Last night was a sad day in baseball history, as the New York Yankees played their final home game ever at their history enriched, classic stadium, known to everyone as Yankee Stadium. All throughout the afternoon and into the hours before the game, the ESPN networks hosted a combination of farewell programs that highlighted the historic happenings of Yankee Stadium. The cast of Baseball Tonight ran through all the numbers/stats of the ballpark, showed all the key moments of the franchise at the stadium, and gave there expert analysis about what Yankee Stadium has meant to the game of baseball over the 85 years it was open.
Its has a more significant meaning to me because the last game at the Yankee Stadium was played on September 21, 2008, my 23rd birthday. As I grew up I was not a Yankee fan, but the New York Yankees were baseball. So far during my lifetime, they made the playoffs 13 straight years from 1995-2007 with four World Series titles. The Yankees frustrate teams because it always seems like they find a way to come back and beat you, especially at their stadium. As a baseball fan I loved watching televised games that were played at Yankee Stadium, especially the post season, because you could feel the magic and the intensity of the game. Growing up a baseball fan, you either love or hate the Yankees. But either way, you definitely have to respect them and their beloved stadium for what it has meant to the wonderful game of baseball.