Sep
21

Game 156: The House That Became A Home

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Today is a day that I thought would never come. Like the last day of summer vacation as a kid, I knew it would happen eventually but didn’t want to believe it. But now it’s here, the last game at Yankee Stadium, and I can best describe the feeling as sad, joyful and nostalgic.

I’ve spent many days in The House That Ruth Built, more than I care to count. Whether I was a kid annoying my father for more cotton candy, or cutting class in high school to catch a day game from the far reaches of Tier Reserved, or a yuppie deciding which dugout I wanted to sit behind, the one thing that never changed was the proud Stadium. Walking out of the tunnel to see the greenest grass I’ve ever seen and hear Ed Alstrom on the organ for the first time has always been one of my favorite memories of the Stadium.

We’ve bitched and moaned about the team on the field all season long, but I don’t even care about that anymore. Today is about celebrating a long-standing New York tradition, soaking in the best Yankee Stadium has to offer. As Doug Mientkiewicz perfectly put it: God did create heaven on Earth … it’s called Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium will live on forever in our hearts and memories, but as Jane Heller reminds us: The memories — the magic — were never really about the building. Truer words have never been spoken.

The baseball gods took care of the Yanks today like they have so many times before, granting just a perfect day for baseball. Enjoy the game, enjoy the pre- and post-game festivities, enjoy being a Yankees’ fan.

1. Johnny Damon, CF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Jason Giambi, 1B
6. Xavier Nady, LF
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Hideki Matsui, DH
9. Jose Molina, C

And on the mound, a man who has won 94 of the 169 games he’s pitched in Yankee Stadium, Andy Pettitte.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Joey H

    Today im wondering to myself. whats gonna make me cry? Bernie’s appearance, pettite’s exit from the game, or the hammer of god entering to entersandman.

  • Dan F

    Rumor has it that Metallica will be in attendance to play Mariano in one last time

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Hopefully they grow their balls back before they play.

      • Austin

        Couldn’t of said it better Mike

  • Manimal

    Pats lose, Giants GW field goal, and yankees stadium’s farewell all in one day.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yo, did you know that there’s some 13-yr old girl in NHL 09? She’s in the free agents, rated 98 as a goalie. I guess one of the producers put their daughter in the game. It screwed up my franchise, so I started over after ~25 games.

      • dan

        Please review RAB’s commenter guidelines before posting. Off-topic comments will not be tolerated.

        http://riveraveblues.com/river.....uidelines/

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Hey, I own the place. So like Steinbrenner, I can bend the rules now and then.

        • Manimal

          Ben is that you?

        • Joey

          lol, nice

      • Manimal

        haha thats pretty cool, Just claimed the 1st place in the western conference after beating the first place Columbus Blue Jackets and third place Vancouver Canucks

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Way to go, Mets’ bullpen.

  • Joey

    Is it blasphemy ESPN is playing Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York before the Yanks play, much less win? I cringed and changed the channel quickly, don’t want to jinx the last game

  • Manimal

    Harlan just said Joba was a Braves fan and a Frank Thomas fan. Wierd Combo.

  • Manimal

    If ESPN is really a bunch of Sox fans in disguise, I tip my hat, their doing a hell of a job covering the game.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Heh, Jeter’s body language was like “please go away Joe Morgan, I don’t want to talk to you.”

  • UWS

    Oh good, Paul O’Neill is in the “Joba must be TEH 8TH INNING GUY!!!!” camp.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      The Paulie handling of the Ensberg/Hawkins number flap was enough to convince me that I don’t need to listen to any of Paulie’s observations about the game.

      He was a good player. He’s unoriginal and uncritical as an analyst. Pass.

  • Mike Pop

    Cant beleive o neil jus implied joba should be a reliever ugh

    • UWS

      Excellent timing, Mike ;-)

  • Manimal

    The ceremony will involve either the ex-players or the family of ex-players jogging to their respective position, much like the All star game ceremony.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I can’t wait to see Bernie.

      • Manimal

        Me too.

        • Joey

          Me three

          • UWS

            Me four.

