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Last call at Yankee Stadium

Posted by guest  October 24, 2008 09:28 AM

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Now that Red Sox fans have had a few days to lick our wounds, at least we can take solace in the fact that while the Sox were still playing baseball in October, the Yankees were off playing golf or leaf-peeping. Plus, next year we'll get to return to our historic ballpark to cheer on our team, but Yankees fans will not.
This season was the last for venerable Yankee Stadium, home of the pinstripers since 1923. But while the season is over, it's not too late to get a final glimpse of The House That Ruth Built. The Yankees are still offering daily tours of the old ballyard, at least through the end of October. A few tickets are still available through the Yankees website, and others are for sale through resellers such as StubHub.
The one-hour tour takes you through the press box and clubhouse, onto the field, and into the dugout. The highlight of the tour is Monument Park, filled with plaques honoring Yankee greats, who were also among the best to ever play the game. Even the most ardent Yankee-hater can readily acknowledge it's pretty impressive to see Babe Ruth's retired number sandwiched between those of Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. The $20 ticket price is a little steep but worth it for a last look at the baseball cathedral before it meets the wrecking ball.

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Globe travel correspondent Christopher Klein writes his own blog, HubTrotter, and is the author of the forthcoming book, "The Die-Hard Sports Fan's Guide to Boston."

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