A Tale of Two Stadiums

Pettitte strong, but Morrow dominates
Yankee Stadium send-off a legendary disappointment

It’s nearly impossible to find any affordable tickets for one of the final ten games at Yankee Stadium. But 13 miles away, the Mets can’t even sell out an important series against the Phillies. As mediocre as the Yankees are this year, at least the fans are still going to witness history in the making, and that’s more than we can say for the Mets and the Shea Faithful.

Pettitte strong, but Morrow dominates
Yankee Stadium send-off a legendary disappointment
  • David Brown

    The reason why Yankee Stadium is sold out and Shea isn’t, is very simple: Yankee Stadium is a classic stadium with tradition, and Shea is a DUMP that is the LAST of the 60s “Cookie cutter” stadiums.
    If I was a Met fan, I would be upset. Even a bad Yankee team makes the Mets look like second class citizens. It does not matter if it is a late season Phillies game not being sold out, or the fact that Joba is more commercially viable than ANY MET player (I do not even need to get into Jeter), the principle is the same. The sad thing is, the Wilpon’s don’t get it and never will. They built their stadium on the cheap ($400,000,000 LESS than the new Stadium), with a seating capicity of 8,000 LESS than the new stadium, with a CORPORATE name, and it is located LESS than 30 feet from the junk yards.
    There are only FOUR reasons to care about the Yankees this year. 1: The Stadium. 2: Jeter trying to catch Gehrig for most hits at the Stadium 2a: Jeter passing Ruth in hits. 3: Arod going for 11 straight years of 30 homers and 100 RBI’s and runs scored (He is tied with Gehrig for the record of 10). 4: Most of all Moose getting 20. There should be a lot MORE interest in the Mets then the Yanks this year, but there isn’t. It says something

  • Manimal

    Offtopic: Instructional League roster

    Pitchers: Manuel Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Jeremy Bleich, Noel Castillo, Wilkins de la Rosa, Christian Garcia, Brett Marshall, D.J. Mitchell, Jhonny Nunez, Mike O’Brien, Dave Phelps, Matt Richardson, Amauri Sanit, Nik Turley, Arodys Vizcaino.

    Catchers: Franciso Cervelli, Kyle Higashioka, Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, Chase Weems.

    Infielders: Dave Adams, Carmen Angelini, Mitchell Delaney, Corban Joseph, Brandon Laird, Garrison Lassiter, Eduardo Nunez, Jimmy Parades, Damon Sublett, Brad Suttle.

    Outfielders: Abraham Almonte, Kelvin DeLeon, Eduardo Sosa, Taylor Grote, Francisco Santana, Chris Smith.

    Man look at all those catchers.

  • Manimal

    Ontopic: Theres just more Yankees fans that go to games. Simple as that.

  • LC

    Please, quit drinking the Kool-Aid: go to Wrigley and Fenway if you want to watch a game in a shrine. Just because MLB, ESPN, and Fox would have you believe that Yankee Stadium is a crown jewel, this ugly duckling, christened in 1976, is nothing more than the (Decrepit) House That Oscar Gamble Built. If it were the Yankee Stadium of old, a new gig wouldn’t have been built across the street.

    And, even during the Amazins’ darkest moments, I don’t recall the ownership ever threatening to take the team to Jersey. Moreover, anyone who remembers the Cosby Show also recalls how Yankee fans never left their sofas in the 80s and early 90s….

  • LC

    By all means, blame Mets fans for not selling out the Phillies series, but please don’t connect it to the final season at Shea. At least we acknowledge that it is a dump. If Yankee Stadium were so priceless, you would have marched on City Hall and demanded that Mayor Bloomberg “yank” the funds for the new corporate palace. (Since when was The Hard Rock Cafe part of the Yankeeology?)

    Fair point?

    • Ivan

      Your a met fan uh?

      • LC

        Nothing gets by you, Ivan, huh? ;-) Just trying to bring a little perspective, that’s all. BOTH teams have more than their share of fair-weather fans….

  • Mike W.

    Off Topic:

    Does anyone know if the bleachers are going to continue to be alcohol free in the new Yankee Stadium?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I would assume so.

      • Mike W.

        If they don’t let me out of the bleachers, I am going to freak… ha ha

    • Brian

      They will not have alcohol, but the bleacher seats will have access to the rest of the stadium, so you can go get a drink if you want. You won’t be able to bring it back, however. They’ll be just like the alcohol-free seats in the upper deck in the current stadium.

      • Mike W.

        Do you know this for a fact? That would be okay, if so…

  • PhilK

    The 9th-to-last game played at Yankee Stadium is NOT historic – the fact that the final games are soldout is simply an indication of the public’s gullibility/lack of thoughfulness. I witnessed about the 8th game before Cal Ripken broke the Streak and while it was a fun night at the ballpark, it wasn’t a historic memory. As a Yankee fan, I’d rather watch a meaningful late season Mets game than a meaningless game in Yankee Stadium.

    • 27 this year

      PhilK, I think it has less to do with the game than actually getting to be in teh stadium that one last time. I don’t get to go to games often due to my parents and this year, I haven’t gotten to go and I know if I could I would love ot go see the stadium one last time. I remeber walking out on my first game and seeing the wide open field, it is a great feeling. I personally have never been to Shea but looking on TV, it always looks so dark adn depressing and the atmosphere just feels like a dump.

  • Brett

    The Mets are currently selling a package where you can buy tix at face value to the last 10 home games and get the rights to those seats for EVERY home playoff game. All you have to pay in addition to the ticket prices is a $250 nonrefundable deposit towards season tickets for next year (which I guess you lose if you don buy the season tickets). My friend bought upper boxes in the infield. Imagine how fast the Yankees would sell out a plan like that (though the point about the playoffs isn’t relevant).

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  • jeb

    It never ceases to amaze me how mets fans (or fans of any other team) love to say that Yankee Stadium isn’t really Yankee stadium, but a horrible imitation. Well…the facade is still on the outside, the frieze is still inside (albeit moved), the field is the same, monument park is there and it’s located at the same address.

    And, there’s tradition at the current stadium — 10 pennants, 6 world titles, 18 playoff appearances since 1976. Yeah, there’s not tradition there at all, only more than just about any other team, including the Muts.

    • LC

      Again, Jeb, the OLD Yankee Stadium was a jewel. Not this incarnation. Otherwise, there’s no way that it would be going the way of the dinosaur. If the Steinbrenner family had any class, they would have torn down the current dump and put up the new stadium on the same hallowed ground while playing for two years at CitiField. (Remember ’74 and ’75?)

      And, yes, Derek Jeter drinks wine coolers and drives a minivan! ;-)

  • jeb

    I like the current version.

    Jose Reyes doesn’t even have a license to drive.