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The House that Jeter built

TARRYTOWN -- Sitting around at the New York Rangers training facility waiting to talk to Chris Drury after practice. The way here was on the Major Deegan Expressway north, so I got a good look at the progress of new Yankee Stadium, which opens in 2009.

New_yankee_2It's come along plenty since I last saw it in early October during the division series. The biggest thing I noticed was the stone facade at the main entry gate is halfway done. Right now, you can see the word "Yankee" as it will replicate the "Yankee Stadium" entry that was (foolishly I say) eliminated during the 1970s renovation. The image to the left, handed out by the Yankees to the media last summer, shows what that gate will look like.

Click here for a photo gallery of what several elements of the park will look like when completed.

We took some weird flight path into LaGuardia and I didn't get a look at how well Citi Field was coming along in the Shea Stadium parking lot. Bummer. Maybe Thursday morning on the way back I'll get a peek at the Mets' new home for '09.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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