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Regular season mailbag No. 1

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 20, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It has been a while since we’ve had a mailbag. So here goes …

Dave writes: “If it was up to you, what would you do with the Yankees’ bullpen? The back end of it looks great; the rest of it is horrible.”

Answer: This is what I personally would do: Replace Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez and Jonathan Albaladejo with Mark Melancon, Dave Robertson and Alfredo Aceves.

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Josh writes: “I have had Saturday season tickets for over 10 years. Spent awesome days in the sun going nuts with all the other crazy Yankee fans. This will never happen at the new place. It is not meant for that. They gave us Saturday seats located in section 420B row 14 or 15 (last row). In the last few rows the following happens:

1. You hear NOTHING. The exhaust from the air conditioning that is keeping the people cool in all the places I am not allowed into absolutely blows into that area. You almost get blown over, and you CANNOT hear anything. Not the crack of the bat, the ball hitting the mit, the PA announcer, Yankee matchup game, the great subway race, NONE OF IT. It is awful.

2. You see NOTHING. The damn frieze/facade/whatever the hell they call it hangs down right in your face.”

Answer: Josh, I contacted the Yankees for you and they offered the following answer: Get a job that allows you to afford seats that cost $2,625. All your problems will be solved.

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Matt from Seattle writes: “I wonder how long it will take for the Yanks to fire Girardi and bring in Willie Randolph to manage?”

Answer: If Girardi gets the gate, it won’t be Willie. He does not have the personality to manage in New York and didn’t work well with the front office. I’d be surprised if he got the call. Meanwhile, how about we let A-Rod get back from the DL and Chien-Ming Wang back from oblivion before we call for the manager’s head?

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Cory writes: “What would you rate the chances of swapping Hughes for Wang until he gets his sinker back? Hughes just pitched so it wouldn’t really mess with his rest.”

Answer: With the day off on Thursday, they can just skip Wang in Boston. There is no reason to bring Hughes up — yet.

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Joe Fan writes: “My son and I are avid Yankees fans. We go to probably a dozen games a season and are perfectly fine with our bleacher seats. We also liked to try to get player autographs and balls during batting practice. This season at Yankee Stadium, they’re opening the gates three hours in advance of game time. Sounds great, or so you’d think. The problem is that security won’t let anyone down to the field level unless they have a ticket in that section. That’s not fair. At the old Stadium, they let people down to the field from third base to the foul pole and first base to the foul pole, and that worked just fine.

I understand that people in the expensive seats want that access, but most of them are not there three hours before a game, every game. How about letting everyone down until an hour before game time, and just in those base-to-pole sections? The irony is that all over the stadium there are giant photographs of players signing autographs for kids.

I just want to see a dialogue started on this topic. I’ve already seen a bunch of disappointed kids and more than a few exasperated dads trying to explain to their kids that their $125 tickets weren’t good enough.”

Answer: Joe, yours is one of several e-mails I have received on this subject. It’s not fair and it’s not right. I would not expect them to change because the Yankees will cater to the wealthy. I suggest taking your son to Scranton or Trenton. The atmosphere is much different and you could get a future star to sign your ball.

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Frank Lyman from Amherst writes: “Do you think Brian Bruney’s recent dominance will quell the talk that Joba belongs in the bullpen?”

Answer: Alas, Frank, I don’t believe anything will end that debate. As long as there are columnists who can’t come up with anything better to write and bloggers who want more traffic, there will be those who insist a 23-year-old with four pitches who was drafted in the first round should pitch in the eighth inning.

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Thanks to everybody for writing.

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236 Responses to “Regular season mailbag No. 1”

  1. CountryClub April 20th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Albaladejo has been one of bright spots in the pen, even before yesterday. I wouldnt send him down. As far as Bruney quieting the Joba to the pen crowd: I heard Mike on the Fan on Friday saying Bruney in the 7th, Joba in the 8th, Mo in the 9th and the Yanks could sign up for Pennant immediately. The only way the Joba to the pen crowd will give up is if Joba pitches 2 straight perfect games.

  2. vin April 20th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    “Josh, I contacted the Yankees for you and they offered the following answer: Get a job that allows you to afford seats that cost $2,625. All your problems will be solved.”

    Hilarious… but sad.

    To me, the biggest transgression is not letting people get closer to the filed during BP. I’m sure the people who sit in those seats aren’t getting to the park early to see how the guys look during BP, or to take their kids to get autographs.

    My inner capitalist understands almost every other move regarding the ballpark, but this is tremendously disappointing.

  3. m April 20th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    If you’re thinking of using Aceves as your long guy, then that’s a good swap. But I’d rather have Albaladejo in there than Aceves. Because, well, one’s a reliever and the other’s a starter.

    re: the homerun replay. mlb.com recap said that Girardi immediately went inside to look at the replay. Ever the television analyst. But Jorge’s take was the best saying that from one view it looked like the Indians had a case. But from the center field view, it was clearly a homerun.

  4. E-gawa April 20th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Joba having 4 pitches is debatable.. He was much more dominant as a 2 pitch pitcher than this guy.

  5. Dave April 20th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I know you’ve had a few days off, Pete, but Albaladejo has been great since opening day and probably won the game for us yesterday. Why do you want to take him off the team?

  6. m April 20th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    re: the Mets. Kind of hard to “high”light the Mets heroes when two of their biggest ones were coke fiends.

  7. Dennis Shaw April 20th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I was at the first 2 games,and not only can you not get in the field level seats unless you have the appropriate ticket,there is also a large net that runs all along the legends seats from right field to left that separates the players from the fans.The net is removed after bp and fielding practice.The only place to get near the players is way down both lines and they looked like they avoided those areas.It will be almost impossible to get an autograph at the new stadium.

  8. Don Capone April 20th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I’m all for having Aceves as the long man. And Joba pitching the 8th? People are STILL talking about that? Bruney has been awesome. I guess it Joba’s own fault for pitching so good in that slot (ha ha).

  9. Bronx Jeers April 20th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    “Get a job that allows you to afford seats that cost $2,625. All your problems will be solved.”

    This is directly from the Levine/Trost playbook.

    Pete, you trying to take Zillo’s job?

  10. vin April 20th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    “Joba having 4 pitches is debatable.. He was much more dominant as a 2 pitch pitcher than this guy.”

    I wouldn’t say “much more dominant.” Lower ERA, better stats, etc… yes. But not much more dominant. Besides, getting 3 or 6 outs is a heck of a lot different than trying to get 15-21.

    I really hope Melancon is the real deal – that will give the Yanks 5 good to great starters and a 7,8,9 of MM, Bruney, Rivera. Throw in Coke/Marte for Lefties, trade one or two of Robertson, Edwar, Veras, or Alba for offensive/defensive depth. THAT is a team that will have playoff success.

  11. Joe from Long Island April 20th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    I understand the rationale for the BP. Albie has been pitching well, though.

    As a thought, the Yanks could package Veras, Edwar, and Albie for a young OF, somebody who might fit the bill for next year. Just a thought.

  12. William Buckner April 20th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Pete,
    I truly feel bad for you if these are the kind of questions you get emailed.

    The stadium sucks, the pen sucks, Joba as a starter sucks.

    Some of these things will get fixed as they work out stadium problems.

    So will the pen, through attrition.

    Joba will remain a starter and if he fails he can go back to being a reliever. You know, like Mo did.

    My head hurts.

  13. murphydog April 20th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    “Joba having 4 pitches is debatable.. He was much more dominant as a 2 pitch pitcher than this guy.”

    True, but that begs the difference between a starter, who ideally has to get through the whole lineup at least three times, verus a reliever who ideally pitches to three or four guys in one inning. You need more pitches to fool more guys more times.

    It’s a math problem: do you want a dominating type pitcher to try to do his magic 6 innings at a time, 33 times a year or one inning at a time maybe 40 – 50 times a year?

  14. ALB3 April 20th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    If I am the Yankees, I am not risking forfeiting another game by putting Wang on the mound. Let him figure this out with 2-3 starts in the minors while on the DL.

    Hughes won’t give up 8 runs in an inning two starts in a row. He just won’t.

  15. Joe from Long Island April 20th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    The deal with banning people from the field level without a ticket is the most upsetting thing for me. It’s not that I would even be down there, myself, though as a lifelong fan I would love to see the players up close. I really do feel for the kids, and the parents of the kids.

  16. JOJO April 20th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Boston already leads Baltimore 3-0 in the 3rd. I hate the Orioles. The Red Sox own them.

  17. murphydog April 20th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    “This is directly from the Levine/Trost playbook.”

    And I note out of a distorted sense of pride that both Levine and Trost are, ahem, lawyers. Way to go guys.

  18. Coach6423 April 20th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    He can’t go to the minors. He has no options, and does not have enough service to accept a trip to Scranton.

  19. Yankees 'N More April 20th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    What exactly is “not fair” about that policy?

    There are plenty of legit things to be concerned about with the new stadium. This is not one of them.

    People who pay for good seats, and care enough to go to their seats for batting practice, should not have to fight their way through 500 idiots pushing and shoving everybody in sight, all in an attempt to get Jose Molina to sign a baseball.

  20. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes April 20th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I can’t get over all the complaints about the new stadium.

    I wouldn’t know, haven’t been yet, but quite a few people are displeased with various issues.

    Among the complaints I’ve read, I’d like to see this so-called homer haven theory revisited in a couple months once the ballpark has had more than 6 games played in it.

    Secondly, I’d like the crowd to get into the games and be loud like they used to…that is crucial.

    Just some little kinks to work out over time. And you know they will be worked out.

  21. murphydog April 20th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    “Hughes won’t give up 8 runs in an inning two starts in a row. He just won’t.”

    Well, I’m convinced.

    As to all the seating controversies, just wait until they remove the first two rows in right field to recreate the Jeffrey Maier moat and avoid any more replays like yesterday. I’m ready to make book on that solution coming to pass this off-season.

  22. Stephen April 20th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I can attest to the sound of engines near the back of the grandstands. It’s just awful.

