August 6, 2009.
The view from 153rd street showing the old and new ballparks.
The exterior looks like the old shots of the original stadium.
Behind the plate looks very similar except for the bigger scoreboard and ads.
The latticework around the roof looks like the original stadium prior to the renovation in the 70’s. We sat near the right field foul pole. Good view, but the view from Sec 29 at Fenway is better.
Jed Lowrie at bat, Mike Lowell on 1st, held on by Mark Teixeira.
Legroom is substantially better than an Fenway. The field level seats have thick and comfortable padding. They also have waitress service. Slow and expensive, but they do have it.
This was really disappointing. The scoreboard tells you to make some noise, and in case you forgot how to clap, the graphic shows you how. Just put those hands together. I expect this stuff in places like Kansas City, Milwaukee, Baltimore and Phoenix. Yankee Stadium should not have to stoop to that level. Here’s another one: When a Yankee gets a walk, there’s a digital display of a Johnny Walker logo walking down to first and the sign says “This walk is brought to you by Johnny Walker. Drink responsibly.”
Caitlin and Kara joined me for the Thursday night series opener of the four-game series. Dustin Pedroia and Casey Kotchman homered for Boston, but Damon, Melky Cabrera, Jorge Posada and Mark Teixeira all went deep for New York. Final score, 13-6, bad guys. John Smoltz (2-5) pitched for the Red Sox, Joba Chamberlain (8-2) got the win the the Yankees. Typical of a Red Sox-Yankees game, it ran almost 4 fours.
Obviously the new Yankee Stadium had to be on the World Ballpark Tour. We went the day after we went to Citi Field, which also debuted in 2009. Citi acts like a new ballpark. Yankee Stadium is more like a museum. The charge at the parking lot adjacent to old Yankee Stadium was $17. It’s still there and they only bumped the price by $1. Compare that to $45 to park in a private lot a block or two away from Fenway. To be fair, it’s actually quite nice, but there are way too many ads and the place is lousy with Yankee fans. No surprise there, but having seen every MLB team at home I can say with conviction that Yankee fans easily win the Most Obnoxious Award. At home and on the road. But I’m glad we went and I got to check it off.