Monday, January 03, 2005

Cuz I Hide That Dirty Water

Remember how I was saying that the fact that the yanks played their home games at Shea Stadium in '74-'75 is rarely ever brought up? Well my sister got me this little booklet called "1975 Remember When..." in honor of my year of birth. It has news and facts and ads from '75; they make one for every year, you know the ones I mean.

In it, I found the following:

"Playing in Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium was being renovated, the New York Yankees marked Army Day with a pre-game ceremony. The 21-gun salute destroyed part of the stadium's fence and set fire to another portion."

Huh?

Has anyone ever heard of this? I've seen the footage of Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey in '79 a thousand times, so why not this fiery destruction? I'm really starting to think Steinbrenner has burned all the footage of the yanks playing at Shea. He's trying to pretend it never happened. Kind of like how the city of Danbury, CT refuses to admit that there's a river running through it. If you drive around the city, you'd never know of the existence of the Still River. But walk around downtown and peer over the huge concrete walls and you'll see it. But look quick, before the cops catch you acknowledging the existence of it. I call it the "Red-headed Stepchild River."

So where was I? Ah, yes, the yanks at Shea. I'm starting to think it never happened at all...

And what the hell is "Army Day?"

Comments:
"Playing in Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium was being renovated, the New York Yankees marked Army Day with a pre-game ceremony. The 21-gun salute destroyed part of the stadium's fence and set fire to another portion."

OK, so I'm assuming they were on the 1B line. The local AAA team does a similar thing, military appreciation day, something like that. And they have the big guns, which make a big noise, all that. They always place them down the 1B line.

But imagine if the Yanks had held their ceremonies from the outfield facing in, towards homeplate. Now THAT would've been forgotten.

How was your trip to the ballpark? Great, it was a real blast!

On the other hand, there's something really funny about the Yankees renting Shea and then blowing it up.
 

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