          • UWS

            Of course this being ESPN, they HAD to show the Red Sox ’04 win. Uuugh.

  • Joey

    I was just going to guess an over/under for # of crashes, but you guys HAD to ruin all the fun and get a good server. lol :-P

  • UWS

    Gotta love ESPN camera panning in on ARod as Buck talks about NY fans being able to sniff out a phony. Heh.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Heh, bravo to Sterling to showing off the shuffle.

    • Manimal

      I had no idea there was a whole dance with it on top of the yodeling.

  • Manimal

    Oh. My. God. John Sterling is the man.

  • Mike Pop

    I would give 1000 dollars to see a no hitter or something historical tonight for the yankees

    • UWS

      That would be cool, but knowing this year’s Yankees, the no-hitter would probably be against them.

      I’ll settle simply for a nice win, with Mo closing it out.

  • Jake H

    Biggest regret of my life is that I never made it to a game. Wife chose Antigua over NY for our honeymoon this august.

  • Manimal

    I’ve only been to 2 games at the stadium, and I’ve got to say the best was a walk-off homerun off the bat of fan favorite Melky Cabrera.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Dammit!!! That would have been a great title for the post.

    The House That Became A Home

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Screw it, I’m changing it.

      • Manimal

        No one saw.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Ok, phew. Good to know.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Mike, I’m going to go put on my Luther Vandross album, just for you…

      “A chair is still a chair, even when there’s no one sittin’ there
      But a chair is not a house and a house is not a home
      When there’s no one there to hold you tight
      And no one there you can kiss goodnight

      Whoa…oh…oh…oh…oh…oh…oh…
      Girl…”

  • Mike Pop

    man i know its offf topic but shockey and 85 are killing my fantasy team

  • Manimal

    Bernie has put on some pounds.

  • Ivan

    I can’t believe it. This is it folks, the last game in this stadium. I kinda speechless you know.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Word. I’m really going to miss the place.

      • Joey

        More than any words can explain…

  • http://sportstuffblog.blogspot.com Sportstuffblog

    I saw my first game I can remember at Yankee Stadium probably around 1969 when I was 4 years old. My Grandfather brought my brother and I. I wish I had a picture from that day. I do have a memory though. My Grandfather was upset that all my brother and I were interested in was the hot dogs and cotton candy. Oh well, what do you expect from two little Mets fans?
    Sportstuffblog

  • Mike Pop

    Who would you say our best pitcher was from the dynasty years ? Probably Cone right

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Mo. If you’re talking starters, then either Coney or Pettitte.

  • Mike Pop

    Im tearing man

  • Mike Pop

    The Dive !!!

  • Mike Pop

    I freaken love Tino

  • Ivan

    Whats the greatest game ya ever saw here?

    Mine was always 03 ALCS game against the sox. I remember the game so vividly and even what I was doing during the game.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      In person? Doc’s no-hitter.

      Just in general, on TV or something, then Game 6 of the 1996 World Series. That was what’s it all about.

    • Mike Pop

      The Boone walk off was amazing no doubt.. Im only 17 so its what i Remember best and also like you what i was doing.. When Wake came in I was like uhoh hes good ya know than Boone homered and i flipped like went completely crazy like holy shit

      • Joey

        Same, I’m 19 and I’ll never forget that particular crack of the bat, it was amazing

        • Ivan

          What I remember most about that game was the comback but also how great Mo was in that game going 3 scoreless innings.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Yeah, and Contreras was warming up in the pen for the 12th. Yikes.

          • UWS

            My favorite memory of that game (after the Boone Blast) is Moose coming out in relief. 1st and 3rd w/no outs and he shut them down. Without that inning, Mo never gets a chance, no Boone.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              Yeah. Giambi hit 2 homers off Pedro in that game too, that always gets overlooked.

            • Ivan

              Word. Moose was money in that game.

    • Old Ranger

      Don Larsons’ perfect game! Hands down!

  • UWS

    Of course this being ESPN, they HAD to show the Red Sox ‘04 win. Uuugh.

