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    Re: The Way Yankee Stadium Used to Be

    I can remember being at a game at the stadium the way it used to be when a torrential downpour started and all the fans had to scurry for cover into the dark dank bowels of the hallways. It was among the worst 90 minutes of my life. So many people, nowhere to go. One didn't even know if the rain may have ceased. I still shudder at the thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDPNYY View Post
    I can remember being at a game at the stadium the way it used to be when a torrential downpour started and all the fans had to scurry for cover into the dark dank bowels of the hallways. It was among the worst 90 minutes of my life. So many people, nowhere to go. One didn't even know if the rain may have ceased. I still shudder at the thought.
    Sure, But at least you could go somewhere to get out of the rain. Now if it rains and you have Grandstand seats you can get wet anywhere in the seats and even under the stands since its open to the elements.

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    Re: The Way Yankee Stadium Used to Be

    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vanderlay View Post
    I was there. Section 1 in the Tier.
    So was I. After the players left the field I was able to make it downstairs and got onto the field. That game is still my greatest moment at OYS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreddieMertz View Post
    If you want 1996-level excitement, see what happens if the next time we win a World Series is 2027. We are a spoiled group and it is (partially) responsible for the lack of excitement at NYS, along with all the other things you guys have mentioned.
    The excitement level would be higher but not the noise level or the electricity. The new stadium is just not built to contain noise like the old park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HerbieLee20 View Post
    So which one of you hoisted home plate before Chambliss could score?
    My brother and I took one look at the mayhem and got the hell out of there.
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    There are times I miss some aspects of the old stadium. But the things I do not miss are the cramped seats, the extremely narrow concourse where you know if everyone has showered or not. And I don't miss the limited food choices (basically a soggy hot dog or a stale pretzel). I see a lot of comments about the new Stadium where the concentration is everything but the game. What concentration it is is up to each person. I like the fact that I can get there 2 hours before first pitch, have a large choice of what food I can eat, and be in my seat long before first pitch and still see the entire game. Do I wish the upper deck was a bit lower, yes, do I think the pricing is out of whack, most definitely. However the actual experience, I am glad they have a new place to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArodEra View Post
    Or a Vegas theme hotel. New York Yankee Stadium Hotel & Casino. "Come watch Curtis Granderson strike out from your room."
    Reading these old memories is like Theater of the Mind. Great stuff. Then this post makes me burst out laughing at my desk. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL25and3 View Post
    October 14, 1976. I've never seen anything like it, and never expect to.
    I was there too. TierRes 18 Row S seat 20. Came home with a stack of grass from LF that I planted in the garden.

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    Like most of us here, I was there for many great games and moments where I can't name them all, but some that stand out and stay with me more than others are:

    Best crowd build-up, whole game basis:
    Both perfect games, 1998 and 1999.

    Best "moments":
    1995 ALDS game 1, Mattingly's pre-game introduction as he trotted out to the baseline. Then Ruben Sierra's HR crush when he "put the mustard on the hot dog" trotting around the bases, and Mattingly go back to back in game 2. The crowd was so playoff-hungry and into it, this was before we got spoiled.


    2001 WS, Tino's game tying 9th inning HR. I was way up in Tier Reserved sec. 1 and I swear it looked like that ball never got more than 10 ft off the ground the whole way to the bleachers. Then Jeter's walk-off. That was a great time to be there.
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    Like I said, there were many others, but these will always be special to me.
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    Not a game goes by where I don't miss the old house..

    This one thousand times.

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    Re: The Way Yankee Stadium Used to Be

    OYS was a baseball park. NYS is a shopping mall with a baseball field added into it.

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    Re: The Way Yankee Stadium Used to Be

    Quote Originally Posted by ArodEra View Post
    Or a Vegas theme hotel. New York Yankee Stadium Hotel & Casino. "Come watch Curtis Granderson strike out from your room."


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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    OYS was a baseball park. NYS is a shopping mall with a baseball field added into it.
    compared to other stadiums around the country, NYS far more focused on the game on the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21stAmendment View Post
    compared to other stadiums around the country, NYS far more focused on the game on the field.
    I don't know about that. I agree with ymike. Forget the mall, that is just one aspect, it's more focused on shoving history down your throat too much as well. There's pride and I love history but there's also a way to go about it. Borders on obnoxious imo.

