I think a lot of us — myself included — are getting carried away with proclaiming Yankee Stadium the second coming of Coors Field.
OK, so 20 home runs were hit in four games. That’s a lot. But there were 20 home runs hit at the old Stadium from July 31-Aug. 3, 2007. You can also find four-game, 20-HR stretches during the 2000, 2003 and 2004 seasons.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there were eight four-games spans of 20 or more homers at the old Stadium, some of them overlapping. So maybe what we saw was just an anomaly.
The AccuWeather people had an interesting theory that the shape of the new Stadium is influencing the wind patterns.
There are also theories that the dimensions are shorter in right field, not exactly the same as the Yankees claim. The fence in right certainly seems shorter.
As we desperately searched for rainout stories today, a few of us talked to Mark Teixeira about it. His point was a good one. “Not yet,” he said when asked if you can judge how the Stadium plays. “It’s way too early. It’s four games.”
Tex said it would be fair to wait until the All-Star Game before deciding. That seems about right.
Joe Girardi sort of dismissed the issue, saying both teams had to deal with it. Within the context of one game or one series, that is certainly true. But if the Yankees’ bullpen is taxed because of high-scoring games, that is going to hurt the team over the length of the season.
As for a few other topics:
• There are increasing whispers in Yankeeland that the team realizes they overpriced the good seats and a correction is coming. The issue may be how they compensate those
dupes loyal fans who dropped $2,625 a seat already.
• I mentioned this once already, but it bears repeating. If you’re not reading Kim Jones’ blog on YES.com, you really should be. Kim (who once covered the NFL for the Star-Ledger) is a fine writer and has the right touch for blogging. Her insights into the team are worth your time. If you see Kim, tell her I said this.
• Now that Xavier Nady is hurt and Damaso Marte is a ticking time bomb, how is that trade looking? Ross Ohlendorf threw seven shutout innings against the Marlins tonight, allowing two hits. You watch, he’s going to be a player they regret losing. His stuff is very good.
• Even when the game gets rained out, there are still stories to write. So a bunch of us were at the Stadium in the work room around 7:15. Then somebody from the team told us they were closing the garage across 161st St., where we all park.
I packed up, grabbed my umbrella and headed for the car. There is Noah’s Ark rain and crazy winds and 161st St. is crawling with traffic. As I leave Gate 4, the guy at the door says, “Good luck with that, buddy.”
As I got to the garage, it’s locked up and there are five writers huddled against the locked gate trying to figure out what we do next.
Meanwhile, my umbrella gets blown out and it’s pouring. Good times. Finally somebody who works for the garage hears us cursing and drives over to open the grate. He forgets in his haste to put his truck in park and nearly drives into a wall. Then it turns out the gate has a pull chain and goes up like one inch every 30 seconds.
Did I mention it was pouring?
So we all limbo under the gate and get to the cars. Plus I had to get up the Deegan back home and finish the story I was working on before deadline. The Pulitzer Committee can pass on that one.
The moral of the story: Study harder in school and you can get a job that involves limos and gin and tonics at 7:30, not dodging trucks in the rain and kicking metal grates in the Bronx.