When last the Yankees played at home, there were two problems: Too many home runs and not enough wealthy people in the good seats.
The Yankees tried to solve one problem, cutting the premium seat prices from obscene to merely outrageous. Those on the good side of the concrete moat must be happy.
But what of the home runs? Brian Cashman has said the team is “monitoring” how the balls flies out the new place. You can be sure everybody will be monitoring how many dingers are hit over the next eight games.
I wonder if playing at night will change anything?
Joe Girardi is right when he says it doesn’t matter as both teams play in the same conditions. But over the course of time, if Yankees pitchers give up home runs by the score and there are more 9-8 games instead of 3-2, it’s going to wear the bullpen out.
Nothing can change this season in terms of the dimensions. But if it’s home run derby all summer, there will have to be some adjustments made before 2010. The Phillies had to fix up left field in their new park. It happens.
I also wonder if any measures will be taken to keep fans sitting atop the outfield fences from interfering with play.