Going out at night with Yankee Stadium

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For a few months, the last Yankee home game on Sunday, September 21 — a mere two months and four days from today — was scheduled to begin at the dreaded TBA. It is TBA no longer as ESPN and MLB have announced an 8 p.m. start time for that historic game.

While I don’t have tickets, I’m a little disappointed in this decision. One of the pure New York joys for me has always been a Sunday afternoon game in the Bronx. In fact, there’s even a song to go with it. In September, with a faint hint of fall in the air, and the shadows falling just so, it’s even better.

But alas, the finale at Yankee Stadium — like all of the events we’ve seen this week — is a historic baseball occasion, and we’ll have to sit through a Joe Morgan and Jon Miller send-off. Hopefully, that game in nine and a half weeks won’t be the last one ever at Yankee Stadium, but right now, our Bombers don’t seem to be a team destined to play in October this year.

So instead, the Yankee finale will be a night game, and the party at the stadium — a wake, if you will — will last long past the last pitch sometime after 11 p.m. Maybe, if the Baseball Gods are feeling up to it, they’ll even run the game into 15 innings as they did last night when they screamed to the crowd and the players, “Don’t go yet!”

It’s tough to realize that Yankee Stadium will see its final regular season home game in 66 days, but that’s all that’s left. Cherish them.

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  • http://www.nosenseworrying.com/ Jen

    I’m sure Michael Kay and the rest of the YES crew isn’t happy about this.

    • TurnTwo

      it makes me happy to know that Michael Kay doesnt get the satisfaction of broadcasting the final home game at the Stadium.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      He’s not. He went off about it on his ESPN radio show…

  • Steve

    Go ahead and kill me for saying this, but I’m not going to miss the stadium as much as some others will. And I’ve been following this team daily since I was an 8 year old in 1977. It doesn’t have the old timey charm of Wrigley or Fenway, whoever the architect was apparently had a cement fetish, the seats are too close together and the concessions/bathrooms/amenities are a joke by today’s standards. The upper deck is also WAY too steep, God forbid you have a few beers and try to stand up, you think you’re going to land on top of the dugout.

    For all of our attachment to what has gone on there, the stadium itself is a dinosaur. The current facility pales in comparison to most (if not all) of the new ballparks built. Maybe now that the new stadium is taking shape we can see what we’ve been missing all these years. I’m looking forward to making some new history in a new stadium and having a facility that I can take a date to without feeling like a tool. Time marches on, my friends.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      The city of Boston nearly shut down Fenway Park’s food stands because they failed fifteen “health and safety measurements on opening day this season.” So be careful just randomly throwing out names like that.

      http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/06/12/fenway_park_food_stands_failed_opening_day_health_inspection/

      • Casper

        That has nothing to do with the “old-timey charm” of Fenway (which is the only context in which Steve referred to Fenway in his comment).

        • TurnTwo

          and in fact, you might argue that this is a good for Fenway’s ‘old-timey charm’…

          they are operating the venue just as if it were still the good ol’ days, before there were food and safety guidelines and health requirements.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            Fenway Park… The Old Timey Good Place!

            Seriously, both parks are full of history and both parks are pretty drab, inconvenient places to watch a baseball game. I’m 6’1″, and I think the tallest person in Boston when the built Fenway was probably 4’9″, because those seat rows are ungodly close together. And Fenway is full of visual obstructions… a lot of those seats just suck.

            And yes, the Yankee Stadium tier is murder. I’ve always hated it; the slope is vertigo inducing and you feel so far away from the action.

            They’re both baseball cathedrals, but they were built (and renovated) so far before the modern, smart era of stadium building that they’re just not fan friendly. In the new Stadium, we’ll all be much closer to the action and more comfortable, and that’s a plus. I’m confident Yankee Mistique (R)(TM) will be just fine in the new digs.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        “…doesn’t have the old timey charm of Wrigley or Fenway, whoever the architect was apparently had a cement fetish, the seats are too close together and the concessions/bathrooms/amenities are a joke by today’s standards”

        In the same sentence where he praised Fenway Park he then criticized Yankee Stadium by talking about the concession stands. Putting both venues in the same sentence gave me the impression that he was comparing the two venues in terms of their concession stands, bathroom stalls and amenities.

        That brings me to another point, have you ever attended a game at Fenway Park? You want to talk about seats being too close at Yankee Stadium, attend a game at Fenway Park and let me hear what you think.

        • Casper

          Not that it’s pertinent.. But I’ve lived in both Boston and Chicago for multiple years in each city, so I’m quite familiar with Fenway and Wrigley, and I’ve been to baseball games in ever MLB stadium (although I have to hit a couple of the newer ones that replaced stadiums I went to). So yeah, I’m pretty familiar with the ballparks and how Yankee Stadium compares to them.

