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Chopping up the old Stadium

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 03, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This is worse than when they had to shoot Old Yeller.

WCBS’s Tom Kaminski snapped these photos today in the Bronx. They’re taking down the facade at the old Stadium and getting it ready to be chopped up and sold.

For more photos, check out the WCBS.com gallery. Thanks to Roxanne from WCBS for sending along the link and photos.
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70 Responses to “Chopping up the old Stadium”

  1. Rudy September 3rd, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    NOooooooo!

  2. vin September 3rd, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    “This is worse than when they had to shoot Old Yeller.”

    Ohhh come on… I haven’t read it yet! Thanks for ruining it!!!!

  3. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 3rd, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    My god get it over w/ already, hasn’t that stadium suffered enough. :cry:

  4. JP September 3rd, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    My favorite part was when the buildings fell down.

  5. jennifer September 3rd, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    “This is worse than when they had to shoot Old Yeller.”

    PETE!! I never saw the movie I was planing to watch it this long weekend. Thanks for ruining it!!

    j/k

  6. john September 3rd, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    so sad :) just take the thing down already. I miss that stadium.

  7. vin September 3rd, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    You stole my joke, Jennifer. LOL

    How long did it take them to tear down Shea? 45 minutes after last season ended?

  8. jennifer September 3rd, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    von you said haven’t read it, I said watched it. Two different things. lol

  9. Mike A. September 3rd, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    vin – Shea came down so fast because it was in the middle of nowhere, they were able to literally let the place fall down. YS is in the middle of a densely populated area adjacent to several subway lines. They would be taking the place apart piece by piece even if they didn’t plan on selling everything.

  10. SteveB September 3rd, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Shea was a mercy killing. This tears my heart out.

  11. pat September 3rd, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    And if you act now, you can own that piece of the facade for the bargain price of $50,000. If you order in the next 10 minutes, they will include freeze dried Yankee Stadium grass, a door knob from the executive offices and your choice of Kei Igawa or Kevin Brown game used Gatorade towel only for the price of shipping and handling. :wink:

    http://www.steinersports.com/e.....ee-stadium

  12. Richie September 3rd, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    It’s taking long enough.

  13. sd September 3rd, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I wonder how much a section of the facade is going to sell for.

  14. Tunnel Man September 3rd, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    gentrification has ruined this city.

  15. Tunnel Man September 3rd, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    jennifer September 3rd, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    “This is worse than when they had to shoot Old Yeller.”

    PETE!! I never saw the movie I was planing to watch it this long weekend. Thanks for ruining it!!

    j/k
    ===========================================================
    Exactly! Peter ruin the ending to Inglorious Basterds: I had not idea the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor!

  16. jennifer September 3rd, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Tunnel Man

    A little Animal House thrown in there huh? :lol:

  17. Jeff NJ September 3rd, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    The Facade, now that’s a collectors item I would love to own. Wonder how much they’ll go for.

  18. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 8 to tie #4) September 3rd, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Where is the Gehrig Bat!

  19. Jeff NJ September 3rd, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    $50k? Ok maybe not.

  20. upstate kate September 3rd, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Erica- you are a wealth of info about your PBF. He was AWESOME last night. I am sure he will be back next year.

    Uncle E- way upstate, Potsdam, about as far north as you can go and not be in Canada.

  21. ADam September 3rd, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    duuuuuuuuuude… those pics are not helping my after lunch coma state…. brutal

  22. James (One of the Many) September 3rd, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I always wanted to replicate the facade as the railing for my deck, try and tell me that wouldn’t be awesome.

  23. betsy September 3rd, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Dennis, have a great time in Philly – and let me know where you eat, lol.

    Savannah is a definite – I’m going to both Savannah and Charleston in October with my parents. Will you be down there at that time? We are just now starting to think about where we want to stay in Savannah – any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I would love to hear about any non-touristy places – so thank you very much, and thank Amy as well, in advance.

  24. pat September 3rd, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Trivia courtesy of Joel Sherman

    nyp_joelsherman: QUIZ: Yanks have 3 active with 2,000-plus hits (Damon, Jeter, A-Rod). 5 teams have 2 with 2,000-plus Name teams/duos (ans in few hours)

  25. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 8 to tie #4) September 3rd, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    James (One of the Many)
    September 3rd, 2009 at 1:22 pm
    I always wanted to replicate the facade as the railing for my deck, try and tell me that wouldn’t be awesome

    That would not be…
    That is not a goog id…
    That is sil….

    I tried and I can’t.
    Cool Idea!

  26. Eric September 3rd, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Yea, but they couldn’t chop up Old Yeller and sell his remains for about $10,000 grand apiece.

  27. Trevor September 3rd, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I’m surprised it’s taken so long to take the old stadium down. Shea was taken apart much faster.

  28. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release September 3rd, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    :cry:

  29. vin September 3rd, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Good point Mike. I understand the demolition process and how it is related to its context (I’m in the architecture business) – I just find it befitting that one place is being taken down piece by piece and the other was wiped away so quickly.

