MLB really should give some thought to starting these early April games in domes or warm weather climates. Despite the “save the pregnant whale!”, tree hugging, herbal medicating yahoos cries of global warming, it’s freakin’ cold around here in late March – early April
This absolutely blows and is such a ridiculously bad decision on the part of whoever made it. I’m so pissed!!!
At least Cabrera just got me some fantasy points, but this still BLOWS.
And, the Cubs and Brewers are postponed too? When will MLB learn to have all the openers either in domed stadium or nice weather climates? I mean, the Angels and Twins are playing each other today – what a waste, why can’t one of those teams be home!
I suppose, but if the rain is supposed to be even worse tomorrow with a chance of thunderstorms, it doesn’t really make sense to play the game tomorrow. I don’t want any of the players getting hurt, but from the sound of it, it’s going to be worse tomorrow when they play.
I guess time will tell.
I am a transplanted New Yorker… guys, let me tell you i dont wish this on any of u.. last year this time i remember the buzz around the city… i am in CA now and these people are sleep walking, i dont even know how many know that MLB season starts today… i am posting my resume on the web.. wish me luck guys
If I’d been lucky enough to have had tickets to the game today I’d be really peeved that they made me sit in the mist for three + hours, buying overpriced concessions, before ultimately calling the game.
“It’s unfortunate, because one of the first things I looked forward to when I was called up was coming to Yankee Stadium and hearing him say my name,” Jeter said on Monday. “I had Bob Sheppard record introducing me. I’ll always come to the plate with Bob Sheppard.”
Dubbed “The Voice of Yankee Stadium,” Sheppard missed last year’s American League Division Series in October due to a bronchial infection, as well as selected games leading up to the postseason. During his absence, Sheppard’s longtime backup, Jim Hall, will fill in, except for Jeter’s at-bats, of course.
“We hope to have [Sheppard] back by the month of June,” Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said.
Sheppard has kept his actual date of birth a mystery, but he is believed to be in his late 90s. As synonymous with Yankee Stadium as Monument Park, the 2008 campaign marks Sheppard’s 58th anniversary as the Yankees’ public address announcer.
“Yankee Stadium is Bob Sheppard,” catcher Jorge Posada said.
Sheppard began his tenure with the club on April 17, 1951, the only instance in which Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle shared an Opening Day outfield.
He has worked approximately 4,500 baseball games during his career, including 121 consecutive postseason contests (1951 through 2006) and 62 games in 22 World Series. Sheppard was also the voice of football’s New York Giants for 50 seasons until his retirement after the 2005 season.
“If Iâ€™d been lucky enough to have had tickets to the game today Iâ€™d be really peeved that they made me sit in the mist for three + hours, buying overpriced concessions, before ultimately calling the game.}If Iâ€™d been lucky enough to have had tickets to the game today Iâ€™d be really peeved that they made me sit in the mist for three + hours, buying overpriced concessions, before ultimately calling the game.”
1) Call the game at 1:01. Fans would prefer that.
2) Don’t sell concessions until it stops raining. Saves money.
3) Not sell tickets to games that might be rained out.
4) Put $100 million worth of over 32 Yankee Starters on an ultra-slick field the first game of the season.
Okay guys. Listen up. I won’t deny that today is not what we wanted, but negative attitudes don’t make anyone feel better, and the trolls feed off of them.
So what I propose is this: We go around, and everyone says a story of their favorite Opening Day experience, even if you’ve never been to the Stadium on Opening Day, something you remember on TV or whatnot.
The way it works is that since NYC has 2 ML teams only one plays at home while the other is on the road. The Mets and Yankees alternate who opens the season at home. In 08 it was our turn to open at home. The Mets get to play in sunny Miami.
Sorry for anyone who is disappointed. Today actually worked out well for me because we made the decision not to drive the 3 and 1/2 hours to the Stadium – my friend did mainly because of the rain possibilities. I’m home pretty sick, and I wasn’t enamored with the seats because of my problems with heights! So we bet the right horse on this one.
Rebecca: I went to an opening day when I was in law school. What an absolutely wonderful experience! The field was beautiful, the place was decorated with bunting, and the roll call of players is something I’ll never forget. Of course, the weather was a whole lot better than it was today.
