Saturday, July 19, 2008

Ballparks old and new

Tiger Stadium is coming down. The bulldozers have rolled in, and demolition has started on one of the most beautiful and atmospheric ballparks I have ever seen. On May 4, 1999, we saw Dean Palmer hit a two run homer in the eighth inning to beat the Angels. I still remember a very big guy caught the ball, not too far from us, and jumped up and down hard enough that we wondered if something in the stands might break. But they survived another nine years... to no avail.

But a remnant of the stands around home plate, and the field itself, may yet be saved and used. The Tiger Stadium Conservancy needs your help. They need $400,000 by the end of the month to keep the plan alive.

In other ballpark news, my Sunday was filled with subway rides and baseball. I attended the Futures Game at Yankee Stadium, and regular season games at Keyspan Park and Shea Stadium. Three professional games, in three boroughs of the city, in one day.

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