There’s been lots of frowning and brow-furrowing so far this season about the rate at which homers have been sailing out of the yard at the new Yankee Stadium, but the sooner we can all just accept it, the sooner we can move on with life and the enjoying of baseball. Because a stadium that already cost over $1 billion is certainly not about to be significantly rebuilt.
Which is why it is so refreshing to see the approach that MLB.com is taking to the whole affair (as self-serving as it may be), with their unveiling this past week of the video series “Yankee Stadium Home Run Watch,” in which a video is posted each day showing each of the homers hit that day at Yankee Stadium and then providing a summary of the home run pace the stadium is on so far this year and comparing it to the pace needed to break the single-season single-venue homer record of 303 bombs, set by Coors Field in 1999.
Watching the videos actually makes the viewer start to feel excited by all the homers at Yankee Stadium, and to root for it to smash the old record. Which is how it should be, because baseball is supposed to be fun.