End of an Era: Yankee Stadium Laid to Rest

Steve SchultContributor ISeptember 21, 2008

It is anything but a Hollywood ending for the "House that Ruth Built." 

Tonight, in the final game ever to be played at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees will take on the Baltimore Orioles. 

And the game couldn't be more meaningless.

Since 2006, when the plans were laid for the new Yankee Stadium, Yankee fans have dreadfully awaited this fateful night, when the cathedral in the Bronx will no longer be the venue for Yankee games.

With the Yankees basically mathematically eliminated from playing in October for the first time since '94 strike cut the season short, and the typically cellar-dwelling Tampa Bay Rays already having clinched a spot in the postseason, this is not the way that the Bomber faithfuls could have imagined the atmosphere surrounding the game.

The whole scenario just doesn't seem right.  The same venue that has been the home to 26 World Championships, 10 no-hitters, including 3 perfect games will now be laid to rest after the epitome of a meaningless game. 

As if it couldn't get any worse for Yankee fans, after the doors close in the Bronx tonight, they have to watch the Bombers head on the road to close out the season, and play the arch rival Red Sox at Fenway Park on the last days of the regular season.

It's no knock on the Orioles by any means, but it just seems fitting for the Yankees to finish out the regular season at home against Boston, instead of the lowly O's.  That can only be blamed on those that construct the schedule of Major League baseball. 

Sure, there probably weren't many people that could have imagined October baseball not taking place in the Bronx, but it just is baffling that they would make it a possibility that the last game ever to be played at Yankee Stadium against the Orioles nine days before the season is officially over. 

What would be more fitting than a Red Sox/Yankees series to close the doors on Yankee Stadium forever? 

The first game played in the Stadium was against the Red Sox, in a 4-1 victory.  It would be borderline poetic to close out the stadium against the same arch rivals that they opened up the historic stadium.

It is almost a disgrace to all of the history that has taken place there to end the stadium like this. 

A Yankee fan of every generation has their own personal favorite memory over the years.  Whether it is Aaron Boone's walkoff homerun off Tim Wakefield, Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series, or one of the countless other memorable moments that took place between those walls.

Regardless of the outcome Sunday night, it is almost shameful that the fans can't enjoy one last Red Sox/Yankees game in the "House that Ruth Built."