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Greetings from Gate A-5

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

Good morning from the Mike Alstott International Airport here in Tampa.

The Yankees flew back to New York last night and will open the new Stadium today. I wonder how long we’ll call it the “new Stadium?” I guess until they tear the old Stadium down. But better than some corporate name, right?

From a historical sense, I’m looking forward to today. It’ll be cool someday to be able to say I was there when they played the first game at the new Yankee Stadium. But from a baseball sense, I’m most interested to see how CC Sabathia looks against his old teammates. It also seems that deal Cliff Lee made with the devil last season has expired. He’s back to being Cliff Lee again.

Wanted to mention these two Nick Swisher-related items:

• Rays manager Joe Maddon, who is a tremendously good guy, sent Swish over a lineup card from the game he pitched on Monday.

• Swish drew an X on his elbow yesterday, a tribute of sorts to Xavier Nady.

Flight leaves at 7 a.m. I have a game post ready to go up at 10 a.m. with the lineup for the Yankees as Joe Girardi announced it yesterday. So check back then.

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93 Responses to “Greetings from Gate A-5”

  1. Yankees & Cubs in 2009 Series April 16th, 2009 at 6:12 am

    You should get an award for the least sleep by a beat writer in the history of the world !!! :-)

  2. Yankees & Cubs in 2009 Series April 16th, 2009 at 6:13 am

    hey hold up !…you have the lineup now and are holding back ???….Pete, say it ain’t so, Pete ! ;-(

  3. Roger(from amsterdam) April 16th, 2009 at 6:39 am

    wow you work hard Pete!

    Swish seems to be the perfect teammate

  4. Yankees & Cubs in 2009 Series April 16th, 2009 at 6:45 am

    ( at risk of showing up our host, here IS the opening day lineup for the New Yankee Stadium )

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports.....1689_x.htm

    Jeter – SS
    Damon – LF
    Teixeira – 1B
    Swisher – RF
    Posada – C
    Cano – 2B
    Matsui – DH
    Ransom – 3B
    Gardner – CF

    CC Sabathia – SP

  5. SJ44 April 16th, 2009 at 6:48 am

    My 2 Swisher stories from the trip so far:

    He comes back to the hotel after Monday’s game and a fan in a Rays hat yells: “way to go Nick”.

    He takes the ball out of his pockets and yells back, “I lead the league in ERA”. Everybody broke out laughing.

    Prior to Jeter’s GW hit, Molina hits a shot to third but right at Aybar for the second out. As he is walking back to the dugout, you can see the frustration of his offensive struggles beginning to build on him.

    First guy to meet him on the top step of the dugout to bump fists is Swisher yelling, “You smoked it Jose, good AB”. The rest of the team, taking the lead from Swisher, follow suit.

    It’s the little things that turn a bunch of guys into a team. He is a breath of fresh air to this team.

  6. Sean Serritella April 16th, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Thanks Yankees and Cubs. I now know I can start Johnny Damon on my fantasy team.

  7. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 16th, 2009 at 7:08 am

    SJ thanks for your great insight once again. It has been sorely missed around here lately.

    -I could not agree more about swisher. You get the feeling that even when he goes into his inevitable 1-20 slide he will still keep and upbeat and team first clubhouse in which he is able to set aside his struggles for the good of the team.

  8. baseball April 16th, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Good read SJ44..
    Hopefully they can have some fun this year..

  9. Patrick April 16th, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Outside of his 07 season Cliff Lee is actually a pretty good pitcher. Last year was a crazy outlier but look at his 2005 stats. 18-5, 3.79, 202 innings

  10. HillBilllShakespeare April 16th, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Babe Swisher

  11. Shirley April 16th, 2009 at 7:24 am

    A lineup card for Swisher, that’s hiliarious. Swisher has become one of my favortie Yankees.

  12. SJ44 April 16th, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Chemistry is both overrated and underrated. It’s overrated because folks sometimes put it over production, which you can’t do.

    On a team like the Yankees, it’s underrated because we have seen more than one guy collapse under the pressure of playing in NY.

    I’ve had six different players, all with various seniority levels on the team, tell me it’s the best group of guys they have been around in their careers.

    The valleys don’t seem to rattle these guys, and that’s a good thing.

    When I get back from the trip, I’ll post more observations from being around the team.

    Right now, I have to catch a flight.

  13. K April 16th, 2009 at 7:32 am

    I really like Swisher, he seems like a great guy to have around and he seems to really have fun out there.

