Take It From the Top: Jays-Yanks Opening Day Gamer I Redux


It’s 4:00 here in the big city, and the heavens looks like they’re about to open up in apocalyptic fashion. Fear not, Ye Faithful: YFSF’s Dopler 27 Million says the skies will be clear and the angels singing when the clock strikes 7:05 this evening, and that the Beginning of the End (of Yankee Stadium) will finally commence. Roy Halladay faces Chien-Ming Wang in this closing opener at the House of Ruth. Fire up those franks. Get out the mustard. It’s time to play ball again to sit around on the couch and remember those days when you, too, could bust it from home to first without a break at the 70 foot mark and 4 Advil the next morning. But seriously, folks. Is there anything better (for a Yankee fan, anyway) than watching Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez step to the plate for the first time in the season? Today, after six long months, we’re once again going to see Jeets dig in, wiggle his cleats, and put that back hand up as he settles in—wait!!! Part of the fun of baseball is appreciating the small rituals. I’m ready. Go Yanks!!!

UPDATE: There Will Be Ball! Photo above from John YF, at the Stadium….

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  • Pete sez same lineup as yesterday, which was:
    Johnny Damon LF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Bobby Abreu RF
    Alex Rodriguez 3B
    Jason Giambi 1B
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Jorge Posada C
    Hideki Matsui LF
    Melky Cabrera CF
    Chien-Ming Wang RHP
    Blue Jays
    David Eckstein SS
    Shannon Stewart LF
    Alex Rios RF
    Vernon Wells CF
    Frank Thomas DH
    Lyle Overbay 1B
    Aaron Hill 2B
    Marco Scutaro 3B
    Gregg Zaun C
    Roy Halladay RHP

    attackgerbil April 1, 2008, 4:38 pm
  • Every time I see David Eckstein’s name atop the Jays roster, I laugh and laugh.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 4:45 pm
  • i just decided that i’m skipping my 4+ hours of school tonight to watch this game.
    play ball.

    Yankee Fan In Boston April 1, 2008, 4:55 pm
  • Have the Yankee hot dogs improved at all in the 25 years since I last choked one down?
    Second question: If not, would anyone *want* them to improve?
    My sense is that ballpark franks (including Fenways) are, at this point, *intentionally* awful. It’s part of the classic ballpark experience.

    Hudson April 1, 2008, 4:55 pm
  • i wouldn’t use the word “awful,” more like “blissfully mediocre.”
    i eat at least 3 a game.

    Yankee Fan In Boston April 1, 2008, 4:58 pm
  • But he’s gutsy!

    Lar April 1, 2008, 5:19 pm
  • The trick to both making ballpark hotdogs edible AND making them at least somewhat worth what you pay, is the free condiments. Seriously, I drown those suckers in ketchup and mustard and add so much relish and onions that I actually have enough relish and onion left behind to eat with a fork should I so wish.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 5:22 pm
  • In addition to the normal franks, the stadium serves hebrew nationals which are actually pretty good. They do answer to a higher authority after all….

    sam-YF April 1, 2008, 5:23 pm
  • Camden Yards = AMAZING ballpark food. (hmm crabcakes). Beerwise, the best park I’ve been to is the local team, the Lancaster Barnstomers. They have a local microbrews beer available and its fantastic.
    Again, with Eckstein, anyone try hitting refresh and rereading the lineup? It just keeps getting funnier every time!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 5:26 pm
  • There’s a White Castle in the Bronx, isn’t there? In my opinion, White Castle is the single only thing I’m jealous about, you keep the rest of NY and NJ, just give me a dame White Castle in Boston. I would crawl over broken glass for some White Castle right now.

