The above is Yankee Stadium today, as Brett Gardner is leading off the bottom of the 8th inning. As you can see, by this point, most of the 48,271 fans who were there for this game had left the ballpark. Hey, it was that kind of day…in the end.
Sabathia threw too many pitches in the innings he was able to work – or, the Indians made him throw too many pitches…take your pick. Cliff Lee had a great game plan for facing the Yankees batters. And, Jose Veras and Damaso Marte pitched as poorly as a professional pitcher could pitch – earning themselves the lifetime label of being the pitchers who ruined the first official game, for their team and the fans of their team, in the new Yankee Stadium.
Yeah, I suppose that some may want to say that…if Sabathia goes deeper into the game, then things are different. Or, if the Yankees scored more, it would be different. Or, if Joe Girardi handled his pen another way, it would be different. And, it’s not fair to pin this all on Veras and Marte.
However, there will never be another “first game” for this new Yankee Stadium. It’s done. This contest in now in the books for perpetuity. And, when people look back at this game, and notice that it was a putrid performance for the Yankees and their fans, the names Jose Veras and Damaso Marte will stand out the most. That’s just the way it’s going to be…it is what it is…
I’ll have more to share on today soon – including more photos and a story about driving up, etc. But, in the meantime, I wanted to get these thoughts down.
Did you see the game today? What are you thoughts on it? Please do share them in the comments section below.