  14. K April 16th, 2009 at 7:32 am

    I really like Swisher, he seems like a great guy to have around and he seems to really have fun out there.

  15. Doreen April 16th, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Kudos to Madden for giving Swisher the line-up card.

    Yay! I literally just got off the phone with my husband – we’re going to go to a game at the “new Stadium” on June 12th!!!! Hurray!!!

    Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

    SJ44 – looking forward to your observations.

    I have to say that if this team continues the way it has, it is going to be a way better season than last year, no matter what the end result. Because last season, you “hoped” they’d have a good game; this season, it sure feels like they have a chance to be in every game. As optimistic as I like to be, there were too many games last year where when the team fell behind, you just knew (even if you said and hoped differently) that the game was over. So far, from this small sample, there is just a different feel to the games.

    I know a lot of it, if not most of it, is because of the starting rotation. You know that each day there is a very good chance the Yankees can win; you know that even if they lose, the chances of bouncing back the next day are pretty darn good; you get the feeling that there should not be any long losing skids.

    I prefer not to get over my head – no chicken counting before the eggs are hatched – so I always temper my expectations. “On any given day, any given team, blah, blah, blah.” But it’s so far, so good, I’d say. :)

    To everyone lucky enough to be going to today’s game – and you should be just about out your doors, right? – have a great time!

    Let’s go Yankees!

  16. 86w183 April 16th, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Swisher might help Alex more than anyone else. If he can get that guy to loosen up and have fun that’ll be something.

    Intersting to see what the do to replace Nady. If they put X on the 60-man DL that frees up a spot on the 40-man. I suspect they’d try current FA without teams like Frank Catalanotto or Ray Durham before investing assets in a trade.

    A RH bat would be preferred since Matsui is not much of a DH vs LHP.

  17. Pauly April 16th, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Wow, my buddy in the BX says there are already people lining up outside the stadium

  18. Doreen April 16th, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Pauly -

    Not surprised to hear that. There’s less than 2 hours before they open the gates! :lol:

    I wonder if anyone slept out there. :)

  19. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother April 16th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    so nice to see…
    After a rough start the first game or two the Yankees complete their first road trip 5-4, ahead of both the Rays and the Red Sox.
    The complaining posters here seem to be almost giddy now. The wrist-slitters here have scrambled to find their gauze pad and band-aid supplies and the jumpers have slowly backed away from the ledge. Nooses were loosed and bottles of sleeping pills returned to the stores. Reports from the SPCA concerning the surge in the number of kicked dogs have also declined over the past two days.
    For a day or two maybe Girardi, Gardner, et al can enjoy the game and have a reprieve from the calls for their heads.
    Maybe.

  20. RussW210 April 16th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Great move by Girardi yesterday putting Melky in right for defensive replacement late in the game. He saved a hit.

  21. Rick April 16th, 2009 at 8:19 am

    has anyone checked the early season stats at scranton…..robertson 5 innings 10 k’s…melancon..5.2 innings 10 k’s…yikes….both have 0.00 era’s…..ipk has pitched two pretty good games too….got to wonder what plans the yankees have for him.

  22. Betsy April 16th, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Nice job by Madden – and he does seem like a good guy. I guess I was uptight about the whole thing.

    Swish’s tribute to X is just tremendous. I understand that chemistry may be overrated, but from what I can tell, this team really supports one another and I don’t think that is overrated. X is feeling low right now (I really feel for him) and it must make him feel better that his teammates are thinking of him – they won’t just forget him because he’s out of commission.

    I’m off to the park in an hour!

  23. murphydog April 16th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    It’s silly to say at this point in the season, but following up on SJ’s observations, the come from behind wins I’ve seen from these guys so far remind me an awful lot of the 96-2000 version of the team. No superstars taking star turns, just solid pitching and timely professional hitting by guys who know how to play baseball.

  24. jennifer April 16th, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Pete aren’t you cutting it close? Why just leave this morning?

  25. Betsy April 16th, 2009 at 8:38 am

    SJ, like Doreen, I always look forward to your observations.