    There are good things about it, the food is great and the Yankees play there. Overall I'm a little disappointed though. Was excited for a new stadium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman23 View Post
    Forget the mall, that is just one aspect, it's more focused on shoving history down your throat too much as well. There's pride and I love history but there's also a way to go about it. Borders on obnoxious imo.
    Agree. Whenever they run that video with the voiceover lecturing about what it feels like to put on the Yankees uniform (something about "your head says . . . your heart says"), that's my cue to hit the head. It's so overwrought. Reinforce the history by running old game clips and interviews before the game and between innings. You don't need work so hard to make it great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4train View Post
    Agree. Whenever they run that video with the voiceover lecturing about what it feels like to put on the Yankees uniform (something about "your head says . . . your heart says"), that's my cue to hit the head. It's so overwrought. Reinforce the history by running old game clips and interviews before the game and between innings. You don't need work so hard to make it great.
    Agreed. Those films have become so self serving and they seem to play one after almost every inning. I sometimes wonder if they even give the opposing team extra insentive to want to beat the Yankees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21stAmendment View Post
    compared to other stadiums around the country, NYS far more focused on the game on the field.
    I guess you have never been to Camden Yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArodEra View Post
    Or a Vegas theme hotel. New York Yankee Stadium Hotel & Casino. "Come watch Curtis Granderson strike out from your room."
    ummm, that is not beyond the realm of possibility. Due to the garage financial fiascoes, there is(was) talk of erecting a hotel on the site of one of them. Supposedly, it would be "more convenient" for visiting teams and tourists. Okay, right- Players would rather spend their own money to stay in Manhattan so their wives and families would be near something they might actually enjoy doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    I guess you have never been to Camden Yards.
    I think CY is probably the best all-around ballpark experience I've had. Sure I've seen more games there than NYS or OYS, but you can't beat it for feeling like you're on the field. The ushers don't act like Secret Service agents and there are very few bad seats in the place. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Yankee away games there feel like home games either.

    "Shopping mall" is the first thing that came to mind the first time I entered NYS. I would have rather seen them upgrade OYS - make improvements where needed without stripping it of all its history and character. The large selection of concessions certainly wouldn't require that much in the way of overhaul, for instance. However, I don't know how feasible it would have been for the other upgrades, given the amount of time needed to complete the renovations before the season began.

    Those of you who were at the 2009 WS - how did the atmosphere compare to the other ones or Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, for instance? It seems as though they've priced the real fans right out of the ballpark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4train View Post
    Agree. Whenever they run that video with the voiceover lecturing about what it feels like to put on the Yankees uniform (something about "your head says . . . your heart says"), that's my cue to hit the head. It's so overwrought. Reinforce the history by running old game clips and interviews before the game and between innings. You don't need work so hard to make it great.
    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    Agreed. Those films have become so self serving and they seem to play one after almost every inning. I sometimes wonder if they even give the opposing team extra insentive to want to beat the Yankees.
    I've been posting about my view on this for years and no one has ever backed me up yet. Not sure how to react. awesome, finally not alone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 35Knucklecurve View Post
    Those of you who were at the 2009 WS - how did the atmosphere compare to the other ones or Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, for instance? It seems as though they've priced the real fans right out of the ballpark.
    Was at 2009 WS game 6 clincher. This was the only WS clincher I have been to because prior to this (1994-2008) I was invoiced with my Sunday Plan for postseason and always got home game 1 or 2 of the series. So I can compare this to being there for 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2003 non clinching WS games. Like I said, 2009 #6 clincher was a great electric atmosphere, but there were still games in the old Stadium that had more energy.

    1996 game 1 STARTED with great energy and then we all know how that turned out.

    1998 I got home game 2 so I missed Tino's grand slam moment. That had to be crazy.

    1999 I got home game 1 so I narrowly missed seeing a clincher then.

    2000 I was there for game 1, that was a good crowd game with the Mets fans sprinkled in. Paul O'Neills gritty AB in extras to draw the walk off Benitez was a vintage OYS moment, the crowd was into every second of that AB.