  23. yankeefan91 arod fan April 20th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    The Mad Prince in Pinstripes

    I noticed that the stadium is so quite compared to the old one.

  24. jennifer April 20th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Josh is wrong wrong wrong. I sat up there twice already. While you do hear the faint hum of the air conditioners, it is not loud and it does not block out the pa or subway races. I suggest josh turns up his hearing aid. :P

    j/k

  25. murphydog April 20th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    “People who pay for good seats, and care enough to go to their seats for batting practice, should not have to fight their way through 500 idiots pushing and shoving everybody in sight, all in an attempt to get Jose Molina to sign a baseball.”

    Those “idiots” you mention used to be me and my father and lots of happy, amped-up kids and their fathers (or mothers or uncles or aunts) who work pretty hard at lousy jobs and who get to take their kids to one or two games a year because they didn’t have the luck or whatever to make enough to afford the Royal’s box seats. I’m a capitalist myself, mostly, but there’s a point at which the underlings deserve a freaking break. Baseball is still not only a rich man’s game. At least I hope not.

  26. E-gawa April 20th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    “I wouldn’t say “much more dominant.” Lower ERA, better stats, etc… yes. But not much more dominant. Besides, getting 3 or 6 outs is a heck of a lot different than trying to get 15-21. ”

    In 59 innings as a reliever.. he’s had 78 K’s
    In 76 innings as a starter … he’s had 83 K’s
    Reliever – upper 90s to 100 mph
    Starter – Mid 90s

    Getting 3-6 outs can be just as important as getting the first 15-21 as demonstrated in Joba’s first start of the season.

  27. Bronx Jeers April 20th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I went to a game at Coors last year and they have an “autograph day” every Sunday. It seemed to work well.

    There is an “usher” at the entrance to every section checking tickets. Even the bleachers.

    Remember the old days when there were ushers who would show you to your seat and even wipe it off for you. Maybe you slipped him a few bucks. Maybe you slipped him more than a few bucks and he would give you a better seat.

  28. Hokiehill April 20th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    The real question is what are the Yankees planning to do to fill those high-priced, highly visible on TV seats? That photo from the game yesterday was pretty telling. I know there were huge expectations based on how things were going when the stadium was in the planning process, but just a couple weeks into the season it’s painfully obvious that something in regards to (at least) the $2600 seats needs to change. I know the Yankees brass aren’t the type to admit mistakes, but they’ve got to come up with some kind of plan B here…

    also, has the TV/protective netting issue been solved yet? unfortunately I haven’t gotten to watch much of the Yanks on tv yet.

  29. bdog375 April 20th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Why anyone would ask about Girardi getting the axe is mind boggling. Here is why Girardi is doing an outstanding job.

    The Yankees this year is one game above .500 despite:
    (1) No Arod
    (2) The Wanger gaurunteeing half of their losses. There was almost no way any game he has pitched could be won
    (3) Nady gone indefinitely
    (4) Matsui looking absolutely lost
    (5) 9 game road trip to start the season
    (6) Breaking in a new ball park
    (7) Wang decimated our bullpen three times

    The Yankees last year won 89 games, which is impressive because:
    (1) Not even factoring the tougher schedule they had from 60 games against the Rays, Sox and Jays, they still would have won the AL Central and NL West outright
    (2) Posada gone for most of the season
    (3) Wang (the good twin brother) gone for most of the season
    (4) A rotation that had Sidney Ponson and Darrell Rasner in it
    (5) An absurdly good division

    Girardi, IMO, is a phenominal manager so far. Of course he has get #27 soon, but a manager can be quite overrated and many of the factors that determine whether this happens are out of his control. He has fixed his only really downside by improving his relationships with the media and players. Also, there might not be a better baseball mind than Girardi. I remember in 07 when he was with YES. His insight into certain situations was amazing. I learned a ton about baseball just listening to his thoughts on situations.

  30. yankeefan91 arod fan April 20th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Bronx Jeers

    ma cuzin used to do dat lol.

  31. Patrick April 20th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Good post Pete. I don’t think there is any question that Robertson/Melancon/Aceves is a more talented group than Veras/Ramirez/Albaladejo.

  32. Coach6423 April 20th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    E-Gawa….

    We should have no starters at all. Just a 9 man bullpen, that all throw 1 inning. Since the early innings are less important, we should have our worse pitchers going in the frame.

    With this revolutionary 9 man bullpen, we really shorten the game.

  33. murphydog April 20th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    “Getting 3-6 outs can be just as important as getting the first 15-21 as demonstrated in Joba’s first start of the season.”

    It’s a circular argument: Quality starting pitching is what gets you to the 8th inning set up man to lock it down and hand it over to Mo. Gotta get through the first 15 – 21 outs first, however. Quality Starters are paid more than all but a handful of relievers for a reason: they are more valuable.

  34. Patrick April 20th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    “Getting 3-6 outs can be just as important as getting the first 15-21 as demonstrated in Joba’s first start of the season.”

    No that’s really dumb actually.

  35. AJ from princeton April 20th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    YOURE ARE NOT A GOOD WRITER-FIRST OFF(AGAIN I HAVE TO SAY IT)

    STOP STICKING UP FOR THIS MANAGER – STOP STICKING UP FOR THIS MANAGER- STOP STICKING UP FOR THIS MANAGER- STOP STICKING UP FOR THIS MANAGER- STOP STICKING UP FOR THIS MANAGER- STOP STICKING UP FOR THIS MANAGER- STOP STICKING UP FOR THIS MANAGER

    WHEN WILL YOU LEARN, AROD IS A LOSER – WE SHOULDVE KEPT SORIANO
    GO COVER A NEW ENGLAND TEAM CHUBBO

  36. vin April 20th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    “Getting 3-6 outs can be just as important as getting the first 15-21 as demonstrated in Joba’s first start of the season.”

    The vast majority of the time, the starting pitching sets the tone for the game. You also need to take into account the fact that the bullpen will be improved due to the quality of the starting pitching.

    Will Joba ultimately end up in the bullpen, I don’t know. But the Yanks need to see if he can be the starter that he’s capable of being. Starting pitching is much more highly valued than 8th or even 9th inning pitchers – just look at the salaries. That many GMs can’t be wrong.

  37. murphydog April 20th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    “Remember the old days when there were ushers who would show you to your seat and even wipe it off for you. Maybe you slipped him a few bucks. Maybe you slipped him more than a few bucks and he would give you a better seat.”

    I remember them wearing blazer-type jackets with a matching hat and a fuzzy mitt to wipe off the seat. (I think the jackets were red – or maybe I’m getting senile).

  38. William Buckner April 20th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Robertson, Melancon, Albaladejo better then Robertson, Melancon, Aceves.

  39. murphydog April 20th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    THANKS FOR THE DEEP THOUGHTS, AJ.

  40. Hokiehill April 20th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    bronx jeers…baltimore still has ushers that show you to your seat and wipe it down for you…IMO everything at that ball park is run top notch…of course I only have the old YS and the former Richmond Braves ball park to compare to. That said, every year I thoroughly enjoy my annual Yankees v Orioles game in Baltimore.

    as far as the autograph issue, I think the idea of an “autograph day” where ushers are a little more lenient makes a lot of sense…either that or set aside one small section near the dugout for people in other seats to congregate and ask for autographs..Pete’s right though, AAA and AA games are the way to go as far as getting stuff signed. You can also go the direct mail route which works well particularly for a lot of retired players.

  41. Hokiehill April 20th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    direct mail also works for a lot of active players…

  42. Patrick April 20th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Yeah I really love Camden Yards. I wish the Yankees management had made the new Yankee stadium more like that rather then only caring about how many concession stands and restaurants they could jam into the place.

  43. vin April 20th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I don’t think we can write off Edwar yet. He’s pitched in all three of the CMW massacres – and I don’t even count those. Plus, he’s still striking guys out, which is a good sign – but he is walking too many. I think he’ll have a good season. Same can be said for Veras, but his control can be maddening, which is why I hope they right him, and include him in a deal for a CF.

  44. Doreen April 20th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I hope the Yankees hired extras in their Complaint Department. ;)

  45. murphydog April 20th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I vote for autograph day, with an extra early start. This way we the unwashed won’t disturb our betters, eating their smoked gouda and arugula salads with a crisp yet fruity chardonnay.

  46. Yankees 'N More April 20th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    MURPHYDOG: “Those “idiots” you mention used to be me and my father and lots of happy, amped-up kids and their fathers (or mothers or uncles or aunts) who work pretty hard at lousy jobs and who get to take their kids to one or two games a year …”

    Murphy, with all due respect, what is fair about making the people who paid for those seats fight through those isles, jam-packed with people who don’t have tickets there, just to get to their seats?

  47. Chubbo April 20th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Um…Pete hates Girardi.

    Aj, Where have you been?

  48. pat April 20th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Yanks said there is nothing to do about the empty seats this year. Said if they sell great, if they don’t they’ll be empty this year. They won’t be using seat fillers to improve the aesthetic.

    If they lower the price on the empties now, they would have to refund everyone who already bought the seats at the higher price.

    50% full at $2500 per is a higher profit than 100% full at $1250 when you factor in the food and beverage service that comes with those seats.

  49. wsr April 20th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Murphydog,

    I’d imagine that most people wouldn’t have a problem with the amped-up kids and their family, but the rude eBayers and the like would probably be the more annoying part. those are also the people who annoy the players and make it harder for those kids to get their autographs.

    granted, i’m down in tampa, so i don’t really know what the new stadium crowds are like yet.

  50. Steve B April 20th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    “Girardi, IMO, is a phenominal manager so far”

    Seriously?

    Jury’s out. He’s done nothing outstanding and nothing really poorly. Decidedly ordinary would be an apt description to this point, but he’s capable of improving on it…..I think.

  51. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: My Interview With Bill Gallo April 20th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I went to Saturday’s game. In my opinion, they did a great job with the stadium. It’s absolutely beautiful!

    My few complaints (other than the ridiculous pricing of the tickets):

    * Monument Park should be more prominently displayed.

