The Final Opening Day at Exhibition Stadium

jaysI'm watching the Jays opener against the Yankees. It's the last opening day in Yankee Stadium history. I remember skipping school to attend the last opening day in Exhibition Stadium history.

There were 46,028 of us on hand that April 14th, 1989 afternoon. Jimmy Key pitched a two-hit complete game gem in a 3-0 shutout. Nelson Liriano of all people was the offensive hero with a two run single to left. When Kevin Seitzer flew out to George Bell to end the game, we were on our feet, saluting a masterpiece by Key and our favourite mistake by the lake.

I was in the general admission grandstand, and the regular price for that ticket was $4. I believe I got in for $2 thanks to a promotion by Dominion grocery stores. That was the best deal in the city.

Exhibition Stadium didn't have the history of Yankee Stadium, but try telling 14 year old me that. We won that game, and I'd like to win this one. It's 3-2 Yankees in the 8th. Go Jays Go!

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I was also at that game, Mike. My parent used to let me miss school every year to go to Opening Day. 2001 was the first one I missed since 1982. I seem to recall thatthey sold seats from the stadium when they finally demolished it. I would of loved to get my hands on one.

April 2, 2008 @ 11:04 AM

David Dodaro

I was able to purchase one of these blue plastic seats from under the canopy for $40. Nice piece of memorabilia. Would love other stuff from the stadium if anyone has any they want to sell....

March 6, 2009 @ 11:42 AM

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