    The new guys just clicked. They’re personalities (and they are all different)weren’t submerged when they walked into the clubhouse. Rather, they fit with the vets like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Kim Jones asked AJ why she thought he fit in so well and he kind of laughed and said she’d have to ask them. He’s quiet and doesn’t toot his own horn – from what Coney was saying, AJ just goes about his business, all the while being very cool about everything. He’s been a great teammate – really encouraging Wang and Joba, getting balloons and a cake for Tex’ birthday – and he’s got a very neat sense of humor. Nick just has a joy and passion for life – and that rubs off on everyone. Maybe these guys are remembering how much fun baseball is. I never thought that Jeter and co. were boring people, but they are Yankees and as Kay has said, there’s a reason why the Yankees are in pinstripes (as it mimicks a business suit). I don’t know if the pressure to win every day got to them, but yes, it is like Nick is a breath of fresh air. He’s almost childlike in his exuberance. CC’s rep was well-founded – he wants to bring everyone together, make them a family. He’s sort of like a big teddy bear to me. Tex almost seems like a composite of all of them. He is honestly genuine, sincere, and almost too good to be true lol. He’s also completely professional….

    O’Neill said recently that the new guys are here for the long term – not just on two year rentals – so that shows real committment to the team. Maybe that’s part of it – the vets have welcomed these guys with open arms. I think they were ready for a change as well.

  26. murphydog April 16th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Bluto Blutarsky and Swish… Separated at birth?

    http://imagecache2.allposters......steres.jpg

    http://baseballauthority.files.....wisher.jpg

  27. murphydog April 16th, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Not sure if the earlier post will get through moderation (two links to pictures), but I was just thinking that Swisher and Bluto Blutarsky (John Belushi in Animal House) look a lot alike in some pix. Find a couple and compare.

  28. jennifer April 16th, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Pauly- I saw that on the news this morning 6am. They showed people outside. They were outside the box office to get tickets.

  29. Lost in Tex-is April 16th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    SJ44 hit the nail on the head. Funny. I was coming here to post that the best thing I saw with this team — that I have not seen in a long time — was the energy and support they are giving each other. Seeing the team pumped-up in the dugout and REALLY slappin high 5′s and not just doing it because your supposed to… I see them putting their hearts back in the game. OH how I have longed to see the Yankees be like this again.

    Yankees have more runs scored per game, than any other team in MLB, if they keep this up, we are in for a great year. Wang will come around and the bullpen will work itself out..

    Can’t wait for todays game!

  30. rover April 16th, 2009 at 8:45 am

    I would suppose anytime a team comes home at 500+ from a lengthy road trip, things are good. Wang was horrid but its mechanical and should get fixed, thats room for even more optimism. I don’t think he has forgotten how to pitch. There was contributions from nearly all the guys. Defense was ok too. Ever the optimist I believe Hidecki will come around with some confidence in his knee. Swish was a lttle tiny bit productive. Hate what happened to X. Tex getting off slower than we hoped but he hasn’t forgotten how to hit either, hopefully it is just his wrist.
    Andy is Andy so far. Two very solid performances and I’m not surprised by that. CC and AJ if they stay healthy god help the Al east is all I can say. Joba should get better and stronger his performance seemed somewhat dominating. Easy to forget he is still developing.
    Arod comes back, the rotations stays healthy, Wanger gets fixed, Posistion players stay relatively healthy, Jeter avoids getting a hand crushed and there is no end to the possibilities of this team. Room for optimism on all fronts I think.

  31. jennifer April 16th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    murphy- Two links in one post won’t get through.

  32. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother April 16th, 2009 at 8:53 am

    jennifer April 16th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    murphy- Two links in one post won’t get through.

    - – - – -

    Yeah, that’s the new math.

  33. jennifer April 16th, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Since the Rays thought it was funny playing “money for nothing” when the Yankees were introduced and various other songs.

    I think the Yankees should play old McDonald or something along those lines when the Rays come to the Stadium.

  34. jennifer April 16th, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Swisher’s twitter entry
    New York! Opening Day! Can’t wait!

  35. Tim Sherman April 16th, 2009 at 8:55 am

    I will be staying home from work today to watch the game with my 3 year old baby girl. I already taught her how to clap and say “Go Yannkees go!” I want to be able to show her pictures in a few years of us watching the game together. There’s only one first game at the new Stadium. Looking forward to it.

  36. RussW210 April 16th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I have been watching the games on and off the past 2 days. Can someone answer this for me:

    Is Tex batting from both sides of the plate or is he instructed to bat from the side favorable to his left wrist?

  37. Annie.Hsu April 16th, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Swisher replace AROD
    and he is intresting !!!
    I like Swish !

  38. JIm April 16th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Shirley
    April 16th, 2009 at 7:24 am
    A lineup card for Swisher, that’s hiliarious. Swisher has become one of my favortie Yankees.

    And to think how many Yankee fans were upset at him because he was laughing. Then the opposing manager gives him the lineup card!!! Kudos to Joe Maddon.

