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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Almost Equal Time


Last week, Yankee Stadium closed for good. Today, It's Shea Stadium, the home of the New York Mets.

I visited Shea several times in 74 and 75 to see the Yankees. The Yankees played at Shea for two seasons while Yankee Stadium was being renovated.

With all due respect to Shea and Mets fans, if that stadium had any charm, it was lost on me-- lots of concrete and asphalt, void of character. I think the thing that detracted from the experience the most was the location-- near LaGuardia Airport. Jets passed just beyond the outfield every few minutes. Noisy. Distracting. No atmosphere whatsoever.

The new ballpark looks great. Unfortunately, it's in the same location. They never learn.