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Seems like the Yankees like the place

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 02, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Kevin Devaney recorded some impressions from the Yankees on their new ballpark:

Joe Girardi: “Last night when we walked in, it felt like it was Christmas morning. Just listening to players talk about it, and the excitement of visiting every nook and cranny in the ballpark and in our clubhouse, it’s an unbelievable building.”

Andy Pettitte: “I was out there last night and, the dimensions, it looks exactly like the old ball park. You just look from the dugout, it looks like it’s going to play big in left and there’s a short porch in right.

“Obviously you walk through the door and see this, the clubhouse. Just the facilities we have, how beautiful everything is and the lighting, it’s state-of-the-art. For me, I’m a big-time whirlpool guy. We have unbelievable facilities as far as swimming. It’s just unbelievable.”

Joba Chamberlain: “You’re kind of in awe at first. It’s like having a new toy. You want to come in and play with everything.

“It’s going to be a little bit different because you have to get adjusted to the backdrop. You have to adjust. Your depth perception is different everywhere you go. So we’re going to have to get out there on the mound and just get your surroundings.”

Derek Jeter: “Homefield advantage is in the crowd. Our fans are always going to be the same. The atmosphere is what makes it fun for the players, so I expect it to be the same as it’s always been.”

Mark Teixeira: “It’s special to be a part of this. It’s going to be the greatest the sports venue in the world. We’re going to be excited to be playing on it for a long time.

“I loved playing in the old stadium. It was my favorite place to come to as a visiting player and I’m going to miss it. But when you come in here, it makes you forget about the nostalgia a little bit.”

Johnny Damon: “You could see by the looks on some of our faces that Christmas came a little bit early this year. My first thoughts were that we’re very fortunate to have a place like this. The old Yankee Stadium was definitely very special. This player is special from the moment you walk into it. As a player, you’re fortunate to put on the Yankee pinstripes and have this nice new ballpark.”

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I have no information on what happens in the event of a rainout tomorrow night. The Yankees have not said what their plans would be. Once I get that information, I will pass it along.

The Cubs open in Houston on Monday. I can’t imagine they (or the Yankees) would any part of playing on Sunday. A doubleheader on Saturday also seems implausible. Guess we’ll find out.

 
 

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60 Responses to “Seems like the Yankees like the place”

  1. Rishi April 2nd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    can’t wait to see it live for the first time – might have to sign up for a stadium tour too

  2. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! April 2nd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Did anyone say if the visiting clubhouse is as nice?

  3. vin April 2nd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    2 final notes on the 2008 espn “expert” predictions

    None of them picked Pujols to be NL MVP – come on, seriously guys?

    My new main man Pedro Gomez picked our boy Nick Swisher to be AL MVP – mighty thin limb you’re on there, Pedro.

  4. Trevor April 2nd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    The visiting club house is plain and much smaller then the Yankee club house. No fancy computers for visiting teams. And the lockers are smaller.
    To bad the visiting dugout wasn’t deprived of AC/Heat.

  5. Rishi April 2nd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Trevor – I’m sure there are days when the AC could myteriously find itself not working…

  6. Nick in SF April 2nd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    This is the only pic of the visiting clubhouse that I can find:

    http://tinyurl.com/dxwtnx

  7. Trevor April 2nd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I believe the visitors dugout is slightly smaller too.

  8. Nick in SF April 2nd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Sorry, try this one:

    http://tinyurl.com/co5on9

  9. Trevor April 2nd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Nick that looks more like the Red Sox club house.

  10. raymagnetic April 2nd, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Nick, that place is still too good for the Red Sox players. ;)

  11. Giuseppe Franco April 2nd, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Trevor took the words right out of my mouth.

  12. bdog375 April 2nd, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I love Jeter to death, but man does he not have the most boring, PC comments about everything? He would be a great politician!

  13. raymagnetic April 2nd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Is there ever a time when Christian Garcia isn’t on the disabled list :???:

    It’s in the notes section of this link.
    http://community.thetimes-trib.....ivers.aspx

  14. S.A.-Coke is Good April 2nd, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Jay Cutler is now a member of the Chicago Bears

  15. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Cutler to the bears for 2 #1 picks, a #2 and Orten.

