20 Stadiums in 20 Days – Yankee Stadium

The first part of our stadium quest had gone past pretty quickly, with 10 stadiums visited within a span of four years. That was because this was the BK era. No, not Burger King; Before Kids.

Kid number one was born in 1998, so we were on hiatus for awhile. Come the year 2000, we felt he was old enough to stay with Grandma and Grandpa for a large enough chunk of time that we could begin to resume The Quest.

yankee1.jpgJune 14, 2000 found us on a bus trip to New York City to visit that cathedral of baseball, Yankee Stadium. We decided on a bus trip because we could relax on the bus and leave the driving to someone else, and we were a little wary of the idea of driving into NYC ourselves. Once we got there and the bus had parked, I felt justified in this decision. The area immediately around the stadium didn’t seem like the nicest part of the city.

This days’ matchup would have the Yankees hosting the Boston Red Sox. Our seats were waay up in the upper level, so the picture quality is a bit less than I would like (keep in mind that I am scanning these photos into the computer, and it doesn’t seem to like me to use too high a resolution, so they might look a bit grainy).

Here is the view from our seats during the pre-game batting practice:

yankee2.jpgI must say that the upper levels of the stadium were incredibly steep, almost enough to induce vertigo. Good thing I only had one beer this day!

On the mound for the Red Sox was this guy:

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Pedro Martinez.

The Yankees had Roger Clemens starting that day. He only pitched one inning, not even long enough for me to have taken a picture. Clemens walked two on 28 pitches, though no runs were allowed. He was removed after the top of the first due to a strained groin, and replaced with Ramiro Mendoza.

Even without the Rocket, the game was a classic matchup of these two teams. The Yankees scored first, in the bottom of the first, with a run scoring on a bases-loaded walk to Jorge Posada.

Here is a shot from the top of the third, as Jose Offerman, who had walked to lead off the inning, is out on a force at second. Derek Jeter tosses the ball to Chuck Knoblauch:

jetertoss.jpgBoston finally evened it up in the top of the seventh, on a solo home run by Nomar Garciaparra.

The Yanks went back on top in the bottom of the eighth, when Tino Martinez hit a monster shot to the upper deck in right field, off of Tim Wakefield. In this view of the outfield, you can see the scoreboard – Yankees 2, Red Sox 1.

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In the top of the ninth, Boston had a chance to tie it up against this guy:

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Mariano Rivera.

Jeff Frye singled to lead off the inning. But the threat was eliminated with a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double play – Trot Nixon was called out on strikes and Frye was erased in this play at second:

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Down to their last gasp, Nomar grounded out to the pitcher to end the game. Yankees win, 2-1. By now I had a splitting headache from the tension of such a close game – and I didn’t even have a rooting interest in either team! Thank goodness I could sleep it off on the bus ride home.

A Cautionary Note:

Since this was the first new stadium visited since the birth of our son, of course we decided to bring him a little something back. So what do you get a two-year-old? Without thinking of the possible ramifications, we got him a little cap, of course! And that was our mistake. He wore that thing constantly for at least the next three years, until it was finally so faded and frayed that I threw it out. In the meantime, he decided that the Yankees were his favorite team (!) and demanded a new cap. This was sacrilege in a Phillies household! So always make sure to get your child your own team’s cap before any others.

 

Next stop, Pacific Bell Park in beautiful San Francisco.

(all photos mine)

10 Comments

Never any worries on the cap! You saw a great game!!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Ha, ha! I did the SAME thing when I was a kid! My first baseball souvenier was a Phillies replica batting helmet. I drove my mother nuts wearing that thing all the time! But at least it was the correct team :O)

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Never a problem in our house. Everyone cheers on a different team! At least you had fun in New York!
Canuck
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

Julia – he has finally evolved into a Phillies fan!
Jenn – at least the Yankees aren’t an NL rival – I’m so glad it wasn’t a Mets cap we’d gotten him!
Canuck – I guess that’s good in the sense that not your entire household is bummed out at the same time because of a loss. :-)
Sue

You saw Pedro vs Clemens?? Jealous!!! One of my biggest regrets is that I won’t be able to see the old Yankee Stadium. Thanks for sharing it! I can live “vicariously” through you :)
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

You brought back such great memories of the old place. Yes, those seats in the upper tier can give you vertigo, but your pix are good in spite of the height and distance. And I do love the outcome of the game you saw. I would have been in a state of anxiety watching that one. Funny story about your son and the cap.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Wow! I am blown away! All of your pictures are great and all the trips looked like so much fun. Thanks for sharing your travels, and for commenting on my new blog!

And, also…I LOVED “The Bank.” My family visited NYC (and Yankee Stadium) and Philadelphia this past summer and my dad and I decided to see a Pirates vs. Phillies game on a whim. It was a perfect day for baseball and a beautiful park; loved the timelines display in the outfield concourse.

Elizabeth – it was Pedro vs. Clemens for just one inning, then the next five were Pedro vs. Mendoza. Neither starter got a decision that day; Jason Grimsley got the win and Tim Wakefield the loss.
Jane – as I now know that you prefer your victories to be the blowout variety, I’m sure this one would have been a real stress-inducer for you! :-)
Paige – Thanks! Still nine more to go so check back for more travels! Glad you enjoyed your visit to Philly!
Sue

I have been behind on my blog reading, so I just enjoyed catching up on a week or so of your entries. I love all the ballpark reviews! Love the bottom shots. Love all the fun pictures. Good Stuff!
-Kathy
http://redbirdchatter.mlblogs.com

Yankee Stadium…without question, it is the cathedral of baseball. My first visit there was in 2001, and my seat was behind home plate but waaaaaay up at the top. I remember coming through the tunnel from the concourse, on the way to my section, and looking out onto the field. I saw that big NY behind home plate and that white facade, and I thought, “Wow, I’m at freakin’ Yankee Stadium!” LOL
Shelley
http://diamonddiva.mlblogs.com/

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