It’s been exactly a year since the final game at ‘The House That Ruth Built.” And, I remember it like it was yesterday.
We took a chance and bought tickets at the start of the season on StubHub. If the Yankees had gone to the playoffs, we would’ve paid a lot of money for nothing, but in a very, very bittersweet moment they didn’t and our gamble paid off.
When I was young, I was a huge Braves fan, when they had players like Steve Avery and David Justice. My love for them slowly faded as I got older. I do still follow them and went to their spring training camp in Florida. But, for as long as I can remember I’ve also liked the Yankees. I think it started, because my Mom was a Mets’ fan and I of course had to do the opposite of whatever she liked.
Anyway, I wasn’t going to miss the last game at Yankee Stadium for anything. Even though we had been to Monument Park before, we wanted to see it one last time, so we waited in line for more than 5 hours.
It sounds bad, but the line winded up, down and around the inside of the stadium, so I got to see some areas I never noticed before.
We had bleacher seats, and they were still over $300 each but it was well worth it!
You could feel the emotion in the stadium, and with each pitch you knew it was getting closer and closer to the end of an era.
It was tough to leave the stadium that night. It felt like the day I graduated college: You are so sad because it’s what is familar to you, and you want it to last, but at the same time, you are both excited and nervous about the next chapter.
Here are some photos from the last game. Enjoy!