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 Though the stadium is relatively new, it contains so many historical references to the great players who won those 27 championships that it would be easy for someone to confuse the age of the stadium.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).