In 1978 I was in the 8th grade. It was the year the Yankees won their second title in a row. That’s when I became hooked. If you are familiar with the history of New York City, then you will know that New York was in desperate need of a morale boost during those days. The Yankees were just what the doctor ordered. Which is the reason why they will forever be my favorite baseball team.
Today the old Yankee Stadium has been leveled and turned into a park. While across West 161th Street (Babe Ruth Plaza) the new and improved Yankee Stadium 2.0 has been erected to take its place. In case anyone was worried about the move ushering in an era of doom for the storied franchise, the Bronx Bombers won the World Series in 2009, their first year in the new ballpark. That marked their 27th world championship.
The New York Yankees are a team with a proud tradition of excellence. Their history is on full display to the public, so long as you are willing to buy a $20 ticket for a tour of Yankee stadium. The outing is more than a walk around the building. It is a history lesson given by knowledgeable and professional guides. The guide who took my group knew names, dates, and batting averages. The man was a Yankeeologist.
Tours of Yankee Stadium go on throughout the day, according to a predetermined schedule. The tour features a walkthrough of the New York Yankees Museum, Monument Park, the press box, and the team's dugout. Being able to walk on the field gave me goosebumps. It is not uncommon to run into some of the Yankee players certainly on days when there will be a game.
From field level looking up at the stands the stadium with its LED ribbon displays, and a 100-foot video board is a sight to see. With the state of the art sound system and 50,000 roaring fans in the seats, the atmosphere has got to be super intense down there. I developed a new found respect for the men who take the field. It was well worth the money to be able to experience Yankee Stadium from that perspective. It made me into an even bigger fan of the Yankees. Although, you don’t need to be a baseball fan to appreciate the tour.
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