Massive signs of progress at the new
Friday, September 19th 2008, 4:28 PM
Massive 12-foot high letters are added atop the new Yankee Stadium on Friday.
It's out with the old and in with the new this weekend at Yankee Stadium - both of them.
With the curtain about to fall on the 85-year-old original, the letters spelling Y-A-N-K-E-E S-T-A-D-I-U-M were put in Friday on its new incarnation - starting with a massive blue letter M.
"Man, that's a sobering sight - it gives me chills," said Aaron Clearley, 32, of the Bronx, as he watched the process. "Those aren't just letters. That's history."
Angel Romanos, 56, became choked up as the passing of the torch, after months of talk, started becoming reality in the South Bronx.
"It brings a tear to my eyes - it really does," said Romanos, who's hit the last nine opening days and hopes to make the first one in the new facility. "The stadium is going to be a beauty."
The letters were hoisted by a crane near Gate 4 at the old Stadium, home to decades of baseball history and a roster of Yankee immortals.
The last baseball game in the Stadium is set for Sunday. The new ballpark debuts on Opening Day 2009. The Yankees open the final three-game series in the Stadium Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles.
"It's too bad they are knocking down old Yankee Stadium, but George (Steinbrenner) needs his luxury boxes," said Josh Boone, 18, a lifelong Yankees fan. "I guess you can say it's officially the end of one era, and the beginning of another."
The original Yankees Stadium opened April 18, 1923.