• April 1st vs. The Blue Jays

    Posted by on April 1st, 2008 · Comments (6)

    If someone from outer-space landed on earth and they wanted to see an example of what baseball was…and you showed them this game as an example of what it’s all about, I wouldn’t have a problem with your selection. Somewhat of a pitcher’s duel, crisp game – just about two and a half hours, some good plays, packed house, good electricity, etc.

    Don’t get me wrong – the Yankees were far from perfect in this game. There were some key runners left on – like the Damon lead-off triple in the 8th. And, actually, Halladay out pitched Wang. If not for the short fence in right on Melky’s homer and the play where Hill missed the potential double-play grounder from Matsui, then Halladay wins this game. And, Wang was helped out by his defense more than a few times tonight. (Was it just me, or, did Jeter look more rangy this evening?)

    Still, it’s a good win for the Yanks. That’s now 11 home-openers in a row. Amazing.

    Just two small gripes to close with…It’s just not the same with Jim Hall. I really do miss Bob. And, Joba has to tone it down with his reaction on the mound. That celebration he did tonight after closing out the 8th was just too much.

    Comments on April 1st vs. The Blue Jays

    1. Pete
      April 1st, 2008 | 10:34 pm

      1-run game, Opening Night, K’s Frank Thomas swinging.

      I forgive him this time. :)

    2. sirisx51
      April 1st, 2008 | 10:46 pm

      seriously, one run, opening night, his rookie year (technically), the last year in the greatest stadium in sports…

      if thats not appropriate now, then theres no non playoff time it is appropriate, lol

    3. Straylightrise
      April 2nd, 2008 | 1:55 am

      Hey I want energy from our players. No more of this stoic crap from the Torre days.

      I am glad to hear one thing that was mentioned a few times – Joe made them run! I don’t think the Yankees have done running since 2000!

      Steve would there be a stat that would show how many players in total contributed to a win for each game?

      Wang pitched exactly how we want him to pitch. As the season goes on he will continue to learn how to pitch out of jams and learn how to adjust mid-game. Easy bullpen choices by Joe G. He’s a lucky man with this team.

    4. Josh
      April 2nd, 2008 | 9:04 am

      Yea because a pitcher shouldnt get excited about striking out a Hall of Famer with 2 outs and a man on second in the 8th.

    5. Raf
      April 2nd, 2008 | 9:52 am

      Steve would there be a stat that would show how many players in total contributed to a win for each game?
      ————
      I believe “win shares” covers this

    6. April 2nd, 2008 | 5:25 pm

      “Yea because a pitcher shouldnt get excited about striking out a Hall of Famer with 2 outs and a man on second in the 8th.”
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      … with his team holding a one-run lead in the last opening day in Yankee Stadium.

      straylight, Fangraphs.com is good for stuff like that.

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