  30. Bill September 3rd, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Giants plain landed in Colorado woohoo!!!

  31. Jon September 3rd, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Looks like the scene from Animal House when they take apart the Delta House and Bluto is inconsolable.

  32. Richie September 3rd, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Bill

    Giants plain landed in Colorado woohoo!!!
    __

    It has nothing to do with Marshall.

  33. Erica - always OPPC September 3rd, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    upstate kate
    September 3rd, 2009 at 1:20 pm
    Erica- you are a wealth of info about your PBF. He was AWESOME last night. I am sure he will be back next year.

    ****

    I know. I was running out of adjectives to describe his awesomeness during the game thread. LOL

  34. jennifer September 3rd, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Some guy called up WFAN claiming to be a Yankee fan and saw Joe G in the harbor and he ignored everyone, Pena talked to everyone.. goes on and on. Says Swisher ignored everyone asking for his autograph. He mentioned he saw like 10 players (first of all I highly doubt it, i’ve been there a number of times and have only see one player. Joe and Evan for their defended swisha and said maybe he was in a bad mood, you don’t know what happened. They were shocked that he ignored people.

  35. jennifer September 3rd, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Oh and Joe and Evan are going to talk about what happened between Swisher and the Baltimore pitcher.

  36. Quikksand September 3rd, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    This is sad to look at.

  37. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus September 3rd, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    What makes me sad isn’t that they’re tearing it down (well, it does, but that’s not the point).

    What gets to me is that they’re selling it, bit by bit…

  38. William Buckner September 3rd, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    “Trivia courtesy of Joel Sherman

    nyp_joelsherman: QUIZ: Yanks have 3 active with 2,000-plus hits (Damon, Jeter, A-Rod). 5 teams have 2 with 2,000-plus Name teams/duos (ans in few hours)”

    Just guess, didn’t look.
    Seattle, Ichiro and Griffey
    Tex, Pudge and Young
    LAA, Vlad and Abreu
    Col Rox, Giambi and Helton
    LAD, Manny and Thome?

  39. ANSKY September 3rd, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Eric – ” … they didn’t chop up old yeller and sell his remains … ”

    Good one! :D :D :D

  40. vin September 3rd, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    My guesses:

    LAA – Abreu, Guerrero
    COL – Giambi, Helton
    LAD – Ramirez, Thome
    TEX – Vizquel, Pudge Rodriguez
    SEA – Griffey and Ichiro

  41. vin September 3rd, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    also without looking.

  42. William Buckner September 3rd, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I was right about Seattle, LAA, and LAD.
    Tex is Pudge and Vizquel (who has a lot more hits then I thought) and Atl in Chipper and Garrett Anderson.

  43. 213 Area Code September 3rd, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Noooo! I finally get to start wasting time at work & THIS is the first image Cyberspace throws my way? Thank goodness it’s not an off day, or there’d be no way to redeem this Thursday.

  44. William Buckner September 3rd, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Vizquel has 2700 hits! Does he get HOF consideration?

  45. murphydog September 3rd, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Sad indeed.

    I refer to this song often on this blog at the end of the season to explain how I’m feeling. It’s by Paul Simon and it’s on Still Crazy After All These Years. It fits here with those pictures.

    Night Game

    There were two men down
    And the score tied
    In the bottom of the eighth
    When the pitcher died

    And they laid his spikes
    On the pitcher’s mound
    And his uniform was torn
    And his number was left on the ground

    Then the night turned cold
    Colder than the moon
    The stars were white as bones
    The stadium was old
    Older than the screams
    Older than the teams

    There were three men down
    And the season lost
    And the tarpaulin was rolled
    Upon the winter frost

  46. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 8 to tie #4) September 3rd, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    ANSKY
    September 3rd, 2009 at 1:51 pm
    Eric – ” … they didn’t chop up old yeller and sell his remains … ”

    Link?

  47. William Buckner September 3rd, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Giambi at 1865.

  48. Erica - always OPPC September 3rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Murphydog-

    Funny but “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel was playing on my iPod as you posted that

  49. Tunnel Man September 3rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Well, atleast they didn’t let Giambi eat the stadium. Boy eats like a goat.

  50. ANSKY September 3rd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Does anyone keep a running total of how much they’re selling the old stadium off for?

    Who actually owned the old stadium? The city or the Yanks?

    Be interesting to see how much better they made out on the combined deal (once you add the profits from selling off the old dog’s remains) after it’s all said & done. I wonder if that little detail was originally factored into the funding of the stadium or not.

  51. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 3rd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I always imagine, as I’m crossing the street to NYS, the entire history of the Yankees being played out inside the Original, with all the individual crowds attending those games.

    Yankee Stadium, Yankee History, Yankee fans, World Without End. The bones are just bones…

    Magic number to clinch:

    Playoffs 20 Division 23 Home field in ALCS 24.

    If they go 24-5 they match the 1961 team’s record, if they go 29-0 they match the 1998 record.