          I’ve been going to games at Yankee Stadium since I was a little kid and have a major sentimental tie to the place, just like the rest of the people posting here. I don’t think anyone intends to crap on Yankee Stadium here. But there’s nothing wrong with being of the opinion that Yankee Stadium doesn’t have the same old-time charm/authenticity that a park like Fenway or Wrigley has. Yankee Stadium is unique in that it’s kind of a weird hybrid old-time stadium/70s stadium, and neither Fenway nor Wrigley are like that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

            I understand that some may not feel like this current version of Yankee Stadium may not have the overall “old-time charm” of such venues like Fenway Park and Wrigley Field but that was not my point to argue that notion. My point was that criticizing Yankee Stadium in detail for such things as its concession stands and and seating arrangements in comparison to Fenway Park was a mistake because Fenway Park has those same exact issues.

            • Casper

              This is getting silly, and I agree that Fenway’s seats are tiny and the concessions/amenities aren’t great. But this is what he said:

              “It doesn’t have the old timey charm of Wrigley or Fenway, whoever the architect was apparently had a cement fetish, the seats are too close together and the concessions/bathrooms/amenities are a joke by today’s standards.”

              Those are 4 separate and distinct points. 1 – old-time charm; 2 – cement; 3 – small seats; 4 – amenities. He didn’t say “Yankee Stadium is worse than Fenway/Wrigley BECAUSE Fenway/Wrigley have bigger seats and better amenities.” I just think you’re arguing against a point he didn’t make, and the point he did make (Yankee Stadium isn’t as old-timey) is valid, whether you think it makes a difference or not.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      “The current facility pales in comparison to most (if not all) of the new ballparks built.”

      How is this a knock against Yankee Stadium? It would be pretty disturbing if stadiums built in the last decade could not top a stadium whose frame dates back to the early 1900’s and hasn’t had a touch-up since the 1970’s.

  • Mark B

    Too bad we have to send off the stadium this year in September and not in October…..

    • TurnTwo

      jeez, how about we start the second half of the season before we bury the team with over 2 months to play?

  • Ben C

    ill be there

  • usty

    Ugh. I hate Sunday night games. Especially on Monday mornings when i have to go to work the next day. I wanted it to be a 1pm game.

  • steve (different one)

    i hate to sound like a self-centered Yankee fan (if the shoe fits i guess), but is anyone else baffled by the decision for the Yankees to end this season on a 6 game road trip?

    would it really have been so hard to flip one of the Boston series so the Yankees play the last game of the season at home?

    • TurnTwo

      it made no sense the day the schedules came out. i think i heard someone from the Yankees petitioned MLB, but either the Saux didnt want to switch it, or MLB didnt want to bother.

      i wonder if thye also didnt want the Mets and Yankees finishing the season both in NY?

      • steve (different one)

        i thought of that with the Mets.

        but again….really? Shea takes precedent?

        then again, people take the Yankees being in the postseason for granted, so maybe it wasn’t considered a big deal at the time.

        and i guess it’s still not a *big* deal.

        just seems, i don’t know, kindof dumb to schedule the last game at Yankee Stadium an entire week before the season ends. just seems a little half-assed.

        • TurnTwo

          maybe because MLB figured the Yankees had Opening Day at the stadium, and also had the ASG, too?

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            I also thought that was a poor decision, but ultimately, in shouldn’t matter because there will be more games at the Stadium in October.

            Here’s what I didn’t get: Why were the Washington Nationals on the road on the 4th of July? They’re opening up a beautiful new park downtown, and they’re in Cincinnati? Shouldn’t the Washington Nationals have an afternoon home game every single 4th of July?

            • http://nosenseworrying.vsport.tv Jen

              And Toronto hasn’t played home on Canada Day in a while either.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

                I think the MLB is waiting for Canada to have running water and mathematics first before they schedule any more home games in Toronto…

  • BillyBall

    “i hate to sound like a self-centered Yankee fan (if the shoe fits i guess), but is anyone else baffled by the decision for the Yankees to end this season on a 6 game road trip?

    would it really have been so hard to flip one of the Boston series so the Yankees play the last game of the season at home?”

    I agree with you 1000%. Either the Sox were classless, there’s that word again. Or MLB really once again dropped the ball with the Yankees closing out the season at home. Would Boston close out it’s season in the new Yankee Stadium if Fenway was being moved? I think not!

    I also agree with Jamal, the thought that Yankee Stadium is any worse than Fenway is ludicrous. I love the way the new Stadium is coming along, but a huge part of me feels that the Yankees could have kept the Stadium where it is and just fixed it up. I know there are many reasons beside economical. The parking and roads are terrible. They wanted to create a more friendly concourse. All these reasons are understandable, and the fact that they built the new Stadium next door and not in another borough is important, but the old Stadium or current Stadium is going to be missed.

    • steve (different one)

      i guess if you think about it from Boston’s perspective, i don’t blame them for refusing.

      they have such a huge home field advantage at Fenway, and before the season, it was certainly very realistic to think that the division could come down to that last series.

      i don’t think i would give that up either if i were Boston, since one win could have meant the difference between playing in October and not playing.

      just my $.02

      this is really on MLB, i don’t put it on Boston to help out the Yankees.

  • BillyBall

    Good point. It is MLB fault and no one else. After all the Yankees have given to this game, you would think that would be a no brainer.