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The Pride of the Yankees Is No More

No storybook ending for a storied stadium.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
September 22, 2008

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The Pride of the Yankees Is No More
The Pride of the Yankees Is No More_Greg Asimakoupoulos-No storybook ending for a storied stadium"The House that Ruth Built" was a home
we baseball fans claimed as our own.
A place unequalled through the years
where memories were born.

Yes, Gehrig and DiMaggio
still haunt its hallways (don't you know?)
as do The Mick and Maris too,
Don Larsen and the like.

You still hear Yogi Berra's growl
or see old Casey Stengel's scowl.
In this old house the past lived on.
It's where we all grew up.

It was the Yankees' pride and joy
where dreams came true for Autumn's Boys.
"The House that Ruth Built" gave the Bronx
a place in history.

But now this mansion's quarantined.
No games. No fans. No pinstriped team.
I wonder if this building knows
its address is Death Row?

Its horsehide balls will be replaced
by wrecking balls. A damned disgrace.
This condemnation that I dread
gives mem'ries cause to mourn.

I grieve the passing of a friend.
A chum I've known since I was ten.
A playmate every Saturday
on Dizzy Dean TV.

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Dear Jon from Chicago writes:
September 23, 2008
Rumor has it Wrigley Field could be next on the chopping block. Maybe that's just Chicago hype for what's happening to Yankee Stadium, I don't know. Comiskey Park is gone after all--but then, that was a good thing.

S.E. Shepherd from Chicago, IL writes:
October 8, 2008
Obviously Dear Jon is not a White Sox fan; Comiskey, albeit not as hallowed as much as Wrigley, was a beautiful park and actually OLDER than Wrigley. While Old Comiskey was a bit sorrier shape than Wrigley when it was demolished, it nevertheless was the place of many of my early childhood baseball memories, and the "Ball Mall" that replaced it is still an eye-sore.

The Indians did it right, building the beautiful Jacob's Field when they replaced their old stadium; it's a shame that a city known for architecture couldn't come up with something more like that.

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