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Ventura likes old-time feel of Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK -- Robin Ventura played third base for the Yankees during the 2002 season and part of 2003. And his Thursday on-field experience with the new Yankee Stadium made him feel like he was in the old venue.

"If you are on the field looking back, it looks the same," Ventura said. "It's odd how well they did it to make it match the old one. The ball carries a little bit better in this one.

"As far as just the feel of when you are on the field, it has a lot of similarities of the old stadium, which is nice. Somebody took the time to make sure they got it right."

NEW YORK -- Robin Ventura played third base for the Yankees during the 2002 season and part of 2003. And his Thursday on-field experience with the new Yankee Stadium made him feel like he was in the old venue.

"If you are on the field looking back, it looks the same," Ventura said. "It's odd how well they did it to make it match the old one. The ball carries a little bit better in this one.

"As far as just the feel of when you are on the field, it has a lot of similarities of the old stadium, which is nice. Somebody took the time to make sure they got it right."

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