April 17, 2015 |
The successor to the House That Ruth Built may not be ideally suited for soccer. At least not for the players. It's a place where they have little room to roam. As scenic as the new Yankee Stadium may be, the dimensions of the field - it's the smallest in Major League Soccer - have forced the Union to alter their practice methods in preparation for their game there Thursday against New York City FC. The Union's home field, PPL Park in Chester, is 120 by 75 yards. Yankee Stadium's is 110 by 70. That might not sound like much of a difference, but it is to the Union.
December 11, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - After defeating Temple on Nov. 15, Penn State became bowl-eligible, and from that point forward, the question of where the Nittany Lions would go in their first postseason opportunity since 2011 was a waiting game. First-year head coach James Franklin, athletic director Sandy Barbour and the rest of the Lions found out on Sunday that Penn State (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) is Big Apple-bound, slated to play Boston College (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium.
December 22, 2013 |
CLOSER TO the end of his long career than the start, Carlos Beltran finally got to put on the uniform of his favorite childhood team. The eight-time All-Star was introduced at a Yankee Stadium news conference yesterday after signing a 3-year deal worth $45 million that was agreed to 2 weeks ago but made official on Thursday. Sporting his No. 36 jersey and joined by his two daughters and his wife, Beltran talked about how much he admired the Yankees while growing up in Puerto Rico, and how close he came to joining them in 2005.
April 1, 2013 |
I first saw a major-league baseball game when I was 11 years old, and always, when the teams get ready to play again in the first week of April, the decades crumble away and the memory of the spring day returns with the persistence of gravity. It was Opening Day 1951, and my father took me to Yankee Stadium, where, just as they will Monday, the Yankees were playing the Boston Red Sox. We boarded the subway around noon. There was an enormous shudder of sound, then a screech, like a blade being sharpened, and a rush of hot air. The long ride to the Bronx was a rocking, light-flashing affair, and I neared Yankee Stadium as eager as Darwin approaching the Galapagos.
March 25, 2013 |
Both the infield and outfield of Yankee Stadium are growing on 1,000 acres of green farmland alongside Route 40 in Pilesgrove, Salem County. Drive past and watch the sky widen in the windshield as the pool-table-flat land stretches, with un-Jerseylike drama, toward the horizon. The farm's crop of inch-high Kentucky bluegrass is ultimately cut into 4-by-70-foot rolls of sod and shipped to what is arguably the premier address of Major League Baseball - known to some as the sport's home office.
March 13, 2013
When Joe Blanton takes the mound for the first time in Angel Stadium with his new team, fans who have been oblivious to his career since he left the Phils may be a little surprised. Blanton, who signed with the Halos as a free agent in December, is about 30 pounds lighter than his normal 260. "I never looked at it like I needed to lose weight," Blanton said. "It just kind of happened. " Chipper Jones putting on pinstripes? The banged-up New York Yankees would love to have him. General manager Brian Cashman even said so Monday, expressing interest in the retired Atlanta Braves star.
October 13, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Raul Ibanez strapped the goggles to his face and shook a bottle of champagne in the middle of the Yankees clubhouse. A teammate doused him in bubbly and it soaked his bald head and pinstriped pants. "That's all you can ask for," Ibanez said. Ten feet away, Alex Rodriguez danced. He too held a bottle and savored the moment he was prevented from creating. The Yankees defeated Baltimore, 3-1, Friday in the fifth game of an epic American League division series with their $275 million man benched and Ibanez, signed one day after spring training began, so pivotal.
May 19, 2012 |
One-time Chicago Cubs wonderkid Kerry Wood went out the way he came in on Friday - with heat. In what he said would be his final game, Wood struck out Dayan Viciedo of the Chicago White Sox on three pitches - the last one a swing and a miss - in an eighth-inning relief stint. After he was lifted, his teammates joined Wood on the mound to congratulate him and he walked off the field to a rousing ovation, retiring at the age of 34. You don't have to be Cubs fan to get a bit choked up as Wood ends a career that started in dazzling style, but was hampered by injuries.
May 15, 2012 |
EVEN KEVIN Millwood was caught up in Andy Pettitte's return to the big leagues. Still, he was happy to play the spoiler. Millwood pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and Casper Wells and Justin Smoak each hit a two-run homer, lifting the visiting Seattle Mariners past Pettitte and the New York Yankees, 6-2, Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. "I was watching him," Millwood said of Pettitte, who hadn't pitched since retiring after the 2010 season. "I think everybody was kind of curious.
April 20, 2012 |
NEW YORK - It was three hours before game time and Raul Ibanez was hacking away. In the batting tunnel underneath Yankee Stadium, Ibanez was taking one swing after another. For somebody who turns 40 on June 2, or even somebody much younger, this looked like an exhaustive exercise. The swings came off a tee at first and then Ibanez faced a pitcher. Each swing had a purpose, all 100 of them, or so it seemed. This is a routine Ibanez insists he does every day. In his mind, it's not too much to ask, doing a pre-batting practice workout, before getting more swings on the field.