Yankee Stadium is one of the most (if not the most) majestic stadium in Major League Baseball.
If you have ever been there, you know there is a lot of history surrounding the building outside and inside the park. I had the privilege of going to two games at the House that Ruth built. On Saturday, May 17, 1986 my dad, my cousins Jon and Nick, and I saw the Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 11-6 (exactly 12 years to the day before David Wells’ perfect game against the Minnesota Twins). On Saturday, July 17, 1999 I watched the Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 11-4 (exactly one day before David Cone’s perfect game against the Montreal Expos).
I have had much more experience watching games played on television. Most of the games have involved the Tigers. I remember on April 22, 1981; Howard Bailey gave up a home run to Reggie Jackson that at first to me look like a pop-up. As the camera followed the flight of the ball, you could see the ball against the black sky. You then saw the ball fall in front of the stadium lights, then the center field scoreboard, then land amongst spectators in center field.
Exactly one year later, the Tigers started a 4 game weekend series at the stadium in which the Tigers won the first 3 games. The play I remember most fondly was a home run by Chet Lemon into the third deck in left field off Tommy John in the 3rd inning of the first game in that series. I can still hear George Kell saying in his southern accent “five rows into the third deck.” The Tigers could not complete the four game sweep as they fell 3-1 to the Yankees on that Sunday, April 25. Joel Zumaya mowing down Yankee hitters in game 2 of the 2006 ALDS was a great memory also.
I will enjoy this last trip in the Bronx for the Tigers, unless they meet the Yankees in the post season. I believe they can make this series a good one by winning two out of three.