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On September 23rd, 2001, Bette Midler took the stage at Yankee Stadium in “A Prayer for America,” a tribute to those who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks. Bette sang her biggest hit, “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

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“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” –Rudolph Giuliani

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Here’s a great clip from the 1928 film, “Speedy,” featuring George Herman Ruth. I’d like to call myself a movie buff, but I’m ashamed to say I never heard of this film before.

IMDB’s plot summary for the film:

“Speedy” loses his job as a soda-jerk, then spends the day with his girl at Coney Island. He then becomes a cab driver and delivers Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium, where he stays to see the game. When the railroad tries to run the last horse-drawn trolley (operated by his girl’s grandfather) out of business, “Speedy” organizes the neighborhood oldtimers to thwart their scheme.

If you pay close attention, you can see Lou Gehrig walking as Ruth get sout of the cab.

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I was at Yankee Stadium on Thursday hoping to see Jeter hit #3,000, but things didn’t quite go as planned. After leading off the game with a double, Jeter wouldn’t reach base for the rest of the night. It was the best crowd I’ve seen all year, and the camera’s were flashing on every pitch. There were some terrific Derek Jeter chants in the stadium that night as well.

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I attended the last game of the Yankees/Red Sox series on June 9th at Yankee Stadium. After waiting at the ballpark during the rain delay for over three hours, I took my seat in Section 203 and saw Bald Vinny lead the Bleacher Creatures in roll call for the very first time. It was an experience.

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