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1 bp1   ~  May 20, 2010 2:23 pm

Hey guys - sorry for the off topic. Not sure where else to ask.

My wife and I are going to The Stadium in June for the first time in a few years. First time in the new place, obviously. It's a Thursday day game, so we were thinking of taking the train right to the stadium. Any quirks with that, or is it just a normal ticket from the depot kiosk?

Also, we were thinking about lunch at the Hard Rock. Is it impossible to get into on game days? Would we be better off checking out one of the local joints?

Thanks, and pardon the interruption.

2 Alex Belth   ~  May 20, 2010 2:26 pm

I'm sure you can get into the Hard Rock. Sure it's crazy expensive and lame but maybe in a fun perverted way. I don't know too much by way of really good eats in the neighborhood so I can't help you there.

I haven't taken the Metro North up there yet but it looks cool. Did you mean that train or the subway? For subway it's still the 4 or D to 161/Yankee Stadium.

3 NYYfan22   ~  May 20, 2010 2:35 pm

Hopefully Thames can hit soon. Then he can share DH duties w Miranda and we will have to sweat out Golson and Winn at the corners until Grandy or Swish are ready.

4 cult of basebaal   ~  May 20, 2010 2:36 pm

Moves as expected.

Nick the not stick Johnson to the 60 day, Fuzzy Moeller up to back up Frankie Brains.

Fuzzy's the right call here, since you're just looking for a backup while JoPo is out.

At least these 3-4 weeks will really give us a good long look at Frankie Brains and let us get a better idea of what his value might be going forward.

Silver linings and all, right?

Frankly, I'm less worried about Frankie and more about our OF. Golson just isn't qualified to be the 1st OF you have on the 40 man for call up. I'd rather see Russo back to play in the corners and given a chance to show his bat.

In any case, we need to trim some deadwood off the 40 man, wasting the Garcia spot on yet another big-arm-no-control reclamation project seems like a very poor choice in these circumstances.

But hey! No DL for Thames or Swisher, I guess CC can pinch hit for the Mighty Mites this weekend, right?

5 ms october   ~  May 20, 2010 2:39 pm

[3] i really can't believe we are reduced to praying for marcus thames to heal quickly. nor did i ever expect to see chad moeller in pinstripes again.

6 ms october   ~  May 20, 2010 2:41 pm

[4] haha, you tried man to stay on that positive train - you waited to the end to transfer :}

7 bp1   ~  May 20, 2010 2:45 pm

[2] Hudson Valley metro train from upstate (God I can't believe I said "upstate", lol). Normally we take the train to Grand Central and subway up to the stadium, then subway back and walk around for awhile before heading home. That adds a lot of travel time, though. This trip I'd like to spend a little time checking out the new Yankee digs, walk around and see what it's like. Who knows when we'll be back.

We'd normally eat at this cool place up the street and around the corner from the stadium. Dunno the name, but I could find it again once I was there. Good food at a decent price with quick service. I'm not all that into chain places, but for some reason I have a weak spot for the Hard Rock. But I'd be just as happy going to our old spot and grabbing a sandwich.

re: Tonight's game. I'm losing track of injuries. It's getting easier to keep track of who isn't hurt.

And I swear if Jeter swings at the first pitch and grounds out to short again, I'm gonna hurl. Hate to complain about the captain, but sheesh. He's been hitting like he's got a couple ladies waiting back at his apartment.

8 NYYfan22   ~  May 20, 2010 2:51 pm

[5] I'm saying. Joe seems intent on using him. I just don't want that much liability in the OF.

9 williamnyy23   ~  May 20, 2010 2:52 pm

Another silver lining with the Posada injury is that maybe when he returns (hopefully sooner than later), it is as a DH, at least until (if) Johnson returns.

Right now, the Yankees desperately need Swisher back in this lineup. That gives then four productive regulars plus two surprise performers (Gardner and Cervelli). That still leaves a weak bottom-2 against righties, but Granderson and Posada will hopefully be back before the middle of June.

The Yankees rise or fall over the next 3-4 weeks rest squarely on the fate of Derek Jeter. If the Captain can snap out of his funk, they should have more than enough to stay ahead of the WC and close enough to the Rays. If, however, we are seeing the onset of a decline, the Yankees could find themselves with a large deficit by mid-June.

