Still in Contention – The Yankees went into the All-Star break at 3 rd place in the AL East with 47 wins and 47 losses, only five games behind the division leader and still in contention for a wildcard spot. Let’s get real- it’s only July. With two months of the season left, the Yankees are in great position to move up in standings. Defense from the veteran infield and outfield will be key as the pitching lineup changes.
Derek Jeter’s Final Season – Derek Jeter has spent 20 years playing for the same team, and the Yankees jersey is the only one he’s ever worn professionally. He was drafted in 1995 out of high school and started at shortstop in 1996. That first season fans knew he was special as he was voted Rookie of the Year and helped win the 1996 World Series. Since then he has reached 3,000 hits, received five Golden Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and one Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter has been selected to play in 14 All-Star games. You Yankees Fans get to watch his last season with the team right here in New York, a season that will go down in the sports history books.
All Star Selections – Whether you are a Yankees fan or not, if you witnessed Derek Jeter’s final All-Star game you were witnessing a special moment in sports history. Jeter went 2-for-2 with his signature base hits to right field and walked off to standing ovations from benches, the stadium, and millions of baseball fans around the world. Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances were also selected to the American League All-Star team but did not make appearances.
You’re not a Red Sox Fan – Your number one rival is sitting last in their division 9.5 games behind the chance at a playoff berth. That is all.
The New Yankee Stadium – One East 161 st Street has become a gem in the Bronx. Nicknamed “The House that George Built” and “The House that Jeter Built”, the stadium boasts the title of most expensive stadium EVER built. Yes EVER. $1.5 Billion dollars of construction will get you 11,000 pieces of Limestone on the exterior, V-cut and Gold Leaf Lettering on the stadium name above every entrance, grandstand seating stretching beyond the foul poles, cushioned seats with cup holders, 56 suites, 1100 High Definition TV monitors, larger clubhouses, and a capacity of 53,325 fans. Fans are flocking to see the stadium by foot and air, as helicopter companies like Manhattan Helicopters are offering aerial tours of the diamond. Seeing the most expensive stadium ever built has become a priority for tourists, both international and domestic.