    * People should have access to the field level for batting practice. It allows fans to interact with the players and see them up close. Anyone without a ticket in that area should be required to leave one hour before game time.

    * I hate the LED Ribbon on the facing of the upper deck. It’s too busy and distracting.

    * The ads on the LF wall are too big.

  52. Victor the Predictor April 20th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    If May 15 is the actual date that Alex returns, Mark Melancon will be added to the 40-man roster shortly thereafter and not until.

  53. Mrs. Kekich April 20th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for distorting history when it comes to Giambi. He has never admitted to using steroids. That came out in leaked grand jury testimony. He offered a pathetic “apology” for nothing specific. He comes across as honest for that? I guess 99% of fans flat-out don’t care about steroids.

    The funny thing is, fans who don’t care about steroids don’ realize juice has helped caused the main thing wrong with the new stadium – ticket prices. If Giambi never juices, he NEVER gets the $120 million contract from the yankees. Contracts like that led to payrolls skyrocketing, soon to be followed by ticket prices.

    so next time you say who cares who did steroids, maybe think of the people who can no longer afford to see a game, or who got bootred into crappy seats at the new park.

  54. YankeeDiva April 20th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    “Get a job that allows you to afford seats that cost $2,625. All your problems will be solved.”

    Wow! Pete a little bitter this morning no?
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Murphy, with all due respect, what is fair about making the people who paid for those seats fight through those isles, jam-packed with people who don’t have tickets there, just to get to their seats?

    But it would be nice for the Yankees to find a way to acknowledge their “little” fans the ones are not forunate enough to get bailout bonus paychecks.

  55. wsr April 20th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    and pat,

    wouldn’t 100% full at 1250 be more profitable than 50% full at 2500? same ticket revenues, but you’re selling concessions to twice as many people

  56. Bronx Jeers April 20th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    “I vote for autograph day, with an extra early start. This way we the unwashed won’t disturb our betters, eating their smoked gouda and arugula salads with a crisp yet fruity chardonnay.”

    Maybe some have a point about the Legends seats but there are plenty of other normal sections with field access that they could allow people to try and get balls, autographs etc.

  57. stupidchildren April 20th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    “I understand that people in the expensive seats want that access, but most of them are not there three hours before a game, every game.”

    most of them are not there, period.

  58. Joe from Long Island April 20th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    murphydog – we must be of the same age, I have the same memories of older men with a red jacket and a furry mitt. Sigh.

    Look, I’m all for capitalism and making money. I’d love to be doing more of it myself. But, baseball is rather unique in that a great part of the audience isn’t that stratosphere. This isn’t opera, afterall (no offense to opera-go-ers). Making Sunday autograph day isn’t a bad idea. Or even, Saturday and Sunday. They could do something, it can’t be all that hard. All it would take is the desire to do it.

    Just do it. That, and give me back my Saturday package.

  59. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: My Interview With Bill Gallo April 20th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Is anyone allowed down the RF/LF and outfield during batting practice, or do you need a ticket for those areas? I didn’t notice.

  60. trisha - I am panic proof. April 20th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I apologize if they’re boring. You will see that I was transfixed by the jumbotron!

    http://s81.photobucket.com/alb.....=slideshow

  61. GreenBeret7 April 20th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    You can blame the autograph issues on adults. They’re the ones that have ruined it for kids. Kids, for the most part want them because they have something to remember they game by. adults want them to sell. How many have been to games and have seen adults push their way past kids to tell a player to sign something? Not ask, but, tell.

    I’ve been to camera days in Chicago where the kids were allowed and adults were allowed to go on the field to take pix of the players, with the understanding that the kids came first. It worked well until adults decided that getting players to sign Polaroids would be great. It ruined it for the kids. Blame yourselves for the greed, not the teams or players.

  62. DT April 20th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    “As long as there are columnists who can’t come up with anything better to write and bloggers who want more traffic, there will be those who insist a 23-year-old with four pitches who was drafted in the first round should pitch in the eighth inning.”

    Bloggers who use Joba to the pen for blog hits are fools.
    Do like the pros. Use Arod for blog traffic. He’s GOLD. ;-)

  63. Stephen April 20th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Forget about swapping Hughes for Wang. How about Citifield for Yankee Stadium. Funny how all I hear is how great that park is and how bad this concrete money maker is. As far as those seats being empty and they ‘have’ to do something about it, I say screw them. I love that those seats are empty and all can see that through the net!

    This organization that I love, that I have loved for 40 years is turning into a joke with fans like us, the true fans that check this blog 23 times a day and have been priced out of the stadium except for upper deck seats that are closer to air traffic then the field. This stadium will nevr rock with noise and that is a true shame. I have a 5 year old son, will he ever feel like we do. Will he ever have fond memories as we do of the red blazer and fluffy glove to wipe the seats. No he’ll be bored because he’ll never get close enough to truly enjoy the games. I’m flabbergasted. This is truly upsetting and quite honestly disgusting how we are being treated. And guess what, if you are in your 30′s or 40′s your stuck with this for your lifetime. Enjoy!

  64. DT April 20th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    GB – can I have your autograph? It’s for my kid. Really.

  65. JT April 20th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I have the exact same seats as Josh on Sundays in 420B, last row, and have none of the problems he described. The frieze does not get in the way at all (maybe cause im in the center of the row, so im looking through the peak of the frieze?). I thought crowd noise was gonna be an issue after being there Opening Day, but the noise was great on Sunday! I think Josh just saw a really bad game on Saturday and that soured his experience. It’s impossible not to hear the PA announcer as the speaker is right above you, blaring in your ear. I also heard Saturday was incredibly windy. I’m pretty sure that was the wind whipping through the now open back of the last row, not the AC system. Chin up Josh, it doesn’t get any worse than that Saturday game.

  66. randy l. April 20th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    “it’s a math problem: do you want a dominating type pitcher to try to do his magic 6 innings at a time, 33 times a year or one inning at a time maybe 40 – 50 times a year?”

    murphydog-

    … and the last inning is more important than the first. if it wasn’t mo would come in for an inning to start games. that said if a pitcher has the number of pitches and the make up to be a quality starter, you have to leave him there.

    i’ve never gotten revved up on the joba starter/ reliever debate because i figure that we’ll find out by starting him. how well he does will determine where he goes.

    joba has the personality of a closer, so i understand why some people think that’s where he should be, but he’s also very good as a starter so that weighs more unless for some reason he has problems with starting.

  67. GreenBeret7 April 20th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    DT
    April 20th, 2009 at 12:35 pm
    GB – can I have your autograph? It’s for my kid. Really.

    ————————————————————

    Sure thing. Here it is.

    X

    signed for GreenBeret7

    sorry, but, I can only print.

  68. Uncle Ellsworth April 20th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Trisha – awesome thanks

  69. no.27 April 20th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Steroids have nothing to do with ticket prices going up, neither does Giambi’s contract.

  70. pat April 20th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    wsr

    Concessions are included in the price of the $2500 seats so half the amount of people are likely to consume half the amount of food and beverages for twice tha amount of money.

  71. Fran April 20th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I personally think that it is time to call up Ian Kennedy so that we can officially christen the new stadium “The Ian Kennedy Space Center” !

  72. William Buckner April 20th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Foxsports has NYY 19th in this weeks power poll. Just behind the Pirates.

    Really? 19th?

  73. gayle April 20th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Couple of things about BP;

    SOmeone mentioned the netting that is up around certain field level seats. Please be aware that these nets were also always up at the OYY during BP. They are protection of balls going into the stands. Nothing new or different between Old and New.

    At the Old Yankee Stadium you also could not go in the seats right behind home plate or even right down the lines during BP without a ticket for that area. What you were allowed to do was go into the right field or left field sections and stand there and ask for autographs or take pictures in the old stadium I sat in Section 21 box 100 field level and that is where everyone used to congregate to watch BP so unless they are not even allowing people in those areas the policy has not changed.

  74. Uncle Ellsworth April 20th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I personally think that it is time to call up Ian Kennedy so that we can officially christen the new stadium “The Ian Kennedy Space Center” !
    nice one

    By mid July opposing teams will be calling NYS
    “the Death Star”

  75. Hokiehill April 20th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Stephen, your son’s perception of things will echoe yours. so think of that when you take him to the stadium. if you sit around and pout about the good old days and why the new stadium is nothing compared to the old, I imagine he’ll lose interest pretty quick.

    Personally when I get to go to the stadium the 1 time I’ll be in NY this year, I plan to wonder the stadium and watch the game looking to take pleasure out of the experience. anyone who goes through a ball game and comes out upset is missing something significant. maybe I just haven’t been spoiled to the extent some fans as I’m lucky if I even get to travel to NY once a year, let a lone see a game while I’m there, but I can’t help but think that the majority of the people bashing the new stadium or new Yankee experience must be some of the most depressing people on the planet. With the media and society today I think it has become way too easy to focus on what’s wrong with something or what’s bad about something than what’s good about it and people need to start trying a little harder to take pleasure out of something like a baseball game.

  76. DT April 20th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    X – signed for GreenBeret7 – sorry, but, I can only print

    Thanks, now we just need Teddy Roosevelt and Commodore Dewey to complete the whole set.

  77. Patrick April 20th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Are all True Yankee Fans poor? Or can rich people also be True Yankee Fans? Let me know because as I get older I want to know if I’ll have to decide between making money and being a True Yankee Fan.

  78. SJ44 April 20th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Dealing with athletes as I do, the autograph issue is a real problem. Mainly because too many fans have become too rude and aggressive toward the players, it’s become a security issue.

    Designated autograph days, with different players available each time, is the way to go. Easier to secure, and with set times in place, people usually are more controlled.

    90% of the complaints about the team and ballpark are too whiny to be taken seriously.

    Fire Girardi? Idiotic.
    Joba to the bullpen? The Yankees should put a dead horse in front of the stadium so Francesa and his minions can beat it everyday in tribute to this topic.
    The stadium is a launching pad? It wasn’t yesterday. Too early to make that determination. If it is, advantage Yankees, given the makeup of the staff and when Arod returns.

