin plaque in a parking lot commemorating that home run instead of a shrine.

Sad.

20 posted on 08/10/2009 9:44:19 PM PDT by LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot ("The rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office". ~Andrew Jackson)
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To: To Hell With Poverty

..father grew up a Brooklyn Dodgers fan...
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
I was an “Irish” lad growing up in NYS mostly with Italian friends and since they were Yankee fans I naturally became a Brooklyn Dodger fan...most everyone else I knew were NY Giant fans so I had a ‘lonely’ but well fulfilled childhood just going against the ‘grain’....
My glory moment was Johnny Podres 2-0 win capped by Sandy Amoros’ catch in 1955 giving my HERO Pee Wee Reese and the rest of ‘Dem Bums a World Championship for the 1st time.

Next year finally made it....


21 posted on 08/10/2009 9:49:24 PM PDT by xrmusn
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To: knarf

Yup, that’s the real Yankee Stadium. The one where you could walk across the outfield, past the monuments, at the end of a game.


22 posted on 08/11/2009 1:39:33 AM PDT by Roccus (My anger is manufactured.......................................in the WHITE HOUSE and CONGRESS!!)
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To: Roccus

“The House That Ruth Built.”


23 posted on 08/11/2009 3:54:53 AM PDT by fredhead (Liberals think globally, reason rectally, act idiotically.)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

They ought to do with Yankee Stadium I what they did with Commiskey Park I: home plate should remain, along with the batter’s box, and be kept as a shrine. Even though the old Commiskey is now a parking lot, you can stand up on the concourse of new Commiskey and look down on old Commiskey’s batter’s box. It’s pretty cool.


24 posted on 08/11/2009 6:40:01 AM PDT by henkster (The frog has noticed the increase in water temperature)
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To: henkster
A big part of the deal with NYC to build the new Stadium on adjacent parkland was to turn the site of the old Stadium into a park ... a swap of parkland, as it were.

Supposedly the site will feature a forest of trees in the shape of the old grandstand, and *will* feature a plaque where home plate existed ... however, the exact point of home plate had changed during the 1976 remodeling, and again (I think) in the mid 80's ... so there are three potential "points" where home plate once existed, wonder which one they'll use for the plaque?

25 posted on 08/11/2009 4:21:44 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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