  • Ivan

    Geez did ya see how the mets BP inplode? Yikes.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      If Philly holds the lead, the Mets will be 1.5 GB with 7 to play.

      • Ivan

        And only have have a 1.5 game lead over the Brewers.

  • UWS

    It’s a crime that we get to hear the stylings of Joe Morgan and John Miller tonight. I’m no fan of Michael Kay, but YES should’ve been the ones to broadcast the game.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Not to mention the sideline reporting of Peter Gammons.

      • UWS

        Ugh.

    • steve (different one)

      and if the ESPN Sunday Night game was another game on the last night of the stadium, we’d be complaining about that…

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Actually, I would have liked it to have been a day game.

        • steve (different one)

          fair enough. i’d have also liked it actually be on the last day of the season too, but the schedule makers didn’t seem to think that was a good idea.

          • 27 this year

            Steve, I doubt they thought we would miss the playoffs.

        • Ivan

          agreed.

  • Samsonov KGB

    they should just let yogi announce the game on his own

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Gator looks like he could throw an inning or two if need be.

  • UWS

    I was talking about this with my roommate this morning: why the need to knock down the Old Stadium? Why not make it into a national landmark museum? People would come in droves to see it. As for the whole “need to give parkland to the community” thing, how much would the kids LOVE to play on the same field where the game’s greats had stepped?

    • steve (different one)

      aren’t they keeping the field though as part of the park?

      i’d imagine the answer is that the real estate in NYC is way too scarce and way too valuable to keep an old stadium around.

      • mustang

        “aren’t they keeping the field though as part of the park?”

        At one point they were toying with the idea of making it into a Little League ball field to play championship games and stuff I don’t know what happen with that but that would be cool.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          That’s still the plan (the little league park)… but it’s not going to be the actual field. They’re raising it up (the current field is about 5-10 feet below street level) and moving it slightly to better fit the block.

          • mustang

            That’s cool.

  • Ivan

    Boy it would be really cool if Phil Rizzuto was alive and stuff. You know he would did something funny.

    • Joey

      I miss the “Holy Cow!”

  • UWS

    Mariano: “Adrenaline will be going through my body. I don’t know, maybe I won’t be able to pitch….”

    Um, get a grip, Mo! We don’t want a blown save to be our lasting memory of tonight!

  • steve (different one)

    that thing on Boomer’s chin is gross.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He definitely looks like he could trot out to the mound, take 8 warmup pitches, then start snapping off benders at knees right to the catchers glove. He looks like he lost weight too.

      • Steve H

        And pound the strike zone all day long

  • Mike Pop

    Gammons shouldnt be here

  • Joey

    Yogi is da man

  • Jake H

    I’m going to hate watching it on ESPN.

    • Frank

      It is a TRAVESTY that this game is on ESPN. They’ll take their cheap shots, I guarantee you.

  • Mike Pop

    Sad we aint going to the playoffs =[

  • UWS

    Bobby Murcer tributes make me cry every damn time.

  • Ivan

    There is no baseball uniform that’s better than the yanks. Best Hats.

  • Ivan

    It’s really good to see Bernie back. It’s truly good to see him here cuz it’s just seems like forever when we didn’t see him.

  • Joey

    WTF!?!?!?! I get all excited the pre-game ceremonies are about to begin and fucking Chris Berman and ESPN News appear with NFL scores shit…………………. I called ESPN customer service and they told me there is a game on (didn’t know which game or whatever) and that its on ESPNClassic. It’ll switch back once the “game” ends. God I hate Orlando/ESPN

    • steve (different one)

      guys, the pre-game is on YES.

    • Joey

      Can someone kinda do a brief “play by play” for me? I’d appreciate it, until whatever “game” ends they’re talking about

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Dude, it’s on ESPN2.

        • steve (different one)

          and YES

        • Joey

          It wasn’t before, it just came on in Orlando, like literally they JUST switched it over. First sight I saw was them with the banner. Thanks though

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    The Voice of God.

