A Jose Veras-Free Sunday…

I traveled by car…

…by train…

…and by foot to get to New York. 


I left the house at 6:00 a.m., and arrived at Yankee Stadium around 9:00 a.m.  Unfortunately, there was a steady downpour the entire way.  I had a feeling that the rain was the kind that was going to fall all day, but I tried to keep an open mind.  Nevertheless, in the end, the game was called.


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I still took advantage of the day, and walked around the old Yankee Stadium for sentimental reasons.  I did get the sense that the old Stadium was truly dead, and I am ready for its final farewell.


Inside the new Stadium, I checked out Monument Park.  It was very impressive and it has a much better flow to it (which is more conducive for good photo ops).  I appreciate the respect that they gave Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Babe Ruth, as well as the monument for the victims of 9/11.


I also checked out the Yankees Museum. 



It was equally impressive, and it was cool to see actual jerseys worn by the legendary players. I give Ruth and Gehrig a lot of credit for putting up the numbers they did despite wearing those uniforms in the brutal scorching heat of July and August. 

I don’t know the story behind the autographed baseballs or how complete the set is, however, there are many (emphasis on many) signed baseballs in a center display (signed by present and past Yankees).  I recognized most, but I did have to ask myself ‘Was Bryan Little a Yankee?’…

But the one display that touched me the most was Thurman Munson’s Locker.  It had been preserved at the old Yankee Stadium, and was then moved to the museum when the new Stadium opened.  I stood there for a few moments to reflect upon The Captain and to remember how much he meant to my teenage years.  He had been my idol during that time, and like many diehard Yankee fans, I know exactly where I was on August 2, 1979.  It was great for the Yankees and the Munson family to share the locker with the fans…

Ricky Flores/The Journal News

I also ate lunch at the Stadium, and opted for a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich at Carl’s Steaks.  They billed their cheesesteaks as “better here than in Philadelphia”.  I disagree with the Philly reference, but they were quite tasty…

There is no word when the game will be re-scheduled.  The Yankees and the Angels apparently have a mutual day off on September 14th.  However, no decisions have been made and the Yankees indicated that the makeup day would not be announced today.  I will wait to see when the game is re-scheduled before deciding if I will exchange my ticket for another game or go to the re-scheduled game.  Hopefully, whenever it is, it will be much drier…



Julia of Julia’s Rants has made it home from a successful trip to New York.  Her posts have been missed, but I am sure that she’ll make up for lost time.

The Red Sox will be in New York tomorrow to face the Yankees for two games. 


There’s a pink hat riding on the outcome of this two-game series, so I am trusting “Mystique & Aura” to put a pink Yankees hat on Julia’s head.  I had been counting on Jane Heller’s Magic Pen, but she executed the pen following Saturday’s loss.


Courtesy Confessions of a She-Fan

Nevertheless, I’ll take my chances with the Yankees.  I liked the t-shirt I saw today.  I don’t recall the exact words but it was something like “Hey Boston, there never was a curse.  Your teams just sucked.”  Oops, sorry Julia!

Oh, Julia, one more thing, I thought you’d like to know that Lou has befriended Wally and they are starting to watch baseball games together…




I thought you’d like to know that Wally was happy and safe…and somewhat Navy blue…

Have a great week, everyone!





  1. Jane Heller

    What a soggy trip you had. But at least you got to sample the food! And I love your description of Munson’s locker. Sometimes I still have to pinch myself that he’s gone. On a lighter note, the pen has been DFA-ed but a new one will fill its roster spot – fear not.


  2. juliasrants

    Scott – I’m so sorry that your trip to New York didn’t end better; you know with a Yankees lose! ๐Ÿ˜‰ hmmm…I would have thought that burying THE shirt would have had a different effect. Oh well. My friend, the t-shirt you saw? You’re as “sorry” about that as the 8th grade girls were for wondering off to chat with the boys. And Wally?? You be nice to him!!! I guess Wally will be a comfort to Lou when the Yankees lose the next two days. And don’t worry, I’m sure I can find a Lou a shirt to go with his pink Red Sox hat!


  3. yankeemeg

    First time visitor to your blog…and I love it.

    I remember exactly where I was that day in August as well. I remember sitting at home, in the Bronx, with my folks, watching the news. We were in shock.

    Thanks for the photos of your day! Too bad they couldn’t get the game off. Oh, and about those cheesesteaks? Philly’s got Carl’s beat.


  4. Kaybee

    I’m glad you were able to get something out of your trip. I hate rainouts, but my team plays in San Diego so we rarely get them anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ Poor Wally! He looks miserable under that blanket!

  5. popejonash

    Hey Scott, sorry to hear you didn’t get any baseball in. I love ballpark food too – the Philly cheesesteak sandwiches are the best. I forgot about your Wally. I’ve done a different Where’s Wally (Or Where’s Waldo) post today about Oliver Perez. Ashhttp://ashleymarshall.mlblogs.com

  6. juliasrants

    You know what? I love NESN Scott! While we are waiting to see if the game will be played tonight, they are showing all the highlights from the Red Sox-Yankees series over my birthday weekend! You remember that don’t you? Oh look – there is Ellsbury coming out of the dugout and waving to the crowd after he stole home! ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you don’t remember that I can send you the link to the video! LOL!!!


  7. juliasrants

    Oh – and they just showed Jason Bays’ home run and OH! There’s Mike Lowell’s home run! You really need to get NESN! You are missing all these great highlight! Okay…I’ll so quietly now! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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