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The New York Yankees
If you know anything about baseball, you recognize that stylized “N” and “Y” that stands as the logo for the New York Yankees. This team remains one of the most widely recognized teams in baseball, with a fan base that extends well beyond New York. In fact, the Yanks were voted the third most valuable sports franchise in the world in 2011 by Forbes magazine.
Yankee Facts and History
This legendary baseball franchise has been a household name since 1903, back when they were known as the Highlanders. The team’s called everything from “The Yanks,” to “The Pinstripes” to “The Bronx Bombers.” The Yankees have 40 American League Pendants, have won the World Series Championship 27 times and have seen over 43 players and 11 managers enter the Baseball Hall of Fame.
You might recognize some of the baseball greats who’ve worn a Yankees jersey. Babe Ruth left the Boston Red Sox for the Yankees in 1920 and is ranked second in Major League history with 2,213 career RBIs. “The Iron Horse” Lou Gehrig played 17 seasons for the Yankees. Joltin’ Joe Dimaggio helped take the Yanks to four straight World Series from1936-1939. Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson have also all made their way into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In recent years, the Yankees have boasted the playing talents of Alex Rodriguez and many others.
Almost as famous as the team itself are Yankees fans. They are passionate and often the brunt of many jokes from the fans of rival teams like the Boston Red Sox, but with all those World Series Championships, they often get the last laugh.
Just look at the late Fred Schuman, also known as ‘Freddy Sez,” who supported the Yanks at home games for over 50 years with ball cap, jersey, and a cake pan with a shamrock painted on for good luck.
If you’re sitting in Section 203 of the new Yankee stadium, watch out for the “bleacher creatures,” a notorious group of season ticket holders who take great pleasure in heckling fans of the opposing team—not to mention the opposing team’s right fielder.
Visitors will enjoy the new Yankee Stadium, opened in 2009. The new stadium design is very similar to the previous stadium built in 1923, with plenty of classic ballpark food and beverage options.
Yankee Stadium is full of tradition too. You might hear the Yankees fight song, “Here Comes the Yankees,” played sometime throughout the game. And, if stay until the end, you’ll catch “New York, New York” on the speakers—Frank Sinatra if the Yanks take the win, and Liza Minnelli if they lose. Guests will be sure to hear “God Bless America” played during the 7th inning stretch—a tradition since the September 11th attacks.
How to See a Game
Yankee Stadium is accessible from all over New York, with the Yankee Stadium subway stop at East 161st Street and River Avenue. The stadium seats over 50,000 fans and tickets are available for $15-$300, so guests can choose the option that best fits their preferred vantage point and budget. Tickets can be purchased in advance, or on game day for a higher rate.
For those interested in catching a game somewhere other than the stadium, many bars offer great game day specials and plenty of excitement. Yankee Tavern at 72 161st Street is plastered in Yankees memorabilia and entertains some of the most enthusiastic fans around. Billy’s Sports Bar is another great option for the Yankee fan experience. Or check out the Ball Park Sports Bar & Grill—a bar, souvenir shop, and bowling alley across the street from Yankee Stadium.
For a truly amazing Yankee experience, catch a “subway series”, the annual regular season game between hometown rivals Yankees and New York Mets.