8:35 p.m. ET: A final thought before Andy Pettitte throws the first pitch of the game, about 10 minutes late
While the pregame ceremony for the All-Star Game rang hollow, a vain attempt at forced sentiment, this one wasn't. It was genuine, real, true. Why? Because it was personal. They trotted out many of the old Yankees, or their relatives, wearing uniforms with numbers that were so familiar to the fans. There's something uniquely wonderful about watching a son, like a Randy Maris, take his dad's former spot in right field, seeing in that moment what the place would have been like through his father's eyes.
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Sunday is the last hurrah for "The House That Ruth Built," as it hosts its final Yankees game, and ESPN.com is on hand for the occasion. Check in throughout the day as writer Amy K. Nelson and senior baseball editor David Kull update you on all the sights and sounds from Yankee Stadium.