    LocklandSF April 1, 2008, 5:36 pm
  • The thing with Fenway Franks is that I love them simply because they have tasted the same since I was a little kid, exactly the same. They were a treat when I was a kid, so I still view them that way.
    “No catchup, only communists put catchup on a hot dog.” -Grandfather
    Only Gulden’s brown mustard! Also, it’s only real if you get it from one of the steam boxes from the park vendors, not the stands.
    Every year a good friend of mine and I pick a game to do the “9 in 9” challenge. I’m sure you can figure it out.

    LocklandSF April 1, 2008, 5:42 pm
  • beautiful night here at stadium. Sent some photos to AG. Go Yankees!

    John - YF April 1, 2008, 6:44 pm
  • It looks beautiful right now. =)

    Lar April 1, 2008, 6:50 pm
  • 9 in 9 sounds like a fun challenge

    Pat (SF) April 1, 2008, 6:58 pm
  • Well, first game of the seasons, first A-Rod RBI, First close pitch taken by Abreu.
    Good Times. Good Times.

    Carlos April 1, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • “johnny damon firing” to third?

    Yankee Fan In Boston April 1, 2008, 7:32 pm
  • Just walked in the door. Eckstein Ks. What Happened?

    YF April 1, 2008, 7:48 pm
  • Walk to Rios w/ 2 outs. At least he’s keeping the ball down.

    YF April 1, 2008, 7:50 pm
  • Nice play from Jeets going right on the 6-4 FC. Wang keeping the ball down, 1 run through 3. A good start….

    YF April 1, 2008, 7:51 pm
  • Melkster out.

    YF April 1, 2008, 7:55 pm
  • Wang always seems to have trouble the first couple of innings but then the ball stays down and the ground balls start coming. Hope it continues.

    Carlos April 1, 2008, 7:56 pm
  • Damon down.
    Jeter drills a 2b to right. That patented inside-out swing. Now .500 for ’08!

    YF April 1, 2008, 7:57 pm
  • 2 nice grabs for Melky! we go to the bottom of the 4th.

    sam-YF April 1, 2008, 8:05 pm
  • Scutaro walks. Tired Wanger? Up in the zone there a bit. Danger.

    YF April 1, 2008, 8:13 pm
  • Scutaro SB on a slider in the dirt. Decent throw and he’s gone, but Jorge bounces it. Man on 2nd, no outs.

    YF April 1, 2008, 8:14 pm
  • Zaun laps one to right. Men on the corners for Eckstein.

    YF April 1, 2008, 8:16 pm
  • Eckstein out 3 unassisted. Men on 2nd and 3rd, 1 down for Shannon Stewart.

    YF April 1, 2008, 8:18 pm
  • Stewart bounces one to third. Alex takes the out at first. Zaun holds at 2nd. 2-1 Jays.

    YF April 1, 2008, 8:21 pm
  • Rios Ks. Not bad for the Wanger, but the Yanks need to put a couple more up on the board if they want a W to get the year started.

    YF April 1, 2008, 8:24 pm
  • As the YES grafix note, a 4 pitch and a 5 pitch inning already for the Yanks. Bad luck? Poor execution? Scouting report that suggests early swinging? A Girardi thing?
    So far a DP and a K for Jorge. Shouldn’t have given him that contract!

    YF April 1, 2008, 8:30 pm
  • Wang cruises through the 6th with 3 grounders. Quality start.
    Halladay throwing a gem, for his part. Runs please!

    YF April 1, 2008, 8:37 pm
  • I can’t be too upset with Halladay’s excellence. That’s the trouble with fantasy baseball.
    That said, I hope the Yankees grind this inning and hit him out of the game. Melky putting up a nice at-bat.

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 8:41 pm
  • Quick note: I just booted MLB Mosiac for the first time (I’ve been watching Poirot with the family until now tonight).
    May I just say.. its far better than I expected. (I have some complaints, but pretty well done)

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 8:42 pm
  • LECHE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2-2

    YF April 1, 2008, 8:42 pm
  • LECHE!!!!

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 8:42 pm
  • Damn you Melky! *leaves again!*

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • Just a great AB from Melky.
    Damon and Jeter follow with ground outs.

