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A new ballpark rises in the Bronx

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 19, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post


WCBS 880 has a great gallery of photos of the new Stadium on its web site. As one park closes, they’re starting to put in the field at the new one.

Just think, in that very spot a year from now CC Sabathia will be blowing the ball by somebody.





74 Responses to “A new ballpark rises in the Bronx”

  1. Mr. Faded Glory September 19th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Let’s just hope that next year, CC is the only one blowing.

  2. BoSox September 19th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    …………and where Arod will continue to be boo’d.

  3. Were still Alive.....for now September 19th, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    And lets not hope its against us that CC is blowing by

  4. gayle September 19th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Pete from your mouth to God’s ears

  5. Tom September 19th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    “All the rusted signs we ignore throughout our lives
    Choosing the shiny ones instead”

    Sorry to get all wistful. I guess the closer you get to the end makes one look back.

    The new place will be great.

  6. TurnTwo September 19th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    looks great. i still cant believe they couldnt figure out a way to make sure those seats in the center bleachers next to the restaurant didnt have obstructed views, but i guess for the cheapest seats in the house, people will deal with it.

  7. mel September 19th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    They need to host the X-games there before they plant the grass. It looks like a big bowl for skateboarding.

    It’s sad to see the old Stadium close down, but it’s nice to have a new home nearby. At least the ghosts won’t have to move too far.

    Lots of memories. But lots of new ones to be made as well.

  8. SJ44 September 19th, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Actually, Arod won’t be booed that much in the new Stadium because the knuckleheads who make that their pastime will be priced out of the new digs.

    One of the benefits of the crazy pricing in the new joint.

    Fans actually CHEERING their home team players. What a concept.

  9. Joey's Poodle September 19th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Helps to have a big reminder to focus on the future, after a disappointing season like this one.

  10. Rebecca--Optimist Prime September 19th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    SJ: Yes, but the poor grad students like me won’t be able to afford to go to the game…

  11. David Cone's Labrum September 19th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Still looking for official info on the pre-game ceremonies for Sunday’s game?

    Anyone have a link with more info?

    Gates really opening at 1pm? Then what???

  12. TurnTwo September 19th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    “Actually, Arod won’t be booed that much in the new Stadium because the knuckleheads who make that their pastime will be priced out of the new digs.

    One of the benefits of the crazy pricing in the new joint.

    Fans actually CHEERING their home team players.”

    disagree. i think its actually the opposite… make it more affordable, and the real fans can buy the tickets and actually get in.

    overprice everything, and corporations and the wealthy buy out the stadium, and then hand over tickets for games they cant go to “fans” who dont actually care much.

  13. gayle September 19th, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I really dont get people cant afford the games. Correct me if I am wrong but really the seats that are going up so much are the lower bowl.Arent the upper tier and bleachers staying if not the same pretty darn close.

    Like I said my seats will actually go down by a minimum of 10 dollars per seat but that is mostly because the seats i have now a will no longer be availabel to partial ticket holders.

    The below are prices as listed fopr the new stadium first colum is for full season second is for 41 game or partial season. Is this really that much more in these levels than what it is now??

    Field $325 N/A
    Field $225 N/A
    Field $175 N/A
    Field $150 N/A
    Field $100 N/A
    Field $75 $85
    main suite * N/A
    main $100 N/A
    main $75 N/A
    main $60 $70
    main $45 $50
    terace $65 $75
    terace $55 $65
    terace $40 $45
    grandstand $25 $25
    grandstand $20 $20
    bleachers $12 $12

  14. Bobby September 19th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Maybe I’m just a pessimist but I love how every single person in the media assumes CC will be a Yankee.

    From being around the country, I get that it’s that sense of entitlement that makes everyone else hate Yankee fans and the NY media so much.

  15. Ck in LA September 19th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    So, who will be the first person to hit one of the letters in Left Field?

  16. Axel September 19th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    TurnTwo, agreed. Rich people are boring.

  17. Rebecca--Optimist Prime September 19th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Gayle: try being a student…

  18. Ck in LA September 19th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    September 19th, 2008 at 12:51 pm
    Maybe I’m just a pessimist but I love how every single person in the media assumes CC will be a Yankee.

    From being around the country, I get that it’s that sense of entitlement that makes everyone else hate Yankee fans and the NY media so much.

    Personally, I think he’ll be a Dodger or Angel. Guess it depends on who thinks the Brewers are burning him out and who doesn’t. He’s liking the National League so he can hit.

  19. mel September 19th, 2008 at 12:55 pm


    The media is building it up so that they can gloat when Yankees fail to get the job done despite all their money.

