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A song to celebrate the Stadium

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

yankeestadiumface.jpgHere’s a little gift for you.

The great Nils Lofgren has written a song with his wife Amy called Yankee Stadium.

You can get a free download here on his web site. It’s a neat little tune and clearly written with the emotion a lot of us are feeling this week.

Nils, if you don’t know, is just about the best guitar player walking the face of the earth. He toured with Neil Young when he was 17 and is now a member of the mighty E Street Band. I’ve had a chance to meet him a few times and he is a tremendous baseball fan and a really good dude.

I hope you enjoy the song.





21 Responses to “A song to celebrate the Stadium”

  1. EdFL. September 19th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Thank you, Pete, for all work.

  2. EdFL. September 19th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    **your work**

  3. randy l September 19th, 2008 at 11:32 am

    mussina should be the poster child for high priced aging stars who erodes into mediocrity because of various entropic reasons( the tendency of ordered systems to fall apart).

    mussina could have made the change to pitch inside years ago, but he was so good he got away with the bad habit of not doing it. the yankees paid for years of mussina’s personal indulgence and underperforming simply because he wasn’t challenged by the coaching staff to be the best he could be.

    when eiland and girardi gave him the ultimatum to go inside or to the bullpen, mussina had a meeting with himself and changed. this could be done with damon, giambi, cano, jeter, arod, etc. they all get weird glitches in their systems as they play more and more in their careers. it’s the coaches jobs to clear the bad habits and bad choices and help them get their talent out.

    for example it’s a little thing, but jeter has that little side arm change up he throws over to first on a lot of easy plays. it sinks and tails towards the plate often bouncing in the dirt. then the next play is a tough play and he throws an overhand rocket straight as an arrow to first base. the latter is what he should do on most plays to keep his mechanics in tune. the lax sloppy just enough throw should be scrapped. but no one seems to be telling him that.

    the yankees need some really good coaches to keep players focused on what they are gifted at and to not let their game erode to bad habits as mussina’s did. players do not just come ready to go right out of a baseball prospectus handbook.

    they can be improved dramatically by coaching.
    if not what are the coaches being paid for?

  4. saucY September 19th, 2008 at 11:39 am

    pete really likes the word “mighty”

  5. Tom September 19th, 2008 at 11:42 am

    The Cubs get Eddie Vedder. We get these two.
    Isn’t Bruce a Yankee Fan?

  6. R-Tek September 19th, 2008 at 11:47 am


    I thought that link on the previous page would be about Hank talking about the off-season lol

  7. MooseCall September 19th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Randy L — What are you talking about. Moose has been a big success with the Yanks. I believe he has the most wins in the A.L. during his years in pinstripes.

  8. mel September 19th, 2008 at 11:54 am


    Haha. He brings tears to my eyes, too. ROFL tears.

  9. pat September 19th, 2008 at 11:56 am

    All important moments in my life have a soundtrack. A song you hear that immediately brings you back to that moment or lyrics that say what you feel better than you can say it.

    Green Day’s, Time of Your Life is one of those oft used songs but it does have some relevant lyrics with the tough season the Yankees have had and the look back/look forward year it’s been with the closing of the Stadium.

    “…So make the best of this test; And don’t ask why
    It’s not a question; But a lesson learned in time…..
    So take the photographs; And still frames in your mind
    Hang it on a shelf of good health and good time…..
    For what it’s worth; It was worth all the while
    It’s something unpredictable; But in the end is right
    I hope you had the time of your life.”

  10. sfill September 19th, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Good song Pete !! thanks for sharing !!

  11. CK in LA September 19th, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Thanks, Pete! Once again music and baseball come together.

    Sad part is, I’m out of Market so won’t be able to see the pre-game festivities (unless ESPN is knid to us). Don’t think DirecTv will show it.

  12. matt September 19th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Nils is great.

    As a kid, I used to watch the Howard Stern TV show, which aired on channel 9 at midnight on saturdays…

    Anyhow, there was a hilarious episode where Howard and Nils play one-on-one in basketball. Howard is like 6’5″, and Nils is like 5 feet tall….and Nils beat Howard with ease. He embarrassed him. It was hilarious.

    Thanks for posting this song, Pete.

  13. goop September 19th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Great tune,

    I am hoping not to hear that other Yankee song (Willie, mickey duke) that was awful. Then the guy who does the song made like 4 other songs with the same medley and music and changed the words. That guy Terry ???? was awful.

  14. JohnM September 19th, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Finale pregame to be broadcast on ESPN2 at 7pm ET. Game will be shown on ESPN, first pitch expected at 8:25pm ET

  15. JohnM September 19th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    6:00 pm ET: Yankee Stadium Finale Pre-Game Show — Live reports from’s New York studios and the ballpark will include special guests, exclusive features and pre-game ceremonies.

  16. Harry G September 19th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Does anybody have an idea about what the Yanks are planning on doing at the pre-game ceremonies on Sunday night? I mean there hasn’t been anything amazing or really touching so far. We’ve all been waiting awhile for them to do something creative so I hope they have some awesome stuff prepared. One suggestion that was made on Michael Kay’s radio show yesterday was to put Bernie in the lineup on Sunday night. He’s never officially retired, and even at age 40 and not having played in two years, he might be a better option than Melky and Gardy at this point… At least maybe for one game…
    That would be like totally amazing, but of course it’ll never happen.

  17. Rockin' Rich September 19th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Nils is from Maryland and also wrote a song about the (then) Washington Bullets. I have a copy on one of those little records with the big holes. (Ask your Mom or Dad, kids.)

    (I also worked with Nils in a previous life and he’s a terrific guy. So’s his brother, Tom!)

    Thanks, Pete!

  18. randy l September 19th, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    moose call
    2004,2005, and 2007 were all above league average with 2007 being in livan hernandez territory without the innings.

    he was terrible for him with the gifts he has.

  19. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! September 19th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Wish I had a heart of total stone or close. I tried to download the song but will have to do it at home since for some reason it isn’t working.

    I already have a lump in my throat from just reading Nils’ explanation for the song. Then I scroll down and read something Pat posted and the tears started.

    I am a veritable waterfall when it comes to being emotionally affected by “life’s moments.” It can be pretty embarassing.

  20. nyyfaninlaaland September 19th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Story for you Pete, about the decisions we later regret.

    Me and a friend were big Bruce and Nils fans before they were working together back in my NJ life – went to lots of shows together, particularly Springsteen (in the Born to Run and Darkness days). One Sunday night Nils was playing a small club in No. Brunswick. We wanted to go, but it was Sunday night, work next day and all, so we passed. Only to read in the next few days that Bruce turned up at the show and joined in on stage. I think it was the first time they played together in public – Nils soon joined the band and on they went from there.

    Swing and a miss – or perhaps more accurately, took called strike 3.

  21. Dom September 19th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    I think Nil’s is great, and you should check out his work with the band Grin. This is when I first heard of him.

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