Never been to the Stadium on opening day, and I wasn’t a Yankee fan as a young girl child. BUT, it’s hard to beat last season’s opener, with Alex’s HR. I was so rooting for him, and he came through, and I felt that moment would define his season. And it did.
Because I, too, need something to get excited about in the face of this Opening Day tease, I hope the Cubs absolutely slaughter Milwaukee today. 17 RBI for Sori and 4 errors each for Ryan Butterfingers Braun and Prince (terrible) Fielder.
Well hey I always make the best of a situation. My motto is when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! So at worst I have the actual tickets from the last Opening Day at the old Yankee Stadium as a keepsake.
I was at the Reggie bar game in 1978
From wiki –
The Yankees’ home opener of the 1978 season, on April 13 against the Chicago White Sox, featured a new product, “the Reggie Bar.” In 1976, while playing in Baltimore, Jackson had said, “If I played in New York, they’d name a candy bar after me.” The Curtiss Candy Companyâ€”appropriately enough, producers of the Baby Ruth bar (which the company has maintained was not named after Babe Ruth)â€”responded with a circular “bar” of peanuts dipped in caramel and covered in chocolate. The Reggie bars were handed to fans as they walked into Yankee Stadium. Jackson hit a home run, and when he returned to right field the next inning, fans began throwing the Reggie bars on the field in celebration. Jackson told the press that this confused him, thinking that maybe the fans did not like the candy. The Yankees won the game, 4-2.
I had already eaten mine so could not throw it on the field.
Also my dad brought 2 live crabs into the game once – they were supposed to be a surprise for the bag checker.
We had a lot of fun with those crabs.
this is just one game. i hope they lose many… but cmon. their lineup IMO is comparable to the Yanks. The Yanks should have better pitching. But don’t discount Detroit as not having one of the best lineups in baseball.
To OldYanksFan and anyone else who think the Yanks should have called the game earlier,
The Yanks desperately wanted to get this game in. Tomorrow represents 1 of only 2 days off between now and Monday May 5. With today’s rainout, the Yanks only day off will be Monday April 21. If tomorrow were to get rained out, there are no off days near any toronto series, neccessitating a double header at some point.
the difference is that (at least me personally) am simply rooting against the teams that should contend for the playoffs, thus making it easier for the Yanks. I am not singling out one organization and rooting against them simply because of who they are.
Detroit’s lineup is definitely comparable to the Yanks in terms of scoring potential.
they actually play the games for a reason… but you have to admit Detroit’s lineup is fierce. Anybody who says the Yanks clearly have a better offense is a Yanks fan. There’s nothing wrong with saying both teams are most likely going to be among the top 3-4 offenses in baseball (if not the top 2).
BostonDave, I’m going to have to disagree with you. I don’t think that Mags is going to repeat what he did last year. Sheffield will probably be injured again. I doubt that Pudge will return to his steroid days performance levels. I just don’t see them scoring 1,000 runs.
Having said that, in the end, their pitching will be their undoing.
With the wild card so huge, rooting against any of the contending teams is an absolutely must, as any loss by the Tigers, Indians, Angels, Red Sox, and even possibly the Mariners and Blue Jays helps the Yankees.
Hey bronx we can just agree to disagree on that one! It’s all good.
By the way, I don’t necessarily root against teams that could make the playoffs since none of them scare me a whit. I tend to root against teams that I consider to be blowhards (and then I always have a soft spot for the underdogs. Probably why I want KC to win.)
ugh, the more I watch baseball, the more it sinks in that we actually have to wait till tomorrow night to watch the Yankees play But I can’t not watch baseball, b/c it’s on after not being on in so long! I will probably watch parts of every game today lol. And, I want KC to win this one as much or more as I want DET to lose…I like Brian Bannister, Alex Gordon (Joba’s college teammate), Hillman and of course Tony Pena Jr.
KC is really not that bad a team anymore. 3 solid starters, 3 good young hitters, and I’d certainly take their pen over DET’s any day of the week. Oh and I agree w/whoever said it that Cleveland is alot better than Det. Det does have a legitimately great lineup, but I just don’t buy their pitching at all, esp. the pen. They’re still a team to watch tho cause they can beat up on enough bad middle relievers and starters in off-days to win 90+ games. Hmmm sound familiar? LOL. But this year Yankees pitching is a lot better, particularly the bullpen imo, and thus I think we triumph over Detroit both in that area and overall, considering our relatively equally dangerous lineups.
