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It’s not easy being green

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 04, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

08_03_09_02Now this is weird.

Over on the Demolition of Yankee Stadium blog, I saw some aerial photos of the old Stadium (via WCBS.com) that showed some sort of plant life taking root in the stands.

No clue how such a thing happens. It looks like something out of I Am Legend. Will animals soon start roaming the concourses?

This is probably some of sort of Steiner Sports scheme. Actual weeds from Yankee Stadium! Only $79.95! Authenticated!

All kidding aside, it’s sad watching the place go so slowly. Just tear it down and get it over with.

 
 

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85 Responses to “It’s not easy being green”

  1. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 4th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I’ve never cared much truthfully. It’s a building.

    But hey, that’s just me.

  2. aado August 4th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Sad indeed.

  3. JUSTIN...FROM THE INTERNET August 4th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    sad seeing old replays from the old ballpark

  4. max August 4th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    they cant implode the building if they wanted too. it is against the law. they must take it down piece by piece. I am sure that the desire to make money selling everything down to the dust bunnies from the old stadium is slowing down deconstruction of the building.

  5. Abdababdaserser August 4th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    It is amazing how little time it takes for plants to start taking root in abandoned areas.

    The real stadium was done with the mod they did on it. The real sad part is losing the field the greats had played on. My preference would have been for them to build over the old grounds. It would have meant being homeless for a bit, but IMO it would have been worth it.

  6. jennifer August 4th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    It is very strange. I guess all that water built up and moss and weeds started to grow. I only wonder how healthy it is. The smell that must be building up in that place!

    Sad to see it go out this way. :(

  7. Ninja Burglar August 4th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    It’s probably some type of moss due to all the rain we’ve been having this summer.

  8. Stultus Magnus August 4th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Looks like that park land is springing up whether or not they tear it down…

  9. m August 4th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I don’t know. Never saw plants grow in straight lines like that. Paint? Is that the public park they promised?

    Having never been to OYS, I can’t get worked up over it. As long as Yankee baseball’s bein played somewhere, anywhere, I’m happy.

  10. Abdababdaserser August 4th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I had read a while ago that the concrete used was of a special sort that (I think) Edison had invented. Much harder than normal, and it would make destruction of it very difficult.

  11. Tom B August 4th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    might have something to do with the years and years of beer/soda/chemicals that have absorbed into the concrete as well. i wouldn’t touch anything growing there if they paid me haha.

  12. Jay Hirsch August 4th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Maybe there is a starting pitcher roaming the field.

  13. Abdababdaserser August 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    The concrete is probably packed with dirt, it takes very little for mosses and weeds to take hold in areas where there is no activities. The “straight lines” are the tiers they are growing on.

  14. Tom in N.J. August 4th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Tom B, you may be on to something there. Perhaps, medical researchers should test the mold to see if any kind new antibiotics are sporing up!

  15. m August 4th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    No, I was talking about the patch of gray on the upper deck behind the first base dugout.

  16. Mike A. August 4th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    The seats are all gone, but there’s still holes in the concrete stands from where the seats used to be bolted down. Water and dusk and whatnot gets in there, and ta-da.

  17. johnny August 4th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    It’s going to be a while before it comes down. There is a massive asbestos removal job that has yet to start, and that has to take place before any heavy demolition.

  18. grafxkid August 4th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    It’s possible they could use the old stadium as a site for the I Am Legend, prequel, that I heard is going to be made. Nonetheless, it’s a very sad site to see :(

  19. Kermit Agrees August 4th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

  20. Spike Owen August 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    What about the facade?

    That and the interlocking-NY is the symbol of the New York Yankees. How can they leave that there to rot away???

    My wife and I were looking for a wallpaper border of the facade to go around the office at our house just last night!

    Now as silly as some of these things are that they are selling from OYS, a chunk of the facade would be pretty cool.

  21. Spike Owen August 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    What about the facade?

    That and the interlocking-NY is the symbol of the New York Yankees. How can they leave that there to rot away???

    My wife and I were looking for a wallpaper border of the facade to go around the office at our house just last night!

    Now as silly as some of these things are that they are selling from OYS, a chunk of the facade would be pretty cool.

  22. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    By the way, I HAVE to see that movie Keeper of the Pinstripes in theaters when it comes out. Have to.

  23. Dan August 4th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Indeed, Pete. There’s actually a book about stuff like this, called The World Without Us.

  24. betsy August 4th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I have no interest in witnessing the demolition of a building I loved…. can’t do it.

