When venturing on to New York City with Sir Nerdalot, whose Indian name would be “NerdWhoLikesWeirdSports“, one cannot quietly let Yankee Stadium pass by. Old Mamasan did try to persuade him to let it go – as it was not even baseball season (thus no curveballs in sight), but failed miserably. So what to do when the argument is lost? You charge up the batteries for the camera, put on good shoes, and tag along while quietly planning revenge.
Yankee Stadium is a sports facility used mainly for baseball (but also soccer), and is situated in the Bronx. The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs that make New York City, and the only borough on the US mainland. The Bronx is named after Jonas Bronck who created the first settlement as part of the New Netherland colony in 1636. The origin of Jonas Bronck is a disputed one. One theory is that Jonas Bronck was born ca 1600 and son of a Norwegian Lutheran Minister, who relocated with his family to Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, where Jonas grew up. In 1619 Jonas went to school in Roskilde, Denmark, and later moved on to the Netherlands. Other theories claim him to be Danish, Swedish or German, and that he might be Mennonite.
Regardless of where the name giver to the Bronx was from, and regardless of his religion being Lutheran or Mennonite, it is a fact that the native Lenape were displaced after 1643 by settlers. I have already written a little about the Lenape here.
But let’s get back to Yankee Stadium; the one we visited is not “The House that Ruth Built”, as that is the old Stadium one block down. This new one has been used by the New York Yankees of MLB (Major League Baseball) since 2009 and incorporates replicas of some design elements from the original Yankee Stadium, a baseball museum and a supporter store. This new stadium is also the most expensive stadium ever built.
So this is where Sir Nerdalot dragged myself and the Karate Kid – kicking and screaming – to see the home field of his favorite baseball team; New York Yankees. I am not going to bore you with the history of the Yankees, because I honestly couldn’t care less. There is however one man affiliated with the Yankees that is worth mention, and that is Yogi Berra.
Yogi Berra was an American professional baseball catcher, manager and coach. He has played for, managed and coached the New York Yankees, and he was very much so a superstar in baseball. Besides his achievements in sports, there is also another good reason why Sir Nerdalot is a huge fan of Yogi Berra: The Yogi-isms! Yogi Berra quit school after the 8th grade, had he stayed with it a little longer we might all have missed all the hilarious things he said. Here are my favorite Yogi’isms:
- Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.
- It ain’t over till it’s over.
- When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
- You can observe a lot by watching.
- Always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise they won’t go to yours.
- If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
- You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.
- You can observe a lot by watching
- If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.
- Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.
- He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.
- I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.
- I just want to thank everyone who made this day necessary.
- It gets late early out there.
- Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.
- It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
- It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.
- Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.
- I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question.
- How can you think and hit at the same time?
- If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer
- It’s like deja-vu, all over again.
- I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.
- A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
- I really didn’t say everything I said.
All in all, a happy Sir Nerdalot makes it worthwhile, especially when he treated us to a nice lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe at the stadium. Also great to know that he owes me bigtime!