Monday, September 22, 2008

A Fond Farewell ...

As you may or may not know, last night marked the final home game at Yankee Stadium. I was fortunate enough to be in attendance ... sort of ... we were seated in the bleachers, much to my absolute horror. I haven't been relegated to the bleachers since the 1980s. It was the best they had to offer when I was fighting for tickets online last winter. Eh, we were lucky just to be in the building because this was the hottest ticket in town last night. Period.

I've been to more games at the stadium than I could even begin to count and last night was certainly the most emotional. Such a strange, almost subdued, feeling overhung the crowd. It was certainly a bittersweet event. So many glorious memories held in that building, such a rich and storied past. As difficult as it is to leave that all behind, there's no denying the fact that the venue itself is in decline and that the move to a new stadium is needed. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also sad to say goodbye to this old field of dreams.

I snapped this photo as we arrived at the Yankee Stadium subway platform - I think it captures the wistful spirit of the night. Every person who got off that train stopped for a moment to drink in the sight of the stadium one last time.

In other news, the husband and I have just returned from a brief trip to Huntsville, Alabama. He was there for a business conference and I was riding shot-gun and soaking up the southern sun. This is why I've been separated from my stove.

We did have some tasty food while we were there and I will have a full report as soon as I unearth myself from the pile of virtual mail that accumulated while I was gone. Look for some Alabama photos and a mini-vacation food round up late tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned!

8 comments:

Miss Caught Up said...

That is one of my goals... to make it to the Yankee stadium! Last time I was in NY I missed out! Sigh

pixelgal said...

I enjoyed seeing this picture which pretty much says it all about the passing of time and legends. But your narrative was the icing on the cake. I got a better feeling for what the evening was like from reading it than I did clicking around the channels trying to stay with the game last night and failing. We did see some of it and were sad to witness the end of an era. But onward and upward as they say. Hope the new stadium brings them luck. Thanks, Diva

Deb said...

Glad to see you got to close out an era for you even if it was in the "cheap" seats.

Of course these days I'm consumed with all things Rays!!!

Now all we need is the banner for winning our division (I know you'd rather have them Yankees do it BUT if they can't why not Rays?)

We are very excited at the prospects for our first post season showing ever!

Deb

NewlywedCentral said...

Fun stuff -- I have about... um, zero interest in baseball -- You are adorable!

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

Bleachers? This is where NOT being American is very infuriating - is it like being sat next to the toilet or something?

I have an award for you (because I'm so generous, I can't just give you the one meme!)
But it's really simple to do - again.
Ciao

Scarlet xx

The Diva on a Diet said...

MCU - hopefully you'll get to see the new and improved stadium. And, let me know if you do ... I'll come with!

Pixelgal - you guys will have to make a trip to the new stadium as well. Been a long time since we've gone to a game together, eh?

Deb - I've been thinking about you and your Rays a lot this week and feeling happy for you. So exciting to have your first post season ever. Enjoy it! And, most of all, beat those Sox if you play 'em! ;)

Hi Newlywed and welcome to my blog! Thanks so much for the comment and drop by anytime. You can give us the newlywed cooking perspective!

Aw, Scarlet, you are such a love. Thank you! Will come by to pick up the award and post it tomorrow morning. xoxoxoxo

Web-Betty said...

Wow...you attended an historical event! The last game in the house that Ruth built. What would have made the game even more apropos would have been for the schedule makers to have made it against the Red Sox. :)

The Diva on a Diet said...

Good point, Web-Betty ... though my personal preference would have been for the last game to have been a World Series win! ;)