While enjoying my breakfast this morning, I read an interesting story by our good buddies at USA Today on the number of home runs hit at Yankee Stadium so far this year. Not surprisingly, the totals are down from their astronomical heights of a year ago, and the Stadium ranks eighth among all parks in home run output.
I wrote last year that I never quite got the uproar over the amount of homers – after all, home runs are, you know, a part of baseball – but theorizing over why the numbers are down to this point raises a number of possibilities: Some think the tearing down of the old Stadium has affected the wind-tunnel quality of the new park, while others might point to the loss of Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon, two guys who certainly contributed their share.
It’s worth noting, too, that Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez – typically two cogs in the home run hitting machine – have a grand total of four combined, but whatever the reason there’s no denying that Yankee Stadium has less of a pinball-feel so far this season.
Is that a good thing? Anyone out there miss the constant blasts?