Pondering The Mysterious Future

Vic Ziegel writes in the Daily News:

"the Daily News has learned that the tentative 2008 schedule ends with the Yankees in a city named Boston."

Mr. Ziegel does note that if the Yankees make the post-season next year, it doesn’t matter where the team finishes the regular, but isn’t that a rather big "if" to hang one’s hat on, considering the history of THTRB?

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  • I have to say that it’s much cooler for the Red Sox and Yankees to end that story in Yankee Stadium. Playing that series in Fenway ensures that some other, and much less storied series takes place as the last one in the Bronx. To that I say: Boooo, Bud.

    Brad September 20, 2007, 12:07 pm
  • Well, it does say “tentative.”
    Otherwise: laaaaaaaame.

    doug YF September 20, 2007, 12:18 pm
  • Oh I don’t know. The AlEast leading Yankees might play a tense concluding home series against the 2nd place Devil Rays before going to Fenway. That could be significant and interesting, no? ;)

    IronHorse (yf) September 20, 2007, 12:23 pm
  • I guessing their last two series with each other get flipped. After all, the last series between the teams this year was at Fenway. And in 2006 it was at Yankee Stadium with 2005 at Fenway and 2004 at YS. It only makes sense to flip it – for historical and competitive reasons.

    Pete September 20, 2007, 12:26 pm
  • What are the chances that MLB will change the schedule? And wow, they employ some highly intelligent people over there, don’t they.
    (I have no idea how the schedules are made up, it’s entirely possible that a hamster-powered wheel was involved, as well…)

    yankeemonkey September 20, 2007, 12:28 pm
  • Seems to me the Yanks should end the regular season at home, against the Sox. That’s the only way to close the Stadium.

    YF September 20, 2007, 12:30 pm
  • Hopefully that is still tentative, because it seems just wrong to put the Yanks anywhere put the Stadium for that series. Especially to put them in Boston- though it’ll be great to close out the season with the rivalry.
    I’m also dissappointed MLB didn’t put the Nationals in RFK for their last games this season, since they’ll get the new stadium next year.
    I know it must be a nightmare to schedule all these games, and get everything to line up right, but I can’t imagine it’d be all that hard to arrange teams to play their last games at home if it’s the last year in a stadium.
    Sigh. Oh well.

    KurticusMaximus- YF September 20, 2007, 12:36 pm
  • When does Pete Abe chime in about how the 2008 schedule-maker has already f*cked the Yankees?
    This is such a non-controversy. The last game at Yankee Stadium will be a soapy, sentimental, weepy affair whether it happens on the last day of the season or six days prior to the end of the regular season. As it is, it’s unlikely it will be the last game played in Yankee Stadium anyhow, what with the playoffs. If it comes to that, we can only hope that the last game played there is one that ends in a ball of pinstriped flame, right there in the Bronx.

    SF September 20, 2007, 12:36 pm
  • Whoa, SF is in a seriously pissy mood today. Deep breaths, it’ll be OK!

    yankeemonkey September 20, 2007, 12:46 pm
  • whoa, let’s not jump to conclusions here. he says “A” city named Boston. perhaps, the Sox and Yanks will play a goodwill game in Boston, Lincolnshire, UK.

    FenSheaParkway September 20, 2007, 12:47 pm
  • Actually, not that pissy, considering. I just don’t see the controversy here, at all.

    SF September 20, 2007, 12:48 pm
  • You know if they ever close Fenway it will be the biggest love/whine fest that state has ever seen. And it doesn’t conjure up anywhere near as much storied sports history than Yankee Stadium. It needs to be ajdusted and will be, lest King George awaken from his slumber.

    Nate September 20, 2007, 12:54 pm
  • I think SF would see the controversy if they finally decided to put Fenway out of its misery and the Sox closed the season against the Yankees on the road.
    I think the point is the Yankees will want to trot out all their living members to say goodbye. That’s much easier to do during the regular season than during the playoffs. Further, more regular fans will be able to afford that last “game” than the playoff version where MLB dictates even more absurd pricing. The last day of the season is just more symbolic – especially becuase the playoffs can’t be written into any team’s schedule (no matter how much YF’s think otherwise).

    Pete September 20, 2007, 1:05 pm
  • I was curious so did a bit of research. Who would you say have been the Yankees biggest nemesis thorough the years?
    No cheating!
    Answer in ten minutes/

    Pete September 20, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • SF- Calm down. There’s only 14 comments here- it’s not like we’re all freaking out about how insulting this is.
    Look, if Fenway were closing, I would expect MLB to at least try to put Boston home for its last games that year. Like I said, I wish they did it for the Nats, too.
    Who cares if it’s weepy and sentimental? Baseball prides itself on its history, so when they close a historic ballpark, MLB should try to help the team close it out right.

