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FIELD OF DREAMS

Today, I'm taking the day off and going to Yankee Stadium. This may well be the last time, because the new stadium opens in 2009.

I love ballparks. To me they are modern day cathedrals.

I was 7 in 1964 when my Dad took me to my first game. My Dad, my Brother and I sat in the bleachers in a sold out park, to watch the Yankees lose the first of a doubleheader to the Orioles.

I remember asking, "Why is Mickey wearing number 15?" Only to be informed that Mantle was out and Tom Tresh was starting in center.

I went to many games after that at Yankee, Shea and other venues throughout the country.

In 1969 I was at Shea for games 3 and 4 of the World Series. Where even I, while rooting for the Orioles had to marvel at the catches made by Agee and Swoboda ( That still seems odd to say, "Great catch by Swoboda").

In April 1970 I was again at Shea to see the great Tom Seaver strike out 19 San Diego Padres.

At Candlestick Park in 1972, I saw Willie Mays hit a homerun in his return as a Met.

At the 1973 World Series we all bundled under a blanket while Commissioner Bowie Kuhn sat in the 35 degree temperature in shirt sleeves. He was a fool.

I remember taking a girlfriend to Yankee Stadium in 1978, to watch Chris Chambliss hit a Home Run in the ninth to cap a 5 run comeback in a victory against the Brewers.

In August 1979, I watched as Bobby Murcer on the day of Thurman Munson's funeral drove in 5 runs in his final two at bats to beat the Orioles.

There were many games in the 1980s with names like Guidry, Righetti, Pagliarulo and of course Mattingly.

I was at Camden the first week that it opened. I've been to Fenway, The Astrodome, Veterans, Safeco, the new park in Philadelpia, Jacob's Field and the dreadful RFK Stadium.

At Safeco I sat next to a fisherman from Alaska. Where else can a NY Lawyer have a 3 hour conversation with an Alaskan Fisherman.

More recently, I was there to see the Yankees win the 1998 A.L. Flag. I watched Mariano Rivera saw off the Braves bats in the final World Series game in 1999.

In 2000 I saw Randy Valarde, while with the A's make an unassisted triple play against the Yankees. I also saw Roger Clemens throw the bat in Mike Piazza's direction. I still have never heard a good excuse for that. Two days later, I was at Shea to see the Yankees lose their only World Series game in three years.

In 2001 I saw the great game five comeback in the World Series.

Last year I was at the Jake. Like Baltimore, Seattle and Philadelphia (and I'm sure the parks that I've not seen) they did that right.

Today, I'll probably say good bye to Yankee Stadium. I'm sure that the new park will be wonderful, but it isn't without some sadness that I'll be attending this game.

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countfroggy
Jun. 5th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Have a GREAT day!
jellomarx
Jun. 6th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Thank you. It was a great game. Are you a fan?
countfroggy
Jun. 6th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
My wife named the dog 'Jeter'! Is there another team?
jellomarx
Jun. 6th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
I'm trying to figure out what kind of dog. A Bull Dog would obviously be called Bounton. A Pug - Munson. A Greyhound - Mantle. A Great Dane - Winfield. What would be named Jeter?
countfroggy
Jun. 6th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
He is a red miniature poodle (small townhouse, allergic to dander), about 10 pounds; kind of a pretty boy. My wife's first choice was Mattingly, but our daughter though that implied a Labrador or similar big dog. So, Jeter he is!
jellomarx
Jun. 6th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
A small dog I might have named Scooter, Yogi or Whitey. Whitey being the only Pitcher in the Hall of Fame under 6 feet tall.
wibblywobbly
Jun. 6th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
I went to Roger Clemens first game back at Fenway as a Blue Jay. Myself, my Dad and my brother were the only people to boo him. I feel vindicated by that.

I was at the best game of Pedro Martinez' career - the 18k one hitter (only hit was a Chilli Davis HR) at the Stadium. In addition to the normal Sox/Yankees stuff, there was a huge contingent of Dominicans cheering for Pedro. They were hanging up K's from the upper deck. When he hit 16 someone ripped them down and they had to pick them all up.

Have you been to Wrigley? It's ok. Unlike Fenway it's really falling apart and the fans are terrible.
jellomarx
Jun. 6th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
I shared a season ticket with my office mates in 1999, 2000 & 2001. Our seats were with the visitors family. We used to sit next to Manny's family when the Sox came in. I remember taking off one afternoon to see Moose beat Pedro 2-1.

BTW Edgar Martinez's wife is a knockout.

I've never been to Wrigley.
wibblywobbly
Jun. 6th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
If there were years to get a season ticket I guess those were the ones.

Edgar Martinez... he was such a great hitter.
jellomarx
Jun. 6th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
During the 2000 playoffs we sat behind Edgar's and John Moses (first base coach) wives. One of the guys that I was with kept trying to pick her up. We finally told him who she was and he realized that he was out of luck.

Hell I would have learned to hit a curve if it meant her!
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