    It would be nice if the fans who insist on acting like Pre-2004 Red Sox fans with all their whining and crying just take the next step and go root for the Sox. You will all fit right in.

    Given everything that has gone on so far, 7-6 ain’t a bad place to be right now.

  79. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 20th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Breaking news:

    Yankees are 24-114 with RISP this year.

  80. Uncle Ellsworth April 20th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Does anyone care to comment on the food at the stadium?
    going tuesday

  81. Tom K April 20th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    trisha –

    Great photos! Thanks for posting them.

  82. Bronx Jeers April 20th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    “Is anyone allowed down the RF/LF and outfield during batting practice, or do you need a ticket for those areas? I didn’t notice.”

    dude you can’t even go to the bathroom without having your legs crossed.

    How about no entry to adults without a kid.

  83. DT April 20th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Trisha –

    great pics! Nice seat. Thanks for sharing.

    I see you were dressed in layers. I can only assume Mickey Mouse was covering your Kei Igawa t-shirt.

  84. m April 20th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I don’t know. People have every right to complain about the stadium. But I’ve seen way too many people say that hate the stadium and don’t want to be Yankee fans anymore.

    What’s with that? Don’t you guys follow the team? Don’t you care about how the guys do on a day to day basis? Do you not watch them when they go on the road?

    Geez. The Yankees put a lot of thought and money into making the best possible home for their team and the fans. Of course there’s things to fix. The Yankees have a punchlist and will address the issues. They may not get to it ASAP because they don’t want to admit their mistakes. Or it could be logistical. Or it could be the fact that they can’t simply push back the walls or raise the fences without mlb’s permission.

    But jeez. There’s more whine in here than in the Legends seats.

  85. Jeet Skeet April 20th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I was at the Stadium for the first time yesterday and it was BEAUTIFUL. I got there at about 10:30 and they already weren’t letting anyone else line up to see monument park. Concessions were fast, prices about the same, so much different selections that it just spreads everyone around. Bathrooms were great and lines went quickly. The only complaint I have is the lack of noise. I dont know what it is but its like people forgot how to cheer. There was a “lets go Yankees” chant started once that lasted all of 10 seconds. A second attempt at it got nowhere fast. For anyone at the game yesterday the highlight was watching the older guy in the Blue Silk Shirt dominate the big screen with his incredible dancing. Fans cheered more for that guy than the game itself

  86. Patrick April 20th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    “Yankees are 24-114 with RISP this year.”

    Breaking views:

    That’s pretty bad.

  87. pat April 20th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Since talk of HRs and jetstreams seems to be all the rage, here’s a link I found in the NY Post that shows the distribution of power of the top HR hitters and what hitters have the most pull, center and opposite field power. Alex and Manny’s pull numbers are identical with Alex having more opposite power and Manny having more center power.

    If a right field jetstream exists it could help Alex but he had power without it. It might actually help Derek more.

  88. Trevor April 20th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Earlier this morning WFAN said the Yankees where talking to engineers about the jet stream issue.

  89. William Buckner April 20th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    They’ve had 4 series. Won 2 lost 1 and tied 1. Things can be much worse.

  90. Stephen April 20th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Hokiehill, you don’t even have a clue. They spent $1.5 Billion on stadium why? Because fans like us that read this blog and go to 20-30 games a year supported this team. Ticket prices are the highest in the country, why because fans likes us supported this team in good and bad times.

    You spend $1.5 Billion and can’t build a stadium that is built with respect to the people that allowed you to build is a disgrace. Oh and I should just shut up and deal with it! They pushed most of us back 40-50 rows, charged more and have empty seats for $2600! I have a business, if I ran it that way my customer’s would never come back. Problem is they know we will because we love this team.

    And lastly, I was excited and happy that this new stadium was being built. I couldn’t wait to see this new place. An hour into my tour around it, I was bummed out. That is the shame. At least I can get good food!!

  91. yankeefan91 arod fan April 20th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Heres a video of wang of last april and dis april sumthing is wrong wit his mechanics.

  92. V April 20th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    “I vote for autograph day, with an extra early start. This way we the unwashed won’t disturb our betters, eating their smoked gouda and arugula salads with a crisp yet fruity chardonnay.”

    :snort:

    This class warfare schtick is tired.

    And I made a damn good meal Saturday night for my wife. Scallops and asparagus with a beurre blanc sauce with a… crisp Chardonnay.

    As A-Rod would say, “Ha!”

  93. pat April 20th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    oops. Here’s the link

    http://baseballanalysts.com/ar.....ome_ru.php

  94. yankeefan91 arod fan April 20th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

  95. 86w183 April 20th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    No way I’d swap Albaladejo for Aceves.

  96. Joe from Long Island April 20th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    1. Dead horse in front of the Stadium – Great idea!

    2. I was at the Saturday Cubs’ game – a lot of oo-ing and ah-ing by everyone there. Personally, I was too thrilled to notice things to complain about. And I was in the upper deck; I’m not rich enough for the Legends’ section. The pulled pork sandwiches were pretty good, and the baked beans and hush puppies got thumbs-up.

    3. I’ve got tickets to tonights’ game, hope the rain holds off for a few more hours. I can deal with the chill.

  97. jennifer April 20th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Jeet Skeet

    I was there yesterday too. Pretty pathetic that that man got more cheers than the game.

    Although we all did get loud while waiting for Jorge’s homerun to be up held.

  98. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Masterful is out after 5 2/3 innings.

  99. Steve B April 20th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Has Teixeira hit right handed since his cortisone shot? A’s thorwing three lefties in the series. I recall Tex saying the wrist was a problem hitting righty moreso than lefty.

  100. Bob April 20th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    It is a long season with many ups&downs. Look at Nick and Cody as of late:

    Nick Swisher: 3 – 18 (.167)
    Cody Ransom: 5 – 18 (.278)

    Nick was not gong to hit .500 this year and Cody was not going to hit .050 (although I was starting to lose hope!). If he’s healthy, Chien-Ming Wang will return to form. Let’s not give up on him. Show him your support next time you see him pitch!

  101. Steve B April 20th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    throwing > thorwing

  102. NY5 April 20th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Hokiehill I agree with you completely! I wish people would stop complaining and enjoy the new park. I am going for the second time tonight, and I bought $5 seats. They may not play tonight, but I am still going to go and walk around, unless they call it really early. I don’t care where I sit, I just want to be there.

  103. SJ44 April 20th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    The lack of hitting with RISP has been a problem since August of 2007.

    I believe they are hitting .231 w/RISP in that span. Not good.

    What’s worse is, they also do a poor job of advancing RISP with productive outs. That makes it tougher to score without getting a hit.

    They have to find a way to be more productive in this area.

    Another reason why being 7-6 is pretty good right now.

  104. Matt April 20th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Any update on the weather for tonights game? I just checked it out and it said 80% chance of rain tonight, you think they will try to get the game in?

  105. trisha - I am panic proof. April 20th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Guys, thanks for looking at them! I didn’t know if they would seem very interesting.

    “I see you were dressed in layers. I can only assume Mickey Mouse was covering your Kei Igawa t-shirt.”

    :lol:

    And oh yeah? I’m STILL rooting for the guy! So there.

    :D

  106. Benjamin Kabak April 20th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    As long as there are columnists who can’t come up with anything better to write and bloggers who want more traffic, there will be those who insist a 23-year-old with four pitches who was drafted in the first round should pitch in the eighth inning.

    That’s not fair, Pete. The vast majority of Yankee bloggers are among the more adamant voices calling for him to be in the starting rotation. The fault for this debate lies with a few key players in The Post and Newsday and on The Fan. It’s not fair to lump bloggers in with the Joba-to-the-pen crowd like that.

  107. Doreen April 20th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Uncle E -

    The WSJ did a report in their weekend edition. They taste-tested the food at both Yankee Stadium and Citifield.

    At Yankee Stadium, they liked the Boar’s Head sandwiches, especially the pastrami, the Carl’s Steaks Philly cheesesteak, and the steak sandwiches at Lobel’s. They also like the burgers at Johnny Rockets.

    They did not like the food at La Esquina Latina, the sushi or the barbecue. They said the hot dogs (Nathan’s) were fine, but nothing special.

    They only tested the foods in the food court general areas, not the specialty clubs.

    But I haven’t tasted any of it yet. June 12th. That’s my day!

  108. Steve B April 20th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    “Another reason why being 7-6 is pretty good right now”

    Actually, it’s one of the reasons they’re 7-6 right now.

  109. jennifer April 20th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Great pictures trisha.

  110. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Benjamin – aren’t you a writer for River Ave? Did I just take your mask off? :)

  111. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Um, and your name links to your blog. Sooooo, never mind :)

  112. gayle April 20th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Trish- great pictures. Hoping to go to tonight’s game if the rain holds out. After attending 3 games at the stadium already tonight is actually the first night I will be sitting in my season seats.

  113. JohnC April 20th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Pete:

    Whats wrong with Alabadejo? He’s been terrific so far.

  114. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: My Interview With Bill Gallo April 20th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    *”you think they will try and get the game in.”

    Yes, the new Yankee Stadium was built with a force field. I don’t think rain is able to penetrate it.

  115. CountryClub April 20th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Stephen: Did you really say that nobody is complaining about the new Mets stadium? What rock have you been living under? that place has been crushed by Mets fans for it being a NL park and not a Mets park. And it’s also getting killed for having thousands of full price seats with partial views – not the 200 of $5 seats in the bleachers that seem to get people so riled up about new Yankees Stadium.

  116. Bob April 20th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I agree with SJ44 — the Yankees are very fortunate they are not 5-8. Joba’s last game could have easily been a loss as well as the 4-3 win on 4/15 versus the Rays. I cannot think of one loss that “should have been a win”.

  117. GreenBeret7 April 20th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    DT
    April 20th, 2009 at 12:45 pm
    X – signed for GreenBeret7 – sorry, but, I can only print

    Thanks, now we just need Teddy Roosevelt and Commodore Dewey to complete the whole set.

