Wednesday, July 25, 2007

161st and River

This is the House that Ruth Built, otherwise known as Yankee Stadium. I've made the journey here many times. I'd guess at least sixty. I've been intellectually aware of the fact that they are building a new Yankee Stadium across the street. It never hit me that it is really happening, and it won't be long until this building is knocked down, until I paid a visit this past Saturday. Next year the All Star Game is in Yankee Stadium to say good bye to this legendary stadium. In 2009 they will be in the new stadium. I probably said my good bye this past Saturday.
This is the house that a lot of overpaid stiffs require: Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa, Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreau, Kyle Farnsworth and Mike Mussina make up about $80 million in wasted money that require a new stadium with corporate luxury boxes to pay for Brian Cashman's bad decisions on that pantheon of bums. This is the in progress house that those bums are requiring.

Roger Clemens isn't exactly a likable guy. The kids were out there screaming for Roger and Mariano Rivera -- both legends. Mariano gave them the occasional wave, Roger nothing. I expect Clemens to be aloof. To watch two of the best pitchers ever just talking shop presumably from up close was quite a thrill. Mariano is in my top three of all time favorite Yankees with Don Mattingly and Paul O'Neill.

The Rocket got his throws in the bullpen. These bleacher seats cost $5, which is a real bargain considering that the nosebleeds in the upper deck are like $50. I sit in the bleachers a lot and it is a great deal. Hideki Matsui hit a three run home run that landed about ten feet from me. Alex Rodriquez hit one into right center. AROD is having the best season I've ever seen of any player.
At 17-5, I decided to call it a night since I had a long ass flight back to Saipan the next morning. The Devil Rays were battered and abused this night. I wonder if this was my last time in Yankee Stadium.

Someone willing to set the over/under on obnoxious comments from Angelo on this post? We get it, the Yankees won the AL East 10 times in 11 years, the Red Sox none in that time, but right now the Sox are 7.5 up. Congratulations.


The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I'll let you have this one.

Mariano Rivera is one of my favorite Yankees, too. Correct me if I'm wrong (I probably am), but hasn't he blown more saves against the Red Sox than all of MLB combine?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I just looked it up. Between 2001-2005, 12 of his 28 blown saves were against the sox.

(that makes two commments)

Jeff said...

I doubt that, but the Red Sox have gotten a few in on him. He pitched three scoreless in the Boone game and got the win. Some of them hardly his fault in 2004. He had a 1.29 ERA and two losses. In 2003 he had a 1.12 vs. the Sox. Look at his numbers in that series. Hell, just look at his numbers. They are staggering.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I agree. They are staggering. I hope he retires soon.

bradinthesand said...

at least the bronx bombers were beating up on the devil rays that night.

whether you're a yankees fan or not, being in the house that ruth built is something special.

the same goes for the fen and wrigley. with so much history, it's hard to not feel somewhat in awe of the place when you walk in there.

i am more of the anti-maple leafs fan since i'm from buffalo, but i would have felt honored had i landed the opportunity to watch the sabres play in the gardens. even the boston gardens for that matter.

EJ said...

yey, i like pictures. you write too much and dont post enough pictures for me. hahhahhahah. well, good job here.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

Yankees Rule! All others are pretenders. (Sorry Mark).

No other team is even close in Championships won.

Root for a winner, root for the Yankees. Root for Beer. Root for Root Beer!

Rick Vaughn said...

You should apply for a job there at Yankee Stadium as Assistant to the Traveling Secretary.