Regards, regrets to Yankee Stadium

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  • Audrey
    Oct. 5, 2008 8:38 p.m.

    And this article stands as a monument to a level of writing I believe I will never achieve. You are a rare talent. I continue to marvel at it and attempt to emulate it. But I doubt I will ever achieve it. I am just proud to have had the chance to grow up with it and learn from it.

  • River Coug
    Sept. 26, 2008 11:36 a.m.

    Thanks Brad. Thank goodness I did take in a Yankee game at the stadium a few years back. But now, I regret not walking around and checking out the statues and all of the other historical things. Our youth and dreams are such fleeting things, and yet, like Yankee stadium, they're always right there with us.

  • George C
    Sept. 26, 2008 9:00 a.m.

    Great article. As I kid growing up in Manhattan my brother and I are life time Yankee fans. We attended games in person many times. I vividly rememember attending my first game with my Dad seeing the playing field for the first time with its bright green grass as we cam thru an upper deck portal on the way to our seats. Phil Rizzuto hit a triple and my hero Yogi Berra hit a homerun and the Yankees won what a night! Another time we sat in the right field homerun porch as Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle hit six homeruns in a double header. We saw Ted Wiliams, Jim Bunning, Minnie Minoso, Al Rosen and many other terrific players. We will miss Yankee Stadium, but then some call it progress.

  • West Virginia Yankee
    Sept. 26, 2008 7:10 a.m.

    Brad, a nice piece. I can relate to your feelings as a youth. I did have the privilege to see three games in the stadium. From a box behind the Yankee dugout, a seat along the first baseline, and sitting in the corner next to the short porch in right field I replayed my childhood fantasies of playing short stop, taking Phil Rizutto's place. I strolled through Monument Park and listened to the sound of the crack of Mantle, Maris, and Dimaggio's bats as they played the game I grew up loving every summer as you did.
    Is there and empty field anywhere that hasn't had a baseball game played in it? Is not every vacant lot a Field of Dreams? It may take a hundred years but let us hope the new stadium will earn itself the right to be called a shrine. The Jeter's, Riveras, Rodriquezes, and all the great adversaries that will come to the park certainly have the makings of another House That Someone? Built. I thank you for your thoughts and express my sadness that you didn't make it to the Stadium. Perhaps it just adds to the reverence for the place.