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House That Ruth Built up for sale — brick by brick


yankeesSitting on a huge rock outcropping in Macombs Dam Park across the street from the new Yankee Stadium, one can see the stately old home of the Bronx Bombers, which will begin to be torn down in June.

It is hard to imagine ‘The House That Ruth Built’ gone from the landscape, but nostalgia hounds, sports memorabilia collectors and folks that just want to commemorate a visit or hold a tangible piece of New York City history can buy a slice of Yankee Stadium, marketed to the max by the Yankees and their Steiner Sports partners.

From seats, sod and dirt to foul poles, home plate and lockers, the Cathedral of Baseball, which opened in 1923 will be gutted and its pieces authenticated for sale to the public.

“This is a chance to own a piece of history, a piece of Yankee Stadium,” Yankees COO Lonn Trost told a news conference Tuesday at the new $1.5 billion ball park across 161st Street from the old ball yard.

from Photographers' Blog:

New home for the Yankees

I came to New York in 1971 to work for the Associated Press and I covered the weekend shift at both Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium, where the Mets played. I've spent a good part of my life covering baseball in New York, the last 21 years for Reuters.

The Yankees ballpark had the air of a grand old lady, slightly down on her luck. At first sight it was an impressive structure with the historic field and that magnificent original copper frieze that lined the stadium’s roof above the upper deck. But a close look revealed a stadium deteriorating almost everywhere.

Is baseball finally a world sport?


The Italians are quite excited about their team doing well at the World Baseball Classic.

They pulled off another European shock on Monday, eliminating a Canada side with Major League players to remain on course for a spot in the second round.

Bankers can’t seem to kick the sporting habit


northernrockPeople are up in arms about bankers receiving bonuses when the banks they worked for have gone down the pan. But isn’t it just as shocking that so many state-backed financial firms still subsidise the eye-popping wages of sporting superstars through rich sponsorship deals?

It’s the same story on both sides of the Atlantic. Citigroup , which received $45 billion from the U.S. government, is sticking with a $400 million deal marketing deal from 2006 which includes the naming rights for the new home of the New York Mets baseball team, which will be called Citi Field.

Greeting scandals with a shrug


phelpsWe have become numb to news that our heroes are not who we thought they were.

Word that New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez had taken steroids in 2003 made the headlines across the United States. It widened our eyes but did nothing to our hearts.

Perhaps we simply do not care like we used to.

Rumors swirled years ago that home run kings Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire had taken steroids and it angered us. Though neither has ever been proven to have taken performance-enhancing drugs, we were shocked, angered and bewildered at the suggestion.