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Mall Ball

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Thanks to  Moscone for the great  write up

Tremendous night at the Mall On Rivera Avenue. Walking by the old Stadium, where only a baseball field now exists, I was reminded how much I miss the old place.
“Meetcha at the bat”, was the cry heard from friends attending the games. There was always a buzz around the ballpark. You might find a brass band playing outside, or a guy with a small amp wailing like Hendrix for tips in his open guitar case.
I knew the wonderful woman in the Loge who worked the popcorn machine for years wearing a Yankee hat with every button imaginable on it and a warm inviting smile on her face.
Inside, it was cramped & intimate. Upon entering the Gate behind home plate, you were assaulted with the sounds & smells of ethnic foods indigenous to NY. It was a cacophony to the senses!!

The fans were right on top of one another, and, because of the design of the Stadium, right on top of the players on the field. The stands, especially the Loge & Grandstand, weren’t set back as they are in the new Mall, but were almost hovering over the field. Intimidating. That’s what this place used to be. Teams hated to come in here to play. They hated the fans, who were almost right on top of them. It was LOUD!!!!!!

I was lucky enough to be there for, among others, Chambliss’s HR, Reggie hitting 3 WS HR in Game 6, Guidry striking out 18, the fight when Nettles clocked Bill Lee, Wells’s perfecto, Tino’s 2 out HR in the 9th followed by Jeter’s stroke of midnight Mr November moment, the Aaron Boone Game, catching a foul ball off of Andy Philipps & having the crowd yell “Yeah! The guy in the suit made a nice catch”, & on & on it goes.
And the characters that used to inhabit that place that you don’t see anymore!! Too numerous to mention (RIP Freddy Sez).

This new place is antiseptic & PC. The Loge & Grandstand is set back away from the field. Further distancing the fans from the field.
And, of course, you have the Lonn Trost Memorial Moat, keeping the unwashed masses away from the field. Back in the day, a father could bring his son down to the field during BP and maybe get an autograph. Not anymore. Inaccessible, unless you have a Moat ticket. One of the big mistakes they made in building this place. Disenfranchising the next generation of fans. Fucking brilliant!!

This place will NEVER be as loud & as intimidating as the old place! Never!
I had a good time last night, enjoying the Yankee win, & ending the losing streak.
But, I miss the old place.


Written by Sal

June 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm

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  1. Thanks bondsie great stuff


    June 22, 2017 at 1:31 pm

  2. I 2nd those emotions Consigliore of mine.
    Miss that old ballyard,, bribes meant something in those days.
    My bro Cheech drove a Tow Truck for the NYPD,,i could park on the sidewalk next to the Police Van near the Press Entrance.
    Waitin to watch the visitors walk to their Bus and heckling em
    seeing Oscar Gamble drive off in his gold Rolls Royce with GAMBLE on his license plate Nettles had E-5 on his.


    June 22, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    • Gamble that’s some SuperFly shit Donny


      June 22, 2017 at 9:04 pm

  3. Looked like a laugher after the HR
    Now they’re a bloop and a blast
    Offense fell asleep
    Sev giving up the 2 was surprising


    June 22, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    • This game is sneaking up on the Yanks
      They need a momentum change
      They fell asleep


      June 22, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    • Huge DP Simmons Cadillac’d he or got confused
      lucked out


      June 22, 2017 at 9:09 pm

  4. Sung Min Kim @sung_minkim

    Makes it 2.12 ERA in 46.2 IP in AAA so far. 52 K/17 BB as well. #Yankees
    Donnie Collins @DonnieCollinsTT
    Final line on Chance Adams: 6 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 2 bb, 8 k.


    June 22, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    • Petit was great in October with the Giants If the Angels dump

      Feels like we’re trying to run out the clock
      Adams with another great outing


      June 22, 2017 at 9:22 pm

  5. First time Ive seen this team lose focus and quit

    Conor Foley Retweeted

    Donnie Collins @DonnieCollinsTT

    I’ll say this about Adams: I actually don’t think he was outstanding. Didn’t have great offspeed at times. But man, stuff so dominant


    June 22, 2017 at 9:25 pm

  6. Castro giveth and taketh away

    Donnie Collins @DonnieCollinsTT

    Towering homer to right-center for Austin. What a shot.
    8:19 PM · Jun 22, 2017


    June 22, 2017 at 9:37 pm

  7. Angels look loose having fun Yanks look uptight
    I guess they thought Sev was automatic
    Now Betances has lost his marbles


    June 22, 2017 at 9:41 pm

  8. Let’s see if there’s some fight in the dog


    June 22, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    • Amazing the Angels on get away day on the road 3000 miles away take the Yanks lunch money at home


      June 22, 2017 at 10:05 pm

  9. They flat out quit on Girardi


    June 22, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    • 1 and 8 in the last 9 games

      Make a call to your manager Hal


      June 22, 2017 at 10:08 pm

  10. What’s that saying pitching and defense win Championships
    Place is gonna clear out like somebody yelled fire drill

    Kay is just realizing they quit a while ago 5 runs was enough a pitching and defense collapse tonight


    June 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    • I don’t know if German can get out of the 9th but I love this kid’s stuff
      Can’t wait until he gets reps

      He’s got swagger, best thing to happen since the Judge HR


      June 22, 2017 at 10:27 pm

  11. Dellin Betances in 2017

    First 24 games:
    1 ER, 22.2 IP
    2 ER, 0.2 IP


    June 22, 2017 at 10:28 pm

  12. 20



    Katie Sharp @ktsharp

    Entering tonight, Yankees had 5 losses when leading at start of 7th inning. Last year they had 6 of those all season.


    June 22, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    • Mikey they quit
      it happens

      Good for Carter he worked hard today and was rewarded
      Good thing the Yanks don’t play in the AL west lol


      June 22, 2017 at 10:35 pm

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