While the law requires the city to replace all of the recreational facilities taken for the new stadium, most of the replacements are planned as rooftop parks on new garages, yet to be built.
But Heritage Field, the replacement for three of the four grass baseball fields, will be where the old stadium now stands, so work can't even begin until the House that Ruth Built comes down - which is expected to take a year, with work not set to begin until April.
For now, neighborhood sluggers can play on an interim baseball field just north of the old stadium, but that sits on land earmarked for Garage C of the new complex, scheduled to begin construction in the spring.
So between then and the completion of Heritage Field in 2011, the nearest regulation baseball fields open to the public will be at Public School 29 at Courtlandt Ave. and at the West Bronx Recreation Center more than a mile away.
The Yankees will play, but for now, kids won't