A Heinous Home Opener & The More Fitting Follow Up

          They
dressed it up, gave it a shoe shine,  promoted it as the hottest spot
this side of town and then opened up it for business, charging a hefty
fee at the door to compensate for the luxury. The people they targeted
filed in one by one, with big smiles and joyful faces, all for nearly
the same reason. Half had a smile that couldn’t be wiped from their
faces because they would finally able to satisfy what their eyes and
heart yearned for through the cold winter months as well as witness and
be apart of history in the making.. The other half wore grins merely as
result of the thought of later flaunting the fact they got the invite
and were simply present the day of the distinguished landmark’s
inauguration.. What the two halves had in common? They both expected
entertainment worth the entrance fee.. but disappointment gave each a
smack in the face instead. Lessons learned? 1.) Irony is cruel 2.) Baseball
Gods are malevolent and 3.) nothing can guarantee a win in the game of
baseball these days [especially when Jose Veras jogs in].

My Opening Day Thoughts:

– From what I’ve read, the crowd was disco dead
for large portions of the game, and though I didn’t state it here [I
think
], I honestly felt like that was likely going to happen. When the
price tag of a single ticket to a 3 hour game is more than an
iPod, you can bet the stadium will not be filled to the brim with the
true die hard fans and/or barbaric animals that it’s usually buzzing
with. I was once fortunate enough to get an invite to go to a game with
family friends who got free tickets from a friend of their own who had
seats about 12 rows from the field in the section behind the Yankees
on deck circle.. Though it was probably one of the greatest days ever
[coming close enough to Jeter to almost touch him] it was also fairly
boring. Fact Of Baseball: The “exclusive” crowd is too “cool”
to clap, raise their voice or act even mildly out of character..that or
they just don’t drink enough.

– Bleacher creature chant: “We want Swisher” in the 7th –> hilarious.

– Babe Ruth bat was a nice touch.. but kind of seems foolish now with the way the game turned out.


Though I couldn’t sneak my way in, I was around the stadium during the
start of the game breathing it in and wow.. you could smell the
desperateness [word check?] in the air. It was something straight out
of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.. cardstock with the Yankee inaugural season logo and the date
April 16, 2009 on it was the Golden Ticket and ever so often you’d hear a
quick “Ticket? Where? You selling?” and then a “Doh!” followed right
after.


One thing I did see was the fighter jets fly by and wow.. the coolest
[for lack of a better word] thing I’ve seen in my 18 years, by far.
From outside the Coliseum they seemed really close and were going mighty fast. Something straight out of Transformers.


Seemed that the only thing that suited the widely held visions of how
things were supposed to go down on the big day thursday was the first home run.
Though many may not have predicted Jorge to do it, I think all were
satisfied that it was accomplished by a Yankee.. and where it landed
probably couldn’t have made it more perfect.

Lastly,


I may be completely alone on this, but I think the all the team flags
atop the stadium looks highly cheesy, or what we youth [plus Jeffy] call “wack”. Reminds me too much of a Fine Fare.

Now,
since I won’t dare speak of the final score or the multiple
heartbreaking hits that contributed to it, moving on to Take II, aka
home runs galore.

This one was more like it.. [see pic below].

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My Thoughts:


The short porch in right always made Yankee Stadium a lefty ballpark, but jeezus,
the gulf stream to right center is exaggerating that fact. All five
solo shots by the Yanks yesterday were all to right. Also, as Pete Abraham pointed out, if you count the two exhibition games with the Cubs on April 3rd & 4th, 17
home runs have been hit in 34.5 innings in the new stadium.
[They probably should of saved the ASG & Derby for this year..] The new
park obviously wants to take the Yanks nickname to a whole new level..
what level exactly? Well, I like to call it outerspace.

– Speaking of smacking the ball into outerspace.. Mr. Thunderbolt actually managed to not be one of the five Yankees smacking the ball around yesterday if you can wrap your head around that.. and, in fact, unimaginably went hitless yesterday for the very first time of ’09.. *gasp*.. The impossible can happen.


