Last Game at Yankee Stadium
Tonight's game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles will be the final one played at the original Yankee Stadium, a baseball field which is rife with nostalgic sentiment and fond memories of one of America's favourite sports. The Yankees have had a pretty foul season and stand no chance of advancing even if they do win tonight's game, but their pride is certainly on the line.
Wrecking balls and sledgehammers, not baseballs and bats, will soon be the equipment of choice as the stadium is demolished in coming months, although there may yet be a "closing ceremony" featuring big name rock stars before the wrecking crews move in.
Next season, the Yankees will take their bats, balls and fabled pinstriped uniforms to a brand new Yankee Stadium nearing completion across the street from the current one.
Americans have always been wistful about their National Pastime. Many cherish memories of playing catch with their fathers and of their first childhood visits to ballparks.
"This field, this game. It's a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again," James Earl Jones's character said in the film "Field of Dreams."