    As to Felix Hernandez, just whew that the Ms didn’t bite. I’ll give the Sox credit for trying – they are very creative. Cash looked into it, but I doubt he tried as hard as the Sox did to acquire Hernandez. Interesting that the Sox are willing to trade their farm for the guy, but likely as not the Yankees are not. I would guess the Yankees will not be involved with any Hernandez over the offseason given that they ‘d have to trade Joba, Hughes, Montero…..plus.

    CB, I agree that handwringing re: Phil’s mechanics got crazy. I can speak for at least one board I post at – they blame the Yankees for everything (so it was easy to blame them for changing Phil’s mechanics………and now, Joba). It’s easy to blame the Yankees (or any organization) rather than face the potential truth that prospect may be a bust. Of course, I never “got” why experts jumped off his bandwagon in the first place. His leg injuries were severe, he struggled when he came back (big surprise) and then he pitched very well in September and October. I guess last spring really turned scouts “off” to Phil, but clearly something was wrong with him (rib injury, even before it was diagnosed). Instead of giving the kid time, it was ovrreaction city – he was done, overhyped, etc….You’d think none of these scouts knew anything about developing pitchers….crazy.

  25. CM (Joe Girardi=GI Joe) August 4th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    It’s a shame the stadium has to go down. Bit by bit, by bit. I don’t think I can withstand this torture for too long.

  26. CM (Joe Girardi=GI Joe) August 4th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Spike Owen-

    The facade has to be important to the Yankees. Has to be. The facade to the Yankees, is like Errol Flynn’s mustache! It’s that important.

  27. Hey There August 4th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    What are you uneducated, non-working drivel heads up to today?

    Spending hours upon hours guessing the line-up??

  28. pat August 4th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    “This is probably some of sort of Steiner Sports scheme.”

    Chia Stadium.

  29. Roger Maris August 4th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Is it me or does the upper deck look even steeper without the seats? Hard to imagine climbing up there the way it looks in the picture.

  30. Uncle Ellsworth (turn off your mind relax and float downstream) August 4th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    pat
    August 4th, 2009 at 1:38 pm
    “This is probably some of sort of Steiner Sports scheme.”

    Chia Stadium.

    Classic.

  31. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 4th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Hey There-Since when were we non working drivel heads?

    We have jobs, we just happen to be doing this in the background. In other words, we’re procastinating, working class, drivel heads.

  32. Davis August 4th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Sergio Mitre has a lifetime record of 11-23 with an ERA of 5.47.

    You would think that we could do a little better than that.

  33. pat August 4th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    “What about the facade?”

    Steiner is selling it for $50,000 per section.

    Not sure but I believe the original facade was removed during the face-lift so the one they are selling is from the 70′s.

  34. Time Will Tell August 4th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Hey There, I’m not so much into guessing lineups as I am into using source code to track ip addresses.

    You could call it a hobby of mine.

  35. Johnny D. August 4th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    They can’t just tear it down. That’s ridiculous.

  36. Roger Maris August 4th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I remember watching a show on YES where they showed a forgotten storage closet in the old stadium that for some reason hadn’t been opened in years. When they finally opened it they found piles of the old wooden chairs from the original stadium. Some were in brand new condition waiting to be used as replacements. Alot of other goodies were in there too. Wish I found that closet.

  37. pat August 4th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Stat from Verducci: Alex now has more ABs as a Yankee than as a Mariner.

  38. Christina- Pics of the Old Stadium.. so depressing August 4th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    No moss when I was down there the 25th and took pictures of the old Yankee Stadium to put in my blog. Fast growing stuff indeed…

  39. Rick August 4th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I would think Jetes would want a lot of the facade for frontage of the new house he’s building in Tampa. No doubt he’d get priority if he requested it.

  40. Pauly August 4th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    “I remember watching a show on YES where they showed a forgotten storage closet in the old stadium that for some reason hadn’t been opened in years. When they finally opened it they found piles of the old wooden chairs from the original stadium. Some were in brand new condition waiting to be used as replacements. Alot of other goodies were in there too. Wish I found that closet.”

    I don’t suppose Bob Sheppard fell out of that same closet did he?

  41. Comfortably Numb August 4th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    MLBTR w/the tease of the day:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....ivers.html

    A list of the players who have cleared waivers.

    It’s empty.

    At least now we know where to check in the future…

  42. Roger Maris August 4th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Wish he did. It would be nice to have him around again.

  43. Erica - always OPPC August 4th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    It’s time to play “Guess the Line Up”

    Post your line ups to me here (or new threads as they come up) with players AND positions

    Please note- I am extremely busy today so it is very important you make sure I have your line ups when I post the people in so far. Also do NOT post on an old thread if there is a new one.

