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March 11, 2008 at 8:03 am ET
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Don’t close Yankee Stadium this way

Yankee Stadium

The final event in the history of baseball’s most revered stadium could be … a hockey game.

What? You have got to be kidding me.

A report surfaced Monday that discussions are underway for the NHL’s New York Rangers to play a game at the Stadium some time during the 2008-2009 season.

I know the outdoor game the Buffalo Sabres hosted on New Year’s Day was an incredible success, and that the NHL wants to build on that. But, closing Yankee Stadium, home of the most successful baseball franchise in the history of the sport with a hockey game, is just wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

Yankee Stadium is a baseball stadium. Home to 26 World Champions (hopefully 27 by the time it closes). It’s the House that Ruth Built, home to Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and countless other Yankee greats. It is home to some of the greatest games and greatest moments in sports history.

It can’t go to its grave as host of a hockey game. A hockey game? What an awful idea.

Peter Abraham put it this way in his LoHud Yankees Blog.

The last game of any kind at Yankee Stadium needs to be a baseball game. Win or lose, walk-off homer or grounder to second base, it needs to be a baseball game.

The last fan who walks out of the House That Ruth Built should be a baseball fan and the last story filed by a reporter should be a column by Dave Anderson, who was the last writer out of Ebbets Field.

Hockey is a terrific sport. But what sort of legacy is that for Yankee Stadium?

I have to agree. If the Yankees are able to win the World Series this year, the final memory of the Stadium should be an on-field celebration of the 27th championship in franchise history. If not, the Stadium should still close with the final out of its final baseball game.

Outdoor hockey is a tremendous event. Let the Rangers go ahead and play an outdoor game next season. But, do it at Shea Stadium. Or, over in the Meadowlands at Giants Stadium.

Don’t let the final memory of Yankee Stadium be as a place where a gimmick hockey game was held. That just doesn’t seem right.

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9 Responses to “Don’t close Yankee Stadium this way”
  1. Gonzo says:

    I agree. Eff the Rangers.

  2. potroast says:

    Who comes up with these ideas anyway? Don’t they know there is going to be a huge backlash from the Yankees faithful?

  3. Sean says:

    $$$$ + Yankee brass > Yankee faithful

  4. Pete says:

    The Yankees are the prime example of a waste of money: a collection of crybabies who fire their manager to add insult to injury. They aren’t going to win this year, lets face it. Let a team with real promise for the future play a game to close the stadium out. I don’t care about a backlash: with all the steroids and morons in the MLB these days, baseball has become a joke. Hockey needs this kind of stage as it is a forgotten sport, and one that is also superior to our fading ‘past-time’ Go Rangers!

  5. Ed Valentine says:

    I have no qualms with the Rangers getting big stage. Just let the stage be the Meadowlands or Shea. The greatest BASEBALL stadium in the history of the sport should host a baseball game as its final event.

  6. A Heazy says:

    how can you call yankees stadium the greatest stadium in baseball. your a fucking moron. the greatest is and always be fenway park.

  7. Gonzo says:

    Heazy, no need to use harsh names. There are many more memories at Yankee Stadium than Fenway Park. Fenway may be the “place to be” these days because the Sox have been the best this decade, but look at the past 80 years or so, and it is clearly Yankee Stadium. I have been to each stadium twice, and only Yankee Stadium gave me chills from the nuance of history when I walked in the park. I almost cried just looking out to centerfield, seeing the plaques. Looking onto the field where Ruth stood, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Mantle, Ford, Berra, Reggie, Roger, Pettitte, Jeter, Bernie, Paulie, and hell, even Kevin Maas, Chili Davis and George Steinbrenner. Staring onto the grass that was the place for 27 championships, it was priceless. Stop thinking about how much you hate the Yankees and think about that stadium that witnessed history thousands of times. The feel of walking into the park and looking at a field that is a monument to all of baseball. Ask any ball player in the league today and I guarantee they would say they got goose bumps the first time they walked in there. I bet they would say they were intimidated the first time they took the mound, or dug their feet in the batter’s box. When I was growing up and learning baseball, my father taught me the history of baseball. He taught me about my hometown team, the Phillies. But the next piece of information he gave me was all about the Yankees (and that was a huge piece of info). You wanna learn the history of baseball? Read the section under Y for Yankees. When you’re done, get back to me and it won’t take me half as much time to teach you about the 40 or so other teams that have been in the league over the years. I am not a fan of either team, so I am not biased here. But it will be a sad day in all of sports when Yankee Stadium has witnessed its last game.

  8. gregoire says:

    I’m a hockey fan, but I gotta agree with you on that one. I would love to see a hockey game played at the yankee stadium. It could be a great event and hopefully boost interest for hockey in the US, but I’m certainly not in favor of it if it’s meant to be the last sporting event taking place there.

  9. Fenix says:

    it would be the VERY LAST thing to be held at yankee stadium. Since you are all NON HOCKEY FANS I hope to god that the yanks get blown out their last game, and that’s the final memory of your precious stadium, and i hope the rangers will be the first to play in your new stadium too!

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