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.
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.
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.
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.