    Guess the Line Up ends at 3:40. No submission allowed after that time

  44. lloyd August 4th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Why couldn’t they have turned the stadium into a museum or something? Is there even like an official Yankee museum out there? It would have been perfect. It really is a travesty that a field where the Babe and Mickey Mantle played on is being torn down. It seems like people are getting to the new stadium OK this year to me, right? I don’t live up there, haven’t gotten a chance to go yet, but I haven’t heard any problems. Who’s decision was it exactly to have the old stadium torn down?

  45. miggs August 4th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I know the team needed a day off and it was good for them but I can’t wait for first pitch tonight.

    Looking at the schedule this is where things really get interesting.

    Don’t sleep on Texas, they blew a lead in the 9th last night but they’ll be around all year.They’re a much bigger threat than TB IMO.

  46. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 4th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Erica-

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1b
    A-Rod 3b
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Melky CF
    Cano 2b
    Swisher RF

  47. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 4th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    There’s an official Yankee museum in the New Yankee Stadium.

  48. Fran (the original) and OPPC member August 4th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Hey Erica,

    My entry for “Guess the Lineup”:

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    Alex 3B
    Matsui DH
    Jorge C
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Melky CF

  49. miggs August 4th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Erica you do a great job with this game, especially while juggling a CPA job. My dad owns his own CPA firm so I see it firsthand. At least its not March LOL. Anyway here’s my lineup.

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    ARod 3B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Cabrera CF

  50. lloyd August 4th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Wait-

    fair enough, in my opinion that would be more like an exhibit though, old stadium as a giant museum would have been tight

  51. MGUMPHER August 4th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Roger, that upper deck is not as steep as the original was.

    The old facade was truly special. It was made of copper. The remade freize was different from the original. The copy made for the new stadium is more like the remade version than the original.

  52. sevrox August 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    Arod 3B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Cabrera CF

  53. Erica - always OPPC August 4th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Aww Thanks Miggs. I try hard. I have to confess, I have no clue how the first few weeks of the 2010 season will work for guess the line up. My guess is if there is still interest, it will have to start after April 16th. LOL

    Btw- Miggs and Fran are thinking a like, WTTCTOHA you are good too

  54. MGUMPHER August 4th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Lloyd, I believe tearing down the old stadium had to do with the agreement with the CofNY. They are reclaiming that land.

  55. Comfortably Numb August 4th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I think I’ve found the absolute most unbreakable record in the history of baseball:

    the 1894 Phillies entire outfield (including the reserve outfielder Tuck Turner) each hit over .400:

    Ed Delahanty .407
    Sam Thompson .407
    Billy Hamilton .404
    Tuck Turner .416

    Different era? Sure. However, it was still an absolutely remarkable feat which most-assuredly will never be duplicated.

  56. YankeesLuv August 4th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Peter,

    It looks like moss….Oooh this reminds me of that show was it on National Geographic or Discovery? I think it was called “Aftermath: Population Zero” The World after Humans. They show what would have happen to cities like New York after like five years, twenty and so on after humans are gone. Downtown in the West Village the roads would turn back into rivers and bears would take over the place. And without humans cockroaches die off. Who knew? lol.

  57. Hokiehill August 4th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    My winning lineup!

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    ARod 3B
    Jorge C
    Matsui DH
    Cano 2B
    Hinske RF
    Melky CF

  58. miggs August 4th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Erica its so funny I’ve been watching the tax season unfold since I was little.

    After the new year he starts to get busy. By mid February he’s working late Mon-Thurs and half day Saturdays. By mid-March we know to stay away. April 15th has been a family celebration for over 25 years now.

  59. David D. August 4th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    There are some closeup of the weeds behind third base on this blog. A sad sight indeed:

    http://blog.ctnews.com/tiscia/

  60. Hokiehill August 4th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Does anyone else find it a little humurous that you see an ad for “The Lamb of God” one minute, then refresh to see “Lace and Stiletto” in the same place?

  61. upstate kate August 4th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Jeter SS
    E’s PBF LF
    Tex 1B
    A-rod 3B
    Posada C
    Swisher DH
    Cano 2B
    Melky CF
    Hinske RF

    thanks Erica :)

  62. m August 4th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Gotta head out. But here’s some mindless drivel for you. Slam’s Top 100 dunks of the last season:

    sohttp://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2009/07/video-nba-top-100-dunks-2008-2009/

  63. Erica - always OPPC August 4th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Miggs-

    I am usually on vacation April 16th. LOL

  64. Steve B August 4th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    “Don’t sleep on Texas, they blew a lead in the 9th last night but they’ll be around all year.They’re a much bigger threat than TB IMO.”

