Opening Daze at Yankee Stadium…
Except for the ending, it was a very majestic day in the Bronx…
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.
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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.
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 Yankees will look to Joba Chamberlain to bring the Yanks’ first home victory on Friday.
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!