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Yankee Stadium’s Swan Song – Part 2

By Brian | September 22, 2008 | Share on Facebook

I realize I just posted about this a couple of days ago, but now that I’ve seen it, I feel the need to comment once again.

First of all, the Yankees are about the classiest organization in professional sports.  If this were the NBA, tonight’s festivities would have featured some hot young pop tart singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in a low-cut dress.  If it were the NFL, it would have been “sponsored,” with corporate logos all over the place, numerous commercial breaks and product placement ads, including ads spray-painted on the field.

The Yankees made it all about the stadium, the tradition, the team, and the fans.  There was history (the original pennant flag from the 1922 team), remembrances (actors walking the field in the uniforms of Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio, etc.), well-deserved honors (Yogi Berra standing alone at home plate, Bernie Williams announced last in his first trip back to the Stadium since he left the team, Babe Ruth’s elderly daughter throwing out the ceremonial first pitch), and a tribute to the fans.

Ah yes, the tribute to the fans.  Derek Jeter, captain of the Yankees, obviously playing hurt after being hit on the hand in last night’s final at-bat, went 0-5 today, but took a microphone at the end of the game, surrounded himself with his teammates and said (paraphrasing here): 

This stadium has a lot of pride, a lot of history and a lot of memories.  But the great thing about memories is you can take them with you.  The greatest thing about the Yankee organization is it’s fans.  And even though things are changing and next year will be different than this year, we’re counting on you to make the building across the street as special as this one was.

He’s a class act.  They’re all class acts.

During the game, I was inspired to go hunt down a few more pictures for my Yankee Stadium photo essay.  They include one of my grandfather and great uncle at the stadium from 1979, one of me from the same game, one of the scoreboard that day, “Welcome to the NEW Yankee Stadium,” and a heart-warming story about how my son, Avery, experienced the last game at the stadium tonight.  If you’re into heart-warming/sappy things, give it a click…

UPDATE: Here’s the video of the Captain’s farewell address:

Topics: Family Matters, New York, New York, Sports Talk | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Yankee Stadium’s Swan Song – Part 2”

  1. Ilya says at September 22nd, 2008 at 8:29 am :
    No baseball on British TV – I had to be content with reading about it, sadly…

  2. Brian says at September 22nd, 2008 at 9:45 am :
    Adding the video for Ilya & others who didn’t catch it live…

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