    ————————————————————

    You should have been here in savannah, yesterday, DT. Sam Grant, Phil Sheridan and Bill Sherman were in town looking to buy homes. They got big hands from the townspeople for helping to end the southern uprising. Lots of noisemakers and horns….or were those rifle shots and not firecrackers?

  118. Steve B April 20th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    John C:

    Ablaladejo has been fine. I think Pete is speaking to the idea of having a true long reliever.

  119. CountryClub April 20th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    The problem with the jet stream at the stadium seems like an easy fix. they need to close the open area where you can see the train. Put in another bilboard or use some kind of clear material so that it still looks open. They should do the same thing with the open area in left.

  120. Trevor April 20th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Francesa going on a rant about the amount of HR at new YS.

  121. rb15 April 20th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Ells – the food is great. Pulled pork sandwiches in left field. Also, nice food court with Nathans, Carvel, etc.

    I hope that although I sat at field level, I’m still a real Yankees fan. I understand the frustration, but the backlash isn’t always quite fair.

    Also, I went to Citi Field (family member is a Mets fan – I think she’s adopted) on Sunday. They have half-empty sections right behind home plate, too. Funny how the media only points to the Yankees as outpricing the fans, though. The Mets would never do such a thing – never. ;)

  122. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 20th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Great pictures Trisha. :)

  123. CountryClub April 20th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Benjamin: He didnt say all bloggers and he did also say columnists. Don’t get too touchy. Keep up the good work with River Ave.

  124. m April 20th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/powerranking

    Not bad. Can’t argue with the top of the rankings.

  125. Steve B April 20th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Trish:

    Nice camera work.

  126. Uncle Ellsworth April 20th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks RB mmmmmmmmm pulled pork

    Citi field is getting killed too by Mets fans

  127. G. Love April 20th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    7-6 with no Arod and Cody Ransom at 3b, with Wang pitching the worst in the league, with Joba not exactly being ace like in his role, with Marte turning into a gasoline can, with Veras having trouble throwing strikes, with Nady on the DL for the season (Probably), with Tex with cortisone shots in his wrist already, with Melky and Gardner in the lineup basically everyday and with Matsui having no knees is pretty damned good.

    A lot has gone wrong so far this season, yet the team is winning and showing the ability to come back.

    I’m troubled by the way the team gets blown out early on in some losses, but they are not letting blow outs turn into losing streaks.

    I’m hoping they win the next two series. Just keep trying to win series.

    As for the new stadium, it’s very strange to watch a game there. I haven’t exactly adjusted to it.

    I do think the Yankees blew it with their ticket pricing.

    My seats were moved back from where they were for years and now the sections in front of us where I used to sit are mostly empty.

    I’m hoping they drop the ticket prices in those seats drastically and make them available to season tix holders like me and let us upgrade back closer to where we used to be.

    If they haven’t realized they need real fans close to the field then they are idiots.

    The crowd noise is definitely not the same, but I like a lot of things about the new park.

    I can’t wait for the Metro North station to be open. Does anyone know when that will be ready?

  128. jennifer April 20th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    But 20 homers over a four-game span is really not that unusual. I just spoke with Tom Hirdt from the Elias Sports Bureau, who reports that in a four-game run in 2007 (July 22, and then July 31, August 1 and August 2), the Yankees and their opponents bashed 26 long balls at the old Yankee Stadium.

    There also were 20 or more hit over four-game stretches in 2000, 2003 and 2004, though never before that.

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/

  129. GreenBeret7 April 20th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I can’t figure out what has happened to the great talent that Felix Pie was in the minors. He looks totally inept in center field, his throws are almost always off line by a wide margin, and absolutely lost at the plate.

  130. m April 20th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    That’s it. From a manageable 3-1 deficit to a 6-1 game.

  131. jennifer April 20th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    They were saying mid May. Not sure if that has changed.

  132. Doreen April 20th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Trisha -

    Thanks for sharing your pictures. They were great!

    The photo of Bernie in centerfield reminded me: I bought his CD yesterday and played it in the car while I was stuck for one hour going from just before JFK to just past JFK (basically, all Queens on the Belt). I loved it. Of course there’s the very soulful, emotional, tear-jerking “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” but there are 12 other tracks that I thoroughly enjoyed. And it was perfect listening – nice mellow stuff so I didn’t get too traffic-hyper!

    (There are actually 14 tracks, the final one being “Glory Days,” with Bruce, but I don’t like his wife’s vocals and they are prominent in this version.)

  133. jennifer April 20th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Unreal, how can the O’s have an of that looked so great against us, now they can’t even throw right?

  134. NY5 April 20th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Metro North stop opens May 23rd

  135. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Yes Jennifer – but I think the problem is that there were a lot of shots that SHOULDNT have been a homerun. Choo hit a popup against Wang that became a 3-run homer. Jorge’s shot yesterday shouldn’t have gone as far as it did. Tex’s shot the other day shouldn’t have gone as far.

    It’s OK to score 20+ homeruns in 4 games legitimately. It happens. But those shots were surreal. I was celebrating popups that became homeruns over and over.

  136. Rishi April 20th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    not watching the game, but you can imagine what’s going on with Papi gets credited with a triple

  137. GreenBeret7 April 20th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Doreen
    April 20th, 2009 at 1:14 pm
    Trisha –
    Thanks for sharing your pictures. They were great!

    The photo of Bernie in centerfield reminded me: I bought his CD yesterday and played it in the car while I was stuck for one hour going from just before JFK to just past JFK (basically, all Queens on the Belt). I loved it. Of course there’s the very soulful, emotional, tear-jerking “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” but there are 12 other tracks that I thoroughly enjoyed. And it was perfect listening – nice mellow stuff so I didn’t get too traffic-hyper!

    (There are actually 14 tracks, the final one being “Glory Days,” with Bruce, but I don’t like his wife’s vocals and they are prominent in this version.)

    ————————————————————

    There are two versions of “Take Me out To The Ballgame” played throughout Ken Burns’ Baseball that are great, too. One is Carly Simon and the other is a guitar solo that is outstanding. Sounds like Eric Clapton, but, have no idea who it is.

  138. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    “Unreal, how can the O’s have an of that looked so great against us, now they can’t even throw right?”

    And Nick Green is hitting .280 in his small sample size lol

  139. Betsy April 20th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Francesca’s right – the stadium is a joke the way it’s playing. He said last night that pitchers are going to get demoralized when would-be pop ups end up as HRs………The Yankees have to fix this even if it just means putting up windows/blocking off the concourse.

  140. Brian M April 20th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Why are people calling for Girardi to go?

    Am I the only one who has noticed that we are above both Boston and Tanpa Bay in the standings? Toronto have a couple of rookies in their rotation who will stumble soon and they will finish 15 games back.

    Besides, ARod is out and Teixiera – the guy we needed to pick up the slack has a wrist injury and is hovering at about .200. Plus Matsui is barely healthy enough to swing a bat, and Nady is out.

    And still we are sitting second in the division behind only Toronto. Until we get healthy, I’ll settle for that.

  141. Doreen April 20th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    GreenBeret7 -

    I’ve heard them on that program. Bernie’s is definitely reminiscent of them. I like the tone of those – nostalgic, a longing for the game.

    Bernie’s is, of course, most personal because we watched him play and knew how didn’t want to stop playing at the time he was “let go.”

  142. Uncle Ellsworth April 20th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    This just in:

    Tex will hit 60 HRs and Alex will hit 80 HRs.
    Mike Fran

  143. Hokiehill April 20th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Stephen, your over the top negative remark in response to my post is just the proof in the pudding regarding the negativity I was talking about. anyway, you’re definitely entitled to your opinion and if you feel like the Yankees are not living up to your expectations than by all means say so…my point is that for every one thing that is wrong with the new stadium, I bet you there are about a hundred new great things about it. the problem is, no one ever talks about the great things in the new park. It’s not because there aren’t great things to talk about either. This is mainly a problem because typically people who have something to complain about are way more vocal than people who don’t. anyone who has worked in any form of customer service can attest to that. and while complaints serve a purpose in that they help get problems fixed, it can get to be a bit much at times when there isn’t a healthy dose of perspective to go with it.

  144. rb15 April 20th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Ells – np. and my mother’s from the south, so i know my pulled pork. put all the sauce that comes with it on top, though – the sauce the pork was cooked in doesnt have enough vinegar in it, imo. the coleslaw that comes with it is also decent.

    the one thing i didnt like about the food was that johnny rockets didnt have enough shake machines (only one, i think), and ran out of shake ingredients in the fourth inning of saturday’s game. they need to get that fixed before it gets really hot out. also, a lot of the credit card machines at concession stands weren’t working, and neither were a lot of atms. my kingdom for a chocolate shake i can pay for with a debit card!

    but besides that (which will get worked out, i’m sure), really liked all the concessions.

  145. Al from BK April 20th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Its truly ashame what the greedy owners have done to the average fan. I am only going to one game this season and only because I want to take in the new ballpark besides that us fans are better off watching at home in YES HD to be honest.

  146. Yankee U April 20th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Every day this blog provides both entertainment and insight. Then about 1PM someone inevitably writes in what Francesa is talking about lowering the intelligence quota of the blog by at least 50%. I can’t figure why anyone listens to him.

  147. Trevor April 20th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Francesa is right which is rare. but you can’t have routine fly ball outs turning into homeruns.
    The ball doesn’t even have to be square on the bat to get out.

  148. GreenBeret7 April 20th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Doreen
    April 20th, 2009 at 1:22 pm
    GreenBeret7 –
    I’ve heard them on that program. Bernie’s is definitely reminiscent of them. I like the tone of those – nostalgic, a longing for the game.

    Bernie’s is, of course, most personal because we watched him play and knew how didn’t want to stop playing at the time he was “let go.”

    ————————————————————

    Oh, yeah. Loved Williams’ version, too. I have his first CD, which had great sounds. Haven’t heard but pits and pieces of the new one. Definately takes me back to the 50s and 60s (that’s 1950s and 60s, DT. I thought I’d save you the trouble of being a wiseguy). The Ken Burns guitar solo may have been the same one that did the Civil war tunes. Great stuff.

