Yankee Stadium send-off a legendary disappointment

A Tale of Two Stadiums
Pervical allows walk-off grand slam in the 13th; Toronto tied for 3rd with Yanks

Following up on my morning post about the non-sold out Mets-Phillies games comes more stadium shenanigans. Richard Sandomir in The Times writes about the Yankees haven’t really honored their legends during the final year at the Stadium.

Descendants of Babe Ruth, the man who built the house, and Mickey Mantle, for example, have wondered why the Yanks have neglected history. Peter Abraham notes growing discontent among Yankee fans who feel that the team hasn’t done much beyond the All Star Game to honor the building’s history. And a quick scan of the list of people who have pulled the countdown lever leaves me underwhelmed.

So with ten games left, the Yanks have one more homestand to send the stadium out in style. For a stadium, 1970s renovations or not, that has played to host to so much Yankee history and has been a part of New York’s sports, cultural and religious life since 1923, the building has gone largely unappreciated by the team this year, and I’m not holding my breath that this attitude will change before Sept. 21.

A Tale of Two Stadiums
Pervical allows walk-off grand slam in the 13th; Toronto tied for 3rd with Yanks
  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Kenny Loggins pulled the countdown lever? What the hell?

    • Ivan

      That tells you alot right there.

  • http://thebronxbombersblog.com Vin R.

    At least we’ll see Aceves instead of Ransner against the halos.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      You’re right, Vin. That completely makes up for the lack of appropriate Yankee Stadium send-off. Thanks. How could I forget?

      • http://thebronxbombersblog.com Vin R.

        i know it doesn’t, just trying to put it behind me and look for something good

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    On an unrelated but also very disheartening and disappointing note: did you know the Yankees donated $11,500 to John McCain’s campaign?!?!?!

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      let me add that it makes a bunch of sense for a bunch of reasons but still…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Unsurprising. Most athletes and athletic teams donate heavily to Republicans for economic reasons. It honestly doesn’t make much sense for a sports organization making millions — or in some cases, billions — of dollars to donate to a political candidate whose comprehensive economic plan would include significantly higher windfall profit taxes.

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        agreed–w/ those damned Republicans they have more $$$ in their pockets. *sigh*

        • Ivan

          It’s funny cuz my dad and mom is still waiting on their cut that they promise.

          Tax Cuts are such BS.

  • steve (different one)

    really, the “countdown lever”?

    are we all out of things that are actually worth complaining about?

  • http://riveraveblues.com/2008/09/06/yankee-stadium-send-off-a-legendary-disappointment-4272/#comments andrew33

    I was lucky enough to go to about 8 games this year, and generally they had no-names who work at some company pulling the lever. The one exception was seeing Oscar Gamble do the honors. Was he a great player – of course not. But besides the legendary afro, he had some big hits as a Yankee, in fact I can remember him and Reggie going back-to-back in Game 5 of the 1981 playoff series vs the Brewers, a game the Yankees won on their way to the World Series. It was a nice memory to remember … why the Yankees high command didn’t do more of that is beyond me. They failed in this area … terrible. And the next few games can’t make up for it in my opinion.

    Hopefully as a team they get back on track next year, tough games to watch since that 8-0 stretch. They were bound to have a year like this – I just hope Boston doesnt make it 3 in 5 becuase they are starting to look real good.

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