Given that there are only 30 baseball parks in the league, you may be wondering why I’m on #33. Here’s the scoop…in the time since I visited my first park and present day, I’ve had “do overs.”
In other words, I’ve seen the San Francisco Giants play at “The Stick,” my first park (http://tinyurl.com/codc5m7) and Pac Bell/SBC/AT&T Park (http://tinyurl.com/codc5m7), my 5th park. I have also seen the Padres play at Qualcomm Stadium (http://tinyurl.com/bqz3sav) my 4th stadium, and also at the glorious Petco Park (http://tinyurl.com/6nxktgg), my 25th park. Finally, during my first trip to New York back in 1995, I stumbled upon “old” Yankee Stadium (http://tinyurl.com/cw438pb) my 3rd park, and now – on what was Opening Day of the 2013 season – I’ve seen its current day successor…(New) Yankee Stadium, and I wasn’t disappointed.
It “only” took me 18 years (say that again…18 years) to return, and I had VERY high expectations of what this incarnation of Yankee Stadium – The House that George Built – would be!
I was warned that it wouldn’t compare to the old version – and the truth is, it didn’t? How could it? There is NO comparison…it’s apples and oranges. What made the first stadium iconic was its history, not the structure. So, when you endeavor to build a stadium to honor the legacy of the Yankees – 27-Time World Champions (say that again, 27-time World Champions!) – everything is grand, even ostentatious, and rightfully so. It is a cathedral to baseball…to this franchise, and to the game – where everything was over-the-top. But, again, it’s all relative, and I’m more than okay with that. I actually wouldn’t have expected anything less.
On that day, April Fool’s Day, the skies cleared up for at least seven innings before the rain came and the Boston Red Sox ran away with the game. Either way, it was a perfect day at the park, and some 30 ballparks later, it was the best way to kick off the season…no foolin’!
(See pictures from the visit here:http://tinyurl.com/c8uz36z), and a few of my favorite below!