A groundbreaking ceremony for Heritage Field, a new 10.78-acre park to be built on the footprint of the original Yankee Stadium, was held Tuesday. Participating in the event on behalf of the Yankees were team president Randy Levine, chief operating officer Lonn Trost, general manager Brian Cashman, senior vice president for community relations Brian Smith and relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain.
Also attending were New York City Economic Development Corp. President Seth W. Pinsky, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Buildings Commissioner Robert D. Limandri, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and local community groups.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter received the USA Weekend Magazine “2010 Most Caring Athlete” Award in a pre-game ceremony.
Another pre-game treat was the 6-foot-9 tennis player John Isner throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Isner’s first-round victory at Wimbledon over Nicolas Mahut was by a score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 70-68 played out over three days in a record-setting 183 games in 11 hours, 5 minutes. Ironically, Tuesday night’s plate umpire was Joe West, who earlier this year complained about the length of Yankees-Red Sox games.