In 2014 Yankee Stadium will have two extra games for spectators to enjoy, but the fans in the stands will not cheering for Derek Jeter nor Robinson Cano. The NHL and MLB have decided to pair together and play two Winter Classic games at the famous New York Yankee stomping grounds in 2014.
The New York Rangers will be involved in both historic contests as they will trek to the ballpark and play the New Jersey Devils on January 26, 2014 and the New York Islanders on January 29, 2014. Surely the Rangers are ecstatic that they have such a great opportunity, and while I am against the outdoor game being played in Dodger Stadium, I stand fully behind the Yankees’ latest economic ploy.
Millions of kids each year play hockey on the natural ice in New York, so it’s only fitting to put two outdoor games in the city that never sleeps while driving a Zamboni. The blue collar nature of this event is what draws me to it, as it’s the outdoor journeymen who have braved cold winds and troublesome sleet that make the league great.
Unlike teams in the past who have hosted Winter Classics, the Rangers are very competitive with only eight wins separating them from a Stanley Cup Finals berth. An outdoor atmosphere will make most Yankee fans happy, yet the common thought is just how incredible it would have been if the old Yankee Stadium hosted such an event.
Moreover, the legacy that is Yankee Stadium will grow tenfold once the Rangers are slinging the puck around the legendary first base line.