  16. Baseball Fab April 2nd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/.....id=4037373

  17. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 2nd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Well, that’s one more QB the Jets won’t have.

    I would prefer a make up game on Sunday as opposed to a doubleheader on Saturday, but somehow I think if it’s rained out they won’t make it up.

  18. Trevor April 2nd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Whew, thank goodness Cutler didn’t end up in Washington.

  19. Dan April 2nd, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I can’t wait to check the stadium out. How is the press box, Pete?

    S.A Coke – if true, that is great news

  20. S.A.-Coke is Good April 2nd, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    To acquire Cutler, the Bears had to give up quarterback Kyle Orton and first-round picks in 2009 and 2010, a source said.

    To complete the trade, the Broncos had to give back a third-round pick in 2009.

    =====================

    Wow.
    In all of this, I feel bad for the Broncos fans. What a soap opera this has been

  21. Betsy April 2nd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Wow! I’m a Bear fan – woo hoo!!! I guess? He’s a baby, but my god, the Bears haven’t had a QB in what seems like decades. Wow!

  22. Fran April 2nd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    The Broncos moved fast. And that was after Cutler told Jay Glazer that he really wanted to work things out with the Broncos.
    Looks like Kellen Clemens really will be the Jets starting QB.

  23. S.A.-Coke is Good April 2nd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Congrats Betsy! You guys do have an actual QB now. :)

  24. JT April 2nd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I would guess if it gets rained out, the game will just be canceled and the tickets will be honored at any regular season game where seats are available. That’s how they handle most rainouts anyway.

  25. James (One of the Many) April 2nd, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    here is a nice walk through the stadium someone shot, worth a look:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnxqEw15FGk

  26. raymagnetic April 2nd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    For everyone who worries about what the pundits think, David Pinto who has an excellent blog by the way thinks the Yankees will win the division.

    http://baseballmusings.com/?p=31176

  27. raymagnetic April 2nd, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    By the way, not only does David Pinto think the Yankees will win the division, he thinks they’ll be 7 games better than the number 2 team in the division.

  28. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Betsy
    April 2nd, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    Wow! I’m a Bear fan – woo hoo!!! I guess? He’s a baby, but my god, the Bears haven’t had a QB in what seems like decades. Wow!

    ————————————————————

    The Bears haven’t had a QB since the 60s with Billy Wade. Jim McMahan was a mouth with a running back named Walter Payton who covered his screwups. Bobby Douglass could have been it, if he didn’t throw so hard…of course, he didn’t have anybody that could catch anyway.

  29. Dan April 2nd, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I wonder if Damon said anything about a special “naked pullups” area in the new clubhouse?

  30. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 2nd, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    “Wow! I’m a Bear fan – woo hoo!!! I guess? He’s a baby, but my god, the Bears haven’t had a QB in what seems like decades. Wow”

    from one punk QB, to another. Except, i liked McMahon. He was a winner.

    bring in Troy Smith to compete with Ratliff/Clemens. And we will have our QB

  31. Rishi April 2nd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I especially like this:

    Be on the lookout for a Nancy Kerrigan like recovery for Alex Rodriguez. Back in 1994, skater Kerrigan was whacked in the knee by the boyfriend of her rival skater, Tonya Harding. Kerrigan was force to rehabilitate her knee to get ready for the Olympics, and the therapy made her stronger, leading to the best performance of her life. A-Rod is going through that kind of training right now, possibly increasing his strength beyond what a normal spring training would bring. I could imagine him coming back and posting six months worth of number in five.

  32. m April 2nd, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    raymagnetic,

    Thanks for that Pinto link. I especially enjoyed ‘Gregg’ and ‘Cory’ go at it in the comments.

  33. Rishi April 2nd, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Player feedback:

    http://yes.mlblogs.com/archive.....ame_f.html

  34. ? ? April 2nd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I hope you will enjoy tonight’s series finale, Pete.

  35. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes April 2nd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    was there ever any doubt?

  36. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 2nd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I saw the Pinto article a couple days ago. The preview is great, but I’d still proceed with caution-the higher the expectations, the easier it is to fail.

