Whether you love em’ or hate em’ the New York Yankees are the most iconic franchise in Major League Baseball. With more World Series titles, more hall of famers, and the highest winning percentage of any other team in the league, a trip to Yankee Stadium should be on every baseball fan’s bucket list. Here is The Hardball Network’s list of 5 things every fan should do at Yankee Stadium.
Visit the New York Yankees Museum
There is no better way to view the Yankees Championship story than through the rotating exhibits and historical artifacts within the New York Yankees Museum. Inside, you will be taken back to a time of the “Bambino,” “DiMaggio,” and “Reggie.” You will find artifacts like Babe Ruth’s 1927 “notched” bat, World Series rings, and the World Series trophies won by the Yankees from 1977 up until the latest in 2009. Thurman Munson’s preserved locker which remained untouched at the old Yankee Stadium has found a permanent home in the museum as well. There is also the famous “Ball Wall” which features hundreds of autographed baseballs. In fact, there are so many autographed balls odds are your favorite Yankee signature is there. If you purchased a ticket to the game you can enter the museum for free as soon as the gates open to the stadium. The museum will remain open until the end of the 8th inning.
No trip to Yankee Stadium is complete without a visit to Monument Park. Built to honor the Yankee greats of the past Monument Park has grown to include 6 monuments, 38 plaques, and 23 retired numbers. We have heard rumors that if you stay in Monument Park long enough you will feel the ghosts of Yankee past like Gehrig, Stengel, and Mantle walking alongside you. If you can’t make the trip up north from the Bronx to Cooperstown, Monument Park is easily the next best thing. Like the New York Yankees Museum, Monument Park opens when the stadium gates do. Remember though, Monument Park closes 45 minutes before the first pitch. So, get there early or you may be left standing in line when Monument Park closes.
Take a Tour
This is why we love tours so much. If you do not want to waste your time standing in line to enter the New York Yankees Museum or Monument Park and would rather spend that time watching batting practice, mingling with players, and grabbing an autograph, then take a Yankee Stadium tour. Not only will you be able to see these two must-see destinations but you will also get a history lesson from an experienced tour guide that will add further richness to your experience. Did you know the “Ball Wall” inside the New York Yankees Museum was designed to follow the exact trajectory of Don Larsen’s final pitch to Yogi Berra in his perfect game in the 1956 World Series? That one is on us. If you want to take your tour experience to the next level consider the “Hands on History” tour. During the Hands on History tour, you will be able to hold Babe Ruth’s bat, compare it to Ichiro Suzuki’s, try on Lou Gehrig’s jersey, Mickey Mantle’s glove and even hold a World Series ring from the Yankees deep collection. As always, we recommend calling ahead of time and asking which artifacts and tour stops will be available the day you can go. The truth is, only rookies stand in line.
Be Witness to a Ceremony at Yankee Stadium
The history, the tradition, the prestige, the pinstripes, the Yankees just do things right. There is a long list of ceremonies that have happened within the walls of old and new Yankee Stadium, from Babe Ruth’s Farewell Speech to Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, to the night the Yankees remembered Thurman Munson. There is just something about witnessing one of these ceremonies at Yankee Stadium in person. These are not only great moments in baseball history but they are moments that will forever be remembered. Last season, we had the opportunity to witness the ceremony honoring superstar, shortstop Derek Jeter and the retirement of his number 2, in front of 54,000 adoring fans. Needless to say, it was awesome! We were also lucky enough to be the very first visitors to view the newly enshrined number 2, in Monument Park on our tour. Are we bragging? Just a little bit, but if you see one of these ceremonies on the upcoming schedule purchase yourself a ticket and you too can be a part of history.
Catch a Postseason Game
It’s the Big Apple. It’s October. It’s the New York Yankees. You know something great is going to happen. 27 world championships, right? Many of baseball’s greatest postseason moments have happened within the walls of Yankee Stadium. Wouldn’t it be incredible to say you were there when Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in one World Series game and instantly became Mr. October. Imagine clinging to your seat as Don Larsen pitches the only perfect game in World Series history. Or watching Chris Chambliss and Aaron Boone send the Bronx into hysteria and the World Series with their walk-off home runs in the American League Championship Series. Or even being able to say you witnessed live Hideki Matsui’s “Godzilla,” like performance in the 2009 World Series. If you enjoy the dramatics and theater that is postseason baseball there is no better place to be then Yankee stadium in October. Odds are you will definitely see a history-making performance.
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