Check out the Times's 360° panoramic shot of the last night at the House that Ruth Built. (A bit dull photographically, don't you think?)
Don't think I'm sentimental. The new Yankee Stadium, built by a billionaire for his millionaires to play in, like pretty much every other major sports stadium, is a fraud on the public: erected with public funds, it will seat fewer people but have far more luxury boxes so corporate types can live large without paying anything back into the tax base. (Sky boxes are tax deductible.) But at least the billionaire will get richer so he can keep hiring more millionaires, and the unwashed masses who actually pay for it all can watch the games at home. What's television for, after all?
Roughly 3,500,000 people attended the last game. (Well, that's how many people will be claiming to have been there 20 years from now.)
Featured Comment by Lambert: "'The House That Ruth Built....' Remember the Curse of the Bambino (Babe Ruth)? In the off-season of 1919–1920, the Boston Red Sox sold Ruth to the N.Y. Yankees, and legend has it that Ruth felt slighted and put a curse on the Red Sox so that they would never win another championship.
"In the early 2000s, the Yankees ownership entertained the idea of tearing down the house that Ruth built. Well, guess what? Ruth lifted the curse off the Red Sox and cast it upon the Yankees. I said this back then and everyone laughed at me. No one's laughing now, least of all spoiled Yankees fans. The Yankees have not been able to win another championship since. And the Red Sox have won two.
"The question is: Will the curse be buried in the rubble of Yankee Stadium, or will it live on? Stay tuned."