    KurticusMaximus- YF September 20, 2007, 1:17 pm
  • For me the frustrating part of this is that the schedule has the Mets closing at home to close out shea. I read a quote from some MLB scheduling “guru” that said it was very difficult logistically for the Mets and the Yankees to be at home at the same time. A statement which i absolutely refuse to belive.

    Sam-YF September 20, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • Well, that worked well!!
    The contenders (lowest WPCT – minimum 500 games):
    v. LAA: 314-259 .548% H: 173-111 A: 141-148
    v. BOS: 1099-915 .546% H: 592-408 A: 507-507
    v. DET: 1028-914 .529% H: 562-409 A: 466-505
    What’s really amazing is that the Yankees have a losing record against exactly zero teams that they’re played more than 3 times in the regular season. Unfortunately, baseballref doesn’t seem to aggregate the post-season as well. The solace for SFs is that the Yanks have lost the most games to the Sox (but played them more than the Tigers)
    Here’s the same for the Sox (same criteria):
    v. CHW: 945-906 .511% H: 546-380 A: 399-526
    v. MIN: 932-908 .507% H: 522-392 A: 410-516
    v. CLE: 938-1008 .482% H: 506-467 A: 432-541
    v. NYY: 915-1099 .454% H: 507-507 A: 408-592
    Remember that the Twins used to be the Senators up to 1961.

    Pete September 20, 2007, 1:33 pm
  • One more thing I wanted to include:
    Yanks have won the most games at Yankee Stadium against:
    1. BAL – 637
    2. OAK – 596
    3. BOS – 592

    Pete September 20, 2007, 1:39 pm
  • Pete-
    …um, so what?

    KurticusMaximus- YF September 20, 2007, 1:43 pm
  • Wow, really no interest in history?
    I just had the question of who’s been the Yankees’ biggest nemesis through the years. A lot of folks would probably argue for the Sox, but it looks more like the Tigers, most especially cause the Yankees have played the Sox even at Fenway while winning almost 200 more games at Yankee Stadium. I was surprised by that.
    Sorry for expressing a bit of intellectual curiosity! (While trying to change the topic from the “controversy”)

    Pete September 20, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • Oh yeah, and my original inquiry arose from the question of who would it make the most sense for the Yankees to close Yankees Stadium against. They’ve lost the most there against the Sox, but they’ve been least successful there against the Tigers.

    Pete September 20, 2007, 1:54 pm
  • Okay, sorry for killing this thread.
    The topic before I entered:
    Yanks finish 2008 (tentatively) in Boston and not in closing Yankee Stadium. Controversial?

    Pete September 20, 2007, 2:08 pm
  • Who cares if it’s weepy and sentimental? Baseball prides itself on its history, so when they close a historic ballpark, MLB should try to help the team close it out right.

    I do care! I was at the ’99 ASG in Fenway when Ted Williams rolled out of centerfield. I love the romanticism of the game. All I am saying is that I find it irrelevant whether the last regular season game in Yankee Stadium is on the last day of the season. The last game will be a spectacle, regardless. That’s why I find this a non-controversial matter, personally.

    SF September 20, 2007, 2:39 pm
  • SF –
    You’re telling me that you’d be cool with the Sox closing Fenway in the third week of September against the Devil Rays?
    (And yes that conflates the opponent and date. But as you as you want to dictate one, I’d say the other is just as reasonable to desire).

    Pete September 20, 2007, 2:44 pm
  • Yep. If I could be at a (hypothetical) game like that, knowing it was the last, I wouldn’t care if it was the last game of the year or not. I just don’t see why that would make it super-duper extra-special. A last game is a last game, the celebration would be wonderful, sad, etc. That’s what would matter to me.

    SF September 20, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • Fair enough. Whereas I see the last day of the season as something very special. It separates the haves from the have-nots in moving play to the mythical post-season realm. For me, there would something wrong about closing Fenway then the team going on to play the Devil Rays in Tampa for the very next game.

    Pete September 20, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Twenty years later, assuming my brain was still functioning, I would remember being at the last game at Fenway (or Yankee Stadium, if I were a Yankee fan) and I imagine those memories would be vivid, moving, unforgettable.
    It ends there for me. The next day’s travel will be forgotten.

    SF September 20, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • One more thing that no one’s mentioned: If it’s the last day, you really do know if it’s the last game. That means something, no?
    Otherwise, the Yanks for instance could be closing the place and no one’s sure if they’ll be back in the post-season cause first they have to win 4 of 6 against the O’s and DRays on the road.

    Pete September 20, 2007, 2:58 pm

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