New Stadium, Same Charm

Derek Jeter lived up to the nickname “Captain October”, CC Sabathia stepped up in the big stage, and Alex Rodriguez broke out of the postseason rut that has haunted him for years as a New York Yankee.

Although it wasn’t the famed Yankee Stadium that housed 26 World Champions, the team in pinstripes brought the magic from the old stadium into the new stadium with a 7-2 victory over the fatigued Minnesota Twins. The atmosphere at the new stadium carried the same feel on TV and from the looks on TV, in person of the old stadium across the street. The tradition, and the expectations of “World Series or bust” is what makes the Yankees who they are, and it is what draws the big names to the bright lights and the biggest stage: Yankee Stadium. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Mark Teixeira have came in and not disappointed for New York, and with a lineup loaded with great hitters, it’s pretty much easy to say that on paper, this team is the team to beat.

Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Don Larsen, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, the list goes on and on with the names that played at the old stadium. These guys created the charm and made the Yankees a desirable destination. Now the torch has been passed to the new stadium, and names like Jeter, Sabathia, Rodriguez, Teixeira, and Melky Cabrera are going to create a new legacy with the same standard of excellence. Will it translate to 26 more World Series championships? Probably not but there is definitely one thing for certain: There is no better place to watch October baseball than Yankee Stadium, whether it is the old stadium or the new one. As long as the Yankee Stadium name is there, it’s always going to be a great place to watch baseball.

When the new Yankee Stadium was constructed, it was designed to have the feel of the old stadium, how it was in 1923 and after the major renovation in 1976, in order to keep the character and pay homage to the tradition of excellence that the franchise and stadium exemplifies. The fans have maintained the atmosphere in the new stadium, and after game 1 of the ALDS against the Twins, the electricity of October has made its way from the old stadium to the new one.

Whether or not the Yankees win the World Series, one thing is for certain: the stadium may be new, but the charm is still the same old song. It’s good for baseball, it’s good for New York City, and October’s are a lot more special with baseball in the Bronx. The team has the tools to go all the way, it will be a matter of time to see if they follow through and go all the way and capitalize on the home-field advantage.

  1. October 9th, 2009
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