What better way to celebrate the 4th than by spending it at Yankee Stadium?
Not only was yesterday a celebratory day for our nation but it was also a celebratory date in Yankee history. July 4th is Yankees owner George Steinbrenner's birthday as well as the date that Lou Gehrig gave his famous "Luckiest Man on Earth" speech.
Upon entering the Stadium you are immediately greeted by large banners paying tribute to Yankees legends. Although I had been to the new stadium a couple of times last season I hadn't had a chance to check out the Yankees Museum until yesterday. Very cool stuff, I mean how often do you get to see a Babe Ruth signed baseball?
Yesterday's starter Phil Hughes will soon be attending his first Major League All-Star game. His pitching was Wonderphil and I thought the comic inspired artwork was pretty sweet as well.
The stadium is a cool blend of past and present, paying tribute to Yankee greats while a Hard Rock Cafe inside the stadium and a collection of flat screen plasma tvs in the bleacher walls reminds you that you're in a state of the art entertainment facility.
Despite a shaky start, falling behind early, the Yankees were able to pull out a close game in extra innings. The most exciting play of the game may have been an inside the park homerun off the bat of outfielder Brett Gardner; all I can say is man that dude is fast!
At the end of the day the hero was pinch hitter Marcus Thames. Fresh off the disabled list, Thames hit a game winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Great weather, good food, and a Yankees win; what better way to spend the 4th?
We hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July. Happy Independence Day!