It’s freezing and kids are playing baseball in the Bronx.
In a parking lot.
Macombs Dam Park – the home of the new Yankee Stadium – is a construction site and the baseball field across from the current Yankee Stadium has fencing up so the neighborhood kids won’t trample the grass.
No matter how hard we try, we can’t kill baseball. Thanks to kids who turn a parking lot into a field and the pair that’s using the handball court for a batting cage. Baseball is alive in the Bronx.
Imagine what a little help could do.
"We intend to invest serious man hours and money to make this work," Yankees’ President Randy Levine says. "There is a tremendous opportunity to grow the game off the field, as well as on the field."
He is, of course, speaking of the potential partnership between the Yankees and the Chinese Baseball Association that would send coaches, scouts, player development and training personnel to China in an effort that could lead to a Yankees’ baseball academy there.
"Anything we can do to provide the necessary tools and resources in an effort to speed up that process, it would be a benefit to us and to everybody in our industry," General Manager Brian Cashman says. "It’s exciting. There’s talent all over the world. It’s finding ways to access it. The next wave is clearly coming from China."
And parking lot 15?
-Information from The Associated Press was used in this post.