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Yankees pregame: Old-Timers’ Day

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jun 23, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Paul O' NeillThe Old-Timers were brought out for the intros, nearly 50 of them. El Duque is among the first-time Old-Timers here. Orlando Hernandez is living in Miami, playing a lot of golf and spending time with his family, and he has a baseball academy for kids.

“It’s a big day for me,” he said.

His best Yankees memory?

“For me, everything is a good memory,” Hernandez said. “When you play for the Yankees, everything is good.”

As usual, there was a long sustained ovation, appropriately, for Bernie Williams. Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra came out last, driven in a cart from a gate in the center-field fence, waving along the way. Berra is 88 and Ford is 84.

After the Old-Timers’ game, Ivan Nova will take the ball in the real game, back from Triple-A to make the spot start. Joe Girardi indicated it has yet to be decided if Nova is staying.

“Obviously when you have a taste of this life, you don’t want to be in the minor leagues,” Girardi said. “This is the place where every player dreams about being. So you have to figure out a way to put yourself in a situation where they can’t consider sending me down. The trick is not getting here. The trick is staying here.”

Thomas Neal was sent down to make room for Nova.

Photo by The Associated Press.

 

 
 

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29 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Old-Timers’ Day”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 23rd, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Is this typical of the crowd for OTD? I don’t ever remember watching it with a sold-out Stadium.

  2. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 23rd, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    El Duque was trying to throw the game!!!

    :D

  3. Ys Guy June 23rd, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    muckrakin bill madden said on wfan today that almost every doctor he’s talked to about arod thinks that he won’t be able to pla again and will be forced to retire.

  4. RhapsodyInBlue June 23rd, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Trisha from what I recall every OTD has had good turnouts.

  5. RhapsodyInBlue June 23rd, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    No other team has a day for old timers like the Yankees.

    Then again no other team has a history quite like the Yankees :-)

  6. Ys Guy June 23rd, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    i was shocked that john and suzyn were still trying to sell tickets for OTD on yesterday’s broadcast.

    i always thought the first games to selll out were opening day, the mets and bosox games then OTD.

  7. Ys Guy June 23rd, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    bat day was huge back in the day when they gave you an acutal full (kid’s) size ash bat.

    i had a tommy tresh model i used for years and years.

  8. Shame Spencer June 23rd, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    If I had to play a game with Michael Kay talking in my ear piece I’d actually drop dead.

  9. cogen777 June 23rd, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Neal was sent down. I guess he proved he couldn’t hit. Had 11 at bats.

  10. Shame Spencer June 23rd, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Do they not give you full sized bats for bat day anymore, Ys? I’ve never gone to a bat day. Do they just give those little ones?

    I used to keep one of those small ones in my car in case anyone tried to rob me lol.

  11. JobaTipsHisCap June 23rd, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    El duque is ready to start a game. Awesome.

  12. Ys Guy June 23rd, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    i havent been to bat day in a few decades (if they even still have one) i know that a few years ago they were handing out little ‘replica’ bats and only on the way out of the stadium.

    it was cool on real bat day when everyone would hold up thier bats and scream to egg on a rally.

    nowadays there would be fatalities.

  13. Ys Guy June 23rd, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    http://mlblogslimatt.files.wor.....atday3.jpg

    notably absent in this picture…(besides color)

    yankee hats and ‘gear’

    women

  14. AndyFTM June 23rd, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    “nowadays there would be fatalities.”

    Got that right haha!

    Over or under 4 runs allowed by Nova today? I fear for him as the Rays know losing 3 out of 4 in this series would be a big blow

  15. Shame Spencer June 23rd, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    It looks like they still give away full sized bats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvZAttJTSxE

  16. Ys Guy June 23rd, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    idk when that picture was taken, but checked shirts were definitely ‘in’ that summer…

  17. Ys Guy June 23rd, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    yankees have a chance to tie for first place today. rays have a chance to grab sole possession of the cellar.

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 23rd, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Rhapsody, would you consider today’s a good crowd?

  19. Ys Guy June 23rd, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    i just went to yankees.com and was immediately hit with a popup ad for OTD tickets.

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 23rd, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Love watching this.

  21. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 23rd, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Maybe next year I will take this in. The only thing is that I so wilt in heat that I don’t know that I could take the sun!

  22. Ys Guy June 23rd, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    next year’s ODT will have mo and andy.

    what about jeter (arod?)

  23. Ys Guy June 23rd, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    great to see yogi and whitey made it. i was worried….

  24. Ys Guy June 23rd, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    toronto with the 2 out first inning rally, single, single, walk, hbp

    1-0 over baltimore.

    verlander’s got a 2 run lead over bosox in the 2nd.

    could be a real nice day in the bronx today.

  25. 86w183 June 23rd, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    For several years (1966-70) my birthday (June 15) present was box seats to Bat Day at Yankees Stadium just me and my Dad…. brothers and sister not invited. It was the best. Iused the bat exclusively for the year ahead.

    Never forget the time I got a Hector Lopez bat and some young hispanic kid traded me his Mickey Mantle bat. We were both thrilled with the transaction.

    After the Bronx slid way downhill in the late 1970′s is when they switched to min bats. Not the same at all.

  26. 86w183 June 23rd, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    13 man pitching staff today with tomorrow off. Ridiculous

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 23rd, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    “next year’s ODT will have mo and andy.”

    You think andy for sure?

    ***********************

    “For several years (1966-70) my birthday (June 15) present was box seats to Bat Day at Yankees Stadium just me and my Dad…. brothers and sister not invited. It was the best. I used the bat exclusively for the year ahead.”

    What a beautiful memory. And belated happy birthday!!!

  28. 86w183 June 23rd, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    thanx Trisha —–

    Me and Andy Pettitte last Saturday… Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Mendoza too

  29. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 23rd, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    And one of my brothers also!

    :)


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