Inauguration: Yankee Stadium 2.5 Out of Beta

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Welcome to the New Yankee Stadium. Love it, hate it, have mixed feelings. Whatever the case, as of today it's Home. I'm not sure there's much ink left to spill on this occasion. Preliminary indications are that the place will be hitter friendly, but that's very much to be determined, and we can start making those determinations with C.C. Sabathia's first pitch today, a day of firsts in the Bronx. We'll be watching, and hoping the Yanks do a better job of breaking in their new digs than the boys from Queens. Consider this your thread for the architecture, the pregame, and all the action on and off the field. 
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  • No gamer? =)

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:12 pm
  • Should do a “who’s the first to hit a HR” contest. I’m rooting for Jeter for probably all the obvious reasons.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:13 pm
  • This is the gamer! Following on Gamecast. Can’t see pitch 1 (strike? ball?) but Mark DeRosa kicks things off at YS2.5 w/ a grounder to 2nd.

    YF April 16, 2009, 1:15 pm
  • Sizemore follows w/ one to first, and a K for Victor Martinez. A perfect first for CC

    YF April 16, 2009, 1:16 pm
  • =) Making sure.
    1-2-3 CC starts the stadium off in good old pitching.
    15 pitches only 8 for strikes, so maybe they’re helping him just a little bit. Still, here’s the bottom of the inning, and let’s hope someone christen the thing!

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:17 pm
  • with you lar. i call jeter leadoff dinger on pitch one, to right center.

    YF April 16, 2009, 1:17 pm
  • I wonder if I can find this game for download or something. It’ll be nice. Though I’m sure I will see this game on DVD or whatever they release it on eventually..

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:19 pm
  • Flies out, here’s JD.
    If I had to rank, I would put it Jeter, Teixiera, Posada, Matsui, of people who is playing today.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:21 pm
  • JD singles up the middle, and then Teixiera is promptly met with a pitch, first and second, one out.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:22 pm
  • nope. but he goes that way.
    johnny damon with the first hit in the new park.
    And Tex hit to put men on 1st and 2nd.

    YF April 16, 2009, 1:23 pm
  • Swisher is doing what Moneyball said he’ll do best – fouling off some tough pitches and taking some balls.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:26 pm
  • Swish f8 after a long battle, climbing back to full from 0-2. Up to Jorge.

    YF April 16, 2009, 1:27 pm
  • Off-topic: I wonder what the guy doing a trad-climb to his rare-air seats, carrying $40 paid of (now equally tepid) beer/dogs is saying to hisself.

    attackgerbil April 16, 2009, 1:29 pm
  • Unfortunately, Lee gets out of trouble. 23 pitches for the inning for Lee.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:32 pm
  • CC’s second inning considerably less smooth than the first, but the result is the same. Now at 37 pitches, 22 for strikes.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:43 pm
  • ok, let’s get this done quickly: draft for first Yank to hit a homer at the new stadium. Order according to who appeared first in thread:
    1. Lar
    2. YF
    3. AG
    4. Me
    (I get the first pick in the 2nd round)
    Lar, it’s your turn! Quick!

    Nick-YF April 16, 2009, 1:47 pm
  • well, this isn’t going to work, is it?

    Nick-YF April 16, 2009, 1:52 pm
  • Gardner ends the second inning thread with a pop out and Lee’s second inning was better than his first – 35 pitches, 22 for strikes.
    No score after 2.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:52 pm
  • Haha, Nick, I already listed my top 4!

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:53 pm
  • well, if I get first, I’ll take Teixiera!

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:54 pm
  • (but still rooting for Jeets!)

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:54 pm
  • Uh oh, CC walking two straight batters with one out, and here’s the dangerous VMart at the bat.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 1:59 pm
  • CC’s control has not been great, and the hitters wised up to not bail him out – 53 pitches 28 strikes at the moment and they are taking everything – I think the last 10 or so pitches were all taken.
    Okay, VMart fouled one off over the plate.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 2:01 pm
  • VMart with a “pop into double play”? Well, Jeter with the heads up play to end the inning.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 2:04 pm
  • Here’s second go around for everybody and their “first to HR” pool! ;)

    Lar April 16, 2009, 2:04 pm
  • Jeter with an infield hit, followed by JD with a tough force out.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 2:07 pm
  • Teixiera flies out to center, maybe he was going for it. Swisher doubles, but not enough for JD to score, so men on second and third, two outs, here’s Posada.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 2:09 pm
  • Posada grounds out and threat is over. 50 pitches, 32 for strikes for Lee and end of 3, no score.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 2:11 pm
  • CC probably deserved more run support, but a good play by Ransom saves a run – man on 3rd, one out, and Ransom came home successfully on a groundball.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 2:19 pm
  • Shoppach doubles in a run, so the first run in the stadium is scored by Ben Francisco, driven in by Shoppach. That kind of sucks.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 2:22 pm
  • Does get out of the inning, so end of 3 and half, it’s 1-0 Cleveland.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 2:24 pm
  • Cano pops out, Matsui walks, Ransom flies out, Gardner singles, both runner moves up on a wild pitch, and Jeter walks on 5 pitches.
    Lee has been wild, but the Yanks have not taken advantage.
    Now bases loaded, 2 outs, here’s Johnny Damon.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 2:36 pm
  • JD grounds out to end the threat again. Still 1-0 Indians.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 2:37 pm
  • Indians are HORRIBLE on the basepaths..

