Tagged: Yankee Stadium

From The Classic. . .

As promised:

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[[Yeah.. there are cup holders.. lol..]


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[[and beer of course..]

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[[Notice the entire empty section below]:

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[[Sun trying to peek through]:

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[[Old Yankee Stadium under deconstruction already.. ='( ]:

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[[Building the future of the Bronx.. and tearing its past down..]:

Game Notes:


The on and off rain the entire day didn’t make the sky a pleasant
sight, but I couldn’t have picked a better day to leave school, skip
class and head to the game, lol.. 14 innings and my best friend and
I stuck it out for all of them to watch the Melk Man deliver the game
winning walk-off homer to right after nearly 5 hours of play.. classic. Will forever have the honor of saying I was at the first extra inning game and saw the first walk-off in the new Yankee Stadium.. =D

– #1 Thing I Hate
About The Stadium: Stadium staff/security.. If you at any point wonder
why the stadium gets so deathly quiet during the games, odds are it’s
because of them. For one, the fun is nearly completely ripped out going
to the ballpark when you can’t move down to empty seats because of
staff at each opening checking to see if you belong.. It’s especially
stupid when more than half the stadium is empty.. [though the a large
portion of the other half is all crowded around, watching the game from
the staff checkpoints].. My second reason, however, is the fact that
staff & security do not tolerate jack shizz.. If one guy gets too
loud or tries to get the outfielders attention, the blue jacket people
give him a talking to quickly.. I’m sorry, but heckling and loud people are
apart of the game.. if they weren’t there, it’d be a library.. The
“heckling” wasn’t anywhere near bad either.. security, please, let
there be a little life.


One thing that did go a little overboard was some taunting turned into
an argument [two seconds from being a fight] between a couple guys up
top.. all over an umbrella blocking their view.. It was pretty stupid..
but we got some major laughs out of it, lol.. [I actually got a video
of it.. but it was a little NSFW with the language, so I won’t put it up
here..]


Another thing I got some laughs out of is Nick Swisher’s complete
ownership of the bleacher creatures.. That dude amps them up and
gestures for them to make some noise when he wants it, lol.. Another
reason he’s the coolest is that unlike most, he’ll wave or look in the
direction and smile to anyone or any group of people calling his name
loud enough nearly every time [not just during the roll call].. It would
be siiick to have him spend a game that he’s not playing in sitting in
the bleachers..

– A salute and some applause for Jose Veras.. didn’t think he had it in him to pitch multiple scoreless innings [let alone one]..

Crowd Quotes:

“Green umbrellas have herpes!”

– “Oh, c’mon.. My girlfriend gets wetter than your umbrella is right now.”

– “Daaaamon! It’s meee. Joohnn!.. from last niiight… Mellkkyy! It’s meee.. Jose!.. Arriba!!” [Completely random, lol..]

– “Sweeeeeeney! Nod if you can hear me!” … “Sweeeney! Move if you can hear me!.. Oh yeah!”


“Wait.. why did they make a big deal when he came out?” [Seriously
asked by my best friend right after Mariano’s entrance.. Yeah, she’s still a large
baseball virgin.. though she claims she’s a Mets fan.. more like a
Yankee fan in training, hehe..]

On Deck: First Boskees series of the year beginning tomorrow. Joba on the mound facing Jon Lester.. it should be good.

P.S.
I completely called the Jeter home run.. 3rd correct call I’ve made of
the season.. 3 more than I made in ’08.. The stadium is improving my
stats as well..

P.P.S. Stock market trying to get their hands on a little of DJ Swish’s magic too? Swishness to the rescue. It’s all good.

When Video Games Become Real

… things like this happen:

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and this:

and this:

.. but those last two were besides the point.

That box score is all you get for a game summary.

Side Notes:

– My replacement suggestions for Wang in the rotation: Swish, the bat boy or the stadium squirrel from last year. Can’t go wrong with those options.. or any, for that matter.. is there even a slight possibility that it could get worse than that?


My explanation for the home run fiesta: The Indians have discovered a
new undetectable super steroid, put an invisibility cloak over some
midges they brought to New York and got extra help from the specters
still floating around, who are throwing a fit because the seats that
were named after them in the new ballpark are a joke.


Despite putting up another 0-fer.. Swish still got me laughing with his
presentation of the Yankee lineup before the bottom of the 1st and his
accurate one word prediction of the game’s outcome during BP with a
yell of “Fore!”