    I try not to place odds on it, but someone’s going to want to come and pitch here. I’d love to open a new stadium.

  20. Dennis September 19th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    We open on the road so no CC.

  21. Tom September 19th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Going to Yankee stadium after finishing my Grad thesis on Derridaian deconstructionism in modern lit. Was one of the highlights of my life- more fun then people should have.

  22. SJ44 September 19th, 2008 at 12:58 pm


    Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The “real” fans can still afford to go to the games. Many can’t afford the suites and club seats.

    While that’s unfortunate, its no different from the NFL.

    The fan element that has permeated Yankee Stadium the last several years, while nice for ticket sales, hasn’t done much to create a home field advantage.

    Its full of what I call “entitlement fans”. Fans who think because players make a lot of money they can never make mistakes and the team has to win every year because they are the Yankees. Forgetting that you actually have to play the games.

    Most of the people who sit by me buy their tickets from Stubhub and other ticket brokers because the person who has the seats rarely uses them.

    All the do is whine and complain the entire game about the team. That is, when they aren’t booing or cussing out players. Its pretty sad.

    I don’t just mean this year either. Its been going on for 4 years.

    Its the nature of some fans today. They just don’t support the home team like they used to.

    Its not limited to the Yankees. Its like that in many places today.


    You will still be able to afford to go to the games. There are plenty of what I would call “affordable seats” throughout the ballpark.

    The seating will also be closer to the field. Making for better sight lines.

    While it obviously will lack of the tradition of the old place, its going to be a fantastic facility.

    I was lucky enough to go on a tour of it during the summer.

    When it comes to ballparks, I am about as old school as it gets. I LOVE the old ballparks.

    However, after touring the new Stadium, it won me over. Its going to be an amazing place.

  23. Ck in LA September 19th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    September 19th, 2008 at 12:56 pm
    We open on the road so no CC.”

    Home opener is against Cleveland. Would be interesting.

  24. John September 19th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    how is that huge screen in center field not going to effect the batter….it is basically where the black seats are right now

  25. Mark in Tampa September 19th, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Looks like the upper deck homerun will be a monster shot in the new park!

  26. Former Melky Enthusiast September 19th, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    The new place looks great. The most important thing is it still looks like Yankee Stadium. They did a great job of preserving the look. I’m also glad to see the frieze return to the upper deck because that was perhaps the stupidest decision they made when they renovated the old ballpark. I’m not happy about how corporate it will be, but supposedly the cheaper seats are supposed to remain the same price in the new stadium. I doubt I’ll be gaining access to the thousands of luxury boxes and martini bars anytime in the near future, although they all look awesome from the artist renderings. I checked out the virtual seating they have on and it seems to me that only the upper seats of the bleachers that hug the restaurant will be obstructed, so the majority of the seats in the bleachers you will still be able to see everything. I think they should make the seats that are obstructed by the restaurant cheaper then the rest of the bleacher seats though. I would sit there for under 10 bucks.

  27. TurnTwo September 19th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    “Personally, I think he’ll be a Dodger or Angel. Guess it depends on who thinks the Brewers are burning him out and who doesn’t. He’s liking the National League so he can hit.”

    he’s not going to not take $140 million because he likes to hit.

    he’s also not going to get a $140 million offer from the Dodgers, who now have to worry about how to resign Manny, their new cult legend.

    and i find it hard to believe he’s going to get $100 from the Angels, who have to worry about keeping Teixeira and resigning Lackey long term before looking Sabathia’s way.

    id actually think he’s more likely to try out Texas, who i dont think will be afraid to recruit him to pitch there.

    i also dont think its a slam dunk the yankees will definitely sign CC, but i also find it hard to believe he’s going to leave the yankees money on the table to play somewhere else for significantly less.

  28. saucY September 19th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    TurnTwo beat me to it. i think it’s the touristy-corporate type fan who says “hey, we’re at yankee stadium, where it’s cool to boo stars when underperforming… Boooo!”

    … then take a cab from the stadium to a broadway show

  29. SJ44 September 19th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Or maybe Pete was just telling a joke (which, if you follow this blog, he does often) and folks don’t have a sense of humor.

    I always get a kick out of fans who come on here to rip Yankee fans, then talk about where they believe CC will end up. “Surprisingly”, its with their favorite team.

    Nobody knows where he is going to go. Not beat writers, fans, players, probably CC himself right now.

    That’s why there is an off-season. To discuss stuff like this.

    Since one of the owners of the team (Hank) made it “slip” the Yankees are going after him, its not exactly “breaking news” the Yankees will aggressively pursue Sabathia.

