15 July 2008

The House that Josh closed

Yankee Stadium. Hallowed ground of baseball legend and lore, home stadium to some of the greatest players to ever play the game, and shrine to everything that greed can get you is closing this fall. Due to be replaced by a newer, bigger park next spring. The park's nickname -- the House that Ruth built -- is homage to the man who put New York baseball on the collective map over 75 years ago. In tribute to it's final season, Major League Baseball awarded the 2008 All-Star Game to the Yankees.

At last night's home run derby, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers gave it a new nickname -- the House that Josh closed. In case you didn't hear, Mr. Hamilton swatted 28 HRs in the first round of last night's expo, including one that almost cleared the roof facing, in center field.

As I'm not sold on the notion that the Yankees have the pitching to make it back to the playoffs for the 14th consecutive season, this achievement will be, in my mind, the final majestic memory of Yankee Stadium. And, thus, the moniker "the House that Josh closed".


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