Who is the Red Sox Fan talking to?…

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.  

 

Boston Globe

 

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 summary our wager is:

1.Which ever team loses the series, that blogger needs to put up a Logo from the other team for that Monday April 27th.

2. The losing blogger will also need to write a positive blog about a player from the winner’s teams.  (Much like we did for our preseason wager.)

3.  Mark Newman, our fearless leader, has sweetened the pot with the following offer:

I will offer to throw in an MLB PRO BLOG template that day to sweeten the deal so that either Julia is a Yankees Pro Blogger or Scott is a Red Sox Pro Blogger. I also will offer to create an Honorary one-person category in that next week’s Latest Leaders showing off your new blog colors to further deepen the pain. hahahaha

 

 

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.

 

Mariano Rivera

 

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.  

 

Fans fill up the hallway early as the gates are opened prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Yankees in the home opener of the New Yankee Stadium. The Yankees got stomped 10-2 in their big loss.

 

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.  

 

AP

 

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…

 

OTHER NOTES

 

  • 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!

 

–Scott

 

 

11 Comments

Hi Scott – this is She who will NOT be wearing a Pink Yankees Hat soon – enjoy your win today – because in a week YOU WILL NOT BE SEEING ANY! Your boys are coming to OUR house and to borrow a phrase from the New England Patriots (You know that football team who has won more Super Bowls then say – oh – The Vikings!) – “We Must Defend Our House” – so Game On! And can you lite a fire under your Sharks! I am so looking forward to having my Bruins beat another of your teams! ;-)

Have a wonderful trip to NY! What night are you going to be at the Letterman Show? And enjoy the fine dinning; I’m sure your have a great time! ;-)

Julia (The pink RED SOX hat wearing fan!)
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Scott – I noticed you failed to mention how Wally will be spending a week with Lou sitting at his feet when your Yankees lose! Thought you’d want to know! ;-)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

The Good Guys won – 10-8!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Scott, when you go to Serendipity, you MUST have one of their famous Frozen Hot Chocolates if you’ve never had one. Dee-licious. Here’s hoping Wang will get it together today!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

That bet seems like an interesting one.. I do hope the Yanks repeat history, lol..
About Jeet.. I’m going to continue to enjoy games like yesterday, when he shows off the clutch player that he is, but boy.. I cringe at the fact that he will one day no longer be the ballplayer we know him as..
You’re going to love the stadium.. Though some things [in my opinion] will not please you, it’s beyond beautiful =)
– V [ http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com ]

Wang made it through an inning and a third? I have got to drop him from my Fantasy team! He’s killing me!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Now, understand I’m only a neutral observer, Scott…but, ahem, have you checked the scoreboard (or Fox) at SOME point in, oh, the last HOUR or so??
I mean, 15-2 Cleveland…and we’re only in the 3rd inning, Scott!!! Never mind I’M still frothing over Joel Hanrahan blowing yet ANOTHER save opportunity today (and watching the Nats lose in extra innings…AGAIN!!!).
I feel for you, man. I really do. (And you can tell “She Who Will Be Watching The Capitals Hoisting the Stanley Cup”…GO HABS!!! LMAO)
Of course, that’s only IF the Caps can get their heads screwed on right, that is…do me a favor, and stay away from me the rest of the day, all right?? I’m NOT having a good day, you know?? LMAO
Gary
http://go-nasty-nats.mlblogs.com
http://twitter.com/gonastynats

Say hi to Dave for me….LOVE him! Maybe he can talk some sense into the Yanks pitchers too…ugh! Rough week for us all I think.

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Hope you have a great time at the game! I will probably got to a couple of games later this year. Living in Jersey is convenient! Anyway, I just can’t believe what happened today. 22-4? I just don’t get it.
shortporch htpp://shortporch.mlblogs.com/

JANE – Yes, I’ve had the Frozen Hot Chocolate, and I will have it again! I am looking forward to the visit to Serendipity 3. I could use a Frozen Hot Chocolate right now to forgot about today’s debacle…
V – DJ’s career has gone so quickly. It seems like he was just an 18-year-old from Kalamazoo. It will be sad when he hangs up the cleats.
JULIA – If it were me, I’d drop him. He has never been a great fantasy pitcher, and of course, right now, he’s not a great major league pitcher. I guess it depends on who you can pick up on the free agent wire or swing a trade for.
GARY – I am definitely looking forward to tomorrow. I’ve had enough of today! LOL!
JENN – Wang’s a disaster right now, and I don’t know what it will take to get him back on track. His starts put an incredible amount of pressure on A.J. Burnett. So far, Burnett’s been great, but that has to be tough.
SHORTPORCH – I don’t get it either…

Scott

Scott – It’s a Wang Thang! That’s gotta be it…otherwise, you may need Swisher to pitch again!
Canuck

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