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Game 10: Indians at Yankees (new Yankee Stadium home opener)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Apr 16, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (5-4)
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Hideki Matsui DH
Cody Ransom 3B
Brett Gardner CF

Pitching today: LHP CC Sabathia (1-1, 4.50).

INDIANS (2-7)
Grady Sizemore CF
Mark DeRosa 3B
Victor Martinez 1B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Shin-soo Choo DH
Ben Francisco RF
Kelly Shoppach C
Tony Graffanino 2B
Trevor Crowe LF

Pitching today: LHP Cliff Lee (0-2, 9.90)

CC Sabathia vs. the Cleveland hitters.

Cliff Lee vs. the New York hitters.

HOMES OF THE YANKEES: Hilltop Park (1903-12), Polo Grounds (1913-22), Yankee Stadium (1923-2008), New Yankee Stadium (2009- ).

NEW PARK IN TOWN: Yankee Stadium is the first new AL park since Comerica Park opened in Detroit in 2000.

CC SEES THE TRIBE: CC Sabathia was drafted by Cleveland in 1998 and was with them until last July when he was traded to Milwaukee. He was 106-77 in 237 starts.

BRUNEY’S THE BEST: Bruney’s last five outings: 4.2 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts.

LEE VS. THE YANKEES: Cliff Lee is 3-3, 5.62 against the Yankees. He beat them last May 7, throwing seven shutout innings in the Bronx.

CANO’S CONSISTENT: Robinson Cano has hit safely in 8 of 9 games.

BILLY BEANE WANTS HIM BACK: Nick Swisher has been on base in 16 of 32 plate appearances.

Back with more later. My flight lands around 9:40 and then comes the mad dash to the park.

UPDATE, 10:18 a.m.: I’m in a car but my colleagues from the paper just texted to say that RHP Dave Robertson was called up to replace Xavier Nady on the roster.

UPDATE, 12:09 p.m.: Just arrived at the Stadium thanks to an outstanding job by Dave the car service driver, who got us right to Gate 4 where the press entrance is.

After getting up at 4:30 a.m., the fun part of the day is ready to start. Keep checking back as there will be lots of updates.

UPDATE, 12:12 p.m.: John Sterling just introduced George Steinbrenner, who waved from a private box next to his wife, Joan.

Now the West Point Band is performing in center field.

UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: Here’s a photo of Yogi Berra, who was in the press conference room (we have one those now and it’s great) talking about the first pitch he’s going to throw out.

UPDATE, 12:17 p.m.: It is very good to see my friend Jack Curry of the Times here today. Jack was hit by a car in Philadelphia on his way into the stadium to cover their opener two weeks ago. But he is here working with his arm in a sling.

UPDATE, 12:26 p.m.: This is cool, John Fogerty is playing Centerfield in center field. They’re showing highlights of great Yankee CFs on the scoreboard.

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m.: And now a great center fielder, Bernie Williams, is playing his guitar in center field. Fittingly, it’s Take Me Out To The Ball Game.

UPDATE, 12:33 p.m.: Bernie finishes up as people chant his name.

UPDATE, 12:55 p.m.: They introduced 40+ former players along with the players from both teams. The former players are lined up along the infield in special jackets.

UPDATE, 1:00 p.m.: Kelly Clarkson (baby’s got back!) sang the anthem and the flyover was perfectly timed.

UPDATE, 1:01 p.m.: Whitey Ford and Don Larsen just took some dirt off the mound.

UPDATE, 1:03 p.m.: Yogi Berra came out alone and threw out the first pitch. They should have had Posada go out there with him.

UPDATE, 1:05 p.m.: We’re about to get underway.

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: A few firsts …

First pitch: CC Sabathia to Grady Sizemore. It was a fastball outside that was called a ball by Tom Hallion.

First out: Grady Sizemore grounded to Mark Teixeira, who tagged first base.

First strikeout: Sabathia struck out Victor Martinez with a 2-2 fastball in the first inning.

UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: This is really cool. Just before Jeter his, a bat used by Babe Ruth to hit the first home run in the first game at the original Yankee Stadium was placed on the plate. The Bambino belted a three-run circuit clout to help beat the Red Sox 4-1.

