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Yankees Opening Day press release

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 29, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This from the Yankees:

The New York Yankees will open the 2007 Championship Season – the 105th in franchise history – at Yankee Stadium on Monday, April 2 vs. the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at 1:05 p.m. The Yankees have won nine consecutive home openers (1998-2006) and 20 of their last 23 since 1984.

Melanie and Christopher Lidle—the wife and son of former Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle who passed away last October 11th—will take the mound for the ceremonial first pitch. Cory’s parents, Doug and Lisa, and his twin brother Kevin, will also attend Monday’s Opening Day ceremonies.

In addition to the presentation of colors by the West Point Cadet Color Guard, a giant American flag will be unfurled in the outfield by 40 West Point cadets. At the conclusion of the National Anthem, two U.S. Navy F-18s piloted by the Strike Fighter Squadron 34 (the Blue Blasters) will fly over the stadium.

The national anthem will be performed by a West Point soloist, and renowned Irish tenor Ronan Tynan will sing “God Bless America� during the seventh-inning stretch.

Pre-game ceremonies will begin at approximately 12:40 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a 2007 Major League Baseball Schedule Book. Gates will open at 11:00 a.m.

All fans are encouraged to arrive early. Ongoing construction of the new Yankee Stadium may cause street and/or parking lot closures in the area around the current stadium. Fans should budget ample time when planning their trip and should consider using public transportation.




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