Take me out to the Yankees ballpark before it's gone

It would take more than a heartfelt Hail Mary to land a seat at New York City's Yankee Stadium on Sunday, when 57,000 Catholic faithful gather to celebrate Mass with Pope Benedict XVI during his first visit to the USA.

But scores of sports fans will be making their own pilgrimages to baseball's cathedral this season. It's the last before the 85-year-old Bronx ballpark is replaced by a $1.3 billion stadium across the street, and demand for Yankees home games is up sharply. If you can't score a game ticket, a one-hour, behind-the-scenes tour of the House That Ruth Built — including the field, dugout, press box, clubhouse (when available) and Monument Park — is offered daily. Reservations are recommended; cost is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children under 14. Information: 718-579-4594 or yankees.com.

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