  37. m April 2nd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    GB7,

    Thanks, too, for the info on the 1B coach.

  38. Nick in SF April 2nd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Snowglobe.

  39. Patrick April 2nd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I guess it’s good to hear that the players like the stadium. Unfortunately we’ll never be able to experience the same things as the players. It seems to me that the stadium was built with the players and the very wealthy in mind. I wonder what it will be like for the average fan?

  40. m April 2nd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

    Goosebump article. And Jeter hit the first one out of the park!

  41. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    m
    April 2nd, 2009 at 6:17 pm
    GB7,

    Thanks, too, for the info on the 1B coach.

    ============================================================

    Any time, Mel. My pleasure.

  42. Rishi April 2nd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    m – was just watching Jeter talk about it on the news – he was smiling a real smile – good stuff

  43. Kevin April 2nd, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I hope they get the game in tomorrow night as I have tickets for it. At the very least I at least hope they open the gates so I can walk around the place, but knowing the Yankees they probably will just so they can get money from concessions, etc.

  44. Harold April 2nd, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Went to the workout today. Have to say the stadium is fantastic. I don’t think they could’ve done a better job (structurally, not ticket prices or relocation plans, ect). I took a tour back in november, and came away a little skeptical, but after today not anymore. Now its up to the players to enrich the Yankee history and the fans to continue the special atmosphere from across the street

  45. Fran April 2nd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Hal Steinbrenner was at the Stadium today and he offered up the fact that the Yanks did overprice some of the tickets considering the recession. I wish that they had realized that sooner.

  46. Nick in SF April 2nd, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    True, but if the $2500 tickets were $1950 instead, does that help the average ticket buyer much, or just the Wall Street guy whose bonus got slashed?

  47. Betsy April 2nd, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Harold, you lucky dog, lol. I’m glad to hear you say nice things about the new stadium because I’ve been reading so many complaints from people who haven’t even seen the place. I loved the old stadium – I saw it as a cathedral and I will always have a special place in my heart for it. That said, this stadium will undoubtedly see some very special moments and the players will create their own history.

    GB, thanks for the brief, recent, unfortunate history of Chicago QBs, lol. I actually love that they are a D and running team first, but it’s nice to have a guy with an arm back there. 90% of the time, the D was exhausted from having very little time to rest before they had to go back on the field again. The Bears apparently signed Orlando Pace as well, but I’m not familar with him. Anyone?

    LOL I love reading the players’ reactions – I would have loved to have seen their faces as they explored every nook and cranny of their new home.

    Anyone know how they choose who gets what locker ? Do the players just say “hey, I want to locker near so and so” and then draw straws? LOL Thanks!

  48. Betsy April 2nd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....Id=rss_nyy

    more player reactions……

  49. Bronx Baseball Daily April 2nd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for looking out for us as far as rain goes. I don’t have tickets, but I would like to go. The weather report is keeping me from Stubhub though.

  50. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Betsy
    April 2nd, 2009 at 6:46 pm
    Harold, you lucky dog, lol. I’m glad to hear you say nice things about the new stadium because I’ve been reading so many complaints from people who haven’t even seen the place. I loved the old stadium – I saw it as a cathedral and I will always have a special place in my heart for it. That said, this stadium will undoubtedly see some very special moments and the players will create their own history.

    GB, thanks for the brief, recent, unfortunate history of Chicago QBs, lol. I actually love that they are a D and running team first, but it’s nice to have a guy with an arm back there. 90% of the time, the D was exhausted from having very little time to rest before they had to go back on the field again. The Bears apparently signed Orlando Pace as well, but I’m not familar with him. Anyone?

    LOL I love reading the players’ reactions – I would have loved to have seen their faces as they explored every nook and cranny of their new home.

    Anyone know how they choose who gets what locker ? Do the players just say “hey, I want to locker near so and so” and then draw straws? LOL Thanks!

