Yanks hoping to close Stadium with 'W'
Four teams have prevailed in their final game before moving
Yankee Stadium will soon be a memory, with the final game being played on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. Next year, the team in pinstripes will move to a shiny new Cathedral just a short walk away.
The Yankees will once again make history Sunday, but inquiring minds want to know: Will they leave the big ballyard with a win or a loss?
Will the game go 15 innings like the final All-Star Game and really extend the drama?
And who will hit the last home run?
The trend of the last 18 Major League ballpark closings seems to work against the Bronx Bombers, with only four of the home teams prevailing in their final game before moving or permanently losing stadiums.
They'll also be trying to break a nine-game losing streak for the home team. The last club to win in its stadium swan song was the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 27, 1999. Robert Fick hit the last homer in Tiger Stadium history, and the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals, 8-2.
Since then, it's been tough for the home team, but, in what might be a boon for the Yanks, all nine of the teams in their last stadium spin were National League clubs.
If the Yankees do manage to put their final Stadium game in the "W" column, the fans will go home happy for a night, possibly delaying the sadness of missing the playoffs and the nostalgia blues of losing a stadium until the next morning -- or at least a few subway stops.
|Of the last 18 ballparks to close their doors, the home team won the final game in just four of those farewells.|
Final home run
|Blue Jays||Exhibition Stadium||May 28, 1989||CWS||W, 7-5||George Bell|
|White Sox||Comiskey Park||September 30, 1990||SEA||W, 2-1||Alvin Davis|
|Orioles||Memorial Stadium||October 6, 1991||DET||L, 7-1||Chito Martinez|
|Rangers||Arlington Stadium||October 3, 1993||KC||L, 4-1||Gary Gaetti|
|Indians||Cleveland Municipal Stadium||October 3, 1993||CWS||L, 4-0||Albert Belle|
|Rockies||Mile High Stadium||August 7, 1994||LAD||L, 6-2||Eric Karros|
|Braves||Fulton County Stadium||October 24, 1996||NYY||L, 1-0||Jim Leyritz|
|Mariners||Kingdome||June 27, 1999||TEX||W, 5-2||Rusty Greer|
|Tigers||Tiger Stadium||September 27, 1999||KC||W, 8-2||Robert Fick|
|Giants||Candlestick/3Com/Monster Park||September 30, 1999||LAD||L, 9-4||Raul Mondesi|
|Astros||Astrodome||October 9, 1999||ATL||L, 7-5||Ken Caminiti|
|Brewers||County Stadium||September 28, 2000||CIN||L, 8-1||Sean Casey|
|Pirates||Three Rivers Stadium||October 1, 2000||CHC||L, 10-9||John Wehner|
|Reds||Riverfront Stadium/Cincergy Field||September 22, 2002||PHI||L, 4-3||Aaron Boone|
|Padres||Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium||September 28, 2003||COL||L, 10-8||Mark Loretta|
|Phillies||Veterans Stadium||September 28, 2003||ATL||L, 5-2||Jim Thome|
|Expos||Olympic Stadium||September 29, 2004||FLA||L, 9-1||Miguel Cabrera|
|Cardinals||Busch Stadium||October 19, 2005||HOU||L, 5-1||Jason Lane|
Doug Miller is Senior Writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.