Good evening everyone. I hope everyone is doing well in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and hope that everyone safe.If you have power, you can read this. If not–this article will be here when your power comes back. Anyway, here are some notes from today.
— Yankee Stadium was left unscathed in Hurricane Sandy. The power is on, there’s no flooding but there are a few broken windows. Nothing money can’t fix.
— The New York Post mentions the 5 players the Yankees should probably look into this offseason: Carlos Beltran, Torii Hunter, Jeff Keppinger, A.J Pierzynski and Scott Hairston. If the Yankees want to talk money and short term they should go with Hunter. If they want a consistent bat that will also hit in the playoffs, they should go with Beltran though Beltran is a risk.
— The Gold Gloves will be announced tomorrow and there are 3 Yankee candidates for the award: Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira and Russell Martin. Remember guys, if you don’t win the award that doesn’t mean you aren’t the best at your position. Remember the Gold Gloves last year and how Brett Gardner was robbed.
— There are seven Yankees that are arbitration eligible. Here is the complete list of Yankees that are arbitration eligible.
Do you remember the glory days? Because I don’t.
Born in the summer of 1998 and first intently following the Yankees in 2006, I never witnessed the Bomber’s dynasty of the late-90s. Though my suffering was rewarded with being there to watch them win #27, it wasn’t at Yankee Stadium. It was at the “new” Cathedral.
A stadium with less seating, a moat dividing the blue from the white collared, and ticket prices that make a baseball game seem like front row tickets to The Rolling Stones, has turned the experience of a day at Yankee Stadium into a day of spending, sushi, and empty seats. Don’t get me wrong, the new place is one of the better modern and beautiful sports arenas around, but this article is more of a rant on how the old house – The House That Ruth Built – should have never closed its doors in the first place.
In the past five years, New Yorkers have seen Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, and Giants Stadium close and be teared down for newer replacements. Three iconic, legendary and historic arenas, turned to parking lots and (in Yankee Stadium’s case), a high school baseball field. Some fans you talk to love the new facilities. The more space, the new scoreboards, food, shops – it’s a good argument. But what I’m really trying to figure out here, is if the Yankees can spend $1.3 billion on a completely new stadium, how much would it have cost to just renovate the old one?
I mean, it’s almost comical to think Fenway Park is turning 100, and not stopping there. Continual dedicated renovations season after season has made the 37,000 seat ballpark, according to the Red Sox, able to stand for another 50 years or so. That’s great for the game and for Boston, so, why couldn’t New York have done the same? That’s what bugs me here.
The old stadium was a place of warmth, closeness, tradition, and most of all, history. From The Bat and to the upper deck that seemingly hung over the players, Yankee Stadium was one of my favorite places in the world, if not the favorite. Yes, there were few bathrooms. The concourses were cramped and falling apart. And a myriad of other problems arose in its final decades. But it was something that could have been fixed. The old stadium, could have still been THE Stadium.
I’m no architect, but I don’t think it would have been a real challenge, realistically. Put the frieze back on top of the stadium, replace the seats, add new bathrooms/clubs/amenities, and maybe paint the stadium a tannish color to make it seem like the pre-1973 version, and basically, there you go. How much would that have cost? I’m sure not $1.3 billion. And I’m sure it would have allowed Yankee Stadium to stand for many more years to come, than to close after 85 years and let the runt of all baseball stadiums, Fenway, and the Red Sox, stay in their historic stadium much longer.
I can go on for hours, but you got things to do, people to see, as do I. But it is an utter disgrace to me that Yankee Stadium no longer stands, when it was so easy and possible to let it do so far after 2008. Oh well. See you at the World Series. Only $1,500 for a seat in the nosebleeds!
My thoughts on Yankee Stadium IIII are plain and simple. I hate it!!! How as a Yankee fan can I say that, you may ask? It’s simple it’s just a horrible place to enjoy the game. Yankee Stadium II was perfect for me with the crowded walkways and no views of the game when you get up to walk around. With the new stadium to me it’s more like a mall. It’s set up for you to browse. I don’t get to a game to browse – I go to watch baseball. Personally I get to the stadium three hours before first pitch, well before the stadium opens. I walk around and head to Stan’s for a couple of beers then when the stadium opens I head to my seat and watch batting practice. I stay in that seat basically until the game starts and remain there for the rest of the game. The only time I get up is to use the restroom and that’s about all.
