• April 2nd vs. The Devil Rays

    Posted by on April 2nd, 2007 · Comments (16)

    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?

    Giambino.jpg

    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.

    Comments on April 2nd vs. The Devil Rays

    1. TurnTwo
      April 2nd, 2007 | 11:04 am

      Dont feel bad, you arent alone, Steve. I’ll be doing the same thing; lunch break in the car to listen for the first couple innings, then to mlb gameday to watch it in the virtual world.

      i have tickets to the game wed, but with the rain coming for the morning, im wondering if i should even make the trip across the PATH and up the 4 train, or just watch it from the warmth, dry comfort of my living room couch. i mean, it is pettitte’s first game back, which would be sweet, but if i make it all the way to the stadium and the game is rainy and miserable, or even worse, cancelled, idk what i would do…

      but anyway, for today, the first couple innings are the most important to me anyway. i think if carl can get thru the first couple innings rather unscathed, he’ll leave in a good position to get some cheers on opening day.

      however, if he gets hit around, gives up like 4 runs in 5 ininngs, and the game is tied or the yankees are behind, i have no doubt the crowd will let him know about it, and then who knows what’ll happen going forward.

    2. April 2nd, 2007 | 11:22 am

      I definitely lucked out – my boss happens to be as much of a baseball nut as me and is taking me out to lunch to watch the game. It’s a good managerial move on his part…I wasn’t planning on doing much work today anyway and he gets some loyalty out of me :)

      I’ll be keeping you guys in mind when I’m watching the game.

    3. dave24s
      April 2nd, 2007 | 11:55 am

      I’ve got the DVR set for the pregame, the game, and the post game. When I get home at 4:45 I’m hitting play on the pregame show and watching straight through. Great thing about the dvr is, even if the game is still going, i can still watch fromthe beginning.

      Originally I had planned to take a half day, but that won’t work.

      I’d love to be home, but alas, responsibility sometimes sucks.

      Let’s go Yanks!

    4. April 2nd, 2007 | 1:29 pm

      I recorded player intros both on YES and WCBS. Suzyn Waldman’s analysis of top 3 in applause volume: 1. Mariano Rivera, 2. Andy Pettitte, 3. Alex Rodriguez.

    5. Raf
      April 2nd, 2007 | 2:16 pm

      Swing & Miss
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      At a ball that was in the LH batters box no less…

    6. Raf
      April 2nd, 2007 | 2:17 pm

      Swing & Miss
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      At a ball that was in the LH batters box no less…

      They have the game on in the cafeteria, it seems to be plodding along; no one’s throwing strikes or working fast.

      If Kazmir makes it to 5-6 innings, I’ll be suprised.

    7. JJay
      April 2nd, 2007 | 2:38 pm

      Anyone know how to get Gameday back to the old version?

    8. April 2nd, 2007 | 3:00 pm

      Last year, they gave you an option – not sure that it’s there now JJay.

    9. Raf
      April 2nd, 2007 | 3:12 pm

      Anyone know how to get Gameday back to the old version?
      =============
      Someone needs to tell the people @ MLB & ESPN that “less is more”.

    10. bfriley76
      April 2nd, 2007 | 3:12 pm

      Steve

      Peter Abraham is reporting that the Yankees are saying Damon left with cramps in both legs.

    11. Andy
      April 2nd, 2007 | 3:16 pm

      Those leg cramps are reportedly calf, which is better than the hamstrings that were originally reported.

    12. Garcia
      April 2nd, 2007 | 3:56 pm

      Good thing we know when is Damon’s 28th day and when we should expect him to “cramp up”. I hope he’s able to keep his flow under control now that he’s back in the lockeroom.

      I love baseball, but some of the things they come out of games for is hilarious….definitely not like any other sport.

    13. April 2nd, 2007 | 4:17 pm

      Look at the bright side – at least Jason knows now that Johnny is not PG. He’ll sleep better for the next 4 weeks.

    14. Garcia
      April 2nd, 2007 | 4:30 pm

      That’s just wrong, Steve. I’m dying here. Good win today!!!!

    15. April 2nd, 2007 | 4:46 pm

      The wins are always good.

    16. Jen
      April 2nd, 2007 | 9:33 pm

      //Good thing we know when is Damon’s 28th day and when we should expect him to “cramp up”. I hope he’s able to keep his flow under control now that he’s back in the lockeroom.//

      Yeah, that’s not funny.

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