Even though he put up an 0-fer, when Swish got on first base via a walk
in the 5th, the camera caught him literally howling [as in wolf style]
at one of his teammates in the dugout [whom I’m betting was Johnny
Damon].

– Though I’ve said it before, Gardner’s speed is killer.. I can’t even stress it enough. Most entertaining moments of each game are Swish’s displays of awesomeness and Brett The Jet’s game of his own on the base paths.


A little heads up for the Yanks: The so called “Legends Seats” do not
seem so legendary when no one is sitting in them.. might want to give
that a thought.. just saying.

And lastly,


Though it’s a little different, I don’t care which spot in the outfield
he pops out of, Mo’s entrance still never gets old.. gives me
goosebumps every time.

P.S. I
was going to leave this out, but it must be said. For the execs that
may not get this: A ballpark isn’t a movie theater or an opera house.. the seats of the entire lower deck sicken me.. the La-Z-Boy quality is unnecessary and the isolation of each section, with the ticket police at every entrance, is a cheap shot.. The stadium is more than beautiful.. but  all those people that were stating that the Yanks were ruining the game of baseball [or at least the experience of it] building this luxurious stadium, well.. a part of me can no longer disagree with them.

P.P.S. Completely forgot to mention: Numero 26 on the Latest Leaders.. that number remind you of anything eh?

P.P.P.S. I don’t know how I missed speaking of Bruney, but I must say that he has been positively kicking a**.. He has K’d 12 in his last 5.2 IP, proving Joba left the 8th in good hands indeed..

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6 comments

  1. juliasrants

    I’m glad the Yankees got their first win in their stadium. And speaking as a fan of the game here (and not a Red Sox fan) – we disrespect the game when we turn the stadiums into places that aren’t friendly and become more about “being seen” then seeing the game. Fenway might be old and outdated but it’s a great place to see a game.

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. mikeeff

    good post!! i agree with almost all of it… and by yesterday there were vast swatches of empty seats in the billion dollar club area. pathetic.

    i have to say that i absolutely love the flags atop the stadium. they give a festive atmosphere.

  3. Jane Heller

    I agree with Mike. I love the flags. But I hear you on everything else. And – no kidding – I got chills when Enter Sandman came on and Mo came out – for the zillionth time. And I don’t even like the song! LOL.

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  4. Greg

    26 reminds me of Wade Boggs 😉

    I read / heard somewhere the other day that earlier this week was the first time EVER that Jeter had the GW RBI in a game that was eventually saved by Rivera. Now it has happened twice in a week with last nights outing. Interesting fun fact.

    Greg
    Red Sox Ramblings: http://thevendahhh.mlblogs.com

  5. flairforthedramatic

    Julia – I have yet to see a game at Fenway, [and not about to step into Red Sox territory anytime soon, lol] but you make a valid point.. it should be more about the game and not so much focus on how photogenic the park is.
    Mike – Pathetic indeed. The flags.. eh, I don’t know, they just seem lame to me.
    Jane – How can you not like Enter Sandman? Love it. Mo’s entrance is beyond baseball.
    Greg – Wow, interesting stat.
    – V

  6. diabetesgurl@yahoo.com

    Enter Sandman, as much as i’m NOT a fan of Metallica, gives me the chills too. Just the mere thought of seeing Mo warm up in the pen, and then when he finally comes out, it’s the equivalent of the first chance of seeing presents on christmas morning.

    Just that exciting.

    I’m apprechiating it all now. In due time, he’ll retire. I guess i’m setting myself up for the upset of him being gone – after getting over Bernie’s absense from the Yanks, as well as now Muss’s – a loss of Mo, is something a fan will grieve for a while, because he’s just THAT GREAT.
    Kristen, Long Island

    By the way, it’s cool to see a fellow “young girl” (coming from a 23 year old, nonetheless) yankee fan online – – and knowelageable as well. Ya on Facebook?

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