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Rivera: “It’s like we haven’t started the season yet”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 13, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Baseball is back in the Bronx. The Yankees play their home opener this afternoon, facing Albert Pujols and the new-look Angels with a 1:05 first pitch.

“It just never seems like the season officially gets underway until you have the home opener,” Derek Jeter said. “That’s how I’ve always felt. It’s special. It’s fun. It’s a great atmosphere. It’s something that we all look forward to. We usually get at least a couple of Opening Days over the course of a season, but it just doesn’t feel like it gets underway until we get the one at home.”

The Yankees got to town after Wednesday’s series finale in Baltimore. They got settled into their homes and apartments yesterday, had a homecoming dinner last night, and now it’s back to work.

“We’ve been away so long, it’s like we haven’t started the season yet,” Mariano Rivera said. “… It will be good when you see those (new players) seeing the Stadium, seeing the Stadium packed, the noise and everything that comes with New York. It’s wonderful. We have a lot of guys that will see that for the first time.”

I will not be seeing it. After covering all of spring training, I’m taking these next few games off. Yesterday I walked into my apartment for the first time since February 6, so I’m still figuring out my way around. Brian Heyman will be take you all through today’s game, and I’ll see you in a few days.

“It seems like we’ve been gone forever,” Joe Girardi said. “I think we’re all anxious to get back and play at home, in front of our home crowd. We’re fortunate. Wherever we travel, we still have a lot of fans, but home is still home.”

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38 Responses to “Rivera: “It’s like we haven’t started the season yet””

  1. blake April 13th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    MG,

    Yea….I always wonder when folks complain about how bad the Yanks are with RISP etc if they think its something that only happens with the Yankees….they have had some issues this year sure…..but all teams do and most worse than the Yankees……a lot of yankee fans only watch Yankee games…..if you watch other teams play you gain some perspective about how “bad” the Yanks are

  2. MG April 13th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    blake April 13th, 2012 at 8:04 am
    Yea….I always wonder when folks complain about how bad the Yanks are with RISP etc if they think its something that only happens with the Yankees….they have had some issues this year sure…..but all teams do and most worse than the Yankees……a lot of yankee fans only watch Yankee games…..if you watch other teams play you gain some perspective about how “bad” the Yanks are
    —————————————-
    Exactly-that’s why you are in the HOF succeeding way less than 50% of the time in baseball, something anyone who has played the game at any level understands all too well…

  3. pat April 13th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    In his career against Kuroda, Pujols is 3-for-15 with four strikeouts. But one of those hits is a solo home run.

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....witterfeed

  4. Benny Blanco April 13th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Blake,

    are you a bit surprised that warren, betances and man ban have started off so poorly?

  5. Erin April 13th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Happy Home Opener LoHudders. :)

  6. BD (Boston Dave) April 13th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    “..if you watch other teams play you gain some perspective about how “bad” the Yanks are”

    —–

    post of the day and it’s only 8am!

  7. BD (Boston Dave) April 13th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Thanks Erin!

    Gonna be fun

  8. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Since 2005, the Yanks are hitting about .270-.275 with RISP. Not much different than their overall team BA during that time.

  9. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Tyler Austin and Dante Bichette team up to beat Tim Hudson for the second time this year.

    http://www.milb.com/news/artic…..=news_milb

  10. Shame Spencer April 13th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    MG April 13th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Another day, another 300 posts complaining about the Montero trade.

    —————————

    Another day, another 300 posts complaining about the complaining about the Montero trade.

    :D

    C’mon people, it’s Opening Day – be happy!

  11. BD (Boston Dave) April 13th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Link no worky, GB?

  12. blake April 13th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    “are you a bit surprised that warren, betances and man ban have started off so poorly?”

    A little surprised yes….especially Banuelos….but its early and its cold so im not overly concerned…..if he’s still walking the world in a month then id want to know why.

  13. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    MG April 13th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Another day, another 300 posts complaining about the Montero trade.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    I was looking foreward to seeing Montero play for NYYs for a long time. I’m to the point now where I’m sick of seeing his name on here. I don’t care to hear about every time he belches or breaks wind. Last night, of course, it was the cooing and ooooing and ahing about his amazing bat speed. Hit hit a damned single that was made to sound like it traveled 700 feet.

