Every once in a while, there comes a time in your life when a unique opportunity will present itself. Sometimes, these opportunities are easy to pass on. Sometimes, a great self debate is needed to make sure you’re making the right decision. And sometimes, it’s a once in a lifetime shot that you can’t miss, regardless of the consequences. Last weekend, I had such an opportunity.
When you think about all the great ballparks in this game we love so much, none is more hallowed than Yankee Stadium. It’s the cathedral that houses the winningest franchise in the game. It was the daily office of some of the most famous players to ever put on a uniform, guys like Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Lou Gehrig. And there’s that other guy, the one that “built” the place, Babe Ruth. So much history lies in that one spot in the Bronx. It’s a must see for any fan of the game. The problem was, I’d never been.
This is the final season for Yankee Stadium, and with the Bombers finishing the year on the road, their final home series was set for this past weekend. It was now or never, no debate needed, a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I pulled the trigger with no hesitation whatsoever.
It was a three day trip to the City That Never Sleeps. Three friends and I boarded a plane from Ft. Lauderdale to JFK for a weekend full of fun and baseball. We stayed in Manhattan, of course. We saw the city, we partied like rockstars, and most importantly, we watched baseball at Yankee Stadium.
It was a trip I’ll never forget. I’ve got stories to share for a lifetime. If you’ve ever been, I’d love to hear yours.
Here’s a link to some photos from the park. I’ll add more when I get a chance, and might put another link in the photos area of the sidebar.
Now to help me transition my way back to St. Louis baseball, check out the most famous Cardinal moments at Yankee Stadium, courtesy of Derrick Goold.