Ike, No Ikettes; C.J.; More Yankee Stadium Demolition

Good call here by me about the Mets not calling up Ike Davis soon.

I was right, it wasn’t soon. It was now. But it may not be intended as a permanent solution. Daniel Murphy is still in the team’s thinking, he can’t play the outfield, there’s nothing for him to do at third base, and they’d still like to keep Davis from Super-Two status. It is plausible that unless Davis sets the world ablaze, he could still be headed back to Buffalo if and when Murphy heals. And given recent experience with Mets’ position prospects (Carlos Gomez, Fernando Martinez), setting the world ablaze seems to be more difficult than we think.

In the interim, the Mets have reliever Tobi Stoner (no relation to ex-MLB pitching prospects Brandon Puffer and Jung Bong, or as one of my fellow Twitterites added, Herb Hash of the 1940-41 Red Sox).

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This would be my fellow tweeter @Str8edgeracer after a busy weekend that saw him pitch effectively against the Yankees, then saunter out to my old digs in Secaucus, New Jersey to work with the MLB Network folks for about half an hour. I’ve seen a lot of active players presage their later broadcasting careers (Joe Magrane was my analyst for the local pre- and post-game shows for the post-seasons of 1990 and 1991 on the CBS station in Los Angeles) but almost none of them have come close to the Rangers’ pitcher. He’s a natural: honest, self-effacing, easily understood, and, best of all, proactive about discussions – not just answering questions but asking them. And, of course, we took this picture for the benefit of the Great World Of Tweeting (@KeithOlbermann here).
Not going to keep doing this but a couple of new angles were available on the demolition of Yankee Stadium:
Ground level, obviously, looking from what used to be more or less dead center.
I was surprised this one worked well – taken from a moving 4 Train, showing you the exact spot where it’s no longer standing, and where it still sort of is.
From 161st Street Station. Says most of it, if not all of it.


  1. jwin214

    That’s really sad to see. I won’t claim to be a Yankees fan, but I do appreciate tradition and history, and we tried real hard to get up there for the stadium’s last season. It just didn’t work out due to scheduling conflicts at that evil place where I used to work. I really wish we had gotten to see a game there. Hope you’re not torturing yourself too much with your visits. Sure, there’s journalistic and historical significance of the photos, but don’t let it take its toll.

    Dallas wasn’t a huge baseball town, but now that I’m in one, I think I’m becoming addicted. Is there a pill for this? I nearly went ballistic when Comcast decided to take a coffee break during the Giants game today, and informed me that they could not be out until Tuesday. I almost feel sorry for the Comcast guy who just happened to be parked across the street after I hung up the phone. But guess what…my cable magically came back! Ya think it helped that I dropped your name? πŸ™‚ Seriously though, I’m pretty sure he’s the one who knocked it out in the first place.

    But I digress…

    Another really sad sight is driving past the Oakland Coliseum on game night, and seeing it all lit up, but so sparsely populated that not a soul can be seen in the bleachers. Very odd. Guess I’m not helping the situation by supporting the team across the bay, but geez, the A’s won’t commit to staying, so what’s a girl to do?

    Good to have you on Twitter, KO. I’ll try not to harrass you too much this week.

    By the way, is your picture missing from this blog (in the upper righthand corner under “About KeithOlbermann”), or am I just not seeing it?

  2. ashoein@att.net

    I noticed the absence of Keith’s photo up top, too. Time for an updated pic?
    Keith, really enjoyed the double-double treat of Thurber last Friday night on Countdown. While I do not wish to cause you fresh upset, every time you take to your comfy wing-backed chair to read to your viewers, I can imagine your dad looking down on you, busting his buttons with pride.
    ?The Little Girl And The Wolf? was a howler for its surprising twist on the more familiar fairytale of a plucky gal wearing a red hood on her way to grandma’s house in the woods, who also has a run-in with a nasty, toothy wolf. Gotta love Thurber’s heroine, though, for her ability to think on her feet: she recognizes the difference between grandma and the wolf at 25 feet, and dispatches him forthwith. What did she pull on the wolf anyway, a Glock? Yikes . . . LOL! Precision in writing. Economy of words. Love Thurber.
    I’m afraid I’m a bit of a Twitter skeptic. Is it really Keith tweeting, or some poor, put-upon MSNBC staffer feverishly tweeting in his stead? Hmmm.

  3. nightowl4music

    Totally off topic as well: It IS Keith tweeting…..I’d recognize that rapier-sharp snark anywhere πŸ˜‰ It’s fun to watch him smack down the trolls *evilgrin* I’ve attracted some of his trolls for myself and can understand why he loves playing “Whack-A-HOLE” so much…..it’s turning out to be fun πŸ˜‰

    Back on topic: It’s sad to see the old place slowly vanishing.

  4. mbbrownsf3@yahoo.com

    A sad sight, indeed. As jwin above, I’m not a Yankees fan, but I did go to the Stadium once and thoroughly enjoyed the game, the fans, the experience. Thanks for posting the pictures, as difficult as it is to see the end of the old place…

    It would have been 1990 or 1991, August (to visit my grandmother for her birthday) and my uncle & I took the subway up, practice for getting myself out to Shea on my own later in the visit. He was down on the place – he’d gone frequently before the “remodeling” in the ’70s and couldn’t forgive the changes even after almost 20 years, but I will never forget my first view of the field, coming out of a tunnel on the lower level. We toured the monuments. We watched BP. We started off in the upper deck and moved around so I had several perspectives.

    The Tigers were in town, and as Detroit’s lineup was announced, a fan behind me said, “Travis Fryman? Who the hell is Travis Fryman?!” That became my quintessential New York moment! And I will never forget Travis Fryman… πŸ™‚

  5. lilacsnlavender@gmail.com

    *cry* Used to drive past it each weekend on the Major Deegan Expressway; never went inside, but sad to see the demolition.
    I’m sure “the Mick,” Whitey Ford, & other Yankees greats of my early childhood are spinning in their graves at the sight of the demise of “the house that Ruth built.”

  6. browns3449@aol.cm

    It’s sad to even look at the demolition photos.. but thanks somehow for providing them. Im not a Yanke fan but have been there once a year and much more from 1946 until 2009.. I rember seeing Joe Dimaggio, Georgie Stirnweiss, Charlie Keller, George Mcquinn and Tommy Henrich from early on… Ill never forget… Haven,t been to the New Stadium and dont know if i will… Keep up the good work here..

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