The pressure was obviously high for Claggett, having to make his major
league debut in Yankee Stadium in relief of a horrible outing by Wang..
but 8 runs? and a grand slam? in 1.2 innings?… Good luck kid.

– As for the other relievers.. yet another game where not one arm kept a run off the board.. The pen doesn’t need help, it needs complete facial reconstruction.


Probably another way in which the Yanks will promote the new stadium’s
greatness: “Love the long ball? You’ll find it here.” I only wish there
was a stronger word than simply ridiculous to describe the stadium’s secret power.. If, by some miracle, there’s a day that the stadium doesn’t
witness a home run this season, be sure there’s a ventilator on hand..
many will be shocked. I don’t know how a one block move has produced
such a difference, but boy, it’s going to be one hell of a season..

On Deck: A.J. Burnett facing he who shall not be named at 1:05. If anyone is going to be hitting homers tomorrow, it better be the Yankees. A loss versus Pav can not happen.

P.S. Viva la “We Want Swisher” chant.

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..

And The Countdown To The Ones That Count Comes Closer To Its Culmination

          As
of right now, there are no more months, weeks or days to wait for
another season of baseball to begin.. just hours. The ’09 season
officially kicks off in about 16 of those hours, with the first game of
the year to be played at 8:00 p.m. between the Braves and Phillies at
Citizens Bank Park. To say the least: Baseball is back. To elaborate:
Baseball is back… and possibly better than ever if you’re a Yankee
fan. If you’re looking for any indication, this past double dose
preview between the Yanks and Cubs was it. No, it was not anything especially spectacular, but it was a solid look at what the Yanks have going for
them. Though there is no need to lay it out, I feel like going through
the list, [merely because it puts a smile on my face], so here it is:

Why ’09 Is Looking Good In Yankee Universe:

1.) Because of the 5 fellas that make up the rotation to slay all rotations:

CC Sabathia, Chien-Ming Wang, A.J. Burnett

Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain

No further explanation needed.

2.) Because the new stadium seems to have a mind of its own:

Despite
being a mere block away and having dimensions exactly the same as the
stadium once known by the same name [instead of with the “old” prefix
it currently has before its title], this new ballpark does not seem to
be the same playing field if you watched Friday and Saturday’s games.
Yankee Stadium [the latter] has apparently adapted the traits of its
inhabitants and has begun to exhibit signs that it isn’t satisfied with
the amount of home runs by the Yankees, despite the fact that that
facet of their game is what gave them their nickname, the Bronx Bombers. Two
unofficial games are obviously not substantial evidence, but 7 long
balls by the team in two days? The only possible explanations I can
think of are:

a) because the way the wind blows at the Colosseum is magically in the direction of the bleachers

b) because the Cubs were throwing BP

c) because the ghosts of pinstriped past made the trip for the games, took their cue from Christopher Lloyd and worked a little magic,

and/or

d) because the Yanks were just pumped [hopefully not because of any juice of the illegal variety]…

I think it may or may not be a combination of the above, but, either way, I think it’s still foreshadowing something…

3.) Because sooomeone likes New York:


with that someone being Mark “Does 2 back to back home runs in an
unofficial game still count toward my Yankeeometer?” Teixeira. Again,
despite the fact that the last two games were technically still Spring
Training and will not appear in official stats for the year, I still like to
think they count… they are the man’s first in Yankee Stadium. They
sure as hell mean something to him.

4.) Because my gut is telling me RC will be having an incredible season [unlike his last]:

Reason #1: because he can’t have a worse one than he did last season, can he?

Reason #2: He hit the first homer [though unofficial] and the Baseball Gods plan these things…

Reason
#3: Robbie just seems like the bounce back kind of kid and has a fresh
start as an opportunity to do that. New season, new stadium, seemingly
new attitude in the clubhouse… ’06 Robbie is coming back.

5.) Because Joe G. has realized New York is not Florida:

… despite the fact that everyone from New York vacations and/or
retires there. However, tossing that tidbit aside, let me say this:
Thank you. It took a season Yankee fans are still popping prescription
pills attempting to forget to help you understand that talking the talk
ain’t good enough and that the managerial skills that got you Manager of
the Year as skipper for the Marlins in ’05 don’t mean anything in New
York, but you’re learning and shaking things up this year, so I’ll
award you some points. However, all is not forgiven. If you’re going to
promise something and wear that promise every night on your back,
deliver it. If you are unable to, spare us the sugarcoating attempts,
please.

Other Reasons That Need No Excessive Elaboration:

6.) Brett Gardner: Two words.. speed kills [especially if you figure a hot bat into the equation, which I’m hoping he’ll display all season].

