Mob Cheers, Yankees Win in Stadium Finale

Old greats return for closing ceremony
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 22, 2008 4:29 AM CDT
The sun sets behind Yankee Stadium before Major League Baseball action between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles yesterday at Yankee Stadium in New York.    (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – The fabled Yankee Stadium marked its last game with a ceremony as the Yanks beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-3, the New York Times reports. Former greats—Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Bernie Williams—took the field before the game. “I feel as nervous as I was before a playoff,” Williams said. Babe Ruth’s daughter tossed out the first pitch, while Jose Molina hit the last home run.

Derek Jeter, who went 0 for 5, received a crystal bat from owner George Steinbrenner’s children for his record number of hits at the ballpark. “We are relying on you to take the memories from this stadium, add them to the new memories to come at the new Yankee Stadium,” the shortstop told the crowd. Fans mourned the loss. “The new stadium is beautiful, but I don’t know if the ghosts are going to be there,” lamented one.