New York- For the first time in twelve seasons, it seems the New York Yankees will witness October baseball from their homes. For the first time in 85 seasons, it is certain they will play somewhere other than Yankee Stadium.
On an absolutely beautiful September night in the Bronx, in front of 54,610 fans, the Yankees closed out the final game of baseball's most hallowed ballpark by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 7-3. Andy Pettite went five solid innings, allowing only two runs on seven hits, while striking out three Orioles, dropping his ERA to 4.54. Johnny Damon and Jose Molina carried the Yankee offense, combining for four hits and five RBI, including two homeruns, all off of Orioles rookie starter Chris Waters.
With the Win, the Yankees stayed alive in the Wild Card standings, improving to 85-71. A Yankee Loss or Red Sox win will officially eliminate the Yankees from the post season. It's been a tough road for the Yankees this season with a slew of injuries and the surging Tampa Bay Rays and consistent Boston Red Sox. They will look forward to new beginnings next season in their brand new ballpark and hope it brings them as much success as its predecessor.
The Yankees and their now former home have meant so much to the South Bronx for so long, and now they enter a new chapter in their history. Baseball's Cathedral, where Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle hit mammoth homeruns, where Whitey Ford and Don Larsen threw no hitters, where Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter both led their teams to three straight World Series, five of which they were champions, will be gone after this season. Twenty-six World Championships, the most by any one team in any professional sport, were played here, and the greatest baseball players to ever play the game wore pinstripes on this very diamond.
Will the New Yankee Stadium bring as much success and glory to this historic franchise? We will see.