    YF April 1, 2008, 8:45 pm
  • And Abreu 4-3 mean Alex leads off the 7th for the home team.

    YF April 1, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • I must say, reluctantly, that was indeed a nice AB by Melky. Props.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 8:49 pm
  • Coco would have had that. (Course, Coco would have struck out instead of tying the game)

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 8:51 pm
  • That’s nice, not having Girardi coming out be the walk of doom. Usually Torre was sleeping.

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 8:54 pm
  • Damn Wang and his sinker. *doesnt care what other SFs say, would take Wang on his team*

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 8:54 pm
  • Girardi gets away with the slow hook there. Might have wanted a k artist in that situation, but if it works….

    YF April 1, 2008, 8:57 pm
  • Halladay in trouble.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 8:59 pm
  • Roy looks 10,000 years old as he walks Giambi. I’m shocked he’s being left in, is the releiver not warm?
    also, apparently Hanley can dance funny.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • WTF? How did they fail to at least get Giambi? They could have just TAGGED him. Then the DP would still be in order! Epic Fail.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:04 pm
  • Man, I’m commentign too much. Im just so charged up that there is actual baseball again. Geez. I’ll settled down. *duct tapes his fingers*

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:05 pm
  • Lucky break right there. Phew.

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 9:07 pm
  • And now we get Joba, first relief situation of the season. Hope he’s still got it.

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 9:08 pm
  • Let me guess: Aaron HIll did something stupid against the Yankees?

    SF April 1, 2008, 9:08 pm
  • and the whiff! but the yanks take the lead with Fatso Chambermaid coming in.

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 9:10 pm
  • SF, Two HORRIBLE feilding plays in a row, both could have been double plays, both ended up only being one out, thus a run scores.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:10 pm
  • Wish we could have got a few more there but….Here comes Joba.

    YF April 1, 2008, 9:11 pm
  • Where the hell did all the comments go?
    *Hates Joba. Stupid good pitchers*

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:12 pm
  • SF, there was a DP ball to either Hill or Eckstein, Giambi stopped in front of him but they didn’t tag him, they went for the out at first, which led to the basesloaded situation. Could be a game-changing play.
    Nice curve for a strike by Joba.

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 9:13 pm
  • I hate the flat brim. That isn’t intended as an anti-Yankee comment, I’d hate it on any Sox player also.

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 9:14 pm
  • Agreed, the flat brim is a bit dorky.

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 9:15 pm
  • Aaron Hill ought to wear pinstripes. I was kidding when I asked that. Didn’t he donate about six runs to the Yankees last year in September?

    SF April 1, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • Nice AB by Rios. (I thought that roller foul was fair until that VERY nice second camera angle. I cann appreciate YES a little bit when I can listen to a DIFFERENT game whiel watching Yanks)

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • That was some nasty stuff… Good job by Rios to lay off that 3-2 curve.

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 9:18 pm
  • My god, I was sure Rios was gonna be out.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • Still. 2 outs. Damn Blue Jays. Quickly 0-2 on Thomas.
    I’m way to stressed about the first game of the darn season especially when it isnt even a Sox game.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:22 pm
  • Wow, expressive for a Yank aren’t we?

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • K!!!!! Joba very excited. Maybe too much. Easy big fella, it’s 1 of 162.
    But you gotta love the enthusiasm. 1 ip. 2ks. Love that too.

    YF April 1, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • YF, he deserves the expressiveness. His stuff is absolutely nasty. Thomas didn’t stand chance.

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:24 pm
  • Nice pitching by Chamberlain, but someone might want to tell him its only the 8th inning of the first game of the year.

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 9:26 pm
  • Why is everyone diving for balls rather than cuttign them off?!!

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:26 pm
  • Trip for JD! tack on a little insurance, pls.

