You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?
Julia (of Julia’s Rants, or who I like to refer to as the one who will soon be wearing a pink Yankees hat) has called me out!
One week from today, the Yankees will begin a three-day weekend series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
This represents the Great Showdown III between Julia and me. We are 1-1 counting the two games in spring training (Showdowns I and II).
It is her birthday weekend so I suppose she can have a victory on Saturday sandwiched by Yankee victories on Friday and Sunday. The perfect solution! It works for me!
Courtesy New York Post
Julia detailed the stakes of our latest wager on her Friday morning blog entitled “One Week“. Here is an excerpt:
In 1923, the Yankees opened the original Yankee Stadium, the House that Ruth Built, with a four game series against the Red Sox. What was the result? A four game sweep by the Bronx Bombers! It is now 2009 and the year of a new Stadium. Can history repeat itself? Absolutely! Julia, I am sorry that you’ll be so disappointed on your birthday weekend but you’ll look great in a pink Yankees hat! J
THE SWEET TASTE OF VICTORY
Speaking of being victorious, the Yankees provided the first home win at the new Yankee Stadium today with a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians.
One of these years, Derek Jeter is going to begin showing his age. This is not the year. DJ provided the winning margin with a solo home run in the 8th inning, breaking a 5-5 tie. It was a day of Yankee solo home runs as Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira, Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano each connected with no men on base.
John O’Boyle/The Star-Ledger
Joba Chamberlain struggled and only made it into the 5th inning, surrendering 5 runs, with 5 walks. He struck out four. One of the hits was a home run by Mark DeRosa. I am sure that all hearts in New York stopped when Joe Girardi opted to reach into the bullpen. Fortunately, Phi Coke and Jonathan Albaladejo did their jobs before turning it over to the stellar duo of Brian Bruney (the winner, 2-0) and the great Mariano Rivera (3rd save). The Indians did have a man in scoring position in the 9th, but Mo struck out DeRosa to end the game.
Ah, the sweet sound of Frank Sinatra…
“Start spreadin’ the news, I’m leaving today
I want to be part of it: New York, New York
These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it: New York, New York…”
SPEAKING OF NEW YORK
I have purchased the ticket for my first game at the new Yankee Stadium. I will be attending a game during the early May series versus the Los Angeles Angels. Fortunately, the cost was only of the double digit variety. Of course, that probably means the view won’t be great, but this trip will be all about experiencing the sights and sounds of the entire stadium.
I am excited and looking forward to the trip. I have seen a number of the newer Stadiums so I am anxious to see how the new Stadium makes me feel when I first see it, breathe it, smell it, and touch it. I distinctly remember my first trip to the old Stadium in 1987, and the chills I got as I realized I was on hallowed ground.
I am also headed to Manhattan next week for a few days, and have successfully scored tickets to the Late Show with David Letterman.
It should be a lot of fun! This will be my first visit to his show (or any talk show for that matter). Other priorities include pizza in Greenwich Village and dessert at Serendipity 3!
Outside of Letterman, as you can tell, this trip will be about the food! Mmmm…
- The Yankees returned reliever David Robertson to AAA Scranton and recalled first baseman Juan Miranda as insurance for Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui (who has been limited to pinch-hitting due to pain in his knee). What? Did Joe Girardi forget how to spell Veras or Marte when he was trying to decide who to ship out?
- Congratulations to the Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki for breaking the record for most hits by a Japanese player. He broke Isao Harimoto’s record of 3,085 hits. I attended a game in Seattle the year Ichiro set the single season Major League record for hits, and he was amazing to watch (you can see it on TV, but it’s more magical in person).
- The San Jose Sharks lost Game 1 of their NHL Western Conference play-off series against the Anaheim Ducks, 2-0. The Ducks successfully shut down the Sharks’ power play. When Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau get only one shot, you know you’re in trouble. It was the first time that the Sharks had been shut out at home this season. Game 2 is Sunday. Hopefully the Sharks will get back on track. Don’t they know I have a showdown waiting against Julia and the Bruins?…
Have a great weekend!