It has been a busy day in the Bronx. Steinbrenner, Bloomberg, and quite a few other m/b/gaz/illionaires were around to break ground for the new billion-dollar Yankee Stadium. Newsday has a picture of rich guys in dorky hard hats pretending to do manual labor. Yankee COO Lonn Trost said that the new park will still be called Yankee Stadium (not New Yankee Stadium – we remember what happened to New Coke), though parts of the park might be sponsored. I suppose we can look forward to Monument Park Presented by Mohegan Sun Casino.
We will soon see if one long term investment pays dividends, as Octavio Dotel was activated today. Jose Veras goes to Columbus to make room. Veras was used sparingly since his call-up, only seeing 3.2 innings in 4 appearances. I sincerely look forward to seeing what Dotel brings to the relief staff.
Here is one investment to which my first reaction I am happy to say was quite wrong: Bobby Abreu is 21 for 56 at the plate since joining New York, with New York winning nine out of fourteen (.642) of those games. New York has outscored their opponents 72-50 over that stretch. Abreu factored in 13 of the Yankee runs.
Corey Lidle takes the mound for New York tonight. Lidle, who said he was suffering from something akin to a stomach virus that prevented him from keeping food down at the time of his last start, only lasted four innings last week against the Angels. He will face Adam Loewen who was positively brilliant in his start against New York on August 5th in Baltimore, where he, Todd Williams, and LaTroy Hawkins combined to one-hit (from Abreu) the Yankees. Now that New York has seen Loewen once, perhaps we can hope that familiarity will breed contempt, or at least base runners. Here’s your place to comment on tonight’s game.