Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Jeter: It Won't Be The Same

From the Bergen Record comes Derek Jeter's comments on the New Yankee Stadium gradually making its way toward completion. Seems the players, like the fans, are essentially split on the idea of tearing down national monument in the hopes of replicating it across the street:

Building a new home for Jeter, A-Rod, Rivera and Posada is like sculpting a new Mount Rushmore for Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln.

“Just a hundred yards away?” Derek Jeter said. “That’s not too far for the ghosts to go.”

Later, after the hope of morning surrendered to the grim forecast for the afternoon and a postponed debut for Joe Girardi, the shortstop sounded a bit less enthusiastic about leaving the field of his childhood dreams.

“It’s not going to be the same,” Jeter said. “It’s a different stadium, so it’s impossible to have the same thing. It could have the same feel. It could have the same look. But it just won’t be the same.

“Regardless of how you try to duplicate something, it’s still a duplicate.”

..."I was saying I was building a house in Florida,” Jeter said, “and you’ve got the plans and you’ve got the model, but you still can’t picture yourself in it. ... You look over there and see a new Stadium, but I just can’t picture myself in it.”

It will be sad when children of the future ask, is there where Babe Ruth played, and we all have to reply: Well, sort of... they played next door where that Starbucks now sells Mocha Lattes.

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