  149. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Francessa is 100% right

  150. Doreen April 20th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Uncle E -

    Did Mike F really say that? I guess he totally discounts that there might be some quality pitchers in the AL. Also, I think pat posted earlier that if there is a “jet stream,” it will more than likely help Jeter more than ARod. Arod’s HRs are usually never in doubt. And I thought Tex’s on opening day at the stadium was well-hit. I missed his 2-run HR on Saturday, so I don’t know about that one.

    I think it stinks that the guys who have hit legit HRs in the last few days are getting caught in with the “questionable” ones that might have gotten a meteorologic hand from the wind currents.

    And I don’t know that it’s going to spook all the pitchers. It might spook some, maybe. But the Yankees will play more games there than any other team, and Yankees pitchers will have more opportunity to adjust, if that’s even necessary. So, I think more visiting pitchers might get “spooked” by the prospect of pop-ups becoming HRs.

  151. Joe from Long Island April 20th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Doreen – What were you doing on the Belt? Get lost?

    gayle – I’m going to the game, also. My seats are section 212 – and you?

  152. GreenBeret7 April 20th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Haven’t heard but ***bits*** and pieces

  153. Al from BK April 20th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    I’d say end of year numbers for Tex- .310, 45 HR’s, 120 RBI
    and for A-Rod- .295, 48 HR’s, 130 RBI

  154. Betsy April 20th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    William Buckner, where did Fox have the Sox?

    Wow, behind the Pirates? Well, the rankings reflect how a team is playing currently, not necessarily how good a team is…..but still, the Yankees are over .500. Please.

    This is a very good team – there are some extremely encouraging signs despite the woes thus far:

    1) We’ve won a bunch of close games, coming from behind to do so

    2) Mo and Bruney have been great. Albaladejo has been very good.

    3) AJ has been a stopper. He showed me a lot yesterday in that he had no control and no curve and still battled hard to keep the team in the game. I sort of think he’s surprising some people. Of course, it’s very early in the season, but the signs are there.

    4) Andy has been great. He’ll be a terrific #4 (or a good #3, depending on what happens with Wang)

    5) Swisher, though cooling off a bit, has been outstanding…….and his patience has been as advertised. Even if he makes outs, I love how he wears pitchers out.

    6) Cano can’t play any better, both at the plate and in the field

    7) Jeter has been a bit up and down, but he’s had some huge hits.

    Wang is a HUGE concern and so is the pathetically poor avg with RISP. The Yanks will always have some problems hitting with RISP, but their numbers at this point are flukey bad; I don’t see them remaining this bad for the remainder of the season.

  155. GreenBeret7 April 20th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Trevor
    April 20th, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    Francesa is right which is rare. but you can’t have routine fly ball outs turning into homeruns.
    The ball doesn’t even have to be square on the bat to get out.

    ———————————————————–

    Do you ever complain about pop flies to left being doubles and homers in Fenway?

  156. Doreen April 20th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Joe from Long Island -

    The Belt and the SSP have become my home away from home! My daughter goes to school in Central Islip and I paid her a visit yesterday. Now I know, NEVER ON A SUNDAY!!!

  157. gayle April 20th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Joe I am in 232B same section as you just opposite side (LF). I sat in 212 for OPening Day that section is great!!

  158. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    This Mets fan on Francessa is a moron.

  159. Trevor April 20th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Fenway has that Green wall that prevents alot of homeruns. You still have to get lift on the ball to hit over the Green Monster.

  160. pat April 20th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Francesa sounding like the reactionary fans he usually puts in their place.

    There may not be the quick fix he is advocating and doing anything permanent until the old stadium down is crazy.

  161. Steve B April 20th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    “Fenway has that Green wall that prevents alot of homeruns. You still have to get lift on the ball to hit over the Green Monster.”

    Still a very good hitters park. It is probably in the lower half of baseball for homers and has been pretty much since they built that structure behind home plate, but that wall still takes a lot of outs away from pitchers.

  162. murphydog April 20th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    What’s fair about making people fight through the autograph scrum? Fair enough, but tell me this: What’s inherently fair and democratic about excluding the poorer people from at least momentary access to the edge of the playing field well before the game?

    Think of it as granting an easement, same as anyone who has ever lived near a lake without direct access to the water. The lake belongs to everyone and we have to share access in a reasonable way. Give people a chance from a certain time to a certain time before the game to stand close to the field.

  163. vin April 20th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    “Fenway has that Green wall that prevents alot of homeruns. You still have to get lift on the ball to hit over the Green Monster.”

    Yeah, but it turns easy fly balls in most stadiums into doubles, which over the course of the season seems to do more harm than anything else.

    Everyone rips on Coors field, but one of the biggest reasons its a hitters park is because they moved the fences back to counteract the homeruns – which in turn led to more balls being hit into the gaps. The outfielders have too much ground to cover.

  164. m April 20th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    The Green Monster definitely takes outs away from pitchers. Instead of being able to catch a fly ball off the bottom of its natural arc, a player has to play it off the bounce.

  165. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    The 3-run homerun by Choo yesterday was a joke. That should have been an easy out. Watch the replay.

  166. Steve B April 20th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    “The 3-run homerun by Choo yesterday was a joke. That should have been an easy out. Watch the replay.”

    I assume you’re talking about Saturday. Wasn’t going to be caught, but I was shocked as you to see that leave the yard.

  167. Trevor April 20th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    The issue here with new YS is not how many outs are being taken away it’s the amount of balls going out of the park. I think most can live with balls going off a large structure such as the Green Monster. But when you have balls that are off the edge of the bat going out of the park it’s a problem.

    I also don’t think taking down old YS will solve the problem.

  168. murphydog April 20th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    randy:

    Not looking to beat the fallen horse. I agree that the last inning is the more important single inning because it’s when you have Mo secure a close win. But you still have to get there in order to have the chance to secure the win in the last inning. Thus, IMO, there is no important last inning chance to secure a close win (save) if the first 15-21 outs don’t find you ahead by three or less. That’s wahy you need offense and solid starting pitching as often as possible and why I still believe starting talent is more valuable in general and more often than set up man is in partcular games.

  169. GreenBeret7 April 20th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    RussW210
    April 20th, 2009 at 1:42 pm
    The 3-run homerun by Choo yesterday was a joke. That should have been an easy out. Watch the replay.

    ————————————————————

    Yesterday’s was a solo to right field that was a high line drive. Nothing cheap about it.

  170. gayle April 20th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Maybe all you HR crazy people should read this before making any final judgements.

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....recedents/

  171. m April 20th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Boston’s now up 10-1, bases still loaded.

    How would the Yankees do if that were their homepark?

  172. pat April 20th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Murphy

    Problem with your easement example is the Yankees and it’s players are not public domain. They are a private entity and as such can set their own rules.

    I’ve never been an autograph person so maybe I don’t understand the draw of it but access to players is not part of the contract of buying a ticket no matter where you are sitting.

  173. Rishi April 20th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    more on the Mets stuff (Doc Gooden) from Rob Neyer:

    http://myespn.go.com/blogs/swe.....211;K.html

    As near as I can tell, “graffiti” is columnist George Willis’ word, not the Mets’. But in all honesty … Gooden did engage in a bit of tagging, didn’t he? If that were my blank gray wall, I’d be thrilled to have “Doc Gooden” on there … but all that other stuff, too? I sort of feel sorry for the guy, knowing that he doesn’t think his name is enough.
    If I’m the Mets and he’d signed just his name, I’d have thought, “Gosh, I sure wish Doc hadn’t done that. But since he did, maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world, but now that it’s there maybe we should get Seaver in here” — to name just one better name to start with — “and maybe Jerry Koosman and Jesse Orosco and John Franco and Ron Darling and a few other guys.”

  174. Steve B April 20th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Gayle:

    Seen this article. More than the numbers, are what the players are saying about it. They all believe the ball carries different there.

  175. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 20th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Marissa-please stop giggling while talking with Francesa

  176. JOJO April 20th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Orioles are 15-43 against Boston since 2006. Pathetic.

  177. Joe from Long Island April 20th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Doreen – A few more Sundays on the Belt and you’ll qualify to pay NY State income tax.

    gayle – hope we spend more time cheering in our seats than in the concourse during a rain delay.

  178. IM ON A BOAT April 20th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    whats the weather like in the bronx? game gonna be played tonight?

  179. Hughes The Savior April 20th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Whats the weather like in the Bronx? Think the game is going to be played?

  180. jennifer April 20th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Why not take Docs idea and expand it. If you don’t like where he did it find a new place. Maybe paint the wall black and use silver or gold sharpie pens, or heaven forbid mets colors. I think they are blue and orange but you couldn’t tell from their park. I think that would be a cool thing to see. A black wall with sigs of past and present Met players. btw Mutts I am copy writing my idea. So if you use it send a check in the mail to me. :)

  181. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    “The 3-run homerun by Choo yesterday was a joke. That should have been an easy out. Watch the replay.
    ——————————————————————————————
    Yesterday’s was a solo to right field that was a high line drive. Nothing cheap about it.”

    That one was fine but I’m talking about the one to left-center. The one that put them up 3-2.

  182. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 20th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    radar:

    http://www.wunderground.com/ra.....8;ID=OKX19

  183. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Sorry – I didn’t mean to say yesterday. Meant Saturday.

  184. DT April 20th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    “Do you ever complain about pop flies to left being doubles and homers in Fenway?”

    good point. The reason why is because we are used to Fenway, and there is no previous park to compare it to. (who remembers pre-Fenway?… not going there..lol)

    The problem with NYS is – everyone is comparing it to last year. Yankee Stadium has one of the shortest RF lines in baseball. Is anyone complaining? No, they are used to it.

    OT – GB, you are lucky to remember the 50′s and 60′s. Back when Elvis was good. I only remember fat Vegas Elvis. Most here only remember dead Elvis.

