Yankees legends were paraded to the crowd before the game
New York's iconic Yankee Stadium has
staged its final game, after the Yankees beat Baltimore Orioles 7-3 on
Sunday to end 85 years of history.
The result itself meant little as the Yankees have been all but eliminated from contention for the play-offs.
A new $1.3bn stadium, across the street from "The House That Ruth Built" will open its doors next spring.
Julia Ruth Stevens, daughter of legendary slugger Babe Ruth, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Yankees legends such as Reggie Jackson and Yogi
Berra were paraded before the game, as were actors dressed as deceased
legends Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.
Home runs from centre fielder Johnny Damon and back-up catcher Jose Molina drove in five runs between them.
Meanwhile, veteran left-handed pitcher Andy Pettitte, in his second
spell with the club, collected his 178th win as a Yankee after giving
up just two earned runs off seven hits in five innings, while closer
Mariano Rivera came in to seal the victory by pitching a scoreless
The final act saw Baltimore's Brian Roberts ground the ball to
Yankees first baseman Cody Ransom, who then handed the ball to Rivera -
who pledged to give it to owner George Steinbrenner.
Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter, who recently passed
Ruth in the club's all-time hits list, addressed the crowd after the
"We are relying on you to take the memories from this stadium
and add them to the new memories that come with the new Yankee Stadium
and continue to pass them on from generation to generation," he said.
"We are moving across the street but a few things about the Yankees never change."
Pettitte added: "It's very surreal. You can't believe this place isn't going to exist next year."
Yankee Stadium, opened in 1923, also hosted Masses delivered by three
Popes, as well as boxing matches and a rally for Nelson Mandela.
MLB PLAY-OFFS 2008
AL East: Tampa Bay or Boston
AL Central: Chicago WS or Minnesota
AL West: LA Angels
AL wild card: Tampa Bay, Boston, Chicago WS or NY Yankees
NL East: Philadelphia or NY Mets
NL Central: Chicago Cubs
NL West: LA Dodgers or Arizona
NL wild card: Philadelphia, NY Mets, Milwaukee, Houston, Florida or St Louis
(clubs guaranteed to reach the post-season in bold)
With a week left of the regular season, three of the eight play-off places have already been decided.
Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim and Chicago Cubs have already wrapped up the American League West and National League Central titles respectively.
Tampa Bay Rays are guaranteed to feature in the post-season, and either they or Boston Red Sox will win the AL East - with the other team likely to claim the AL wild card.
The AL Central title is between Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins, while the NL West is another straight fight between Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
The NL East race looks set to go to the wire between Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets, while the loser of that race is likely to contend with Milwaukee Brewers and possibly Houston Astros for the NL wild card.