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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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Should do a “who’s the first to hit a HR” contest. I’m rooting for Jeter for probably all the obvious reasons.

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.

=) 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!

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..

Flies out, here’s JD.
If I had to rank, I would put it Jeter, Teixiera, Posada, Matsui, of people who is playing today.

JD singles up the middle, and then Teixiera is promptly met with a pitch, first and second, one out.

Swisher is doing what Moneyball said he’ll do best – fouling off some tough pitches and taking some balls.

CC’s second inning considerably less smooth than the first, but the result is the same. Now at 37 pitches, 22 for strikes.

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!

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.

Uh oh, CC walking two straight batters with one out, and here’s the dangerous VMart at the bat.

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.

VMart with a “pop into double play”? Well, Jeter with the heads up play to end the inning.

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.

Posada grounds out and threat is over. 50 pitches, 32 for strikes for Lee and end of 3, no score.

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.

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.

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.

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.

…and Handsome Cody Ransom kills the rally dead. At least the bats are getting to Cliff Lee.

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.

And hopefully his arm doesn’t fall off, but it’s been quite awhile since a Yankee pitcher threw 120 pitches, hasn’t it?

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.

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.

Why Phil Coke? It’s a high-leverage situation, bring in Marte.
This could get ugly.

Coke doing his job, getting Sizemore to fly out. End of inning, end of 5 and half, it’s tied at 1.

I am pleased that my misgivings about Phil Coke pitching in that spot were unfounded.

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..

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.

And VMart doubles, though DeRosa stops at 3rd. Wow, this got ugly quickly.
Second and third, no outs.

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.

A clutch infield pop (and fly rule) by Graffanino, one out. Crowe up, as Marte seek to minimize the damage..

Seems like they’re taking all the frustration of not finishing against CC out on Marte. Bah.

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.

//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? ;)

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