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New stadium looks like old one to Phils

New stadium looks like old one to Phils

NEW YORK -- Jamie Moyer couldn't think of a favorite memory from his years at old Yankee Stadium.

He mostly remembered the feelings of being there.

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"I was very honored to have had the opportunity to play in a place like that," he said before Friday night's game against the Yankees at new Yankee Stadium. "There is so much history that has taken place there, you know what I mean?"

The Phillies played their first game at new Yankee Stadium on Friday. They last played at old Yankee Stadium in 2000.

Moyer recalls how he used to sit in the clubhouse at old Yankee Stadium and imagined the conversations that had occurred there.

"Some of the people that sat in the clubhouse, talked about the game" Moyer said. "[The] historical things that happened on the field, sitting in the dugout, throwing in the bullpen -- that's an honor as a player. It's a huge honor. I've been given an opportunity to play where some great historical things have happened.

"Unfortunately, I didn't play with some of those guys. People think I did, but I didn't play with those guys. But I respect those times."

So far, the new Yankee Stadium has been a home run haven. It set a Major League record for a new venue with 75 homers in its first 20 games.

"This ballpark is nice," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "It looks like the old ballpark. It looks a lot like it."

"I think they did a very tasteful job of recreating a very historical place," Moyer said.

Plenty of balls having been flying over the right-field fence, and Jimmy Rollins took of advantage of that immediately on Friday when he smacked the first pitch from Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett over the right-field wall for a leadoff home run.

"It carried good, especially from right-center to the line," Manuel said of batting practice.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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