10 williamnyy23   ~  May 20, 2010 2:55 pm

Ryan Garko was recently waived by the Rangers and appraently no one put in a claim. I can't believe Cashman didn't make a play for someone who has been a very good right handed hitter in his career.

11 rbj   ~  May 20, 2010 3:25 pm

[10] If they bring in Garko, or Jermain Dye, who gets voted off the 40 man? Boone Logan? Mitre is safe in that they view him as emergency starter/long man. I don't know who at AAA they would want to DFA.

12 RagingTartabull   ~  May 20, 2010 3:31 pm

[10] I'm all for taking a flyer on Garko or Dye, all you're gonna lose is money and its not like they can possibly be any worse than Winn or Golson.

Looking forward the good news is that the Yanks SHOULD be getting healthy right around the time the schedule gets crazy soft over the next several weeks. After tonight the only legit tough series for next month are 3 games against Minny next week and 3 vs Philly in mid-June. Other than that its a steady diet of Mets, Tribe, Orioles, Jays (who I'm not at all sold on), Astros, and D'Backs. Thats a good time to be getting (hopefully) Swish and Granderson back into the picture.

13 NYYfan22   ~  May 20, 2010 3:36 pm

just gimme some truth. AS game is July 14th. Yanks'll play 48 games with 5 days off tween now and then:

TB tonight, 2 series each against NYM, BAL, TOR, and SEA (7)
and 1 stand each against MIN, CLE (4), HOU, PHI, ARI, LAD, OAK

Shouldn't have too much trouble with BAL, CLE, HOU, and ARI. But the inferior Os did sweep the Red Sox.

So tell me.. where will we stand on 4/12 for the AS break?

14 NYYfan22   ~  May 20, 2010 3:38 pm

[13] d'oh! On 4/12 we were 2nd in the AL East with a 4-2 record. Of course, I meant 7/12.

15 ms october   ~  May 20, 2010 3:42 pm

[14] gardner is f'ing with the space-time continuum again.

[9] i don't necessarily agree with your take on jeter's struggles, but i do agree that if he snaps out of it that will help a lot.
captain obvious here, but the starting pitching absolutely has to hold up and the pen needs to snap together.

16 RagingTartabull   ~  May 20, 2010 3:44 pm

[14] Put it this way, if the Yanks aren't in first at the break (which as bad as it looks today, they absolutely could be) I don't see them being more than 4.5 out.

Maybe thats me being overly optimistic but you combine a soft schedule with 2 of your starting OF's coming back from injuries plus lets say Po is back by 6/21 in Arizona...they should be in ok shape.

17 NYYfan22   ~  May 20, 2010 3:50 pm

[16] you mean toooptimistic, right?

18 RagingTartabull   ~  May 20, 2010 3:52 pm

[17] exactly

19 rbj   ~  May 20, 2010 3:53 pm

Per LoHud, it's Russo.

20 cult of basebaal   ~  May 20, 2010 4:20 pm

The sum of decisions:

Mark Melancon to Scranton.
Jorge Posada to the DL.
Chad Moeller contract purchased.
Kevin Russo recalled.
Nick Johnson to 60-day DL.

Russo instead of Golson is a good sign, methinks. Of course, Coffee Joe has to actually play him, but let's see ...

21 rbj   ~  May 20, 2010 4:30 pm

And the plan is for Swish to play OF, hopefully moving Thames back to DH.

22 ms october   ~  May 20, 2010 4:32 pm

[20] all in all pretty good - i still have loogan's bus fare with me though.

23 cult of basebaal   ~  May 20, 2010 5:37 pm

The Stick is back in the lineup

Jeter SS
Gardner CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Miranda DH
Cervelli C
Winn LF

24 randym77   ~  May 20, 2010 6:21 pm

[7] I've taken the Metro-North (Hudson Line) to the new Stadium. They have a special "Yankee Clipper" on game days, that goes express to the Yankee Stadium stop.

If you're traveling off-peak, you may have to get off in Croton-Harmon and change to the local (if you're north of Croton). The conductor will explain it, if necessary.

You can buy the tickets at the kiosk or from a ticket machine.

The new Metro-North station is very nice, and huge. There's an overpass that takes you to the big bat. And a walkway past the old stadium to the new one.

Don't worry if you miss the "Yankee Clipper" train. There are trains every hour or so, even off-peak. You may have to take the local and transfer at Croton-Harmon again, but you won't be stranded.

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