    YF April 1, 2008, 9:26 pm
  • Get this run in damn it.

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 9:28 pm
  • Cap!?!

    YF April 1, 2008, 9:28 pm
  • Oh, come on.

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 9:28 pm
  • Wow, IBB to A-Rod with two outs.

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 9:30 pm
  • We only ask that Yankee fans treat Joba by the same standards they treat Jonathan Papelbon.
    Either the extreme enthusiasm is refreshing or it isn’t, no matter the cap.
    Personally, I am all for visible excitement, but it should be tempered with a bit of relativism. I am such an old fart. ;-)
    Also, an honest question: why is staring at a home run that wins a game or puts a team ahead showing someone up while screaming at the top of one’s lungs, shaking like a leaf on a tree not? Isn’t expression just expression, no matter the gesticulative severity? Aren’t both about calling attention to oneself, inherently?

    SF April 1, 2008, 9:31 pm
  • Sigh. That’s not the way to do it.
    Enter Sandman.

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 9:32 pm
  • Man. Stranded. Leaving a ribbie up on the board there. Put a dollar in the cup Jeets, Bobby. Hope that doesn’t come back to bite….

    YF April 1, 2008, 9:33 pm
  • SF – staring at a Home Run (or what you think is a home run) goes against the basic principles of the game. You are supposed to run when the ball is hit, that’s what they teach you in Little League. I thought we were all for protecting basic principles and long-standing baseball practices?

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • Doesnt really matter. Mo is a goddamn immortal. The only way to stop him is to cut off his head. Where’s Duncan MacLeod when you need him?
    *punches the wall*

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • Oh shit. Where is Marco Scutaro.

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • I agree with AndrewYF – staring at a homer isn’t a desirable thing, but I have trouble condemning Manny for it because when he does it it usually means the Sox just won a game, at which point I’m yelling and jumping up and down myself. But I agree with Andrew in principal.

    mattymatty April 1, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • It’s day one and we’ve already got SF rhapsodizing on acceptable behavior.
    It’s good to back folks!
    (Meanwhile, K for Mo.)

    YF April 1, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • Hill flies out to Melky… we are one out away.

    doug YF April 1, 2008, 9:40 pm
  • Thank god. Yankees win. Very good game.

    AndrewYF April 1, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Do you think Rivera listens to Enter The Sandman while training with The Kurgan and Kell and Xavier St Cloud?

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • GAME.

    doug YF April 1, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Yay! Undefeated. 1-0.

    YF April 1, 2008, 9:42 pm
  • It was an honest question. The thing about both kinds of reactions is that they are both, in the end, meant to call attention to oneself. Personally I don’t mind either, so it’s not about what I find “acceptable behavior”.
    These things probably fall in the “I know it when I see it” column. Joba going nuts during a setup appearance in Game 1 of the regular season probably qualifies, as does Manny staring at a homer double in Tokyo. In other contexts? Not so much.

    SF April 1, 2008, 9:43 pm
  • Great win – beating Doc. Not a bad start at all.

    A YF April 1, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • Nice win. Wang didn’t seem sharp, but he turns out a very good start. Melky was great. Abreu and A-Rod look ready for the start of the season. Best news: It’s before 10! I can get some sleep.

    Nick-YF April 1, 2008, 9:52 pm
  • To be honest, Im kinda glad the Yanks won. Last home opener in such a historic ballpark? I can’t begrudge the Yanks or their fans that win.
    Now the rest of them…. Screw ’em ;-)

