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All’s Well that Ends Well


Mark Teixeira hit two home runs today as the Yanks rolled over the Cubbies to end the pre-season.   And as such things go, it was a succesful spring for the Bombers.

It was overcast, windy and brisk in the Bronx this afternoon but that aside it was a fine time for those who stuck around, getting their first look at the new stadium.  What’s not to enjoy about an old fashioned beat down?  The Bleacher Creatures picked up their first inning roll call right where they left off last season, and from behind home plate, they sound louder than ever (and, they capped off the call with the de riguer “Box Seats Suck” chant proving that some things remain the same).  In all, it was a small taste of what’s to come at the stadium. 

Opening Day in a few weeks should be a carnival of excitement.  Big BIG BIG.  It will be the first time I’ve ever been to season opener and despite my initial reservations about the brightness and busyness of the new stadium experience, there’s no other place that I’d rather be.

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1 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Apr 4, 2009 9:56 pm

Can't wait for Opening Day. This spring training has gone on too long. Unfortunately I'll know the outcome when getting up Tuesday morning here but who cares, got the beer and chips ready, Mariano photo windexed on the wall, Reggie jersey washed and pressed!

2 PJ   ~  Apr 4, 2009 10:05 pm

The club hasn't won this many ST games since 1962. I thought you'd all like to know.


3 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Apr 4, 2009 10:37 pm

Serenity Now??! Mlb.tv is really pushing it..after waiting 30mins for it to load up, I clicked on the Cubs-Yanks exhibition game..and got an episode of the Joe Girardi Show w/ M.Kay (bad enough) and then fast forwarded through..to Game 5 of the 2004 ALCS!! WTF?!?!?!?!?!?

4 monkeypants   ~  Apr 4, 2009 10:43 pm


Wow, you've never been to a season opener? I went to opening day two or three years in a row, back in the early 90s when tickets were much easier to get. You'll have a blast!

5 PJ   ~  Apr 4, 2009 10:50 pm

Oh, I almost forgot...

Today marked the 20TH Anniversary of the Major League debut of Joe Girardi as Catcher for the Cubs.

6 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Apr 4, 2009 10:51 pm

forgive the venting..my lady here has no clue. Finally got away from 2004 and now am stuck watching Mike Francesca and John Sterling..think will need a beer already as this is just infuriating..

7 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 4, 2009 10:55 pm

Yeah, I generally like to wait until the warmer weather and I don't know why I never happened to make an opening day but there it is. Yeah, it should be a blast. Let's hope the Yanks are 7-2 by the time they get home.

8 williamnyy23   ~  Apr 4, 2009 11:47 pm

Opening Day is always special (new ball park or old; good team or bad). My first Opening Day was probably around 1989 or 1990 and probably have been to about 10 since. The most memorable was probably the Andy Pettitte snow game. I also was at the epic 4hr 1998 opener versus the A's, after which I hopped on the subway, jumped on NJ Transit and then SEPTA to see the Phillies open up against the Braves. It was Maddux vs. Schilling and I think the game ended in under 2 hrs.

9 williamnyy23   ~  Apr 4, 2009 11:52 pm

Also, two other things that have changed:

1) You no longer see either YS coming northbound on the Major Deegan because the new Gateway Center is blocking the view.

2) At least one new park has been built. Behind what was the park/handball courts on Ruppert Place is a brand new synthetic turf field on the site of the old parking lot that used to sit between the exit way off the MDB and Jerome Avenue. The park looked very nice and seemed to be well populated.

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