Hey dave, we want to get this straight pretty fast. I don’t tell anyone here WHY they think the way they do since I can’t know. Don’t tell me WHY I think the way I do. I don’t care who is diehard and who is not. We are not clones of each other. Hopefully some of us think independently. I think the Yankees offense is superior to Detroits. Okey dokey?
BUT, I agree with you in the sense that the DET lineup is not the second coming of Murder’s Row like every TV analyst is making them out to be, nor do I think they’ll break the 1000 run mark this season.
If anything, as I said above, I would only give the DET lineup a *slight* edge over the Yankees, assuming everyone on both teams stays healthy throughout the season, which is virtually impossible.
But I’ll take the NYY ‘pen, starters and bench over DET any day !
Good call on not making the trip to the Bronx.
I was wondering if you sere going to listen to the Marlins announcers do the Mets game – I will.
If they can’t stop talking about the Mets like they did with the Yanks – I too will feel sorry for them.
Tigers Yanks Debate:
They both are great, but it is pretty hard to score 1000
my 2 cents
March 31st, 2008 at 3:58 pm
Okay, so the people that are saying that itâ€™s too early to be rooting against other teams because itâ€™s opening day werenâ€™t rooting against the Crock Sox when they were in Japan?
Yeah, thatâ€™s what I thought.
Ummm, actually no. I wasn’t rooting against the Sox. This isn’t a 16-game schedule, like the NFL. I’ll root against the Sox when they ride into the Bronx, or when the NYY travel to that dingy, dark, little porta-potty known as Fenway Pahhhhh-k.
But when they are playing the Oakland A’s or Ham Fighters, or Carp, or whomever they played, IN MARCH, no less, I could care less. Talk to me in September when the Yankees are clinging to a five game lead for the AL EAST and there’s six games to go and the Sox are playing Baltimore. Heck, I’ll buy a Ripken jersey and root for Baltimore then.
But in March, opening day, really, anytime before July, I could care less. Thats the great part of a 162-game season, you have all the time in the world to catch up with opposing teams.
Just look what the Yankees did last year after that AWFUL start. Or in 05, when they started 11-19.
Maybe its b/c I UNFORTUNATELY live deep in the Lion’s Den, (Sox Nation) and I’ve grown accustomed to keeping my mouth shut at work, bars, social events when baseball is on TV.
I’m too old to be getting into bar brawls over why Melky is a better CF than Jacoby. I just keep my mouth shut and enjoy the game as a quiet, reserved Yankees fan.
at least my ass is capable of an objective view. i hope the yanks score 200+ more runs than detroit. its just not a likely scenario and most people who have an objective opinion would at least concede that the two offenses are COMPARABLE.
like i said, i applaud your optimism. i wonder, after years of failed attempts, if its equaled in your efforts to find a man willing to spend time with you.
Trish… I live on the coast of Maine, about 3 hours north of that black hole, Fenway.
I live in a place where the majority of these people live and die by the Pats and Sox. You can’t talk with them or reason. My few Sox-fan friends up here and I have an agreement where we don’t openly root against the other team in front of each other.
So I watch the majority of the BOS/NYY games on 60 inches of HD plasma love, in the comfortable confinements of my home. Alone, unless my wife or toddlers join me…
But the few times we’ve been at a wedding, party, or what-have-you, and the Sox are playing the Yanks, –YES, I keep my mouth shut. I’ve fought those battles too long (went to college at Ermerson in Boston from 96-00, and my roomamte and best friend was a die hard NYY fan.
Lets just say we weren’t well liked during that time period!!!!
bronxbombers you definitely have it worse than I do. I can say that there are quite a few Yankee fans in the state, thought I would say it is still majority Dead Sox. But I can always count on finding the interlocking NY somewhere!
Trisha, I know. I was born and raised in Manhattan, but moved to ChiTown for work back in ’93. I left my family behind and they have told me about how expensive NYC et al has gotten since I left. I was hoping CT would be within reason, but it’s sounding like it’s not.