    Dionysus April 1, 2008, 10:03 pm
  • not to start anything sf, but i think the difference is that joba is showing some youthful exuberance, not deliberately calling attention to himself…the guy hasn’t been on the big stage much and it’s natural for him to get a bit excited when he does something well…the better comparison is with paps, who demonstrates the same excitement, but may calm down at some point giving his extended success, and start behaving more he’s been there before…but manny?, come on, he is primping, pure and simple…after 490-something homers, you’d think he’d start acting like he’d been there before at some point…

    dc April 1, 2008, 10:55 pm
  • I like the emotion…if you are winning, it’s great. When you are losing or rooting against a team, that’s when it becomes a problem to people. Joba should be psyched, he got through the meat of the Jays order in a one run game…no shame is being fired up. It’s not like he’s staring down the batters or directing anything at anyone. I’m not one of these traditionalists that hates endzone celebrations, baggy shorts and that damn rock and roll music!!!

    krueg April 2, 2008, 9:47 am
  • Just for the record, I hate the new typepad commenting ‘page’ system. Makes it really inconvenient to scroll through game threads.

    AndrewYF April 2, 2008, 10:31 am
  • Few things I learned yesterday (and the day before in dress rehearsal)…
    1. If you are going to the game and you are driving GET THERE EARLY. Parking is NUTS.
    2. The stadium is more crowded than ever it seems. It could be my imagination but it just seems like it’s bursting at the seams.
    3. I bought the Sunday package over the winter and the nice gentleman on the phone said he would give me the best seats he had…I am 5 rows from the top of the stadium!
    4. Joba comes out to/warms up to “Shout At The Devil”
    5. There is a giant board in CF that will count down the remaining games at the old park. Mr. Steinbrenner was shown on the video board flipping the switch on the countdown board. (He does not look like he is 100% healthy/with it, it’s a shame)
    6. The new stadium from the outside anyway, looks pretty cool. The stadium and facade are more on an off white as opposed to the white in the current stadium. The front of stadium looks like an old school stadium with big gold letters on the front that say Yankee Stadium.
    7. I finally admit that Wang is a (gulp) very good pitcher. He may not be an ace in the mold of Beckett or Santana, but he certainly is a battler. He was not sharp early, but he kept the Yankees in the game and put them in a position to eventually win it.

    John - YF April 2, 2008, 10:43 am
  • > Just for the record, I hate the new typepad commenting ‘page’ system
    Andrew, you will find no argument from the authors. Something _will_ be done about it; we are in the process of determining what that something is.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 10:58 am
  • I second that, Andrew. You can’t even click on the most recent comments anymore and go directly to them.
    “I finally admit that Wang is a (gulp) very good pitcher. He may not be an ace in the mold of Beckett or Santana, but he certainly is a battler. He was not sharp early, but he kept the Yankees in the game and put them in a position to eventually win it.”
    Well, he beat an “ace” in Doc yesterday. In my mind he’s been a very good pitcher for the last two years(especially judging from ERA+). Now the question for me is whether he can be as good as a Webb in the toughest hitters division in baseball.

    A YF April 2, 2008, 12:11 pm
  • Wang is a tough pill to swallow for me, I know I was wrong. He goes against all the numbers and still has been successful over a long period of time. He’s not flashy or overpowering like a Beckett or Santana, but he’s so consistent it’s crazy. He’ll never win a Cy Young, but he certainly has the ability to win 20+. I thought it was smoke and mirrors for the last few seasons, but I will finally agree he’s top notch. He looked ehhhh in the 1st 2 innings but kept battling through it and kept them close. That’s pretty darn impressive. For the regulars around here that know my stance they know that this is difficult for me to say.
    As for the typepad issues everyone is aware it’s not the best of situations. A solution is being worked on now. So just hang in there.

    John - YF April 2, 2008, 12:25 pm
  • 4. Joba comes out to/warms up to “Shout At The Devil”
    A great choice.

    Paul SF April 2, 2008, 12:30 pm
  • Okay, I understand on Wang. That’s the problem – he really is unique and unless he ups his K’s significantly, you’re right in that he’ll never win the Cy. But he is a guy that needs above average defense behind him, and last night he got it. Jeter even made a play going up the middle.
    Thanks for the responsiveness on the commenting.

    A YF April 2, 2008, 1:44 pm

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