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Opening Daze at Yankee Stadium…

Except for the ending, it was a very majestic day in the Bronx…



The new Yankee Stadium may stand in the shadows of its namesake, but it offers modern advances and comforts the original could not.

Chuck Solomon/SI


The historical first lineup at the new Yankee Stadium was:


1-Derek Jeter, SS

2-Johnny Damon, LF

3-Mark Teixeira, 1B

4-Nick Swisher, RF

5-Jorge Posada, C

6-Robinson Cano, 2B

7-Hideki Matsui, DH

8-Cody Ransom, 3B

9-Brett Gardner, CF


SP:  CC Sabathia


Johnny Damon delivered the first hit at the new Stadium, and Jorge Posada hit the first home run. 


John Munson/The Star-Ledger


The game was very tight in the early going, as CC Sabathia was locked in a pitcher’s duel with his former Indians teammate Cliff Lee.  Sabathia departed with two outs in the sixth inning.  He gave up five hits, one run, and had four strikeouts.  He did allow five walks which had driven his pitch count up to 122, but at the time of his departure, the Yanks were tied with the Indians at 1-1.  


Enter the bullpen… 



Jose Veras began the seventh inning and walked the first batter he faced.  He then proceeded to allow consecutive doubles by Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta.  Peralta’s hit scored two runs. 


More gasoline…



Damaso Marte was brought in to replace Veras, but the floodgates had been opened.  A walk and an error loaded the bases.  A single by Kelly Shoppach scored a run. Trevor Crowe walked with the bases still loaded to bring in another run.  Grady Sizemore came to the plate and hit a grand slam to right to clear the bases.  Martinez came around in the order again, and homered to cap the inning’s scoring at nine runs (3 charged to Veras and 6 to Marte).  


In the end, the Indians had emerged with a 10-2 victory in the first game played at the new Stadium.  



As the new era begins, we will forever remember the Cathedral…


The new Yankee Stadium stands in the shadows of the original, which many consider a baseball cathedral.



The Yankees will look to Joba Chamberlain to bring the Yanks’ first home victory on Friday.  


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  • As expected, the Yankees placed right fielder Xavier Nady on the disabled list.  I had expected a corner infielder to come up from Scranton, but the Yankees opted to recall reliever David Robertson.  Robertson pitched the final two innings of today’s game, giving up two hits, but allowing no runs with three strikeouts.
  • Alex Rodriguez participated in his first full batting practice session today.  He took a total of 49 swings, which included three home runs.   Is it May 15th yet?
  • The Massachusetts state medical examiner’s office has ruled former Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych’s death to be accidental.  He suffocated when his clothes became entangled in the power takeoff shaft of a truck he was working on.  He is survived by his wife and daughter.
  • John Madden has called it a career.  I can’t say that I was a big Madden fan in 1977 when the Raiders thrashed my Minnesota Vikings, 32-14, in Super Bowl XI, but I’ve always enjoyed Madden the broadcaster.  When Madden and Pat Summerall were together, I felt they were the top NFL broadcasting team.  Madden has meant so much to the NFL, and his voice will be missed but I am glad that he’ll be able to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests.
  • The Texas Rangers’ second baseman Ian Kinsler had the game of a lifetime on Wednesday.  He went 6-for-6, hitting for the cycle with two singles, two doubles, a triple and a home run.  He scored 5 runs, and had 4 RBI.  The six at-bats came within the confines of a standard 9-inning game, which is unusual.  The Rangers defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 19-6, in Arlington, Texas.  Great game, Ian!  Get it out of your system before you make the trip to the Bronx!  On second thought, maybe that was just some awful O’s pitching…


Hopefully, tomorrow’s blog will be more uplifting!  




The Monday Night Massacre…

Somehow I knew that tonight spelled disaster with Chien-Ming Wang on the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays’ Scott Kazmir. Wang hasn’t been right for some time, and I was fearful that he’d crater in tonight’s performance…and he did…and then some…

This might be the worst Yankees performance that I’ve ever seen…well, Game 6 of the 2001 World Series was pretty bad, but still… Wang gave up a total of eight runs in one inning plus, and has a lofty ERA of 28.93.