    Will he come to NY? Who knows.

    It is interesting though that he decided not to start building his dream home on the West Coast yet. A change on his part from his earlier stated intentions.

  30. CK in LA September 19th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Don’t let the Dodgers & Angels fool you. They will pony up if they want to. If the Dodgers are going to go for it with Manny, they’d add CC. Their Manager is used to big name & money, that’s why they hired him

  31. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! September 19th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Since someone mentioned CC I just thought I’d mention that last night Waldman went on for a while about how much Burnett wants to be a Yankee.

    Third place or not it’s not a real stretch to say that most players want to play for the Yankees. That comes from seeing it happen year after year after year. I remember only a few players who ever said they did not want to play for the Yankees – and that’s okay too. But the vast majority who talk about it have indicated that’s where they want to be. And some, like Beltran, offer a discount!

  32. jennifer September 19th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Not if you sit in the upper deck. Those seats appear much further from the playing field.

  33. SJ44 September 19th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Actually, that’s not why Joe Torre went to LA.

    He went to LA because they were the only team that offered him a 3 year contract.

    Nothing wrong with that, BTW. He’s doing what players do. Take care of THEIR business before worrying about anything else.

    When he discussed with the Dodgers his desire to see if they can get Santana, he was told “We don’t operate like the Yankees”.

    They got Manny because it costs them NOTHING this year. The Red Sox are picking up the full freight.

    If they didn’t get Manny, and he wasn’t motivated to get another contract, they wouldn’t be going to the playoffs this year. It just broke right for them.

    If they had to pay for him, they would have passed.

    They may sign one 100 million dollar player (possibly Manny if the fans keep pushing for it) but, that’s it.

    Frank McCourt has spent 3 years railing against the big market finances in baseball. He’s not about to become of “them”, the people he despises.

  34. BoSox September 19th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Will this be the most interesting off-season in recent memory? Good starters out there (CC/Burnett), the Yanks soon-to-be flush with cash, and an angry fanbase.

  35. mel September 19th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I don’t think that CC would stay in the NL just so he can hit, although he does seem to enjoy it.

    But he can really dominate the league if he stays there. His ERA has dropped 2 full runs in a very short period of time. Of course, I remember that he got off to a horrid start, but the AL will make you pay if you’re struggling with things like a worn out arm because you pitched a thousand innings the year before. hmmm…

  36. SJ44 September 19th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    The photo doesn’t do it justice. The sightlines are closer than they were in the current stadium.

    They look farther away than they actually are from the photos that are on the web.

  37. hambone slymnax September 19th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    wow, I politely criticize Pete and my comment doesn’t get posted?

    That’s cheesetastic!

  38. mel September 19th, 2008 at 1:21 pm


    You make great points as usual, but with the hiring of Torre, Manny’s rampage, and a team headed for the playoffs again the Dodgers are relevant again. LA’s a Laker town, but the fans are now on the Dodgers bandwagon. Does McCourt want to waste that? Tinsel town loves their stars and having Manny & CC on the same team will keep them coming for years.

    If Manny doesn’t stay for years where does he end up? He wormed his way out of a $20M option. Did he mess up?

  39. gayle September 19th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    For those interested if you want to see the actual comparisons new versus old stadium go to then to yankee stadium then new stadium thenc lick on relocation guide they di a really good breakdown of new versus old.

    Oh on another note if Bob Sheppard is not able to make it to the new stadium they for sure have his voice recorded saying Good Afternoon and welcome to the NEW yankee stadium. His voice was on teh DVD that we got with the relocation guide

  40. SJ44 September 19th, 2008 at 1:24 pm


    Players go where the money is. In rare cases, they leave money on the table. A few million here and there? They will leave that on the table. Not 20+ million.

    That’s the whole deal with CC. How much money does he want to leave on the table if he decides he doesn’t want to play with the Yankees? Nobody seems to have a clear idea of that right now.

    Its pretty clear to me the Yankees will make the highest offer.

    Many fans think players will think nothing of leaving money on the table to go where they want to go. I don’t know many players that will leave 20+ million on the table, if it gets to that.

    Also, the Players Association will be VERY involved with this thing. They want him to set financial parameters for the rest of the pitchers in the game. That’s how it works in baseball during free agency.

    For the sake of discussion, let’s say he has a 140 million dollar deal on the table from a team, and the Yankees are offering 170-180. Do you think he leaves 30-40 million on the table? Very doubtful.

    I’m not saying it will play out like that but, it could.

    From the Yankees perspective, they just can’t bid against themselves, as they did with Giambi.

