Showing posts with label went to game. Show all posts
Showing posts with label went to game. Show all posts

Saturday, May 23, 2009

New Memories

Going to my first game at the new stadium today felt very much like my first game at the old one. I'm older and I know much more about the game now but it felt very much the same. Part of it was because I went with my mom (seeing as I she lets me live in her basement, it seemed only fair) and some of the rest of my family that went with me to my first game but it was mostly the feeling of awe at my surroundings.

For the first time, their was no giant bat or stands selling jerseys. Their were certainly some feelings of nostalgia as we walked past the old, condemned stadium as well. However, it was impossible to feel all that sad when the new stadium came into view. Walking into the "Great Hall" was simply mind-blowing. The massive pictures of great Yankees players and moments are just great tributes to their history and the spaciousness of it all is very welcome. Monument park was unfortunately closed two hours before the game so we couldn't get it, so we went straight to our seats after a quick trip to the (miraculously clean) bathroom.

We then proceded to watch eight of the worst innings of baseball I have even seen in person. It started out perfectly fine. Andy Pettitte held the other team scoreless for the first two innings before taking a hit in the third. Raul Ibanez absolutely crushed a ball to dead center to give the Phillies a run and a 1-0 lead. It would last though. Robinson Cano, who had a great game, led off the Yankees half of the third with a leadoff double (or error, depending on what team you root for) and scored with some small ball. Melky bunted him over to third and Nick Swisher got the RBI with a sharp groundout to the shortstop.

Both pitchers kept the opposition quiet for the next few innings, aided by a sliding catch in foul territory by Mark Teixeira. Then came the 5th and John Mayberry. Pettitte had been struggling with his control all afternoon and started off the inning with back to back walks before giving up a three run homer to a rookie making his ML debut named John Mayberry, of course inciting a mass orgasm amongst the Phillies fans arou
nd me. One, slightly drunk fan directly in front of me just kept repeating Mayberry's name. From here on out things were pretty dismal. Pettitte battled through seven innings without giving up any more runs and was followed by nearly perfect performances by Phil Coke (1 and 2/3 innings) and Jose Veras (1/3 of an inning). However, the only run they got was a solo shot by Jeter in the 6th. The only other time they came close to scoring was in the 8th when Brett Gardner got a pinch-hit double with one out. Even then, Matsui and Jeter followed up with back to back strike outs to blow the big chance. What was really incredible was how they failed to capitalize on Charlie Manuel removing dominant starter, J. A. Happ after only about 75 pitches.

By the time the ninth rolled around the stadium was pretty quiet. The fans woke up in a hurry though. Damon led off with a huge walk and took second while Mark Teixeira struck out. Then came who else but A-Rod. I have to admit that I didn't harbor much hope for him when they got two strikes on him and nodded in agreement when my dear mother felt a need to say, "He's so bad in the clutch." A couple pitches later he ties the game up against Brad Lidge with an opposite field home-run, hit the way only Alex can. The cheers and clapping went on long after Alex crossed home plate. The Yankees didn't waste any time winning it either. Robinson Cano quickly followed him up with a base hit and a rare steal of second which proved to be of the utmost importance. Melky Cabrera then laced a single to right centerfield and Cano ran on home drawing a late throw. It wasn't long before he got the now traditional pie in the face. Not a bad introduction to the new stadium at all.

On the way out we ran into a friend who used to sit near our old seats in years past. We also saw that Freddy (of the spoon and pan) had made the trip across the street and that today was his 84th birthday. On the way to the car, I couldn't resist taking a peek through the fence encircling The House That Ruth Built. However, their's no arguing that the new stadium is beautiful and makes powerful tributes to the Yankees proud past. Today gave me confidence that Mystique and Aura have moved across the street and that we to can make a new home for ourselves in this baseball nirvana.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Series 1 Wrap

We actually went to the second two games of this series and it looked like two different teams. The first two games were constantly just out of reach for the Yankees. The command of Sabathia and Wang was bad enough that they couldn't even get a single strikeout. It wasted two good days by the offense as well. Finally, they got a decent start from Burnett and blew the Orioles away in the final game to salvage something from the series.

I`m not to worried about Sabathia or Wang. Sabathia has a long track record of pitching incredibly well. Give him another start or two and hopefully he'll be back to his old self. He struggled last year to. Wang is a little more worrisome but he does have his bad days and its way to early to make judgements on anything. Cody Ransom looks really overmatched though and I wonder how long he has until Pena starts getting some starts.

However, their were some good signs to. First of all, Nick Swisher is indeed TEH AWESOMEST PLAYAH EVAH!!!1!1!!! And if he doesn't start tomorrow I`m going to have to type a strong wordly post tomorrow, perhaps in capital letters. Burnett was pretty filthy for the first few innings to. The stadium gun had him at 99 mph a few times. Cano is also off to a nice start which could be huge for them. The offense doesn't seem to be hurting without A-Rod. Other than the first game, the bullpen was pretty good to.

Its not the way they wanted to start off the season but its just one series and they at least managed to get one game.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Its hard

Why is it so hard to write about the old stadium memories? With only three games left in it (two and a half now) its only expected that we should all be writing about our many memories of it. However, whenever I try it ust doesn't seem right. It feels like I`m just recounting events and fail to capture the real feelings of these things. Its still hard to believe that its coming down and we all have very mixed feelings about the new stadium. In the end it may be for the best but right now I`m just very sad about seeing the last games at this stadium.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Last Game

Today I was at the game and it was be my last game at the Old Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are already done and with Boston cruising to a victory over Chicago they will probably be seven games out by tomorrow.

For the first few innings things looked great with A-Rod and Giambi both getting RBI's. Rasner pitched brilliantly but stayed in one inning to long and got hurt by an error by Cano. Girardi then made the same mistake with Bruney the next inning. My own complaint with Girardi is that he tends to leave relievers in for more than one inning and its hurt them this year. The ninth was also a dissapointment. A-Rod and Ransom both drilled the ball right at guys. It was easy to let this one go though. They`re done anyway and it was a fun back and forth game.