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Fascination with dirt continues

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 06, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When Yankee Stadium closed in September, most of the players scooped up dirt to take home as a souvenir as did assorted cops, team employees and others who were on the field after the game.

Meanwhile, Steiner Sports is doing a brisk business selling “game-used” dirt.

Now the Yankees are having a private ceremony on Saturday to take dirt from the old Stadium over to the new Stadium.

This release from the team:

The New York Yankees and selected local Bronx youth organizations will hold a symbolic dual-Stadium ceremony on Saturday, November 8 at noon (rain or shine). The event will begin at the original Yankee Stadium, where several members of the Yankees’ 1998 World Championship team will join students from Bronx-area schools in removing dirt from the home plate area and pitcher’s mound. They will then walk across the street to the new Yankee Stadium and place the dirt in the corresponding locations in the Yankees’ new Stadium.

It’s not open to the public. Not there would be much to see anyway.

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43 Responses to “Fascination with dirt continues”

  1. RhapsodyInBlue November 6th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Gold for Pedroia
    Link|Comments (0) Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff November 6, 2008 12:53 PM

    Dustin Pedroia has claimed his first major award of the offseason. With any luck, it won’t be his last.

    Pedroia, who sparked the Red Sox with his consistently outstanding all-around play in his second full major league season, will be named the American League Gold Glove winner at second base today.

    The AL Gold Glove winners will be formally announced at 4 p.m., but Pedroia told WEEI.com this afternoon that he learned yesterday he had won the honor.

    Pedroia, among the frontrunners for the AL MVP award after batting .326 with 17 homers and 83 RBIs while also leading the league in hits (213) and runs (118), had a truly stellar defensive season.

    His .992 fielding percentage was second among AL second basemen who played in 100-plus games, but he handled 165 more chances than percentage leader Mark Ellis of Oakland.

  2. vinny-b (Hank Blalock for 1st base) November 6th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    hopefully, this doesn’t take the place of the children receiving their park.

  3. Laura - Ready for '09 November 6th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    They’ve spent countless millions on that new stadium and they can’t afford to buy new dirt?

  4. back bench November 6th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    They better be careful, they may dig up Jimmy Hoffa.

  5. Laura - Ready for '09 November 6th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Forget Cameron. He’s too old. We’re trying to get young, remember?

  6. Laura - Ready for '09 November 6th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    That Cameron comment seems out of context. I thought that I was in the other thread.

  7. ohgodno November 6th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    I got some dirt from the bullpen mound when I went on a tour. Mariano could have spit on it. Anyone want to buy it?

  8. Tom November 6th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    From reading the title I thought it was going to be about Alex and Midge…

  9. Brandon (TEIX IS NOT WORTH IT, GET CC !)..."Don't trade Robi !" November 6th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    It’s a stop gap and he’s actually a bargain. People think Cameron sucks other than his BA Cameron has been a clutch player, hussels and is a great locker room guy, a leader/gamer he is no different than Tori Hunter when you really look at it.

  10. Brandon (TEIX IS NOT WORTH IT, GET CC !)..."Don't trade Robi !" November 6th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    hustles *

  11. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 6th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve been to the Steiner store great stuff in there. If I ever had a couple of grand to blow :)

  12. RayMagnetic (Barack My World!) November 6th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    “Low 90’s straight fastball+decent curveball doesn’t equal future ace.”

    Al,

    I guess every pitcher who isn’t an “ACE” should just retire? You’re making yourself look dumb and dumber with your comments.

  13. Yanks 1996 November 6th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Ray is related to Hughes, has to be.

  14. Bryan (Yankees fan) November 6th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    David Wright won a gold glove… HA

  15. PAT M. November 6th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    As I’ve said countlessly, Phillip Hughes is going to be needed as a starter in the next year or so…He’s only 22 ….So many here are going to be looking foolish when he reaches his expected potential…He’s going to be real good

  16. Russell NY November 6th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I heard the Yankees are bringing Paul O’Neil in to eat some outfield grass during the ceremony.

