For the second year in a row, I find myself in the unhappy position of being at work the day of the Yankees home opener. Last year, I did luck into finding out that the cafeteria in my building had the YES network. But, as I started a new job four months ago, I no longer have that option today. And, since I work in what seems like the middle of nowhere, the chance of me getting to a TV for a little spell today is zilch.
Oh, the pain of needing a fix after a long drought…
I am taping the game at home – to watch it later this evening. And, I do have a plan for this afternoon.
If all goes according to script, I will be having a one-man picnic during my lunch “break” this afternoon – in my car, listening to some of the Yankees game on the radio. (Oh, what a junkie will stoop to for a fix.) Afterwards, I’ll try and check MLB’s Gameday as meetings and work allow in the office.
As I did last year, I’ll try and make the best of it by providing some close to real-time commentary here – as time allows. Stay tuned.
Update, 1:42 pm ET: Project – A13 is not going to be happy. A-Rod was booed “at 1:15″ in the first game of the season, as per Suzyn Waldman on the radio, when he over-ran Ty Wigginton’s pop fly for an error. And, A-Rod was booed again in the bottom of the first – when he K’ed with runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. For the record, he whiffed on a full-count that played out like this (according to the radio account): Ball, Called Strike, Ball, Called Strike on a change right down the middle, Ball, Swing & Miss. Good thing Giambi picked him up with a clutch 2-out single to drive in two.
Update, 2:13 pm ET: I was just looking at Jason Giambi’s picture on Gameday. Is it just me, or, does the Giambino have a “Crazy puppy dog staring at a biscuit” look on this face?
Update, 2:50 pm ET: I missed the 4th and the top of the 5th – until seeing the recap now. Yikes. Pavano ended up throwing 59% of his pitches for strikes. That’s not terrible. Looks like the defense let him down a bit. The Yanks still have 5 more turns at bat. Just behind by two, this game is far from over.
Update, 2:56 pm ET: Why is Johnny Damon coming out of this game?
Update, 3:20 pm ET: Gameday says Damon hurt his leg. The boss is not going to be happy.
Update, 3:22 pm ET: Jeter just made up for for his error – nice hit to tie the score at five.
Update, 3:35 pm ET: Sweet five pitch 7th for Vizcaino.
Update, 3:41 pm ET: Big steal by A-Rod. And, a big RBI by Giambi. Up by a run, with six outs to go, I like the Yankees chances in this one.
Update, 3:50 pm ET: Barring a big score in the 8th for New York, it’s almost Mo-time. And, three outs to the “W.”
Update, 4:01 pm ET: Abreu & A-Rod just iced it. The only thing left is the call on who pitches the 9th. Betcha it’s still Rivera.
Update, 4:08 pm ET: Yeah, I know that Mo is still pitching in the 9th as I write this, but, I’m already giving the game ball for this one to Giambi – with an honorable mention to the entire Yankees pen.
Update, 4:12 pm ET: Way to cap it Mo. Three up, three whiffs. Whew. Do we really have to do this 161 more times?
Update, 4:26 pm ET: Did the sun really come out today just as the Yankees won this game, or, did I just notice now that the clouds are gone?
Last update, 5:08 pm EST: Based on this picture – which was taken during the playing of the national anthem just before the game today, and the amount of empty seats therein, I’m guessing that it was a nightmare for many fans to get into the park today, with the construction, etc. Oh, it’s going to be fun getting to games this year.