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May 25, 2009

Bid to save Yankee Stadium's Gate 2

Steve Politi of the Newark Star-Ledger reports on Yankees fan John Trush's campaign to save Gate 2 of old Yankee Stadium, even as demolition of the ballpark continues. Gate 2, says Trush, is the most intact surviving piece of the original 1923 structure, and is proposing to preserve it as an entryway to the new public ballfields that will eventually replace the stadium.

Aside from a couple of minor factual errors in the Star-Ledger piece — the plan to completely demolish the stadium has been in place since 2005, not "this spring," and Trush wasn't the founder of — the bigger question is: Who would pay for this, given that the city's price tag for the parks is already jillions of dollars over budget?


Too bad these piggish Yankee fans are not as outspoken about McCombs Dam Park going five years without a place for kids to play.

How about they take down Babe Ruth Plaza and name it McCombs plaza being that no one thought twice about what was on that land long before the Yankees were in the neighborhood.

Of course these Yankee fans think they are now entitled to both parcels of land.

Posted by IPO on May 25, 2009 11:30 AM

BOO HOO to you IPO! When I was growing up in Brooklyn in the late 1950's, all we had was the street and possibly the schoolyard - and that was all concrete and we had a ball! Yankee Stadium is a historic landmark that should have been preserved, so stop whining!

Posted by BRC on May 25, 2009 03:47 PM

MLB, from the disgraceful placing of the Nationals Stadium blocking the DC South Capitol Mall, to this, shows itself as an entity with no class.

I say preserve old Yankee Stadium, but tear down Nationals Stadium, and to hell with MLB!

Posted by Douglas Willinger on May 25, 2009 07:08 PM

Jail the convicted felonX2 and demolish fatboy's US Celluar steakhouse taxpayer corporate ballpark.

You don't get a taxpayer funded ballpark and free run of the neighborhood too. You can have your Shea home plate where YS was, that's all.

Either that or demolish the joke ballpark we paid for and move back. You get land for one stadium, not two.

Posted by IPO on May 25, 2009 07:35 PM

If you click through to the savetheyankeegate site, you'll see that they think they've worked it out so it wouldn't interfere with the new parkland. That said, it's hard to see how it wouldn't delay demolition, which when the parks are already this far behind schedule is a big concern.

Though as for the demolishing the new park instead, I'm right there with you already:

Posted by Neil on May 26, 2009 12:11 AM

time to get a life guys!
i've already brought up the cost of this and you brushed it aside as if it was your own money. the nyc/nys taxpayers are already being sucked dry by other boondoggles. LET THIS ONE DIE!!!

Posted by paul w. on May 27, 2009 04:28 AM

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