    Rangers have only 23 home games left against 35 roadies. Could be a problem for them.

  65. Erica - always OPPC August 4th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Servo, Hokiehill, & Upstate Kate- you guys are good

    Kate- thanks for the MPB acknowledgement :-)

  66. Zach in Port Jeff August 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    It seriously feels like a punch to the gut everytime I see a picture of the old stadium getting torn down. Like most people, I like the new place, but I’ll really miss the old one.

  67. DT - OPPC member August 4th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    “There are some closeup of the weeds behind third base on this blog. A sad sight indeed:”

    ahhh… the memories. Those Yankee Stadium weeds behind third base.
    Where Selena Roberts used to lie in wait….

  68. Hokiehill August 4th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    FYI, the countdown for my first trip to the new stadium is down to about 50 hours! Any advice for a first time visitor to the new stadium?

  69. L to the 2nd August 4th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Erica:

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    ARod 3B
    Matsui DH
    Cano 2B
    Posada C
    Hinske RF
    Cabrera CF

  70. Robbykid August 4th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Jeter-SS
    Damon-LF
    Tex-1B
    AROD-3B
    Matsui-DH
    Posado-C
    Cano-2B
    Hinske-RF
    Melky-CF

  71. IDCWYT August 4th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    ARod 3B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Swisher RF
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera CF

  72. Jay Hirsch August 4th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Can’t play Swisher tonight. He can’t hit a change if you tell him its coming.

  73. Erica - always OPPC August 4th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    NO MORE LINE UPS ON THIS THREAD!

    NEW THREAD :Arrow:

  74. jpb1973 August 4th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Don’t sleep on Texas, they blew a lead in the 9th last night but they’ll be around all year.They’re a much bigger threat than TB IMO.

    ——————————————————–

    I agree!!! If the Yankees don’t win the AL East they will have their hands full beating out Texas for the wildcard. Boston fans should feel the same way.

  75. Yanks Fan August 4th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Jeter, SS
    Damon, LF
    Teixeira, 1B
    Rodriguez, 3B
    Matsui, DH
    Posada, C
    Cano, 2B
    Swisher, RF
    Cabrera, CF

  76. joe b August 4th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Dr. Frank N. Steiner is creating a new monster. The last living organism from the old Yankee Stadium. 4 easy payments of $79.95 while the last. Go to Steinercollectibles.com now. Own a piece of mystery.

  77. Jerkface August 4th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    FYI, the countdown for my first trip to the new stadium is down to about 50 hours! Any advice for a first time visitor to the new stadium?

    Eat a steak sandwich from Loebels. It is ridiculous. be sure to put some horseradish and olives on it(they give you them if you ask) for atleast 1 bite because its a delicious flavor explosion.

    Get the garlic fries, they are unlike any garlic fries I’ve had in other stadiums but well worth it.

    Spend atleast 1 inning walking the concourse and checking out the action on the field from the standing room areas or the jumbo tron.

    Walk the great hall and be sure to try and name every yankee that appears on a banner.

    Fight someone under the O’neil banner. (you’ll know it when you see it, mind the blood stains)

  78. Andrew August 4th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Glad to be back into the swing of Guess the Lineup, it’s been so long:

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Hinske RF
    Cabrera CF

  79. Drive 4-5 August 4th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Better yet. Tear down the new place and move back in.

  80. Uncle Ellsworth (turn off your mind relax and float downstream) August 4th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Ok
    i just saw Darryl Strawberry on the street. Said Hi.

  81. Corinne Driscoll August 4th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    The reason it’s not coming down as fast as it possibly can may be because of a movie “Keeper of the Pinstripes” which is due to start filming within the next week or two. Some of the old stadium is going to be used in the film.

  82. Ken August 4th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    The new stadium is nice and grandiose and all but was it really necessary? I just think its kind of sterile compared to the old one, even if it is new and shiny and what not. I really think corporate greed was behind it. Its certainly not as fan friendly except for the food. I miss the old one. The crowds havent been the same either. Just far too corporate for my tastes.

  83. warden August 4th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I give the Yankees and Steiners a week before they capitalize on this and start selling the mold, weeds and moss growing in the old stadium.

  84. JohnnyD August 4th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Looks like theres some new ones up too from today…

    http://www.demolitionofyankees.....egetation/

    As bad as the pictures are to look at i keep going back for more. I commend Joe for putting up such a cool website.

  85. JohnnyD August 5th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I would watch out using those images pete…

    http://www.demolitionofyankees.....-everyone/


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