I wonder if Brett Tomko would have given up that grand slam to Carlos Pena? Hey, it’s easy to second guess when you’re a fan!

The final score was Rays 15, Yankees 5.  The 9th inning included a pitching stint by Nick Swisher, who had one of the better pitching lines of the night.

The Yankees played like little leaguers…

So, how much longer until A-Rod is ready to return? They really need to do something about third base. Cody Ransom is not the answer. Try Ramiro Pena, try Justin Leone, try Eric Duncan, try the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, but Ransom’s got to go…

What can you say with a game like this? It is miserable to watch, and of course, you want to say that hopefully they’ll learn something from this impending defeat. But what? It’s a loss, and there is nothing they can do about it. The Yanks fell to 3-4, but at least Boston lost too.  I don’t get mad with these types of games. The Yanks are notorious for throwing up a few clunkers each year, and this is just one of those times.  You just turn around and walk away…

On the bright side, tomorrow is a new day…and A.J. Burnett will be on the mound!


They always say that disasters happen in 3’s…

First, we lost promising Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.


Now, two more legendary figures in Major League Baseball have passed away.

Shortly after lunch, word came that long-time Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas had died. He was in Washington preparing for the Phillies game against the Nationals and he collapsed in the broadcast booth. He taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

George Widman/AP

Harry the K was also well known for his voiceover work with NFL Films. The name may be unfamiliar to some, but the voice was known by all. Sadly and much too soon, he’s “outta here!”


Courtesy YouTube by Lahawk

For those who can remember 1976, who can forget the legendary antics of Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. With the curly blonde hair poking out of the Tigers hat, it became a familiar scene to see Fidrych talking to the baseball and the various other antics that he performed leading up to his pitches. None of it was contrived, and it was completely his free spirit.

Unfortunately, an accident at his Northborough, Massachusetts farm prematurely ended Fidrych’s life today. Shoulder and knee injuries prevented what could have been a great career, but for 1976, there were not many better players than Fidrych. He went 19-9 with 2.34 ERA, and had 24 complete games. That was a special season and he was so fun to watch. You didn’t have to be a fan of the Tigers to appreciate Fidrych.

The past week has been difficult, and we’ve lost three outstanding men that can never be replaced. They will all be missed…


Alex Rodriguez reported to the Yankees minor league complex and participated in a 48 minute workout. He is looking to begin minor league rehab games in 7 to 10 days, and is taking one day at a time.


Alex Rodriguez works out after hip surgery

Courtesy The Star-Ledger

If I had hip surgery five weeks ago, I’d probably be in a little worse shape than A-Rod.

I am sure that his superior physical conditioning has aided his recovery. Hopefully, there will be no setbacks as Alex’s continues his march for the Bronx.

Mark Teixeira was also at the minor league complex receiving treatment for his sore left wrist. He had a MRI which revealed no major issues. He thinks it would be a disappointment if he’s not back on the field Tuesday night.


  • The Associated Press is reporting that former Yankees pitcher David Wells has signed a multi-year deal to be an analyst for TBS. C’mon, David, tell us what’s really on your mind!
  • Manny Ramirez is saying that he wants to play for the Cleveland Indians once more before he calls it a career? I bet that really endears him to the Dodger fans that have so fully embraced him despite his history in Boston. Nope, I’m not going to say it but I guess you could say that it is expected behavior.
  • The speculation of Pedro Martinez to the Los Angeles Angels makes sense. When I heard earlier that he was going to sign with Baltimore, it seemed very foolish if true. Fortunately, it was not. Pedro has the luxury of picking his spot (to a degree) and he still has what it takes to help a contender. No, the years as an ace are long gone, but he’s still a competitor who knows how to win.
  • Regardless of what he said about his hometown of Woodland, CA, Dustin Pedroia is not a jerk. Of course, I may feel differently after the Yankees play the Red Sox later this month. But for now, Pedroia doesn’t deserve death threats or the criticism that he’s received.
  • Julia, to answer your question, Wally has been wondering what the odor is above his head! Hmmm, he had better get used to it!

Goodnight, Everyone!