Yankee Stadium is a treasured American historic landmark and must not be torn down following the 2008 baseball season - or ever. Much of the great history of modern baseball took place within these hallowed walls, and to this very day sends thrills down the spine of true baseball fans young and old.
This is the place where the greatest players of all time wrote the history of the game. Stand in the grandstand and close your eyes, and hear the cheers of the crowd as the mighty Babe Ruth hits another home run and rounds the bases. The outfield once patrolled by the Bambino, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson still resounds the the cheers for their heroics. Or look towards first base, where the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig compiled his streak of consecutive games before being tragically struck down by a rare incurable illness, while still in his prime. How can a dying man proclaim himself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth?” He was reflected on his great career in this great irreplaceable ballpark. Think of the other greats: Phil Rizzuto, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Dave Winfield, Don Mattingly, Red Ruffing, Bill Dickey, Billy Martin, Derek Jeter, Thurman Munson, Roger Maris, Goose Gossage, and Sparky Lyle. How could one possibly toss away all that history?
And this irreplaceable stadium can be put to good and profitable public use. Minor league baseball, affordable for the masses can be played here (with admission prices for even the best seats a lot cheaper than the 00 the top priced seat will go for in the new Stadium. And more to the point, just as Mayor Bloomberg has recently announced that a branch of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame will be moving to New York, what about a branch of the Baseball Hall of Fame in the House That Ruth Built?
We cannot stand silent and let this great edifice be destroyed. Save Yankee Stadium. For yourself, for your children, you grandchildren, and all generations to come.