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Famous MLB players, including Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle

Famous MLB players, including Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth, helped make Yankee Stadium the iconic arena it is today, whether they graced the new field or not. (Credit: Getty Images)

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Yankee Stadium's Bleacher Creature 'heartbeat' and more to know about the Bronx Bombers

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“YO, BERRRNNNNIIIIE.”

That chant, changing over time along with the team's players, signals another game is about to begin at Yankee Stadium.

The Bronx arena was made famous by the baseball players that graced its original field: Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth, to name a few. It’s now also known for its classy eats and hardcore fans -- you know, the ones you’ll hear loudly cheering on the team’s players before each game.

The current stadium opened in 2009, only a parking lot away from the original site, which is now a park named Heritage Field. Not yet 10 years old, the stadium itself might be new, but its team is full of history. Read on for secrets of Yankee Stadium.

It's a rumbling you can feel beneath your

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The stadium has a 'heartbeat'

It's a rumbling you can feel beneath your feet. A roar you can hear throughout the stadium. It's roll call, and a group of extremely passionate fans occupying the bleacher seats are responsible.

The Bleacher Creatures have been around since the early '80s, "Bald" Vinny Milano, the man behind the iconic roll call, said. Roll call started during a quiet afternoon game in the late '90s when the group decided to yell out to the team to see if they could really be heard; it's been a stadium tradition ever since. The group starts off every home game by yelling out to the players one by one until they acknowledge the group in some way -- whether it be by tipping their hats or pointing out to the stands, Milano said.

"Passionate fans are the heartbeat of the stadium," he said. "We're always there making noise whether we win or lose."

Reciting all of the MLB team rankings off

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Let the flags be your MLB cheat sheet

Reciting all of the MLB team rankings off the top of your head will really impress your Yankees game date. Don't memorize that list on a daily basis? No problem. The flags that fly high above the stadium are actually arranged based on team rankings. Someone actually heads out to the top of the stadium to rearrange the flags by hand daily, if needed, according to the Yankees.

The Yankees players know Milano's voice as well

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The Creatures (sometimes) go beyond Yankee Stadium

The Yankees players know Milano's voice as well as you do. So well, in fact, that one player was able to pick it out of a crowded stadium at an away game in 2005. While filming a Yes Network reality show, Milano went to a game in Milwaukee and decided to give his roll call a try. He screamed out, "Yo, Bernie" to his favorite player, Bernie Williams.

"He popped his head out of the dugout and tipped his hat at me," Milano said. Williams didn't just hear any fan. He knew exactly who he was tipping his hat at. In an NBC special, "Legend of Yankee Stadium," Williams admitted he recognized Milano's voice.

"Hold on, we're not at Yankee Stadium. Where is that voice coming from?" he said, recalling the game.

Raise a glass to your favorite Yankee in

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You can drink a beer in the batter's eye

Raise a glass to your favorite Yankee in the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar -- just don't expect him to raise one back. The restaurant has a huge glass window that stretches from floor to ceiling. You can clearly see out onto center field, but all the players see is black glass. The glass, known as the batter's eye, was designed so players at bat wouldn't become distracted, Tony Morante, one of Yankee Stadium's longest-serving employees, said. The fact that you can stand back there and drink a beer while taking in a clear view of the game -- well, that's just a really big plus.

Every championship ring that the Yankees have ever

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Can you spot the impostors?

Every championship ring that the Yankees have ever won (and one pocket watch from 1923) is on display in the memorial museum. And since there isn't a team in MLB history that has won as many championships as the Yanks (27), that's a lot. How are these blinged-out pieces of jewelry left out in the open? They're replicas, Morante said, but they exude the same sense of success as the real ones. If you can tell the difference between, say, moissanite and diamond, then your trained eye might be able to spot the impostors. If not, you'd never know.

Want to watch the game from the old

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You can own a piece of history

Want to watch the game from the old Yankee Stadium seats? You can, but it'll cost you nearly the same as season tickets do at the new stadium.

Sports memorabilia store Steiner Sports sells the original blue and white seats that were removed from the stadium before it was destroyed. It costs $899.99 per pair.

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