STADIUM CRASH FORCES YANKS TO PLAY ELSEWHERE: Months ago, the New York Yankees planned today as a turn back the clock day, selling $2 tickets in honor of the 75th anniversary of Yankee Stadium.Little did they know they'd be turning the clock back to 1975 instead of 1923.
While city engineers continue to probe and X-ray Yankee Stadium, the team was scheduled to play a regular-season home game outside of the Bronx for the first time in 23 years, meeting the Anaheim Angels in Shea Stadium in the opener of a rather unusual doubleheader.
After the AL game, scheduled to start at 12:05 p.m. EDT, the New York Mets were to play the Chicago Cubs at 7:40 p.m.
"I wonder if we're allowed to stay," said Yankees pitcher David Cone, a former Mets star. "I'm not sure, I might have to buy a ticket."
Monday's crash of a 71-year-old steel-and-concrete joint into the stadium's middle deck forced postponement of the first two games of the Yankees-Angels series.
With no clear idea of when the stadium will reopen to the public, the American League moved today's series finale to Shea.
RED SOX CONSIDERING NEW PARK: Boston Red Sox officials are considering building a new stadium next to Fenway Park and turning the 86-year-old facility into a baseball museum and park, The Boston Globe reported today.
The new stadium would be bigger than Fenway Park but would resemble it and might have some of the same field dimensions.
It would have a left-field fence similar to Fenway's "Green Monster," which would be turned to a different angle and become an exhibit in the museum.
Parts of what is now center field, the bleachers and the first base side of Fenway Park eventually would be demolished so shops, restaurants and other facilities could be built.
INDIANS RE-SIGN GILES: Cleveland Indians outfielder Brian Giles signed a three-year contract extension Tuesday with a club option for 2002.