There is a lesson in the sudden caverning of Yankee Stadium. Well, there are lots, actually, but the first is this.
A ballpark is not architecture, or sight lines, or concession stands. A ballpark is the people and the show inside it.
When Detroit Tigers left fielder Quentin Berry dismissed the new Yankee Stadium as a an excellent place for quiet contemplation, he made sure to compare it to the crowds in Oakland, which he described as “rowdier.”
And he meant it as a compliment. The gray old dowager with the dirty green frock, a cooler place to play than Yankee Stadium – perfect.
...It was the moment that made the ballpark, and the comparisons with Yankee Stadium have never been more apt.
Yankee Stadium has been a monument to the outer limits of greed from the moment it was imagined. Its parking company is going broke because people discovered that it’s easier to take the train. The deafening noise that once poured down upon visiting players in the old park flies off into the stratosphere in the new one.
... Which, in his own way, was what Quentin Berry was saying all along. Atmosphere is not dictated from the board room, and never has been. Building plans may excite the kids down at the union hall, but they mean nothing if what you’re putting on inside the building is not consistent with its mission, which, in the case of a ballpark, is ball.
So that’s one more thing to keep A’s fans warm this winter. They throw a cooler party than the people at Yankee Stadium, just because they’re there to make it happen. So never mind your spread sheets and land deals and architectural niceties. The people throwing the party is really how this works in the end.
Posted: October 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM | 56 comment(s)
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