    2001 I got home game 2 so I was there for Tino's dramatic tying HR in the 9th. This was one of the OYS moments that really stays with me and comes up as one of my favs when asked. I was way up in sec 1 tier reserved and man that place literally was moving under your feet.

    2003 game 1 I have to admit the crowd (and it seemed like the team, too) was a little bit more subdued and maybe not as "into it" as in the past. Most people attributed their slow start in that game to having just had the battle-royale with the sox that ended just a couple nights before with the Boone ALCS game 7 moment. Everyone seemed a little "tired" it's not they they didn't want to be into it, just that there seemed to be a little lingering hangover effect on the crowd, and perhaps the team, at least that's what it seemed like.

    However, no matter where these games rank with me and others, one common thread in all these games was that everyone in the park was there fired up and ready to watch the game. They were in their seats for the anthem, first pitch, ready to roll, whether they were right behind the dugout or the wings of the upper deck. In 2009 this was not the case in WS #6, which surprised me. For the first pitch, there were still numerous empty seats in the Legends area and even some of the between the bases seats behind them. They weren't even standing for first pitch and getting loud like in the past, just sitting there while the rest of the Stadium did it around them. I didn't like seeing that. This was when the problems caused by the haves-and-have-nots issues that the Legends seating was causing was just starting to really come to the forefront.

    So to your original question, 2009 game 6 was really great, I'm not disputing that. But there were several other postseason moments in OYS that still had more energy, in my opinion.
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    Re: The Way Yankee Stadium Used to Be

    Quote Originally Posted by 35Knucklecurve View Post
    I think CY is probably the best all-around ballpark experience I've had. Sure I've seen more games there than NYS or OYS, but you can't beat it for feeling like you're on the field. The ushers don't act like Secret Service agents and there are very few bad seats in the place. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Yankee away games there feel like home games either.

    "Shopping mall" is the first thing that came to mind the first time I entered NYS. I would have rather seen them upgrade OYS - make improvements where needed without stripping it of all its history and character. The large selection of concessions certainly wouldn't require that much in the way of overhaul, for instance. However, I don't know how feasible it would have been for the other upgrades, given the amount of time needed to complete the renovations before the season began.

    Those of you who were at the 2009 WS - how did the atmosphere compare to the other ones or Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, for instance? It seems as though they've priced the real fans right out of the ballpark.
    The crowd was loud for the 2009 clincher but still not the same atmosphere as for WS & LCS games at OYS. The way the NYS is constructed just does not contain noise like the old park. And of course the high priced field seats draw a different type of crowd than the fans who sat in the field seats at OYS. Even opposing teams have stated that playing games at NYS are no way the same as games played at OYS as far as crowd noise is concerned.

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    Two things really bother me about the new stadium: 1.) Of course, the "Legends" seats. So many things about it disgust me. Half of them are always empty, it's a terrible eyesore. That might not be a bad thing because the ones that are filled are often filled with fans with no apparent interest in what's happening in front of them. I see some people even drinking glasses of wine, I mean come on, my God. And maybe the most pathetic part is the fact that they block off kids from getting close enough to the field to get autographs from their favorite players. The only park, the only team in baseball that doesn't allow it. Truly, truly pathetic. 2.) The rest of the stadium is beautiful, with the exception of the Batters Eye/ Sports Bar in center field. Way too over done. It hurts two things that were among some of the greatest features from OYS; Monument Park and fans in the bleacher seats. It's symbolic of what the entire organization has become, just think about it. Plaques of the greatest players the game has ever seen and the best fans the team has all literally shoved behind another alter of greed- an ugly and overpriced gathering that just distracts fans from the game being played on the field, all just to make more profit. I try to focus on the positives, and in fairness there are several of them, but so much that has happened to this franchise has caused me to do some serious soul searching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boomerdisciple View Post
    And maybe the most pathetic part is the fact that they block off kids from getting close enough to the field to get autographs from their favorite players.
    That wasn't allowed in the old Yankee Stadium either, not for many years. You couldn't enter the field level boxes in front of the aisle without a ticket. Not even during batting/infield practice.
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