Five Signs: You’re in Yankee Stadium

Geography Essay
Photos and captions by Nathan Mattise

College (and post-college limbo) is a time for excessive sleeping, partying, *studying*…. and traveling. It’s one of the finer points of college because there are no real commitments to hold you back. So in the spirit of good roadtrip, In the Pursuit of the Trivial offers the Five Signs series. It’s a photo-documentary account from an exotic location done through the signs ready to greet every and all tourists. Today, welcome to the Bronx, N.Y. – home of Yankee Stadium.

1. “Yankee Stadium

It’s “The House that Ruth Built;” the site for Louis v. Schmeling and home of “Greatest Game Ever Played.” Sure, it’s been renovated and, sure, a lot of people hate the Yankees but you can’t deny the historical and social value of this place. The new sign (and stadium) just won’t have the same awe factor.

2. MetLife Regular Season Countdown

Speaking of history, the MetLife regular season countdown is doubling as a stadium’s life countdown by this point. The Yanks won 8-4 over the Rays on the 7th to last game ever played there, but there was bigger historical news at the park that day. Derek Jeter homered to tie Lou Gehrig for first place on the career hits at Yankee Stadium list (Jeter ended up breaking the tie later in the week and had a pretty good quote on it).

3. “161 Street – Yankee Stadium Station”

I know there’s a similar set up in Philly for Eagles games, but you still have to love public transportation recognizing the importance of a sports team to the city. It’s a good thing to offer too – it takes a half hour to get from the exit to the stadium and parking is $25 for the 3 to 5 hour game.

4. “Stan’s”

I can’t research who Stan is, but the man has his own River St. monopoly outside of the stadium. There’s “Stan The Man’s Fan Store,” “Stan’s Sports World,” and “Stan’s Sports Bar” (the NYT called it a beer-and-souvenir empire). His regime is even the first local business mentioned in this article on whether new Yankee Stadium may hurt local vendors.

5. “I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee.”

Gehrig had the famous speech and Yogi had the -ism’s, but DiMaggio’s quote is what graces the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Maybe it’s a little pretentious but these are the Yankees. Twenty-six World Series championships can do that to you.

And that’s it from Yankee Stadium and my baseball pilgrimage before that’s all from Yankee Stadium. There are a few signs that didn’t quite make the cut weaved into links throughout the post. Until next time, I’ll make sure to keep you posted on the next adventure.

(Links today from Wikipedia, NY Post, ESPN.com and my collegiate roommate Jason)

If you want to yell at Nate for this idea because it’s dumb, e-mail him. If you don’t think Yankee Stadium is exciting enough, feel free to contact him with a better trip to share too.

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