Fans' Ashes in Limbo as Yankee, Shea Shut Doors

As Shea and Yankee stadiums shut, relatives fret over final resting places
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2008 3:43 PM CDT
Fans begin to file into Gate 2 of Yankee Stadium to tour Monument Park and the field hours before a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – Now that Yankee Stadium and Shea have shut their doors forever, people who scattered ashes in their favorite ballpark worry that their loved ones may spend eternity in a parking lot, the New York Times writes. Some are searching for a way to get some dirt out of the hallowed grounds before demolition begins. The Mets and Yankees officially forbid scattering ashes, but many fans have managed to stealthily slip them in.

Some have kept ashes in reserve for the new stadiums, while others accept that in baseball and even in death, nothing is forever. "The nature of stuff is so flimsy, so of course things are going to get torn down and built up,” said one man who scattered his grandmother's ashes at home plate after the Yankee's 1996 World Series win. “That’s how it goes.”