Going to Yankee Stadium never gets old. Even though the stadium lost some of its traditional luster after the rebuild, it still makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up when you walk off the 4 or D to have the mammoth conglomerate of steel and limestone revealed. Around the stadium check out some of the bars like Stans, Dugout or The Hard Rock outside Gate D.
On to the Windows Phone Baseball Bucket List. Now three things make Yankee Stadium, Yankee Stadium. The history, the team and the fans. Not the suits behind homeplate who wear the occasional Yankee jersey over their dress shirts and leave in the 5th. The fans out in the bleachers who are on a first name basis with Nick Swisher. The Bleacher Creatures.
Our first bucket list item was to go “Meet The Bleacher Creatures” and our second was to “Participate in Roll Call” with them. One of the lesser known, but awesome traditions takes place in the top of the first. The Creatures call out every player on the field and don’t stop the chant until that player acknowledges the bleachers. Granderson and Swish get really into it and dance a little and give a big ol’ point or salute to the crowd. Really shows good character on the part of the players to give back, if even just a hat tip.
Next up we had what might be the best signature food in baseball, “Eat The Lobel’s Steak Sandwich.” Not everyday you walk by a butchers window chopping up some of the finest prime rib New York City has to offer, slap on a $15.00 price tag and you know your in Yankee Stadium. Don’t let that price deter you from ordering one of these colossus sandwiches, you’re guaranteed to shed one tear and hear this song in your head after your first bite.
Behind the Mohegan Sun Suite is the infamous “Wall of Retired Numbers.” We had a go at rattling each of the numbers off and did pretty good. So apparently it’s Rizzuto not Rirrutto. Who knew?
The “Yankee Stadium Grounds Crew Y.M.C.A.” has been a staple during the middle of the 6th for years, people thought it should die with the old stadium, but the tradition of 50,000 mildly enthusiastic fans shaping letters with their hands lives on. Regardless, tradition is tradition and has become synonymous with the stadiums grounds crew.