The Daily News reported that the Yankees had canceled a proposed “closing ceremony” at the Stadium that was scheduled for Nov. 9. The Yankees confirmed that today.
Depending on what rumors you believed, there was going to be a concert that included Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney and maybe U2. Springsteen was never really in the mix, I heard, because he had charity commitments.
It’s probably just as well. The Yankees weren’t going to do better than that did on Sept. 21 when Derek Jeter gave that his memorable speech and the team walked around the field after beating the Orioles.
Still, this underlines what a slipshod job the organization did all season paying tribute to the place. The countdown thing was a commercial gimmick that rarely worked. There was never once any sort of tribute paid to the football legacy of the building, the great boxing history, the music, etc. How did they not bring back any of the Giants and Colts from that 1958 game?
Here they are, Frank Gifford, Pat Summerall, Lenny Moore and Raymond Berry to throw out the first pitch. Would that have been hard to arrange? Here’s Paul Simon to sing the National Anthem, then show a clip of him doing Mrs Robinson in honor of Joe DiMaggio when he died.
For all sorts of reasons, 2008 was a season to write off for the Yankees.
Before you ask, there are no details available as to when seats or other memorabilia will go on sale. Trust me, you’ll know when that day games. If there is one thing the Yankees do well, it’s make money.
The Yankee Stadium tours are still being offered through the end of the year according to TicketMaster.