For the life of me I don’t understand why we need sushi and all the other non-related baseball foods sold at Yankee Stadium III. What happened to hot dogs, peanuts and pretzels? There are so many choices now plus other amenities- that the fans aren’t doing what should be done during the game, which is sitting in their seats. With the open-air views from the concession stands and shops people now don’t mind to walk around – and to me that’s horrible. You can do that any day of the week at the mall or on the street. Why don’t people sit in the seats to just enjoy the game? Maybe I was just brought up differently – when at games you just sit and enjoy and keep score on the scorecard if you want.
Nothing is worse than the “moat seats”. When you have these seats all your food is paid for and you just go below to one of the lounges and it’s served cafeteria style. The “grab and go” complimentary food consists of pizza, hot dogs, sausage, cheeseburger, chicken fingers, cookies, salads and ice cream. The majority of the people are so impressed by the lounges and the endless amount of food that they don’t sit in the seats to enjoy the game. Of course the other reason is that they are so expensive and that keeps people away from purchasing the tickets. With this and the open-air feel, the stadium to me is not as loud as it was at YSII. You can feel this at the stadium or even simply watching it on TV.
This is just how I personally feel about the new stadium. I would love to hear what you have to think about it as well. Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section.
Imagine you are going to a Yankees game. You decide to take the NYC subway to beat traffic. You enter the train station and pull out your Metrocard. You swipe and go through looking for the train that will take you to the ballpark. But what if the train that you were looking for wasn’t the 4 or the B & D. What if the train you had to take to the Yankees game was the 7 train that left you all the way to Citi Field? It’s a crazy notion I know but think about it for a moment. How would the Yankees perform if they were actually playing in Citi-Field? Sure the Yankees have been there a couple of times to play the New York Mets during the Subway Series, but if the Yankees actually had to play there every single day, players would play more different than they are actually playing now.
Let’s take a look at Citi Field. It is a bigger ballpark than Yankees Stadium with the wall to dead center being 408. For an outfielder like Brett Gardner, playing in Citi Field defense-wise would be heaven. It’s spacious and with Gardner’s speed he could use his speed to his full potential and track down any baseball that comes his way. It would be the same situation with Curtis Granderson. With speed and with all the room he could possibly have, he could get any baseball that comes his way. The only problem with the spacious outfield is that if a ball goes into the gap, it would be tougher to track down and throw back.
Offensively though, it wouldn’t matter the ballpark for the Yankees. While I was listening to the Minnesota Twins broadcast on MY9 on Thursday I heard Michael Kay say something that really stood out to me. They were mentioning Joe Mauer & how he has only hit 1 HR in Target Field, and Michael Kay responded, “Maybe it’s not the ballpark, maybe it’s the players. The Yankees hit HR’s here, they hit HR’s in Citi Field. Maybe it’s the players.” I was thinking and Michael Kay was right. Citi Field isnt’ a HR ballpark, but the reason that the Yankees are able to hit HR’s is because of the team that they have. For players like Mark Teixera, Curtis Granderson & A-Rod it wouldn’t matter what kind of ballpark, as long as you have the power to hit one out of there. For players like Brett Gardner, offensively I believe he would do well. The outfield is big in Citi Field, so probably if Gardner was able to hit into the gap more often, he won’t only get a triple, but he might get an inside the park HR. Now that is only sometimes, but if a player like Gardner or Cervelli pops up a baseball in foul territory, it won’t automatically go into the stands. Let’s face it, you can park a car and probably still have room to build a mall in foul territory. That is where players who tend to pop up the baseballs will find that Citi Field will not work against them.
How do you guys think the Yankees would perform if they played in Citi Field? Do you think it would be an advantage or a disadvantage? Put your thoughts in the comments section below.