  39. Coach6423 April 16th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    both sides russ

  40. Rishi April 16th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04......html?_r=2

    interesting article on steriods (linked to in Rob Neyer’s blog this morning)

  41. jennifer April 16th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Jim- It was just idiots falling in line with Michael Kay. Most people did not have any issue with it.

  42. JohnC April 16th, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I hope today is not the day Lee finds his groove. I was at the game he pitched last year against us at the Stadium and they couldn’t touch him. When he’s on he can be unhittable. Hopefully, CC carries his last start into today.

    GO YANKS!!!!!!

  43. Lori April 16th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    I can’t describe how excited I am for opening day! The energy of this team is rubbing off and there is so much excitement every day! I was up at 5 this morning to get into the office so I can get out of there — leaving in an hour – see you from the Stadium! Go Yankees!

  44. jennifer April 16th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I heard on the radio they are running extra trains.

  45. RussW210 April 16th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Thanks Coach… good to hear.

  46. JIm April 16th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    jennifer
    April 16th, 2009 at 9:05 am
    Jim- It was just idiots falling in line with Michael Kay. Most people did not have any issue with it.

    Yeah, I know…. just far more idiots than I thought humanly possible.

  47. vin April 16th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Great thinking, Tim Sherman. I’ll be watching with my wife and dog.

    I’ll be leaving work for my “dentist appointment” around 9:30 PST. Hopefully I don’t miss too much of the ceremonies.

  48. vin April 16th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I haven’t heard anyone here or with the Yanks mention the possibility of the Rays being upset with Wang taking the field yesterday. But when I was forced to listen to the Rays broadcast on XM yesterday, they hinted that it wasn’t cool for the Yanks to take over the field 2 hours before game time so Wang could get the extra work in. They even brought up the past fisticuffs (sp?) between these teams with what happened last spring. They implied that the Rays people may take umbrage with it. Just something to keep in mind…

  49. randy l. April 16th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    “Wang’s left leg appears to be the issue as it’s getting ahead of the rest of his body and leaving his arm trailing behind. It’s a fairly easy thing to fix but Wang has not taken those adjustments out into the game.” peter a.

    “Struggling right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, who is 0-2 with a 29.38 ERA in two starts this season, threw a 21-pitch batting practice session. He has had trouble keeping his pitches down in the strike zone, and worked on slowing down the left leg during his delivery.”-espn

    slowing down his left leg?isn’t this just another way of saying shortening the stride? i’ve said it over and over that wang’s stride tends to revert back to his natural longer stride which doesn’t work well for the sinker he was taught.

    well, at least eiland is getting closer to where the problem is. he’s at least narrowed it down to the left leg. at least he’s got the right body part. SHORTER STRIDE DAVE!!!

  50. Lori April 16th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    vin – teams always get batting practice a couple of hours before the game. who they use to throw the balls shouldn’t be an issue. what’s the big deal?

  51. jennifer April 16th, 2009 at 9:24 am

    What a bunch of babies. It was probably taking place during the time when they are allowed to have the field. They really need to get over themselves.

  52. Kevin April 16th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    I unfortunately do not have tickets for today’s game…still trying Ticketmaster to see if any cheap seats pop up out of the blue. I will be watching every pitch though of today’s historic game.

  53. Coach6423 April 16th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    vin,

    I found it pretty pathetic that they came up and in to Swisher. He did exactly what you are supposed to do in that situation, hit the next pitch out.

    I find it hard to root for the rays. They have little man syndrome.

  54. NYYanksFan April 16th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    “Chemistry is both overrated and underrated.”

    True that.

    The Yankees last year had pockets of chemistry but never had a unifying force. What they also didn’t have is a pitching staff capable of getting it done. Baseball before bonding and it’s easier to bond when you know you have a chance to win everyday.

  55. AeroFANatic April 16th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Bruney has been a STUD thus far, and we’ve found our 8th inning guy. However, Joe can’t keep him up on this pace…

    5ip, 72 pitches thru 9 games.
    That projects to roughly 90 innings pitched

    It’s early and I am not worried about it yet as we’ll have some more complete games and such, however we need someone else to take a bit of the load off Bruney as he’s the only one I trust thus far.

  56. Coach6423 April 16th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Aero…we have plenty of arms…..PLENTY of arms

  57. AeroFANatic April 16th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Yes coach, but how many of them currently do you trust in the 8th over than Bruney?