  17. Tom November 6th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    So, if Hughes doesn’t turn into an “ACE!” he’s useless and should be traded?

    Last time I checked being a 3rd starter in the AL east is pretty good. Isn’t that what AJ Burnett is?

  18. Patrick November 6th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    “Ray is related to Hughes, has to be.”

    The more likely scenario is that you and all the rest of the Hughes naysayers simply don’t know what you’re talking about.

  19. Russell NY November 6th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Quote of the day: “Sal Fasano doesn’t file for free agency. Free agency files for Sal Fasano.”

  20. R+ November 6th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Cashman himself came out and said Hughes isin’t untradeable today, yet there are still people here who think he is Joba-like untouchable.

    If the right deal comes along, or our off-season plans go south, I don;t think Cashman would hesitate at all to trade him to fill a need.

  21. Forntoso November 6th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Hughes IS a #3 starter.

    And #3 starters are valuable in this league. You don’t just trade them.

    However, if you get something good, you trade him. But you don’t give him away. A #3 starter makes $12 million in the market.

  22. Patrick November 6th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Ryan Ludwick and Rick Ankiel are available for trade according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltod.....enDocument

    Ankiel might be a good CF to look at. He’s got a great arm, okay range and a pretty good bat.

  23. O*Line November 6th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I have no problem hanging onto Hughes, but the idea that he is “untouchable” and will only be traded for an absurd package like a #1 starter AND a stud position guy or something like that is just mindless. Have an open mind.

  24. Ramon November 6th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    I’d take either of those STL outfielders.

    Wonder what they would want for them.

  25. Patrick November 6th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    “Hughes IS a #3 starter.”

    No, Hughes IS an unproven pitching prospect with the potential to be a #1 starter.

    “Cashman himself came out and said Hughes isin’t untradeable today, yet there are still people here who think he is Joba-like untouchable.”

    Actually Cashman said that nobody is untouchable, but some guys are obviously more valuable to the team than others. He made a point to say that Hughes is still considered extremely valuable. This is the same line he’s been repeating for years.

  26. Al from BK( Fit CC for pinstripes. Jets are tied for first!) November 6th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    “Hughes IS a #3 starter.

    And #3 starters are valuable in this league. You don’t just trade them.

    However, if you get something good, you trade him. But you don’t give him away. A #3 starter makes $12 million in the market.”

    Thats essentially what I was saying that if something comes along the Yanks need to at least give it a look.

    Ray- If you can get a player who will play 150 games next year and have 500 AB’s I prefer that over Phil who will likely be spending his year down in Scranton.

  27. RayMagnetic (Barack My World!) November 6th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I never once said that Hughes is untradeable and I haven’t seen anyone else say he’s untradeable

    What I disagree with is the sentiment that Hughes needs to be traded simply because people think he won’t be an “Ace”.

  28. RayMagnetic (Barack My World!) November 6th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    “Ray- If you can get a player who will play 150 games next year and have 500 AB’s I prefer that over Phil who will likely be spending his year down in Scranton.”

    Al,

    You do realize that there will probably be alot more years in Phil’s future than just next year don’t you? Trading a player because he won’t help the team in the next year is extremely short-sighted.

  29. DCYankes November 6th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    I’m a loyal fan but man, you ever think this is a bit ridiculous? Will Steiner Sports sell turf too? Sell on ebay?

    Close the house, get the new place ready..move on.

  30. Mark in Tampa November 6th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    “What I disagree with is the sentiment that Hughes needs to be traded simply because people think he won’t be an “Ace”.”

    The line of thought that makes people think of trading Hughes for short term help is the same short-sided thinking that traded Jay Buehner for Ken Phelps. Frank Costanza is still haveing coniptions over that one.

  31. S.o.S.27 November 6th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Can we not write off a 22 year old. If im not mistaken Santana stunk at that early age. Im not saying he is the next Santana. But not everyone is the next Gooden. If Hughes mph is rising and he can find his control again and improve on his third pitch. He will at the very least be a 3.

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