    ————————————————————

    anytime, Betsy. Chicago has always been defense first, though. They needed it to stop The Chosen Frozen of Minnesota and The Lombardi Packers. From Ritchie Pettibone and Doug Buffone, Singletary, Butkus, and the rest, but, they’ve alaways had that special talent at halfback in Gale Sayers and Walter Payton, and for two years, Brian Piccalo. They’ve had a few receivers like Willie Gallimore, Willie Gault and Mike Ditka. That’s what’s been missing for 20 years. That SPECIAL PLAYER.

  51. Sean Serritella April 2nd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I went to the Devils arena and you can live there it’s so nice. I bet the new Yankee stadium will be even better than that.

  52. Betsy April 2nd, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    The frieze around the stadium is just spectacular……….

  53. Betsy April 2nd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    GB, I became a Bear fan because of Brian’s Song – I can’t pretend I’m not a bandwagoner, lol. Brian’s Song makes me cry buckets of tears whenever I see it and so I’ve always been fascinated by Sayers, Piccolo and the blue and orange. I bought the Chicago Bears DVD a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. If I can take a break from Yankee stuff (I doubt it, though), I may watch it again – love knowing about the history of such an historic franchise. I hope this move works – I think it’s good for the NFL if the Bears are at least a serious playoff contender.

  54. AROD fan April 2nd, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Jeter sounds heartbroken.

  55. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 2nd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Betsy.

    Brian’s Song is a top 3 sports movie IMO.

    -dennis

  56. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Betsy
    April 2nd, 2009 at 7:07 pm
    GB, I became a Bear fan because of Brian’s Song – I can’t pretend I’m not a bandwagoner, lol. Brian’s Song makes me cry buckets of tears whenever I see it and so I’ve always been fascinated by Sayers, Piccolo and the blue and orange. I bought the Chicago Bears DVD a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. If I can take a break from Yankee stuff (I doubt it, though), I may watch it again – love knowing about the history of such an historic franchise. I hope this move works – I think it’s good for the NFL if the Bears are at least a serious playoff contender.

    ————————————————————

    Piccalo was a pretty amazing story just to become a pro football player. He was an undersized, slow halfback out of Wake Forest, but, he was All-Conference. He was playing in the Deep South and one of the opposing teams, Maryland, I believe, had the only black football player in the conference. Playing at Wake, the wake players and crowd was really spilling out the bile. Piccalo walked across the field, put his arm around the guy and talked to him for a few minutes. He walked back to his bench glaring at his team mates and the crowd and never said a word to them. The crowd and bench just sit stunned, and that was the end of it. Piccalo, by the way, was not drafted…he was a walk-on with the Bears. He and Sayers were the first integrated room mates in pro sports.

  57. nyny April 2nd, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Nice grammar peter

  58. Betsy April 2nd, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Dennis, I think so. They remade it a couple of years ago (why?!), but I refused to watch it. I can’t separate Billy Dee Williams and James Caan (although he looks too old to play Picolo) from Sayers and Piccolo. The music is incredibly beautiful – it’s just a must watch for me when it’s on. The only sports movie that made me cry like that was the Champ, with Ricky Schroeder and Jon Voight…….

    GB, that’s the first time I’ve heard that Piccolo story – wow. One thing I remember from the movie was Pic saying that (in essence, this is not verbatim) throughout his whole career, there was always someone who was better than he was. He then succeeded at Wake, goes to the Bears and boom – there is Gayle Sayers. CBS aired tribute to Pic a couple of years ago – I think he’s still huge on the Wake campus

  59. trisha - I am panic proof. April 2nd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Hi all. I just got home from a pretty horrific day at work. So what I am going to say now could just be the effects of that. Hard to know when you’re in the middle of it.

    I’m tired of Sullenberger’s name showing up everywhere. I’m sure he’s a good guy. I don’t know whether or not he grew up a Yankee fan. If so, who give’s a rat. I don’t.

    I’m also tired of Bernie Williams.

    Looks like I missed a day of really sweet blogging and likely the posts that go with it.

    I guess I’ll pull the trigger now on that ticket if it’s still available.

    GO YANKEES!

    They are going to be crazy good this season. Sick good.

  60. cc April 2nd, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Can Pettitte speak a complete sentence? His comments make almost no sense. He must have been flabbergasted by the new park.


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