Jeter then picked it up, pretended for a second like he would use it, then gave it to a bat boy.

Jeter should have homered but he flew to center.

The bat is on loan to the Yankees from the collection of Richard Angrist and will be displayed in the Yankees Museum until the All-Star break.

UPDATE, 1:21 p.m.: Damon gets the first hit at the new place, a clean single to center.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: Thanks to my colleague Kevin Devaney Jr., here is the audio of the pre-game press conference Joe Girardi held:

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UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Who do you think will hit the first home run at the Stadium for the Yankees? Vote on the LoHud.com Yankees page.

UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: No score through two innings. Meanwhile, the “Yankee Trivia” is now hosted by some perky girl named Tara and the volume on her mic is set to “make everybody deaf.” It’s very annoying.

Meanwhile, the pennants are atop the frieze, a welcome addition since the Cubs games. The retired numbers are now painted on a wall in left field that everybody can see. That was a good addition as well.

UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: The crowd is dead quiet. Dead. But Opening Day, especially this one, figured to bring out a lot of pretenders.

UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: What a play by Cody Ransom. He dove to snare the ball off the bat of Ben Francisco and from his knees threw out Jhonny Peralta at the plate as Posada blocked the dish with his knee.

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: The crowd is just brutal. Yankees come to plate and there is barely a smattering of applause. I don’t know if the crowd is quiet or the design of the stadium is the reason, but it’s like being in church so far.

UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: CC is in bend-but-don’t-break mode. He has put nine runners on base in nine innings but allowed only one run.

Meanwhile, the Yankees need to get something going against Cliff Lee as they trail 1-0.

UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: We have the first home run in the place, a solo shot to center by Jorge Posada, the great underrated Yankees catcher. Now it’s 1-1.

For Posada, that’s 223 homers, moving him past Don Mattingly into seventh place in team history.

UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: This report from the AP:

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez took another step in his rehab from right hip surgery, hitting three home runs in 49 swings during his first full batting practice session.

A-Rod homered to right, left and deep left-center on Thursday. He hit numerous liners and had several other balls land near or off the outfield fence.

UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Sabathia started the inning with 105 pitches. … The Yankees are 0 for 7 with RISP. They have left 10 on base.

UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: The Yankees got their money’s worth out of Carsten Charles today as he tossed 122 pitches. Unfortunately for him, that only got him through 5.2 innings.

It’s 1-1 and Edwar Ramirez is in.

UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: I’m falling asleep and not because I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to catch a flight. This game is boring.

1-1 after six.

UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: Kyle Veras just walked DeRosa to start the seventh before Martinez hammered a double to right.

Mark Melancon. Mark Melancon. Mark Melancon.

UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Well, that was brutal. Walk, double, two-run double. 3-1 Indians and Marte in to try and clean it up.

UPDATE, 3:54 p.m.: Damaso Marte hasn’t been much better. He hit Choo then when Francisco bunted, he threw a change-up to third base and the runner was safe. Then came an RBI single.

4-1 Tribe and still counting.

UPDATE, 3:59 p.m.: And Marte gives up a slam followed a long solo drive by Martinez. It’s 10-1.

The crowd is chanting, “We want Swisher.”

Now they’re booing Marte as the inning finally ends.

Marte is a one-lefty-at-a-time guy. He’s dangerous otherwise.

UPDATE, 4:03 p.m.: God Bless America now comes with a musical accompaniment. It’s like a Disney song now.

Meanwhile, remember those West Point Cadets who unfurled the flag before the game? They got obstructed view seats in the bleachers. How to honor the troops.

UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: Anyway, it’s 10-1 and half of the wealthy folks in the Legends seats have left the place. They’re probably checking their tickets, figuring that $2K meant they’d see a win for sure.

UPDATE, 4:24 p.m.: Hey look, Robertson throws strikes and gets guys out.

UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: Boy, this is grim. The place is just about empty and the Yankees are down 10-2 in the ninth. Not exactly how they dreamed it would turn out.

Back with more later on.

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