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Is it just Gothamist, or do you too, after looking at the practically sepia-toned artist's renderings of the new Yankee Stadium, imagine that if the architects, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, and Yankees could have, they would put drawings of Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio as pedestrian and passerbys? Clearly, the drawings are meant to be nostalgic, a reclamation of their storied past, but they are also super nostalgic. Versus the sleek designs you see for most other new sports arenas; baseball seems to be the only sport where the past is as important as the future.

The Yankees had their press conference yesterday, and owner George Steinbrenner said, "We decided we want to stay in the Bronx. We want to do the job here. We wanted to do something for the people who've always supported this team." He also, according to the NY Times, was thrilled when people called him "King George." Mayor Bloomberg added, "We make investments. We don't do subsidies. In every case, the city will get paid back -- with a profit." Unless you're a taxpayer and the plan is for the Jets? Anyway, the Daily News and NY Times have details on the plans and improvements (better sight lines, various architectural throwbacks to the old stadium). And what do you think of the new stadium?