Monday, September 22, 2008

No Tears For The Stadium

I’m going to be honest. Yankee Stadium meant very little to me, only that it was the scene of so many moments which allowed Yankee fans to celebrate something great and remind Met fans that with few exceptions we would always take a back seat to the guys in pinstripes. As a matter of fact I’ve only been to three Yankee games in “The House that Ruth Built” and the last one was about ten years ago. However in watching the ceremonies surrounding the final game at the old ballpark Sunday night you would be foolish not to admit it was a special place that will always hold a special fondness to many. It was where Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Yogi,
Reggie, Mattingly and Jeter called home….it was where Johnny Unitas and the Colts beat the Giants in the Greatest Game in NFL history. It was for generations of New Yorkers a place that needed no introduction and soon it will be gone….replaced by a new ballpark with all the modern conveniences and a price tag to go with it.

The sad truth is that most Yankee fans will love the new place more than the old, even if it doesn’t have the history to go with it. It will have all the comforts that are important today from wider concourses to more bathrooms and you can bet most will admit next year it was time for the old ballpark in the Bronx to go.

There are so many golf outings taking place this time of year it would take me a long time to mention all. But a few hold a special place, including Klee’s Bar and Grill’s 17th Annual Outing for the benefit of Ocean of Love. It takes place on Wednesday, October 1st at Gambler Ridge and you better move fast….call (732) 830-1996 for more information.

The Brick Township Lions Club is sponsoring a golf tournament in memory of the late Hank Handchen, the longtime Athletic Director at Brick Township High School. The tournament will be hold on Monday, October 13th at Lakewood Country Club and for information you can call Steve at (732) 833-7505.

Atlantic Physical Therapy is holding their 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 23rd at the Colts Neck Country Club. Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit a scholarship fund in the memory of James Warnock and the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center. For information you can call the Freehold office of Atlantic Physical Therapy at (732) 431-2883.

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