In an e-mail exchange today with a friend, we were discussing how the new Yankee Stadium isn’t “home” yet – the way that the old Stadium was…because of all the time we spent at the old Stadium and the need to see more games at the new Stadium in order for it to have that “familiar” feeling when you’re there. (For the record, I do feel the new Stadium growing on me. I’ve been there for three games now and have felt better about being there each time.)
However, one “familiar” thing from the old Stadium that I will miss at the new Stadium is the homerun into the upper-tank in right field. That was such a Yankee Stadium signature snapshot in my mind. Whether it was Oscar Gamble, Reggie Jackson, Mel Hall, Don Mattingly, Tino Martinez, David Justice or even Johnny Damon, there was just something cool about watching a lefty Yankees batter launch one into the upper-deck in right.
With the new Stadium, to get one into the upper-deck in right field, you’re going to need to book a seat for the ball on the Space Shuttle. Sure, maybe, once in a blue moon, someone might get one up there – but, it’s not going to happen, say, 15 times a year.
Anywho, that’s today’s wild thought: Missing the upper-tank tater in right at Yankee Stadium. How about you, will you miss it too?