  185. Doreen April 20th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    The cool thing about sitting on the belt (literally not moving) right near JFK is trying to read the names of planes coming in. :)

    We live off the NJ turnpike in Central NJ, and when we’re driving south from NYC, we can watch the line-up of planes coming into Newark. I love to spot a plane and track it from when it initially enters visible air space, follow it up the length of the turnpike and as soon as it’s out of sight, find the next one and do the same. Of course, I only do this when I’m a passenger. :lol:

  186. Brian April 20th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Hey Pete,

    I was just wondering how much patience they were going to show with Brett Gardner before they either 1) Make a move to get somebody outside the organization 2) Play Melky 3) Bring up Ajax.

    I know #3 is very unlikely and shortsighed, but why not give the MelkMan a chance like http://firejoegirardi.com/ suggests?

  187. Doreen April 20th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Has anyone tried the sushi at the Stadium yet? The Wall St. Journal sounds like it totally passed on even trying it, even though they included it in the review. I’m hesitant to eat any sushi not from a good restaurant, but I love sushi, generally.

  188. vin April 20th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    “Why not take Docs idea and expand it.”

    Because the Dodgers never did that in Ebbets Field… duh! God forbid the Mets have a *real* human element in their ballpark.

    You know what would be even cooler than having all the Mets greats sign that wall? Have them each sign on a different wall throughout the stadium… of course that’s tougher to control and might get too gimmicky if done incorrectly, but it’s a neat concept.

  189. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    “You know what would be even cooler than having all the Mets greats sign that wall? Have them each sign on a different wall throughout the stadium…”

    The Mets have a lot more than 3 walls.

  190. trisha - I am panic proof. April 20th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Geeze I am so happy you all liked the pictures! I have to tell you that it was a good accident if they came out okay because taking pictures isn’t a real strength of mine. Also, I just kept snapping away because I was so damned excited to be there that I figured at some point it would start to get very boring for people.

    So thanks for looking at them and for liking them! (I feel like Sally Fields right now, but I mean it.)

    Gayle – where have you been sitting these last days?

    Did I tell you all the story of my ticket? It’s boring too, so feel free to stop here. :) I got an e-ticket off Stubhub but really wanted a hard ticket as a momento of the day. (I didn’t care what seat it was, I just wanted a hard ticket.) When I got to the Stadium they said they weren’t giving any out. I figured I could just get one off eBay at some point. Well a very “wine and cheese” looking man was sitting a few seats away from me. He kept getting up and going inside and was gone for most of the game. He obviously didn’t want to hang once the fireworks started so he took off. Well what did I see under his seat? His hard ticket. So ha ha ha, guess what went home with me?

    :D

  191. vin April 20th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    “The Mets have a lot more than 3 walls.”

    I was thinking they could have all the great players who had one time or another played for the Mets…

    Willie Mays
    Nolan Ryan
    Roberto Alomar
    …uhhh running out of steam…

  192. Tex's New Best Friend April 20th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I have to admit, i have been on Girardi’s side, but some things he is doing make me scratch my head. It seems once he gets something in his head, thats it.

    Brett Gardner is not helping. He can steal, congrats. I was in CF saturday and saw him caugh one up and miss another. Melky is a better outfielder, and so far, a better hitter. How do you take out Melky for Brett Sunday after Melky had a walk and a homerun, while brett was 0-3 with a ‘error’ and a completely missed route?

    I sincerely hope they plan to skip Wang this week in Boston. Our pen just cannot take another 8 inning outing again. Bring him back next week, if he is still off, pen time and give hughes his chance. Also, get rid of Veras. Roberton, Melancon, the Janitor, anyone else.

    Oh and dont hate on Ramirez. He was on until that homerun, but he had thrown 60 pitches by then. he isnt a starter.

  193. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    haha vin. They have a lot more than 6 walls :)

  194. Vince April 20th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    “Alas, Frank, I don’t believe anything will end that debate. As long as there are columnists who can’t come up with anything better to write and bloggers who want more traffic, there will be those who insist a 23-year-old with four pitches who was drafted in the first round should pitch in the eighth inning.”

    Pete, you do realize Mariano is not going to last but maybe 3 more years at the extreme maximum. The idea is you have a player who has proven he can come in, in high pressure spots late in the game, and absolutely dominate. That is not something you can find easily. When Mariano is gone, Joba slides right into the closer role, and becomes a legend.

    Brian Bruney? No way. Mark Melancon? Has not been in the majors yet?

    See the other perspective?

  195. vin April 20th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    “Also, get rid of Veras. Roberton, Melancon, the Janitor, anyone else. ”

    I do think the BP will look much different in the summer than it did coming out of ST… much like last year. However, my guess is that we can expect to see a lot more of Veras until then – they’re not going to sell low on him. He has a good arm, and can have significant value in the NL. I’m also a big Edwar fan.

  196. gayle April 20th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Doreen–

    For Friday Night cubs game I sat section 18
    Saturday Cubs game sat section 28
    Opening Day sat section 212

    All of these tickets were gotten in the pre sale for partial season ticket holders.

    Tonight I finally sit in my assigned seats of 232B lol

    Good for you on grabbing his ticket

  197. Bronx Jeers April 20th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    “Has anyone tried the sushi at the Stadium yet? ”

    It looks intersting. I saw some people eating some nice looking hand rolls.

    I had the Lobels steak sandwich last Fri which was delicious but at 15$ I can’t see it being an every game thing. My buddy the steak lover ate 2 of them.

    Funny I bought a beer which came in this thick platic cup. A souvenier cup I guess. So when I was done I wanted another and figured I would do the environmental thing and re-use the same cup.

    No-dice! I had to get a new cup. Orders from the beer police.

  198. Nick in SF April 20th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Do the O’s have a little comeback magic in them? I have them +1.5. :(

    Nice pics, Trisha!

  199. murphydog April 20th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    pat

    Right. YS is private property and the tickets are just a license with limited rights, limited by how much you pay for them, among other things.

    But the issue raised was whether it was “fair” to make the expensive seat holders fight through the ticket scrum. So, in fairness, I think the rich folk should have to yield to the little guy in some way, stopping short of forcing the Rockefellers to give up the benefit of their bargain.

    In the immortal words of the First Citizen of LA, Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?”

  200. Joe Yankee April 20th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    The autograph issue seems to have touched a nerve in some people and been glossed over by others. Getting autographs, for the people who enjoy it, is a bit of fun. It’s been a hobby of mine since I was a kid. My kid loves it. Generally, if he gets someone, I get someone, too. Again, I don’t begrduge the people who can afford the expensive seats (OK, I do… a little), but the point is they don’t need THREE hours EVERY GAME. The players are big boys. No one forces them to come over. Those who do generally do for 10 minutes or so after BP or after stretching. When they do, more often than not, someone from security stands near them to keep things orderly. Of course, it’s not necessary. Of course, they’re not beholden to sign. But most do because they get that it makes people feel like a part of the game, connects the public with the team, gives the fan, especially a kid, a token to remember the game by, etc.

    I understand the argument that some of this stuff ends up on eBay. Everything ends up on eBay if it’s of any value. Truth be told, though, most people won’t buy autographs from games or spring training because there’s no way to prove they’re real. My guess, like I say, is that most people, kids and, yes, adults are doing it for the fun of it, not the possible financial gain.

    Not sure that an autograph day would work, if only because the players would need to agree to sign. Right now, any player who feels like signing does so. It’s probably easier that way than asking players to devote extra time before a game. But if that’s what it takes, if the players agree, if the Yankees would go for it, great. My preference, as several people have suggested, is give everyone until an hour before game time, then check tickets.

    By the way, a side note about the references to getting autographs in Scranton. We went last year to a game and I don’t know if they’ve changed their policy, but the park didn’t open until ONE HOUR before game time and only AFTER batting practice. So most of the Yankees were off the field by the time the fans got in. So much for going to Scranton!

  201. vin April 20th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    “haha vin. They have a lot more than 6 walls ”

    OK… how about guys who were great for other organizations, who at one point managed the Mets…

    Casey Stengel
    Yogi Berra
    Joe Torre

    Willie Rand…
    You’re right, I give up. lol

  202. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Lol. The bigger question would be: who would want to come back and sign the walls. Really, having Torre and Berra sign their walls would be a little creepy!

  203. GreenBeret7 April 20th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    DT
    April 20th, 2009 at 2:00 pm
    “Do you ever complain about pop flies to left being doubles and homers in Fenway?”

    good point. The reason why is because we are used to Fenway, and there is no previous park to compare it to. (who remembers pre-Fenway?… not going there..lol)

    The problem with NYS is – everyone is comparing it to last year. Yankee Stadium has one of the shortest RF lines in baseball. Is anyone complaining? No, they are used to it.

    OT – GB, you are lucky to remember the 50’s and 60’s. Back when Elvis was good. I only remember fat Vegas Elvis. Most here only remember dead Elvis.

    ————————————————————

    Even better is being old enough to remember being in the front row at a firebase and watching and listening to the two hottest things in Hollywood singing and dacing in red mini-skirts….Ann-Margret and Joey Heatherton.

    That’s what we were fighting for.

  204. Rosa April 20th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Francesa sees Joba as a closer when Mariano retires. But Mo looks like he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. He is getting older and still is dominating. Thank God for Mo.

    I don’t want balls hit off the end of the bat carrying over the wall for a home run. Not at Yankee Stadium.

  205. Steve B April 20th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    “Do the O’s have a little comeback magic in them? I have them +1.5.”

    Mark Hendrickson on the bump and you could only get 1.5?

  206. vin April 20th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I think rolling out Casey Stengel would be the creepiest… but I wouldn’t put it past them.

  207. Betsy April 20th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I just want to know why the Yankees victories are always chalked up to luck. Francesca said they were lucky to win yesterday…..am I missing something? Ok, Pavano pitched very well – Burnett kept it close and Alby got out of a jam. I don’t see what any of that has to do with luck. Someone had mentioned that the Yankees were lucky to win the 4-3 game in Tampa – again, I don’t get it. Coming from behind is a good thing – it’s only lucky if you win these games by the opposing team literally giving them away (making errors, etc..). The Yanks have earned their victories.

  208. RussW210 April 20th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    “I think rolling out Casey Stengel would be the creepiest… but I wouldn’t put it past them.”

