So, the first regular-season schedule at the new Yankee Stadium is complete and – despite tonight’s performance – the home team won 57 of the 81 games. Not a bad percentage, especially if you paid big bucks for a ticket and were hoping to see a win.
The Yankees also set a Major League Baseball record tonight by becoming the first team in history to have home runs hit in all but one of their regular-season home games, according to STATS LLC. With Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher going deep, the Yankees have a team total of 241 home runs this season, one shy of the franchise record which was set in 2004.
None of that, of course, is particularly meaningful as the Yankees head towards October. Joba Chamberlain’s inconsistency was the story of the night, and while the Yankees vision of their ALDS opponent became clearer tonight (the Tigers are three up with four to go), their vision of Chamberlain’s immediate future only got cloudier. Check out the audio (which I just added) in the last post to hear what Joba had to say. I’m sure we’ll talk plenty about all the options the Yankees have in the coming days.
For now, I’m headed home. Thanks again to everyone for all the e-mails and comments and opinions. We had nearly 1,000 comments on a game that, literally, meant nothing in the standings, and I did my best to answer the nearly 100 e-mails I got over the course of the day. Back at it tomorrow with a few posts as the Yanks get set for their final series of the regular season.