A Night at Yankee Stadium

I went to last night’s debacle and I’m happy to say that even without the benefit of replay or proximity or perfect vision or even good vision (I wear contacts and my prescription is in need of a serious upgrade), I was able to deem the utter outness (as opposed to the complete safeness) of Bloomquist. From the right field bleachers, it was pretty clear, which is sad considering my view of the game:

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This is before the game. The umps are all at home plate furiously searching for Gerry Davis’s left contact which is somewhere in the dirt.

The right field bleacher bums were a decidedly jovial and peaceful bunch. There were no fights, only a few unnecessarily malicious things said about other fan-bases (the Mets were a target. No mention of the Sox), and righteous class warfare (a lot of anger directed toward the box seats. The Astors and Rockefellers deserve our scorn!). In all, to paraphrase Ice Cube, today was a good day for the bleacher creatures. I also got to participate in the first inning roll call. Fans of other teams might hate this ritual, but…well…don’t be haters.

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As you can see, the diversity of Yankee Stadium is on display during the roll-call. As a player’s name was called, that player would, in some way, acknowledge the crowd’s cheers. The player reaction ranged from cool indifference (A-Rod and Jeter turning briefly with a wave our way) to over-the-top graciousness (Bobby Abreu turned around, cupped his hands in a quasi-prayer position and bowed to us with a Buddha-like smile and solemnity. Robby Cano’s grin shined all the way from second base. Gerry Davis looked confusedly into the distance.)

The game? Well, it was a rather quick uneventful affair, but there was a sense among the crowd that our beloved Bombers would pull it off. After all, it seemed that the Yanks were the only team threatening big innings. Eventually, some of these baserunners would score. So the crowd was relaxed. Over the years, Yanks fans have become accustomed to winning games, especially ones in which the Yanks are basically dominating every facet. But baseball (especially Yankee baseball in 2007) is cruel like that. The Mariners scored their last 2 runs without much build-up at all: first a blown call, then a bloop and a run, and then Farnsy got out of the inning to be greeted by the boos of the stadium.

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Then the great Mo. As he ran to the mound to the dulcet sounds of Metallica, the crowd, as is custom, erupted. A couple of people near me genuflected. For the first two batters he looked like like the Mo we all know. And then suddenly confusion and angst. Mo leaves one up over the plate and Beltre gets good wood on it. But from where we were standing, the Beltre hit didn’t seem like a homer off the bat. But as the ball traveled closer and closer to the wall, and Johnny Damon kept on running, all the silent pleas and loud groans of the bleachers couldn’t deny the reality. The Yankees had lost again.

17 comments… add one
  • That sucks Nick, it’s one thing when it happens when you’re at home watching, but it always stings worse when it’s a game you’re at.

    LocklandSF May 8, 2007, 1:07 pm
  • Nick, great story. Your timing is perfect. I just realized maybe 10 minutes ago that I will NOT be able to go to the Yankees-Mets game (that I have tickets for) on June 17th due to the fact that I will be on vacation. Not so bad you say….Well I have sat everywhere in Yankee Stadium EXCEPT RF Bleachers and that’s where my seats are! I have been looking forward to role call for months now!
    Ugggh!
    Side note I had to give away my seats for last night I had a game that ran late. Glad I missed it!

    Triskaidekaphobia May 8, 2007, 1:08 pm
  • Thanks for the pictures and the stories, Nick.

    attackgerbil May 8, 2007, 1:09 pm
  • If you want to talk about a missed call, how about one that actually had a signifigant impact in the grand scheme of things?
    http://espn.go.com/media/mlb/1999/1017/photo/a_stretch.jpg

    Nate=Soxfan May 8, 2007, 1:16 pm
  • Great writing.

    jim - YF May 8, 2007, 1:18 pm
  • In the future, might MLB consider letting Davis umpire from the bleachers?

    SF May 8, 2007, 1:20 pm
  • Farnsy? Booed? Whaaaaaat???
    Good piece.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • Did Mo get any boos?

    yankeemonkey May 8, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • good piece. even as a sox fan i have to say i think the roll call is cool.

    beth May 8, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • looks like you had a good time nick.
    he looked safe to me.
    if any yf’s saw donnie baseball’s lazyboy interview after the game, they’re rooting for girardi to take over for torre. about as smooth as sutcliffe after a charity golf event.
    as for the roll call….didn’t this originate from girls softball? i don’t know how long yf’s have been doing it, but i’ve seen my sisters teams do it for the past 20 years. “hey melissa, hey hey melissa.”

    sf rod May 8, 2007, 2:58 pm
  • well thanks to all for the kind words.
    YM, Mo did not get booed (at least I didn’t hear any boos from where I was sitting).

    Nick-YF May 8, 2007, 3:26 pm
  • Cool. Well, let’s hope tonight’s game has a better ending. I was supposed to go but something came up *grumble grumble*

    yankeemonkey May 8, 2007, 3:43 pm
  • I can’t believe you decided to not include in this narrative tour de force the jerk chicken or A-Rod’s new theme song – the tautological masterpiece “This is Why I’m Hot.” Those were some of the highlights of my bleachers night, at least. And Miguel Batista’s suddenly 96mph fastball.
    And that whole time, I didn’t even know I was bashing Evansville’s Own Don Mattingly for taking DiSalvo out – or was he receiving phone calls from a Proctorholic Torre without realizing that Proctor was, in fact, unavailable for the very same reason he was?

    MF Seth May 8, 2007, 5:50 pm
  • Wasn’t Proctor appealing the decision, though? Or did yesterday count as Game 1 of his a-little-overboard 4-game suspension?

    Andrew May 8, 2007, 6:07 pm
  • Andrew, you’re right. My bad. He was able to pitch. So the Don doesn’t suffer from Proctorholism, but instead the much more troubling Farnsitis?

    MF Seth May 8, 2007, 6:20 pm
  • I just don’t understand why they didn’t use him. If he’s gonna be suspended for four games straight anyway, why not use him till he’s tired THEN serve those four games?

    Andrew May 8, 2007, 6:48 pm
  • MF Seth (Mets fan) was in attendance with me. Hs is right to chastise me for not getting on A-Rod for his music selection.
    The jerk chicken was delicious. Thanks, Seth.

    Nick-YF May 8, 2007, 11:59 pm

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