A new Yankee marker for the Canyon of Heroes


With the World Series runner-up Philadelphia Phillies in town, New York City chose a good day to remind us of the Yankees’ 2009 World Series championship. This morning at the northern end of the Canyon of Heroes, Yanks’ skipper Joe Girardi along with Downtown Alliance officials and the Downtown Little League Yankees unveiled a new marker to mark the November 6, 2009 ticker tape parade.

“Last year was an incredible year for our team and I’m proud to be here today to commemorate our 2009 World Series championship,” Girardi said. “There are almost no words to describe the energy and excitement that was in the air on that special day we all shared last November up the Canyon of Heroes. We are so grateful that each and every member of our team was able to share that feeling with our fans and the great people of the City of New York.”

Whenever I’m walking through Lower Manhattan, I always find the granite markers a unique part of the stroll. They start near the Battery with one dated October 28, 1886 that commemorates the Statue of Liberty, and the Yanks’ new one is nearing City Hall Park. With the team’s late 1990s success, five of the last eight markers now celebrate the Bombers.

For more photos from the event, check out the Downtown Alliance’s flickr photoset. The photo above shows a happy Little Leaguer posing in front of the newest granite stripe and comes to us via the Alliance for Downtown New York.

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  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    That brown street marker is made from real bits of Pedro Martinez… so you know it’s good.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Remember when they wouldn’t stop playing the Venga Bus song at the key-to-the-city ceremony? That was painful.

    • Salty Buggah

      The Yanks still play it after HRs. Not sure if they did that last year. I know they played the siren and now I think they play both.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        That I don’t mind… I guess… because it’s short.

        Like 45 minutes of the Venga Bus song on loop when I’m supposed to be getting all teary-eyed over the Yankees winning the World Series? No no. That is not okay.

        • Salty Buggah

          Haha, that did get annoying after a while (though the song is pretty much annoying to begin with). I don’t mind it now either, and I actually want to hear it, as it’s always preceded by a HR, which is a good thing for the Yanks.

  • http://twitter.com/mgrieco Matthew G.

    On an entirely personal note, I am just thrilled that the next vacant marker on the Canyon of Heroes, filled today, happened to be on the sidewalk in front of the Woolworth Building. I worked in that building from 2006 to early 2010, and watched both the 2007-08 NY Giants parade and 2009 Yankees parade from my office window — and now, by happenstance of spacing and timing, there are markers on the sidewalk for both parades, in front of the same building (in case you’ve never noticed, the strips are marked on the street years in advance, awaiting the next parade … for most of my time working there, they were blank!).

    You had better believe I’m going to take my future kids for a walk down Broadway more than once and make them roll their eyes at stories of how Daddy was there for the parades and then trod the markers (and how their grandfather had worked on the next block down in the 1970s and saw his own fair share of tickertape parades!). It’s hard to come by a more satisfying permanent memento for the heart of a sports fan.