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-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A Stadium is worth a thousand memories

Tomorrow is the day that's been circled on all of our calendars since the tentative schedule came out last off-season: the last regular season game in Yankee Stadium history.

It's an emotional day, sure, but it also signals the beginning of a new era of Yankees baseball. The dynasty years are long gone and the "very good" teams have become a memory as well. This team will miss the playoffs for the first time since clinching the wild-card in 1995. It's almost fitting that this current run is going down with the Stadium.

But let's forget about the way the team played this season. It's time to remember all of the good times we've had in this building: the thrilling regular season games, the countless postseason games, the great individual performances witnessed. We all have our stories and memories. I can remember the upper deck shaking after Alfonso Soriano's walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2001 ALCS. I can also remember my first time in the building in 1997.

Hopefully Andy Pettitte will pitch eight shutout innings and Mariano Rivera will close out a victory. Hopefully Derek Jeter goes 3-for-3 and makes one of his "Jeterian" defensive plays.

It's sad that the Stadium has to go, but it has seen better days. It's time for the sun to shine on the new Stadium now.

Thanks for the memories, Yankee Stadium.

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

2 comments:

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com said...

Just watched Soriano's walk-off on ESPN Classic. They've got wall to wall coverage today, and seeing these games again is really special.

Anonymous said...

they still have a 0.1 chance of winning the Wild Card according to ESportsPropagandaN. Go Indians!

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