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  • Yankee Stadium on opening day 2013 (Getty Images)

    Have a baseball road trip coming up? Well, in a bid to help you with your upcoming journeys, Big League Stew has solicited the help of the locals. Over the next month or so, we'll be hitting up our usual guest blogger crew to feature 10 tips for enjoying each of the 30 ballparks like the locals do. Have a suggestion in addition to the ones listed here? Make sure to list it in the comments below.

    Up next is our old pal Rob Iracane of Walkoff Walk (RIP) fame. As a Yankees season ticketholder, he has the best advice on how to navigate a summer trip to the Bronx.

    They paved paradise and put up an airport terminal. Sure, Old Yankee Stadium was crumbling and cramped, but it was also the best place in North America to watch a World Series game. So it’s a shame that Yankees ownership demolished the cathedral of sports and put up a shiny new, cavernous building with all the antiseptic and hollow feel of Newark Airport, Terminal C. All metal, concrete, and videoboards without much charm or character.

    Still, it’s a great place to watch a baseball game (as long as you’re not a pampered hedge funder sitting in the luxury boxes behind home plate, only to disappear for innings at a time to enjoy the comforts of the private lounge. Yuck.) because, well, there’s not much else you’ll want to do besides watch the baseball game.

    So follow these ever-so-helpful suggestions if you want the best experience with your first trip to the House that Jeter Built:

    1. Go ahead, drive. Getting to Yankee Stadium by public transit is really quite simple provided you are coming from the right place. Visiting Manhattan? Great! Take the subway. Coming from upstate New York or Connecticut? Perfect! The Metro North will drop you off a block away. Traveling from anywhere else, though, you might as well drive because you willl have no trouble finding a parking spot. When the new Stadium was built, the team and the city vastly overestimated the number of spots needed and overbuilt the garages. Sadly, the parking fee is a walloping $35 in the garages close to the Stadium but if you park away a little bit, you’ll only pay $25. For a family of four, I’ll call that a bargain.

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  • Concession Speech: 2012 New York Yankees

    With the regular season over, teams are facing an offseason filled with golf rounds and hot-stove strategy.

    But we're not going to let them get off that easy. No sir. No way. In an attempt to bring some closure between franchise and follower, we're giving a blogger from each team the opportunity to give a concession speech for this year's squad. Up next is our old pal Rob Iracane. He wrote the 10 best things about being a Yankees fan earlier this year.

    Welcome, my fellow Yankees fans, but please stop pointing your fingers at Alex Rodriguez! Our historic ALCS sweep at the hands of the detestable Detroit Tigers happened because we are merely victims of circumstance and once again find ourselves on the wrong side of luck!

    Time was, finishing first in the league guaranteed a nifty flag to hoist above our great Stadium and a free pass into the World Series. Those days are long gone thanks to Commissioner-for-life Bud Selig and his "let's give those flyover franchises an opportunity to win it all each year instead of the Yankees" policy. We can hoist a division title year after year after year, but the artifice of the ALDS and ALCS presents a sometimes unsolvable riddle for even the best of best teams. How much money do these Yankees need to spend to buy an automatic World Series berth anyway?

    But I come here not to bury Selig but rather to single out our Yankees but also to concede a hard-fought series to the vanquishing heroes from the Midwest. The 2012 New York Yankees campaign was a joyride in a cherry red Mercedes convertible with a beautiful blonde, and it was only until we were coasting down the final hill before we realized we had no brakes. Do we wipe out a season of greatness merely because the final four games were an unprecedented disaster? No! Do we call out the offenders who led us into the toilet anyway? Yes!

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