Found this on Bob’s blog, and I thought I should share…
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Tonight was the last game at Yankee Stadium. Next year the Yankees are moving into their new stadium across the street. The HTRB will be torn down and with it, many memories and historical events. Aside from the 3 perfect games, 26 World Series championships, All-Star games, and everything else baseball related, Yankee Stadium also hosted the Pope, Billy Joel, Ali vs. Norton, “Win one for the Gipper” and the Greatest Game Ever Played (1958 NY Giants vs the Baltimore Colts).
Unfortunately, with the Yankee Stadium closing, it makes me think that Wrigley and Fenway might be nearing their respective closings. Hopefully it won’t happen for many more years, but who knows?
So, until then, good bye Yankee Stadium – thanks for the memories.
Even though I am a huge Cubs fan, I do appreciate other teams, and I respect the Yankees for the history that they have. George Steinbrenner was a great owner. He was not hesitant to spend money to win. He created a network so that his team could make more money and not have to share it with anyone. He was brash, and you either loved him or hated him, but either way you respected him. His son Hank is a different flavor altogether. I think he’s trying too hard to be his dad…the thing is George was good at what he did. Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang got hurt running the bases in an interleague game against the Astros. While I totally understand that losing an ace means to a team, I think Hank’s quote is a bit out of touch.
“My only message is simple. The National League needs to join the 21st century,” Steinbrenner said in Tampa, Fla. “They need to grow up and join the 21st century.
“Am I (mad) about it? Yes,” Steinbrenner added. “I’ve got my pitchers running the bases, and one of them gets hurt. He’s going to be out. I don’t like that, and it’s about time they address it. That was a rule from the 1800s.”
Um, maybe I’m a purist, but I like to see pitchers hit and run the bases – to me that is as much a part of baseball as wooden bats. Injuries can happen. It’s part of the game. The DH takes away from the game because you have a “player” whose sole job is to hit. That’s it. Every once in a while they’ll take the field, but usually end up exposing themselves as a defensive liability. Heck, if Barry Bonds would probably be in the AL as a DH right now adding to his home run record* if it wasn’t for his legal problems. So maybe Hank should be the one who grows up.
I hope Wang heals quickly and is back on the mound this year, but I really wish that Hank would tone it down a bit.
Okay, while I am extremely happy that my Cubbies are doing well and currently reside in 1st place, this is a weird season in baseball. How are the Devil Rays (no, I don’t acknowledge the stupid name change) in first place ahead of both the Red Sox and the Yankees? How did the NL West become such a bad divsion compared to last year (we can’t blame it all on the Giants)? Why are the Mets getting worse? All these wonderful questions in a topsy turvy season. And the best part, the season is just barely over a quarter over. We’ll see how things play out.
I picked 3 of the 4 teams that made the Final Four (why did I choose UConn over UCLA?? And Duke winning the West?? Was I smoking something?). It has been a great tourney so far with several upsets and Cinderellas (By the way, where are Davidson and Siena located, and just what is a Hilltopper??) I am anxious to see how the last 3 games play out. I have UNC winning it all, but Kanas may repeat what they did 20 years ago with Danny Manning leading the team and win it all. Memphis has something to prove, and UCLA is looking to add yet another trophy to their collection. It should be interesting.
The most exciting time in sports starts today. March Madness officially kicks off today (No, I don’t recognize the play-in, um, "Opening Round," game). 48 games over the next 4 days!! There will be a lot of people taking vacation time, using sick time - whatever - to stay home and watch the games. A lot of people staying on the internet all day just to catch the latest scores. Many brackets will be busted this weekend, and many people will look like fortune tellers with their picks. What an exciting time! If your team is in it, I hope they do well! If your team isn’t, well, you’re in good company (I sure do hope my Hawkeyes play better next year).
We just got back from watching the Super Bowl at the Ferguson’s house. What a game!!! Easily the best NFL game ever. The fact that we got to enjoy it with our small group and other friends made it sooo much better. We love spending time with everyone. We even got to hang out with our new Lead Pastor Aaron and his family. The whole family looked great in their Colts gear. The Barkers new dog Ocy joined us too. It was a great time.
I will admit that I was torn. Part of me wanted to see the Pats win and complete a perfect season while part of me wanted to see them lose due to their hubris. Still, I think they had a great season, and they should not hang their heads – they still had a regular season for the ages.
One thing that I have realized as I get older is that it’s only a game. Win or lose, the games do not affect my life (we can revisit this statement if my Cubs ever win the World Series). This realization may stem from the fact that I am used to my teams not being consistent winners, but I do know that life is too short to worry about games. I would rather worry about those we got to spend time with and enjoy the time we get to be together.