  • steve (different one)

    this is giving me a seizure

  • Jake H

    How could you be wearing an Oregon ducks t shirt to the final yankee game?

  • Ivan

    Im really gonna miss “The Black”.

  • UWS

    This is so cool.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wow, they’re going all out.

  • steve (different one)

    this is a little freaky in a “field of dreams” kindof way

    • Frank

      lol

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh cool, the Babe showed up.

  • Frank

    YES’ pre-game coverage is superb as usual.

    Although this is unusual…. could’ve done without the re-enactment.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, this is kinda creepy.

      • UWS

        I dunno, I think it’s really cool.

  • Ivan

    It is quite hard to believe and you have to be amaze that the yankee uniform has never change.

    • steve (different one)

      except for that week when the Assistant to theTraveling Secretary changed them to cotton

      • Steve H

        classic

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        It’s a natural fabric, you know.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Okay, now this is cool.

  • steve (different one)

    it’s cool that Matsui is playing tonight

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He’s having surgery tomorrow.

  • Ivan

    ROY!!!!

  • steve (different one)

    Winfield – A-Rod before A-Rod, maybe in 20 years A-Rod will be appreciated too

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Word, he was a freak. Drafted in 3 sports.

  • Ivan

    HOLY COW, THE SCOOTER.

  • UWS

    They go from left field to….shortstop????

    • steve (different one)

      i was just thinking that

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      They’re keeping us on our toes.

  • Ivan

    DEREK JETER…….DEREK JETER.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Man, I CAN’T wait for Bernie. You have no idea.

    • steve (different one)

      i wonder if that’s why they went from LF to SS. saving Bernie for last?

  • steve (different one)

    it’s appropriate that Cora is with Mo, since Scooter is also with God

    • Frank

      LOL! Excellant work my freind

  • UWS

    Cora still looks great.

  • Ivan

    unclutch

  • Jake H

    It’s a shame Donnie won’t be here for the game.

    • Ivan

      HELL YEA. No Donnie on the last day of yankee stadium. Hard to believe.

    • mustang

      agree.

  • mustang

    Greatest moments for me I have 3 of them:
    1 and 2- Watching games 1 and 2 of the 2000 World Series my dream match up and the only time that I didn’t care that I had bleachers seats. LOL

    3- Watching Gooden’s no-hitter thanks to my wife who picks that game as the make-up for a snowy cold opening day.

    Everything after this has been a cherry on top thank you to the old lady I will miss so much.

  • steve (different one)

    Barfield? holy shit.

  • UWS

    From Pete Abe:

    UPDATE, 7:28 p.m: When A-Rod was shown on the scoreboard in a video montage of great third basemen, people booed.

    That’s pathetic if true.

    • Ivan

      Why Im not surprise.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      That’s not pathetic… that’s disgusting.

      Shameful, and disgusting. I hope all those people who booed die of gonorrhea.

  • steve (different one)

    they should have had Barry Pepper do Maris

  • Ivan

    MR. OCTOBER!!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    REG-GIE REG-GIE

  • UWS

    Paulie!

  • steve (different one)

    ladies and gentleman, LaTroy Haaaaaawkins!!!

  • Ivan

    PAULIE. GOD of Grit and Gutty.

    • Steve H

      He was Pedroia before Pedroia was Pedroia. Actually, Paulie is Youk. Fucking love him if he’s on your team, fucking hate him if he’s not.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Yup. Paulie is Youk. Minus the child molesting, of course.

  • steve (different one)

    wonder if knoblaugh will be here

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Was he there for Old Timer’s Day? I think so…

      • steve (different one)

        i guess the better question is if Roger will be there.

        somehow i doubt it….

  • Mike Pop

    Paulie is my boy

  • steve (different one)

    no Steve Sax?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Eddie: (reading Sax’s license) Well well, Steve Sax, from New York City.
      Lou: I heard some guy got killed in New York City and they never solved the case. But you wouldn’t know anything about that now, would you, Steve?
      (Lou and Eddie laugh)
      Steve Sax: But there are hundreds of unsolved murders in New York City.
      Lou: You don’t know when to keep your mouth shut, do you, Saxxy Boy?