  14. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Sorry, Dave. Here it is.

    http://www.milb.com/news/artic.....=news_milb

  15. blake April 13th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    The Yanks also seem to struggle more with RISP because in general they have more RISP than most teams……they’ve left a lot of guys on base this spring…..but they’ve also had a lot of guys on base as well so that’s really good. Im not concerned about the offense during the season…..they are going to score a lot of runs.

    My concern is when the playoffs roll around…..and you’re facing the best pitching….best relievers etc…..is the age going to show its head…..id love for them to add another prime age bat that is good against RHP by October

  16. blake April 13th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    As I said yesterday…..I think the Yanks should tell Banuelos to throw only fastballs down the middle for the first two innings of his next start…..

  17. Benny Blanco April 13th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Blake, agreed.

    One thing we still have to remember is that he’s still only 21 years old. If he’s still doing this at age 23 then it would be a serious problem.

  18. blake April 13th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Manny has been frustrating to watch really since last year because his stuff is so good….but he just isn’t trusting it….at least that’s what it seems like to me…..he’ll throw strike one and then its nibble nibble nibble until the count is 3-2 on like every hitter and then he either walks then or he has to throw a predictable pitch and gets hit…….he’s still so young but somebody needs to tell him to stop giving the hitters so much credit and just go after them…..I could be totally off base here but at least that’s what it seems like to me

  19. Villa Nova-Ya April 13th, 2012 at 9:11 am

    blake -

    That’s what I saw from Banuelos last season. He literally just missed with his pitches. I guess being too fine, or trying to be too fine. It was frustrating to watch, because it wasn’t like watching a guy who is wild all over the place.

  20. Crawdaddy April 13th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Banuelos has a command problem, but in yesterday’s game there were 18 BB which tells me that the conditions there probably weren’t the best for pitchers and that some of them had real difficulty dealing with the cold in Buffalo.

  21. MG April 13th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Shame Spencer April 13th, 2012 at 8:42 am
    MG April 13th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Another day, another 300 posts complaining about the Montero trade.

    —————————

    Another day, another 300 posts complaining about the complaining about the Montero trade.

    C’mon people, it’s Opening Day – be happy!
    ——————————
    shame, no offense, but 1 does not equal 300.

    I am happy about Opening Day, it’s a long season, I wonder how many complaints there will be if Jorge misses outside with the first pitch today :)

  22. blake April 13th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Villa,

    Exactly….I didn’t see yesterdays start but like you said he just misses most of the time…..he’s rarely just wild loike you’ll see with most guys who are having walk issues…..

  23. blake April 13th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Yea I think someone said it was 45 degrees for Manny yesterday…..I think he’s going to be fine and reports are that his stuff looks good…..he just needs to go at hitters especially early in counts and stop trying to make perfect pitches …..try and make perfect 0-2 or 1-2 pitches…..but otherwise make them hit the ball.

  24. austinmac April 13th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Blake,

    Mercifully, I didn’t see Banuelos start yesterday but did watch his first game. He was behind on virtually every batter. I agree he needs to trust his stuff.

  25. Erin April 13th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Mark Hale @HaleMark Cano has Posada’s locker #yankees

  26. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Good morning.

    Like most of you I have high hopes for Manuelito.

    We can use another good lefty in the Ro.

    Hope he pulls together.

  27. Erin April 13th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    :lol:

    Benjamin Kabak @bkabak Oh. That explains the early-season struggles. RT: @MarcCarig: CC over where AJ was.

  28. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    edit: pulls it

  29. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    New thread —->

  30. Shame Spencer April 13th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    “shame, no offense, but 1 does not equal 300.”

    ——————————

    MG, no offense, but its just the first today. In fact, if I wasn’t so opposed to wasting my time I’d like to see what the actual ratio is of people ‘complaining’ about Montero (often the ‘complaining’ appears to be anything from actually dissecting the logic behind the trade to simply bringing up his name) vs. those complaining that others are still complaining about it. I think it’d be pretty close…..

    Both groups of posters seem equally committed to being annoying. So I don’t see the point in haranguing just one of them. I think we should all be equal opportunity abusers.

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