    The numbers are going to be VERY high for CC. Higher than Santana, IMO, and its going to be very interesting to see which team is standing at the end.

  41. Mark in Tampa September 19th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Last year at this time all of the talking heads talked about it being a foregone conclusion that Arod was leaving the Yankees for the Cubs, Dodgers, or Angels. The the cold reality of $300M hit the ownership of those teams.

    So, all of the CC talk and where he wants to go means nothing until the basic parameters of the market are set. Then, many teams who would like to have him will be out, and what he wants will have to meet with who is offering what.

  42. SJ44 September 19th, 2008 at 1:29 pm


    I have a feeling the Dodgers will sign Manny and pass on CC. They will shore up their pitching from within, or via a trade.

    Personally, I’d sign CC instead of Manny because as soon as Manny get his money, he’s going in the tank again. That’s Manny bein’ Manny.

    The Dodgers will never surpass the Lakers in LA. They just have to stay relevent. They can do so by signing Manny. Especially since the fans in LA love him.

    McCourt isn’t going to tie up half his payroll on two guys. That will put him at the threshold of paying into the luxury tax pool and I think he would sell the team before he does that.

    He’s a small market-minded owner in a large market. I don’t see him gaining religion this off-season and moving off his principles.

  43. mel September 19th, 2008 at 1:29 pm


    What other players would there be?

    I see only Yankees, Angels, and Dodgers being able to afford him.

    Angels don’t really need him and they’re smart enough to stay away from the long contract.

    It does appear that we’ll be bidding against ourselves. Other teams will bow out, but we’ll be paying a premium to entice him here.

    Sad. Just what we wanted to avoid, but we’re at a crossroad here.

  44. Mr. Faded Glory September 19th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    SJ44: “The seating will also be closer to the field. Making for better sight lines.”

    The upper deck at current YS is right on the field. The new one is much further back. That’s why I don’t like the new design.. opposing players used to complain that the fans were “right on top of you” at the old place. Now… welcome to cookie-cutter retro stadium #8.

  45. Jeff September 19th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    …And hopefully hell be doing that wearing a Yankees uniform!

  46. SJ44 September 19th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Its not a cookie cutter retro stadium.

    Have you been inside of it yet? Why not wait until you are before saying something that isn’t true?


    I think Texas will be in the bidding. I don’t know though if CC wants to go to a launching pad for the next 6+ years.

    I think the Red Sox will be in the bidding bigtime for CC.

    Again, I don’t if he wants to play in Boston but, they will be in the bidding, IMO.

  47. kph September 19th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I agree with Mr. Faded Glory’s comment on the upper deck. Plus, the large upper deck makes YS feel like a STADIUM, as opposed to a ball park. I like the retro thing, but only when I go to another city or a minor league game.

  48. Kevin September 19th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    The Angels are not going to be big players for CC. simply put, they don’t need him. their starting pitching is not close to a problem, they just signed Hunter to a big deal and they might have to pony up for Vlad after 2009 when he is a free agent. Combine that with perhaps resigning Tex, and no, CC will not be an Angel. The Dodgers remain a possbility but the Yankees are going to be big players for him. They have as good a shot as any team, he will try to cash in big and no team can outbid New York. He has also said recently that he’s not nearly as good a hitter now that he has to do it more often, and it seems like the hitting novelty might be wearing off for him a little bit. And I doubt Boston would be serious about signing him, maybe they will posture just to make the Yanks try to bid more but once again, SP is not a huge concern for them

  49. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes September 19th, 2008 at 2:16 pm


    Great Pearl Jam reference.

    This isn’t TnT right?

    I wouldn’t get your hopes up on Sabathia…doesn’t sound like he is all that interested in playing in NY…then again, it could just be rumors.

  50. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes September 19th, 2008 at 2:20 pm


    I agree…1.3 billion dollars doesn’t buy a cookie cutter stadium. In all its glory, the current stadium has its flaws and hopefully they have been addressed.

  51. WangFan88 September 19th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    That scoreboard is

  52. WangFan88 September 19th, 2008 at 3:17 pm


  53. WeMissPaulie September 19th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    The new stadium looks amazing. I agree with SJ, i love the old stadiums, but its time for a new one in NY and this place will be an amazing place to see the game. It’ll be sad on Sunday, but when I look across the street to see what’s waiting next year, I’ll be pretty darn happy. The old stadium was gone in 1971 anyway.

  54. Doreen September 19th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    It’s very exciting. It’s like watching a birth. As sad as it is to thik about the old Stadium closing its doors, it also gives me chills to see pictures of the new Stadium. It looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to go to a game there.

  55. zellyanks91 September 19th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing Pete.


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