One of my biggest thrills as a child was receiving this autographed photo from Yankee great, Mickey Mantle, after I wrote a fan letter to him!
If you are a fan of American baseball you will know that the All Star Game was recently played at Yankee Stadium. Dana, of The Stone Rabbit blog was surprised I didn't go to the game. I told her I would have loved to have attended, but we heard the package price to see the home run derby and All Star Game was $1,200! It seems the $5 bleacher seat went the way of the 5 cent hot dog .... long time ago and just a memory these days!Some views of the outside of the stadium as we wait on line to be admitted.
In the distance we can see a small part of the brand new billion dollar stadium being constructed nearby. Once the new stadium opens, most of the old stadium, including the above-ground structure, is to be demolished to become parkland.
A view of the whole stadium ... nostalgically known as "the house that Ruth built," after the iconic Babe Ruth, the baseball superstar whose prime years coincided with the beginning of the Yankees' winning history.
My ticket! Sorry it's a little blurry, but if you click on to enlarge the photo you can see it says "final season." Even though we are pretty far up in the top tier our seat cost $55 a person! We've heard the price for all the tickets in the new stadium will be very expenisive. I'm a little sad about that as it will become so expensive for a family to attend a game.
We picked up a copy of the very special stadium retrospective yearbook as a souvenir.
It was a hot and humid day but the stadium was almost full, with approximately 55,000 people in attendance
My daughter's favorite Yankee, Andy Pettite, was pitching. He was superb that day! He had ten strike outs!
Alex Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly ball.
Oh, Oh! The manager of the Athletics did not like that call at third base! He got the official "Bronx Cheer" from the crowd, which is a loud and long and noisy boo! Luckily for him the umpire did not throw him out of the game for questioning his call.
The ninth inning is up and the Yankees lead by one run. Relief pitcher Mariano Rivera comes in to pitch! Tradition here is that the band Metallica's song "Enter Sandman" plays on the stadium PA system, and the crowd goes wild! He is supposed to send the opposing team to "never never land'!
Mariano does his job!