Yankee Stadium Holds Its Last Game After 85 Years

Greg JansenCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2008

The final pitch has been thrown.  The final inning played.

The final game in the books.

After 85 years, the Cathedral of Baseball is closing its doors.  Everyone saw this coming.  The whole year was hyped up as "The Final Season" before they move across the street to the new Yankee Stadium.

Now, I am first and foremost a New York Mets fan.  Always have been, always will be.  But more than that, I am a baseball fan.  And no baseball fan can ignore the history that this stadium and this team has brought to the game.

It is impossible to talk about the history in detail.  There are enough stories and memories from this stadium and this team to fill an encyclopedia 100 times over.  And it still probably wouldn't be enough.

The game probably did not have a perfect aura about it, as most Yankee fans probably had hoped.  Andy Pettitte gave up three runs in five innings, Derek Jeter went 0 for 5, and Jorge Posada did not play because of injuries.

But Mariano Rivera, the only other player on the team for the Yankees' latest four World Series wins, closed out the 7-3 win with a 1-2-3 inning.

The final pitch, a ground out by Brian Roberts to first-baseman Cody Ransom, brought all of the Yankees out of the dugout.  After some hugging and congratulating, Derek Jeter acknowledged the fans, thanking them and imploring them to carry the memories from this stadium into the next.  The team then took laps around the stadium, saluting the fans as they went.

I'm sure the Yankees' franchise will have 85 good years in the next stadium.  But there is no possible way to replicate the history and greatness that has occurred in the last 85 years.

The Mets will be closing Shea Stadium in one week, on September 28.  I will not be nearly as nostalgic as I am now.

May all the memories and legends of Yankee Stadium be remembered as they should.  Without them, baseball wouldn't be the great sport we know today.