  58. Fran April 16th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Finally opening day for the new Stadium. I don’t have tickets but I’ll be right in front of my TV at 11:30. YES is doing a 1 1/2 hour pregame and covering all of the ceremonies, so at least so of us who can’t be at the Stadium can still share in the events.

  59. Coach6423 April 16th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I would have no problem giving the Ball to Marte at any point in time. I would also give the ball to Veras and Edwar. If you are going to give them the ball in the 6th, or the 7th, there is no reason not to give them the ball in the 8th. An inning is an inning.

    Relievers, managers, and fans need to have a short memory, just like a starter, they can have it one day, and not the next, the reason it is more amplified with relievers, is because of the small, small sample size.

    David Robertson, and Mark Melancon are both names that I would trust at any time as well.

  60. randy l. April 16th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    the rays have really done a lot of things right on the field, but the cow bell thing and playing insulting music is just pandering to the lowest common denominator of fans. they do have a problem of drawing fans , but do they really want the idiots? i guess they’re happy with anyone at this point of their fan development.

    the rays as a team are here to stay it appears. they are a very good team on the field, and the management is still relatively new to baseball so it doesn’t appear they are going to get worse.

    … and with a wall street ownership and management, aren’t the rays really a new york team that plays in tampa?

  61. NYYanksFan April 16th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    “I found it pretty pathetic that they came up and in to Swisher.”

    Maybe the Rays are saying the right thing about the situation but might not really mean it.

  62. Paddy's Pub April 16th, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I can’t believe I have to work during this? Why couldn’t MLB have scheduled us first home series so I could have been unemployed during this game!

    Curse this new job.

  63. Tseng- Rename "Cy Young Award" the "Swisher" award. April 16th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Don’t worry folks, I’m starting Lee on my fantasy team so we’re going to smack him around like a pinata. I do what I can for the team. =)

  64. UpState April 16th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Coach6423
    April 16th, 2009 at 9:26 am
    vin,

    I found it pretty pathetic that they came up and in to Swisher. He did exactly what you are supposed to do in that situation, hit the next pitch out.

    I find it hard to root for the rays. They have little man syndrome.
    ==================================

    The Rays :

    “…Little Man Syndrome…”

    Hilarious. Priceless.

  65. tampa yankee from long island April 16th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    carton is so funny breaking on tex,even he knows tex will come around.I think he does it to bother boomer.carton is funny.

  66. Doris from Rego Park April 16th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    FWIW, I pointed out the X drawn on Swishers arm yesterday during the game

  67. jennifer April 16th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Carton isn’t funny. Carton is a buffoon. I shut it off when he was acting like a moron this morning.

  68. randy l. April 16th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    assume someone has poster it, but if not :

    “MLB.com’s free live coverage of Yankee Stadium’s debut begins at 10:15 a.m. ET and goes all
    the way through the first pitch and first inning.”

  69. Tom in NJ April 16th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    One thing I always notice when the Yankees play the Rays is the Rays reliance on scouting reports-the positioning of infielders and outfielders, and how the pitchers pitch to the defensive alignment.

  70. bdog375 April 16th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I respect Joe Maddon tremendously because of the way he preaches the game of baseball to his players. Him sending the lineup card to Swisher just reaffirms that Swisher is a great guy who has the respect of his colleagues.

  71. tampa yankee from long island April 16th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    jen’

    i know he acts stupid, buts its on purpose.at least he not like fatcessca the idiot who says stupid things not on purpose because he believes it.carton keeps it like a sports comedy show.life is to serious sometimes i like the break from it.

  72. Fran April 16th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Jennifer, Carton always acts like an idiot. No different than any other morning.

  73. jennifer April 16th, 2009 at 9:58 am

    FRAN- Very true.

    Tampa- so because he acts like an idiot on purpose it is okay? Sorry I don’t subscribe to your way of thinking.

  74. RussW210 April 16th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    “FWIW, I pointed out the X drawn on Swishers arm yesterday during the game”

    50 cents

  75. RussW210 April 16th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    “Carton isn’t funny. Carton is a buffoon. I shut it off when he was acting like a moron this morning.”

    Sometimes when your job (or personality) is to make a joke out of EVERYTHING you often just say things for the sake of saying things. Even though you probably don’t mean half of it.

    I would know, I can be just like him especially around my girlfriend :)

  76. dale d April 16th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I watched the fourth inning of AJ’s game against the Rays last night.
    How cool and poised was Swisher when Grza came up and in on him. He didn’t even look at Garza. Wasn’t rattled at all then took him deep. The in the bottom half when AJ came up and not so in on Longoria the result was classic. That is the way it’s done. Very good to see a AJ protect our batters like that. Got Longoria looking on strike three. How different Swisher’s reaction from Longoria’s.

