Here’s a recent comment on the blog from a reader named Dan:
I gotta say as a season ticket holder, that I was expecting a lot more out of this last season … both from the stadium, and the players. Their playing performance aside, they really have not done much outside of the 5th inning lever pull to count down home games, which is pretty much a disappointment. The only ones worth cheering for that I saw were Babe Ruthâ€™s daughter and Paul Oâ€™Neil. They have not really done anything special outside of the All-Star Game, and I tend to think that we as fans deserve a lot more. Thoughts?
Dan is voicing an opinion I’ve heard a lot lately. The Yankees have 10 home games left and hopefully they have some big plans, especially for Sept. 21.
But to this point, they have botched it. Outside of the All-Star Game, what special has gone on in the Bronx this season? And that was largely a MLB production.
Richard Sandomir of the Times had a story today revealing the disappointment of the Ruth and Mantle families that more wasn’t done.
It’s hard to say who is directly responsible for this. Ultimately, it’s the Steinbrenner family and team president Randy Levine. There should have been more done. First pitch ceremonies, National Anthem singers, days honoring certain players, days honoring certain moments, even ceremonies honoring opposing teams or players.
Each team that left the Stadium for the last time could have been presented with some memento. Something like that. Every game should have had some special touch.
Perhaps the Yankees have big plans for the remaining games. But they have already let five months go to waste, five months that can never be recaptured. It’s hard to say what has been more disappointing, as Dan wrote, how they played or how they said goodbye to the Stadium.
What’s your take on this?