    Brad April 16, 2009, 3:08 pm
  • HIP HIP
    Jorge homers and everything’s alright again. This makes up for those randoms Kelly Shoppach and Ben Francisco driving in the first RBI and scoring the first run.

    doug YF April 16, 2009, 3:08 pm
  • And check out Cano working the 7-pitch walk. PLATE DISCIPLINE!

    doug YF April 16, 2009, 3:10 pm
  • …and Handsome Cody Ransom kills the rally dead. At least the bats are getting to Cliff Lee.

    doug YF April 16, 2009, 3:13 pm
  • Kind of, anyhow.. Cliff Lee is all over the place, but the Yanks not taking much advantage.
    Then again, you can kind of say the same about CC – 117 pitches, only 67 for strike. Shoppach is probably his last batter, strictly by pitch counts.. maybe he’ll get out of the inning.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:19 pm
  • And hopefully his arm doesn’t fall off, but it’s been quite awhile since a Yankee pitcher threw 120 pitches, hasn’t it?

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:19 pm
  • And CC is out after Shoppach strikes out. 122 pitches, 70 for strikes. Not awesome, but definitely a grinding type of outing that kept them in the game. On hook for the man on first, and thus possibly for a loss, but no way to win.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:23 pm
  • RANSOM! YOU ASS!

    doug YF April 16, 2009, 3:28 pm
  • Edwar not doing well, allowing two straight hits, but no one scores. It is a bases loaded situation with two outs for Mark DeRosa, facing Phil Coke.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:31 pm
  • Err, misread that, Grady Sizemore is up.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:32 pm
  • Why Phil Coke? It’s a high-leverage situation, bring in Marte.
    This could get ugly.

    doug YF April 16, 2009, 3:33 pm
  • PHEW. Coke gets the out.

    doug YF April 16, 2009, 3:33 pm
  • Tony Graffanino is still playing? wow.
    Coke got them out of that jam!

    dw (sf) April 16, 2009, 3:33 pm
  • Coke doing his job, getting Sizemore to fly out. End of inning, end of 5 and half, it’s tied at 1.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:34 pm
  • I am pleased that my misgivings about Phil Coke pitching in that spot were unfounded.

    doug YF April 16, 2009, 3:36 pm
  • Indeed.
    Lee is probably done after this inning as well, with 111 pitches and only 68 for strikes. It’s amazing how the game is still a 1-1 game given the general ineffectiveness of the starters..

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:39 pm
  • Lee easily concludes his day (I would think) with a 1-2-3.
    Veras in for Coke to start the 7th. Bruney has pitched in 2 straight, I think, so someone else (Marte?) is probably going to do the 8th to Mo.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:42 pm
  • Veras with 4 straight balls to start the inning. Yuck.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:44 pm
  • And VMart doubles, though DeRosa stops at 3rd. Wow, this got ugly quickly.
    Second and third, no outs.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:46 pm
  • VERAS!! YOU ASS!

    doug YF April 16, 2009, 3:48 pm
  • And Peralta makes him pay. Bah. I guess not everybody can dance like CC!

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:49 pm
  • Marte comes in. A bit late, after 2 runs.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:49 pm
  • And promptly hits Choo with a pitch.
    Then, on a sac bunt by Franciso, tried to go to third but failed. So bases loaded, no outs, 3-1 Indians. Bah.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:53 pm
  • A clutch infield pop (and fly rule) by Graffanino, one out. Crowe up, as Marte seek to minimize the damage..

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:55 pm
  • And then Crowe walks with the bases loaded. 4-1 Indians.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:56 pm
  • Sizemore adds to the pain. If only the Yanks can score a few dozen runs..

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:58 pm
  • First grand slam in the stadium. Sigh.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 3:59 pm
  • THE BABE IS PISSED!!!!
    holy shit. is this place cursed?

    YF April 16, 2009, 3:59 pm
  • VMart adding another run, and now it’s 10-1. What an opener.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 4:00 pm
  • Seems like they’re taking all the frustration of not finishing against CC out on Marte. Bah.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 4:01 pm
  • Peralta, who got this started with a 2 run double, finally ends the inning. 10-1.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 4:01 pm
  • Perez to come in against the Yanks who cannot hit or pitch, apparently.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 4:06 pm
  • And the Yanks are throwing it in – Melky to pinch hit for Teixeira. Bah.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 4:06 pm
  • Melky walks, and Swisher got hit by pitch, possibly as a retal, but it’s first and second, no outs, and the Yanks down by 9.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 4:10 pm
  • And Posada grounds into a double play.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 4:13 pm
  • Cano attempts to make the game respectable by singling in a run.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 4:14 pm
  • Matsui walks, if only the Yanks can score any.

    Lar April 16, 2009, 4:16 pm
  • //I wonder what the guy doing a trad-climb to his rare-air seats, carrying $40 paid of (now equally tepid) beer/dogs is saying to hisself.
    Hm… what’s the pro like on those bleacher steps? And do you need a haul bag to get the beer/dogs up there? ;)

    Jackie (SF) April 16, 2009, 5:53 pm

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