  77. UpState April 16th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Carton (Mad-Dog wannabe) is an idiot.

    Not really interesting/entertaining anymore.

    When Boomer’s got a day off – he’s Uber-Idiot.

    Very Anti-Yankee.

  78. UpState April 16th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Carton (Mad-Dog wannabe) is an idiot.

    Not really interesting/entertaining anymore.

    When Boomer’s got a day off – he’s Uber-Idiot.

    Very Anti-Yankee.

  79. Doreen April 16th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I’m going to miss the pre-game festivities. My daughter is home from school this week and I promised her I’d take her out. Oh, well.

    Anyway, enjoy y’all.

  80. Doreen April 16th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I’m going to miss the pre-game festivities. My daughter is home from school this week and I promised her I’d take her out. Oh, well.

    Anyway, enjoy y’all.

  81. jennifer April 16th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    1050 broadcasting from outside the stadium. There is a fire alarm going off during it. You’d think he could apologize for it instead of just trying to talk over it.

  82. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 16th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    What a gorgeous day it is today! I can’t believe this day is finally here, our new home for the Yankees is officially open for business. I am so jealous of anyone going to the game today and hope everyone has fun. :)

    Carton is an annoying dimwit. It is what it is.

  83. tampa yankee from long island April 16th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    RussW210

    funny

  84. Paddy's Pub April 16th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Longoria’s still youg. Probably not used to the tit for tat type of stuff.

  85. Scott April 16th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    vin,

    I listened to the game yesterday XM too and OMG are those two Ray’s announcers HUGE homers.

    I couldn’t believe they were angry with Wang’s pitching on the mound. But the two things that really set me off was hearing them talk about the guy (I can’t remember his name now) that ran into Cervelli like he was a hero, and then whining about Pettite’s pick off move as being a balk that he never gets called for.

    I got sick of listening and shut it off. Those guys are terrible. I am all for home team announcers but these two are over the top. Basically the Rays rule the universe and their players do everything right and don’t make mistakes. the umps and other teams do, but not the Rays.

    Other teams are all terrible and get lucky against the Rays, that is basically all you need to know.

    I wanted to reach through my radio and joke them a-holes.

  86. tampa yankee from long island April 16th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    UpState

    he picked the yankees to be the final team standing.so who cares if he’s anti-yankee.he also holds yankee season tickets in the bleachers and gives them away 2 yankee fans.mad dog hated the yankees,carton is just a met fan.

  87. Ryan April 16th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Robertson will be taking Nady’s spot on the roster, according to ‘word going round the stadium today’ (via Michael Kay interview on 1050 right now).

  88. Buddy April 16th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Hey Michael Kay, I guess Swisher smiling and joking on the mound didn’t bother the Rays that much. Tool.

  89. JIm April 16th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Paddy’s Pub
    April 16th, 2009 at 9:38 am
    I can’t believe I have to work during this? Why couldn’t MLB have scheduled us first home series so I could have been unemployed during this game!
    Curse this new job.

    Having been unemployed for 11 months, I wish I could be mad because I had to miss the game because of a new job.

  90. UpState April 16th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    tampa yankee from long island
    April 16th, 2009 at 10:16 am
    UpState

    he picked the yankees to be the final team standing.
    ====================================

    False praise. Like a Yankee fan predicting that David Wright will certainly win the Triple Crown. Gotta see thru the BS with him.
    =======================================

    so who cares if he’s anti-yankee.he also holds yankee season tickets in the bleachers and gives them away 2 yankee fans.
    =====================================
    He bought them ??? …or maybe the FAN bought them for the show for promotional purposes ??? Gotta see thru the BS.
    ===================================

    mad dog hated the yankees,carton is just a met fan.

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

    ….who also hates the Yankees.

  91. Jerry-NJ April 16th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Scott – as much as we complain about Sterling and Waldman, take a listen to some of the other announcers around the country and you’ll hear a lot of stuff like you describe with the TB guys… so bad…

  92. saucY April 16th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    “FWIW, I pointed out the X drawn on Swishers arm yesterday during the game”

    well, if i were here, i would have ;)

    i was wondering why i never noticed that tattoo before…

  93. GZA April 16th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I was wondering what that X was. I thought maybe Nick had joined the NOI. In any case, he’s the greatest.

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