    They would have a Casey Stengel Day

  209. Nick in SF April 20th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Steve B: The standard baseball runline doesn’t change, but the odds you get do. Just as the moneyline itself is always the same but the odds vary greatly.

  210. Doreen April 20th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Bronx Jeers -

    I guess I’ll take a gander at the sushi when we go. I don’t really like hot dogs and hamburgers outside of my home. (And yet, I’m thinking of trying the sushi – hmmmm – go figure!)

    Kudos to you for trying to be environmentally friendly! I wonder why they can’t refill a used empty cup? It’s not easy being green. (Sorry, couldn’t resist that one. :) )

  211. Steve B April 20th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Nick:

    I know. Was just messin’ round with you. I have a local guy who will offer 2 runs at times, but know that 1.5 is the standard.

  212. William Buckner April 20th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    “Betsy
    April 20th, 2009 at 1:31 pm
    William Buckner, where did Fox have the Sox?

    Wow, behind the Pirates? Well, the rankings reflect how a team is playing currently, not necessarily how good a team is…..but still, the Yankees are over .500. Please.”

    Sox at 7. Though ESPN and SI have NYY in top 10.

  213. jennifer April 20th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Why is everyone so quick to throw dirt on Mo’s career. It is really getting annoying.

  214. Doreen April 20th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Okay, that’s two posts that got “disappeared” and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I said I don’t like hamburgers and hotdogs in a stadium? Or maybe because I criticized the non-environmentally friendly mindset that does not allow a patron to re-use a cup? Or maybe because I said it’s not easy being green?

    Let’s see if this one goes through.

    Thanks, Bronx Jeers for the sushi info.

  215. Trevor April 20th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Looking at the radar I think they can get the game in. But it may be an 1 hour rain delay.

  216. David Cone's Labrum April 20th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Francessa was pronouncing Chamberlain’s name as “joe-buh”.

    He was pronouncing Melancon’s name late last season as “melon-cone”.

    Don’t take him so seriously. He knows only what he knows. The guy does NO homework on the Yankees.

  217. Doreen April 20th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Bronx Jeers -

    Thanks for the info on the sushi.

    Kudos for trying to be environmentally friendly. It’s not easy being green, you know. :)

  218. Dr. Cox April 20th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    no way they get this game in.

  219. igawalk April 20th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I’m a little worried about the offense facing all these lefties they havent seen before. Those kinds of guys tend to shut them down even when the offense is going well. some fans have been calling for the Yankees to bring up Shelley for these 3 games considering we are without A-Rod and Nady and could use more righty power. I think that may be worth a shot. he is still on the 40 man isn’t he?

  220. Hokiehill April 20th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Betsy, the Yankees can’t win because they’re a talented team…in order for that to happen writers and radio “personalities” would have to give them some credit/respect. Either the Yankees get lucky or they buy wins with their payroll. I agree it’s obnoxious, but that’s just the way it is. Besides, will all know the real reason behind the anti-Yankiness is………….jealousy!

  221. Bad Scooter April 20th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Dr. Cox,

    Good thing the game starts at 7:05 and not 2:52. This game gets in.

  222. Hokiehill April 20th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    As long as the rain stops before gametime we should be ok…from what I understand the field drains extremely well.

  223. Nick in SF April 20th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Steve B: I was fooled by memories of Hendrickson beating up on the Cal Bears as a UW hoops player. I also forgot that the Orioles like to play us tough and then roll over for the Sox. :(

  224. Joe Yankee April 20th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    To the autograph issue: there’s no satisfaction in Scranton, either. They only open the ballpark an hour before game time. So the Yankees are usually done already.

    So far as the autograph situation at the Stadium, granted the word “fair” — as in it’s not fair that people can’t get down to get autographs — may be the wrong word. There’s not guarantee that with a ticket you get an autograph. Of course not. But everyone should have a chance. A reasonable solution would be to open up the sides until an hour before a game starts. Like people are noting, most of the people in the $350 seats are not there three hours before a game, every game.

    Also, not everyone is selling the autographs on eBay. Most people won’t buy stuff unless they have a certificate of authenticity, or if they do they’re really taking a chance. Most people, I think or (naively) hope want an autograph because they like a player, or it makes them feel they’re part of the experience, or they want a token by which to remember the day.

  225. Al from BK April 20th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I dunno why they feel the need to put a stamp on Mo’s career already, he still has a lot of baseball left.

  226. Ken April 20th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Wondering if the open concourses are playing with the air currents on the field…

    Was at the stadium on Sundsy and I’ll add my two cents – the amount of empty seats was embarrassing. I think it’s bad for baseball. Forget about the Yanks not selling seats – I’m not going to shed a tear over that. I just think it looks bad for baseball when the casual viewer flips on FOX on Saturday and sees that the best seats at Yankee Stadium, the home of the “most storied sports franchise,” are empty.

  227. Drive 4-5 April 20th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    G. Love,

    “I can’t wait for the Metro North station to be open. Does anyone know when that will be ready?”

    I think it is supposed to open sometime around Memorial Day.

    I like Pete’s suggestions for the bullpen. But if Wang doesnt get straightened out in his next start I would replace him in the rotation with Aceves, carry an extra pitcher for a couple of weeks and let Wang figure it out in the bullpen. Let the 22 year old Phil Hughes be a 22 year old kid and get the needed AAA experience.

    As for the Stadium, $150 isnt short money. Even in this recession, if the Yankees had kept their old price structure they would be selling out.There are plenty of folks who still would pay $150. That’s where the demand is,recession or no recession. No one has ever charged the prices the Yankees were seeking.Someone needs to prove that the law of supply and demand justified $2,500 and $1,100 seats. All I know is tha it’s pretty embarrassing to see all those opening series empty seats in a building that calls itself Yankee Stadium.

    While Hank was making headlines,last year we heard that Hal Steinbrenner was concentrating his efforts on the new ballpark. So far Hal has gotten off pretty easy as far as any criticism goes. Did he sign off on the price structure or even the obstruction caused by the restaurant in center field? What exactly was Hal’s responsibility?

  228. GZA April 20th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    The Yankees have gotten so very little right over the past near-decade given how much of their own (which was previously OUR own) and how much public money they’ve spent. It can’t all be chalked up to bad luck. Especially when it comes to the new stadium. They’re either the worst-run organization in baseball, or the most venal. Or both?

    When I saw that overhanging “frieze/facade/whatever” on TV, I wondered whether that would obstruct anyone’s view. I convinced myself that no, of course the Yankees couldn’t possibly be capable of such gross incompetence.

    I won’t be making that leap of faith again.

    Then there was the shot on TBS yesterday of a foul ball going into the left-field stands. The camera panned a few feet and then was blocked by the inside wall of wherever the camera was housed. Egregious.

    All that said, I hope someone’s making a list of all these kinks and checking it twice. The Yankees have got to stop making it so hard to be a rank-and-file fan.

  229. Paul V April 20th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    It’s not the blowers causing the breeze in the last row of the 400 sections – it’s actually the wind. The blowers do make a ton of white noise, and that’s pretty obnoxious, but they are not blowing into the seats.

    Check your facts before you rant. Exaggerations tend to diminish one’s credibility.

  230. Erik A April 20th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Albaladejo? Really? He’s looked good, Opening Day aside. (And my man Sauce is a starter.)

  231. AC April 20th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/04.....165361.htm

    Pete, while you’re at it with Stadium suggestions get Freddy “Sez” Schuman back in the stadium. He’s a good luck charm. If you watch any of the world series games, you can hear that pan clang as championships were won.

  232. kylelitke April 20th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    See, I’m not sure about switching up the bullpen though. Alabaladejo should stay up, he’s fine. As for Veras and Edwar, if they have options I’m all for sending them down, but Veras doesn’t and I don’t believe Edwar does either (not sure though, he might). I’m not ready to just give up on both guys 13 games in (and Veras has pitched in 6 of them, that’s a lot for a reliever). It may be necessary to get those guys up, and i wouldn’t mind that, but I’d hate to just lose the other relievers.

  233. Innewj April 20th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Being at field level will not maater. I was at Tropicana Field last Wednesday and my daughter was on the railing next to the Yankees dugout. Not one Yankee came over to sign an autograph. It was disgraceful.

  234. C-Smoov -- back to work on the 30th April 20th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Re: Joe Fan’s qestion,

    I FREAKIN’ KNEW IT! It really makes it hard on us security officers because we really DON’T wanna turn the fans away from getting autographs during BP, but OF COURSE the Yankees find more ways to alienate the average fan w/out the means for a $2625 ticket, or even a $350 ticket by the foul pole. Ish is ridiculous!!!!!

    (NOTE: Section 120a-120b, behind Shaq’s shower curtain if you wanna see me. Unfortunately I won’t be there until the Angels series because I’m still recovering from surgery on my right index finger.)

  235. Bill O April 20th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Some Bullpen Reality:

    -Veras is out of options so if you replace him in the bullpen that means he is gone. A reliever in his mid-late 20′s that throws mid 90′s with a nasty breaking ball will be picked up in an instant. If we’re looking to replace him in the bullpen we should trade him, but that’s easier said than done, so he stays for now.
    -Aceves- has followed up a terrible spring with a poor start in AAA until he turns things around he should not even be in the mix for a bullpen spot.
    -Melancon- whose spot on the 40 man roster does he take? Am I missing someone we can easily cut?
    -Albaladejo- arguably our 3rd best reliever right now. He throws strikes and get ground balls. That will and should be more than enough to keep him up here.
    -Edwar- had one bad outing, he had a few of those last year but on the whole was quite good.
    -Robertson- deserves a spot in the pen but in place of Steven Jackson not anyone else

    On another note its too early to give up on the rest of the bullpen. Veras, Edwar, Coke, and Marte. They all have great success and all of them have had at least some success at this level. At least one of them (probably a couple) will emerge as nice compliments to Mo and Bruney.

  236. Payment Gateway November 13th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Good read, thanks. Always looking out for weird and wonderful stuff to read :)

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