Archive for January, 2014
This is the house that George Steinbrenner built; a modern-day stadium honoring the rich history of baseball’s greatest franchise, and on Sunday afternoon and Wednesday night, Metro New York’s three NHL teams; the Islanders, Rangers, and Devils; will play on a rink atop the field where Derek Jeter normally patrols. Yankee Stadium was built across the street from where the original Yankee Stadium stood. Ground for the stadium was broken August 16, 2006 on the site of Macombs Dam Park. With a price tag of $1.5 Billion, Yankee Stadium would turn out to be the most expensive ballpark ever built. The outside of the stadium was built in the similar fashion of the original Yankee Stadium facade. The seating bowl features wrap-around seating from foul pole to foul pole. and the stadium’s lights sit atop the iconic frieze. Monument Park sits in centerfield, and the stadium’s field dimensions are exactly similar to the original Yankee Stadium, which mostly favors left-handed hitters. Next to Monument Park is the Yankees’ bullpen, a place where future Hall-of-Famer Mariano Rivera warmed up to close games. The first regular season game was held April 16, 2009, and in the first year of operation, the Yankees would go on to win their unprecedented 27th World Series Championship. In Yankee Stadium’s second year of operation, football games were held here, beginning with a matchup between Notre Dame and Army. The last event to be held here before the two Stadium Series games was the annual Pinstripe Bowl. Yankee Stadium is a year-round attraction, with a Hard Rock Cafe and a steakhouse built next to the team store. This building, built on the corner of 161st St. and River Ave. was built on pride, prestige, and tradition. History will continue to be made here for generations to come, but these two games are a testament to the same pride, prestige, and tradition that helped shape the intertwining rivalries between Metro New York’s three NHL teams.
Tonight, the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings get to play hockey at venerable Dodger Stadium. For over 50 years, this Southern California icon has hosted everything from the Pope to The Beatles and the Three Tenors, but the lifeblood of this ballpark belongs to its primary tenant, the 2013 NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The beginnings of Dodger Stadium began in the mid-1950s, when Brooklyn Dodgers president Walter O’Malley wanted to build a new domed stadium as a replacement for Ebbets Field. After failing to reach an agreement with the city of Brooklyn, he made a deal with the city of Los Angeles, and the team headed west in 1958. Land for the Dodgers’ new stadium was purchased by eminent domain on the site of Chavez Ravine. Ground was broken on September 17, 1959, and the stadium was built in 3 1/2 years. During those years, the Dodgers played at the Memorial Coliseum. Dodger Stadium was one of the last “true ballparks” built before the multi-purpose stadium became the norm in the late 1960s. It was built into the hillside with the intention of spectators arriving by car parking near the level of where they sat. The Dodgers’ first game at this stadium happened on April 9, 1962, and since then, players like Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Fernando Valenzuela, Maury Wills, Mike Piazza, Steve Garvey, “Mr. Dodger” Tommy Lasorda, and “The Voice of the Dodgers”; the legendary Vin Scully, have made their careers inside this ballpark, the largest in the Major Leagues by seating capacity. So grab a Dodger Dog and enjoy tonight’s game; another first in the storied history of this house of baseball.
Since it was Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada yesterday, this edition of Coach’s Corner comes from the Lloydminster Centennial Civic Centre in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan; Canada’s only true border town.
On this edition of “Comparing the Broadcasts.” During Saturday night’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford robs Canadiens forward Brandon Prust on a shorthanded breakaway with a two-pad stack, then, on the rebound, robs Lars Eller with a kick save. Many believe that the kick save is the save of the year. Mostly everyone in Canada and the United States saw the play on Hockey Night in Canada, while those in Chicago saw the play on WGN. Compare the broadcasts and see it for yourself.
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