    They can win more raw games than the 1927 team by going 26-3 but because of the shorter schedule back then they cannot have a better winning pct. than 1927 (110-44 .714).

    Also: thank you all the people who prayed for and had thoughts for the poster Jonathan, on another site, and a true Yankee fan.

    Got some good news: his cancer has not gotten into the bone marrow and is therefore very treatable, and him being 22 gives him an even greater chance for recovery.

    To all of you, I know your thoughts and prayers helped, the good news came the very next day.

    If you need a heart, and two hands put together in prayer for you or someone you care about, I am yours!

  52. ANSKY September 3rd, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth – he wrote that a few comments before mine

  53. Uncle Ellsworth (#2 needs 8 to tie #4) September 3rd, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    ANSKY
    September 3rd, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth – he wrote that a few comments before mine

    I know just kidding

  54. pat September 3rd, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I knew-
    Abreu/Vlad
    Manny/Thome
    Pudge/Vizquel

    I looked and Ichiro and Giambi don’t have 2000 hits.

    Is a DLed player considered active? Sheff/Delgado?

  55. Doreen September 3rd, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    bodhisatva -

    I am so happy to hear that good news about your young friend.

    —–

    Who’da thunk this team would be what it is today?

    I like the picture your imagination creates, bodhi. Now, do you picture it in sepia tones, b&w, or living color, or does it change with the era you’re imagining?? :) (I’m seeing it in sepia tones, myself.)

  56. murphydog September 3rd, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I’ve always felt that Yankee Stadium was like the old Bronx High School we all went to at different times; we are all proud graduates of Yankee Stadium. One more Simon and Garfunkel reference, this comes from Bookends and it lasts maybe a minute. It’s called Photographs:

    Time it was, and what a time it was, it was
    A time of innocence, a time of confidences
    Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
    Preserve your memories, they’re all that’s left you

  57. benfica356 September 3rd, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Time for Rd 3 of Guess the Lineup. Here are the Standings so far
    Clint(9/1)
    Joe Girardi(9/2)
    Submissions until 3:30 PM

  58. upstate kate September 3rd, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I have a question from last night’s game. Why did Phil get a save when the Yankees were up by 8 runs? Is it b/c the score was 3-2 when he came in?

  59. pat September 3rd, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Good news bodhi.

    My mom says the rosary daily and we add people to her intentions list all the time. Jonathan was added and her success rate is pretty darn good.

  60. murphydog September 3rd, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Glad to hear it, bohdi. Good luck Jonathan.

  61. Erica - always OPPC September 3rd, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Upstate Kate-

    When Hughes entered the game in the 8th it was still a save situation. Even though the Yankees scored so many runs for him in the top of the 9th, once you enter in a save situation the scorers don’t take the save opportunity away

  62. ditmars1929 September 3rd, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    ANSKY, I’m not sure where you’d find a running total of how much Yankee Stadium is selling off for, but it was owned by the City, and the Yankees paid rent (and sometimes defaulted). I read somewhere that the profits of selling it off are something like 60% to the City and 40% for the Yankees.

    There was at one point a lot of talk about preserving the Stadium as a landmark and using it for concerts, etc. However, as a stipulation for the New Stadium, the old one had to be razed to replace the neighborhood parkland that the new one took over.

  63. Bill Greeves September 3rd, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I honestly do not know why everyone keeps calling it the “facade.” You sound IGNORANT when you say this. Please look up the word facade in the dictionary: it’s the front of a frickin’ building. The correct term would be FRIEZE. Ok, class let’s repeat after me me: F-R-I-E-Z-E, FRIEZE!

  64. murphydog September 3rd, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Erica – always OPPC

    “…once you enter in a save situation the scorers don’t take the save opportunity away…”

    Man, that was driving me crazy how that could be a save. Thank you Erica.

  65. bardos September 3rd, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    i would like some freezing facade in my dining room as a conversation piece.

  66. bardos September 3rd, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    As well, I have it from very reliable sources that once the stadium is down the wind factor, that is, local breezes generated by the heating of the land surface in the Bronx, in combination with global wind patterns resulting from the difference in absorption of solar energy between the climate zones, combined with large scale atmospheric circulation and the differential heating between the equator and the poles, thus causing a jet stream and the associated climatological mid-latitude westerlies, polar easterlies, and the trade winds, will cause the circular motion of air around areas of high and low pressure creating a phenomenon known as “right field porch condition”, which will result in a park factor of exactly 1.00.

  67. ditmars1929 September 3rd, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Who are you talking to, bardos, Al Gore?

  68. bardos September 3rd, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    actually i am channeling him.

  69. Jersey Boy September 4th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    The Met’s stink so bad they should have stayed in Old Shea. We should be setting up the pitching for the playoffs and W/S.

  70. steveboyington September 4th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Do you think they have a bunch of old money bags lying around? The ones that used to hold the money from the fans’ paying for the really expensive seats? If they do, maybe they could sell the money bags to fans as a keepsake!

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