Friday, August 19, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, August 19, 2022 -- "Stadiums"


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"As far as ranking the ones I have been to, we can start with this: Nothing will ever be Yankee Stadium II for me. It’s where I saw my first game and then countless others until they closed it in 2008. I would wait outside Gate 6 to be let in for batting practice, in the hopes of catching a little of the Yankees’ BP before the road team took over. I went to games alone, with family, with friends. I rooted for Chris Chambliss and Willie Randolph and Don Mattingly and Mariano Rivera. I called an inning from the Budweiser Broadcast Booth and got a Gary Ward homer. (“Kiss it goodbye!”) That ballpark was my second home, and nothing will ever feel like that again."