New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium

In a word, Yankee Stadium is majestic. The lattice, arches, white stone, tall ceilings and humongous banners combine to create the feeling of being inside a baseball cathedral . The Yankees have more than double the number of World Series wins of any other team (27 to the Cardinals' 11) and it is fitting that the stadium design reflects their dominance on the field. Though the stadium is relatively new, it contains so many historical references to the great players who won those 27 championships that it would be easy for someone to confuse the age of the stadium. The dimensions are the same as the Yankees' previous stadium, also called Yankee Stadium, and while there have been significant upgrades to stadium accessibility, the design and location is largely the same. 

This is Derek Jeter's last season and in this trip I will get to see him play four times (Chicago, Kansas City, Texas and New York). Seeing him at home, however, was truly special. As Jeter stepped into in the batter's box, a recording of longtime Yankee public address announcer Bob Sheppard introducing Derek Jeter played through the stadium speakers and the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Jeter has used the recorded introduction in all his home at-bats since Sheppard passed away in 2010. There are a million different ways to define "best," but I think Derek Jeter is the best all-around player of my generation, and his well-deserved reputation as a winner and leader both on and off the field qualifies him as one of baseball's sure-fire first ballot Hall of Fame greats.

Final Score: Yankees 2, Rangers 1 (14).

 

Gate 4. Yankee Stadium.

Gate 4. Yankee Stadium.

Leon and Lina have been married for 7 years. Leon was in a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed in 2009. 

Leon and Lina have been married for 7 years. Leon was in a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed in 2009. 

Tyler Clarke throws batting practice to Jamel (not pictured) on a field across the street from Yankee Stadium. Yostin and Elmer (not pictured) shagged batted balls in the outfield. 

Tyler Clarke throws batting practice to Jamel (not pictured) on a field across the street from Yankee Stadium. Yostin and Elmer (not pictured) shagged batted balls in the outfield. 

A merchandise store on the lower level concourse sells Yankee jerseys from players of different eras. 

A merchandise store on the lower level concourse sells Yankee jerseys from players of different eras. 

A policeman stands on the field before the game.

A policeman stands on the field before the game.

Just beyond the center field wall, Monument Park commemorates Yankee greats. Number 3 belongs to Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players of all time. 

Just beyond the center field wall, Monument Park commemorates Yankee greats. Number 3 belongs to Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players of all time. 

Fans walk past a photo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

Fans walk past a photo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

A cotton candy vendor walks through the upper concourse while balancing the candy on his head with no hands. 

A cotton candy vendor walks through the upper concourse while balancing the candy on his head with no hands. 

Carlos Beltran hits during the game.

Carlos Beltran hits during the game.

From left, Diego, his son Diego Andres and nephew Albert watch the trajectory of a Rangers player's home run. Diego and Diego Andres live in the Dominican Republic and had never before attended an MLB game. 

From left, Diego, his son Diego Andres and nephew Albert watch the trajectory of a Rangers player's home run. Diego and Diego Andres live in the Dominican Republic and had never before attended an MLB game. 

Fans cheer in the bleachers. 

Fans cheer in the bleachers. 

Chase Headley gets doused in Gatorade after hitting a walk-off single to defeat the Rangers in the 14th inning. 

Chase Headley gets doused in Gatorade after hitting a walk-off single to defeat the Rangers in the 14th inning.