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Touring a Baseball Cathedral

The 2005 baseball postseason is set: Of most interest to this New York fan, the Yankees are headed out West to play the Angels. (If the rumors are true, some NY baseball greats might be joining the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim next season; if true, I tip my baseball cap to the Mets' Mike Piazza, All-Star catcher.)

In the meanwhile, it is very difficult to predict what will happen in a short series. With Derek Jeter bruising his knee yesterday, and some of the other regulars not in the best of shape, the Yanks still move forward in their quest for an unprecedented 27th World Series Championship.

As a diehard Yankee fan, I genuinely celebrate all the great victories that the Yankees have had. Younger fans have been somewhat spoiled in the Joe Torre era, in terms of postseason play. Ironically, I have seen more "downs" than "ups" for my team—that's what happens when you're born in 1960, instead of, say, 1940. I remember the long drought between 1965 and 1976 ('76 is the year the Yanks were swept four straight by the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series). I didn't experience the true euphoria of a World Series victory until 1977-78, and then had to deal with the even longer drought of the 1980s and early 90s. (The Yanks lost the Series in 1981, and couldn't get near another World Series competition for another 15 years.)

Today, as Yankee fans look forward to another trophy, I want to take time out to look backward—to the Summer of '05. I could have easily titled this essay, "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" but it centers instead on my love of the New York Yankees and a memorable summer tour of Yankee Stadium, an iconic baseball cathedral. You can read the full photo essay here:

Touring a Baseball Cathedral

Comments welcome.

Comments

Chris, did you happen to catch that low-life move by the Texas Rangers, where they pulled their starters against the Angels during the last game of the season? This may have caused the Yanks home field against the Angels.

George

GO YANKS !

Hey, George... I heard about this! There was a lot of chatter about whether Buck Showalter, the Ranger manager, and former Yankees' manager (who bears the Boss and Torre no great love) did it deliberately or not.

It's too hard to say, though I can't for the life of me understand why he pulled great starting players like Michael Young---unless he was concerned about saving them for a postseason game (Texas wasn't in contention), or winning Young a batting title (which Young won, and not by mere percentage points).

But as radio/TV sports guy Michael Kay said: The Yankees could have gotten home-field advantage all on their own: By winning!

And they can surely take the ALDS... by doing the same. :)

Go Yanks!

"Ironically, I have seen more "downs" than "ups" for my team..."

We can't imagine how hard this must have been for you.

Hey, Chicagoans! You did make me chuckle.

Now, I don't want you to choke, but let me state this before postseason baseball progresses much further:

I predicted in the early part of the season that the Chicago White Sox were the team to beat. As I said on one other occasion, I was especially struck by the honesty of the manager, who, when asked if there was any "curse" that kept the Sox from a World Series triumph since 1917, akin to the Cubs' Billy Goat and the Bosox Curse of the Bambino, he answered simply: "Nah, we just sucked."

I'm rooting for the Yanks to go all the way this year, as I do every year. And a fifth-game victory tonight over the Angels will bring them into direct confrontation with the White Sox. IF the Yanks lose tonight, or even against the White Sox in the ALCS, I'm actually going to root for the White Sox to go all the way. With guys like Jose Contreras and El Duque, I feel like I'm rooting for the Yankees anyway.

:)

Good luck, Chicagoan!