August 15, 2006
Don't forget that tomorrow, at 10 am EST, the YES Network will carry the New Yankee Stadium Groundbreaking Ceremony.
More on this from Yankees.com -
It won't be until 2009 when the Yankees will first play in the new Yankee Stadium. But they'll take their first step on Wednesday morning, culminating years of planning.
The Yankees will break ground just across the street from the current Yankee Stadium, in Macombs Dam Park, at 10 a.m. ET, followed by a groundbreaking ceremony.
The date, Aug. 16, is already significant in Yankees history because it's the same day Babe Ruth died 58 years ago. But it will undoubtedly be remembered for more as of Wednesday.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 15, 2006 02:06 PM
I'm watching the ceremony now and the long series of speeches by politicians gives me the occasion to think what a remarkable achievement this was. Getting a project like this built in NYC with relatively little rancor (compare the re-building of the WTC) is quite remarkable.
Having the new stadium built in the Bronx makes it even more special. Thank God that Guiliani failed in his plans to build the new stadium on the West side of Manhattan. Having the Yankees ditch the Bronx for the wealthy environs of Manhattan would have made this a sour event.
I'm skeptical of any public funding for stadia, but, in this case, the city did an excellent job maximizing the Yankees contribution.
Another thing: I was very impressed by Steve Swindal. He carries himself like an intelligent man of action. I think that the Yankees will be in good hands after Steinbrenner. Steinbrenner seemed really off. He had to be helped to the podium and he delivered a very short, semi-coherent speech. Have their been rumors that he has Alzheimer's? I hate to say it, but it seems like he does. The Yankees also seem to be going to great lengths to shield him from the media.
Getting a project like this built in NYC with relatively little rancor (compare the re-building of the WTC) is quite remarkable.
I see what you're saying, but you can't really compare the two.
"I see what you're saying, but you can't really compare the two."
Why not? Other than massive differences in cost, the same dynamic accompanies both projects and every major project in NYC. Interest groups form and use the press to try to get their own piece of the pie.
If anything the WTC project, for symbolic reasons that we all can agree on, should have been started before the new Yankee Stadium. I find the delays there appalling.
The circumstances are different. It's better to compare Radio Row to Macombs Dam Park, than the politics that are wrapped up in and at the WTC site.