7.) Jorge Posada: IF he remains as healthy as he seems, it’ll be great to have him back.

8.) Brian Bruney: I’m positive he’ll step up to the challenge and perform in the set up role.

9.) Nick Swisher:
He may have lost his job before he got it, but his personality and
energy is still a plus to the team, whether or not he gets playing time.

Closing it out with…

10.) Mo: [Of course.] Despite the continued whispers we’re sure to hear [every year from here on out] of his ever increasing age, I’m sure he’ll still be kicking a** and taking names this year.

So, to sum it up, let me just ask:

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Are You Ready?

P.S. Jason [the original MLBlog in-gamer host], over at Heartland Pinstripes, will be hosting an HDLR [Heartland Digital Living Room] for tomorrow’s game, so be sure to stop by and join in if you can. All fans are welcome.

First Look At The New. . . Stadium?

It’s still 90 feet to first.

It’s still 314′ down the right line.

It’s still home to the boys in blue and it is still “Yankee Stadium”.

So, what exactly has changed from the old ballpark to the new one the Yanks move into now?

After
getting the chance to see the stadium during the Yankees workout
earlier today, I think I’ve answered that question. My answer is
simple: Yankee Stadium isn’t a stadium anymore. I don’t think anyone who took a look at the stadium today could argue against the fact that it has moved well beyond that… possibly to the point where it’d be acceptable to refer to it as a Colosseum
… or a vacation getaway. I
don’t think I’ve ever been more amazed by a piece of architecture.
Pictures don’t do it justice, but here are some I took for you guys:

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Notes From The Workout:


For a guy that will likely not see a lot of playing time, Nick Swisher
was mighty excited. He seemed more like the fans [kids in a candy
store] than one of the players [who were all pretty chill and laid
back].

– For a guy that is a big part of the rotation and will hopefully
be a big influence [for what we’re paying for him], A.J. seemed pretty
down. He was showing no love. Though he did toss a few into the stands,
he looked like he didn’t want to. In one of the pics above he was just
standing there looking down at a ball that people were screaming for
him to toss to them… and then just winded up kicking it away. Swish,
it’s officially your job to brighten that man’s day. Force a smile on
him, will ya?

– I can’t explain to you how lame it is that the fans aren’t allowed into the lower sections without having a ticket in that section, especially when there wasn’t even a game and the stadium was only a fifth full… but whatever, me and my best friend managed to use our evil methods of trickery to get past Yankee Stadium staff… stealth baby, stealth.

– Looking at the ballpark from the upper deck is an insanely beautiful sight. With that said however, if you happen to be one of those fans that… I don’t know, actually pays attention to the games, instead of just the pretty scenery, the seats aren’t so great. I don’t know if it was just me, but I found them to be noticeably farther than in the stadium across the street… BUT, Yankee executives: Try all you want to exile us from the people on the cushion seats, but we still cheer the loudest!

– That last pic was what I thought of that. I made sure I made my mark with those converse imprints on those rich cushion seats, hehe.. =)

– All in all, good day though. I mega missed me my Yankees.

Programming Update

A minor heads up to the world:

I’ll
be attending Yankees Workout Day on Thursday, which will be the first
ever event at the new [gorgeous] Yankee Stadium, and will be taking pictures like a maniac [assuming my cam is cooperating]. I intend to post them later on Thursday [or Friday] so stay tuned.

P.S. Yeah, this is my entire post. Shut up, it’s better than no update at all.. =P

P.P.S. Congrats to Brett the Jet for winning the center field job. Hope I see him wreaking havoc on the bases this year.

P.P.P.S. Come Monday, we’re back in business. The off-season was way too long. Time for some baseball.. and the best kind there is at that: brand new baseball, with clean slates, renewed rivalries, the chance for an underdog to prove itself, the opportunity to laugh at the usual losers who don’t even have a chance on day one, fresh ballparks, new faces in different uniforms, crackerjacks, and beer back in the bleachers [… be very afraid.] How did we survive without it?

Jeter Is A Thief. . . And A Damn Good One At That

According
to the NY Times and Yahoo, Jeter succeeded in picking himself up a
stadium souvenir 4 months ago, following the final game at the
Cathedral, and it wasn’t no stadium dirt, as that just isn’t good
enough for him… instead, he chose to take this bad boy:

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I
thought for sure he’d steal the seat he busted his chin on when he took
that dive into the stands in ’04… but I gotta say, nice choice
nonetheless. Maybe you could get me that seat instead eh?