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2008 MLB review: No fairytale for New York
New York's Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium are both being demolished and replaced with new stadia built nearby

Two of baseball's most famous arenas bowed out in 2008, and both were in New York.

Whether through coincidence or synchronicity, both the Yankees and Mets bade farewell to their much-loved Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium - and prepared to take up residence in nearby new stadiums for the 2009 season.

But while both sets of fans revelled in the attention given to the "end of an era" at their respective grounds, there was to be no romantic ending to the season, such as in the 2000 "Subway Series" when the two city rivals faced off in the World Series.

In fact, neither team even made it to the post-season, as the Yankees finished third in the AL East behind the two teams destined to fight for the AL title - Boston and Tampa Bay.
In pictures: NY Yankees move home

The Mets, while not suffering the meltdown they endured towards the end of the 2007 regular season (when they blew a seven-game lead with 17 games remaining), they finished short in both the NL East and wild card races.

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