  • Ivan

    Gotta See Wille man.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      “A true Yankee!”

      I love how they stick it to the Mets every chance they get.

  • Mike Pop

    Tony Womack is like hey where the fuck am i on there

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Hah. Yeah Enrique Wilson got snubbed.

      • steve (different one)

        Mariano Duncan and Pat Kelly too…

  • UWS

    Yay, Willie!!!

  • Frank

    Wonder why the Mets never took to this guy…..

  • Ivan

    WILLIE!!!

  • Joey

    Willie with the slide!!! (feet first, teaching the kids right!)

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    What happened? Did he trip over the bag?

    • Joey

      He did brush it off after he slid. lol

  • Ivan

    One of my fav yankee moments, when Tino hit that GS in that 98 WS.

  • steve (different one)

    ladies and gentlemen, Cecil “i ate the Center” Fielder

    • scottnar

      lol

  • Chip

    Please tell me Tino is there, the Stadium will go crazy

    • steve (different one)

      he’s there.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    TINO!!!

  • Ivan

    Wow that a great scene seeing Chambliss being mobbed by yankke fans.

  • UWS

    Can’t believe Mattingly didn’t make it.

  • steve (different one)

    was that grand slam in 1998 really one of the “biggest HRs in Yankee history”?

    it’s not like they were going to lose that series no matter what.

    love Tino though.

  • scottnar

    giardi’s triple, awesome

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Hip hip!

  • Joey

    Hip Hip Jorge! Man do I miss him

  • UWS

    YOGI!!!!!!!

  • Ivan

    Yogiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Berra.

  • Jake H

    YOGI!

  • Joey

    Standing right on the plate. You tell them whose house this is Yogi!!!!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    So yeah, there’s no way this game’s starting at 8:15.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Sheryl Howard… I’d hit that.

    • Ivan

      me too.

  • Ivan

    Hey Howard’s daughter looks cute.

  • steve (different one)

    i think they are saving Bernie for last.

    man, i hope the stadium doesn’t collapse from that ovation.

    • Chip

      Isn’t that awesome how they’re leaving him for last? I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bernie the coach debut in the next few years

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        But doesn’t Bernie have everything to lose and nothing to gain by becoming a coach?

        Look at how we shit on Bobby Meacham left and right…

  • steve (different one)

    goosebumps

  • UWS

    Michael Munson needs a lesson on manners. Didn’t even shake Yogi’s hand.

  • steve (different one)

    maybe my favorite Yankee moment ever, the triple

  • dan

    what channel is this? espn isnt showing it where I am

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      ESPN2 and YES.

    • A.D.

      espn 2

    • scottnar

      yes and ESPN2

    • dan

      thanks guys, i was freaking out

      • Joey

        like I was earlier, except they actually wasn’t getting it for awhile

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Am I the only one that thinks the only reason Girardi’s part of this is because he’s the manager? He wasn’t exactly a “great” Yankee.

    • Ivan

      yea but you can say that for some guys here as well. Besides, that Triple put him in yankee lore forever.

    • A.D.

      going to be a bias toward lesser, more recent Yankees on championship teams, cause it gets the fans going and all. So definitely helps he’s the manager, but he’d probably be there anyways

    • steve (different one)

      he was the starting catcher on 2/3 championship teams.

      he’s not much worse than Brosius, no matter what people seem to remember about Brosius’ abilities

    • Chip

      Caught a no-hitter, perfect game and won a few rings with them. He might not have been a great offensive force but he had good timing

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        He caught a no-hitter? He must be a great catcher, like Jason Varitek is.

  • Ivan

    Yankee crowd: cheering

    Pete Abe: BOOOO.

  • scottnar

    A-rod is probably watching madonna videos in the clubhouse

  • Bill N

    No Alvero Espinosa ?
    Comeon

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Jimmy Key, you’re my boy blue.

    • steve (different one)

      no Scott Kamieniecke?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Jimmy Key, what is he, like 45?

      I could hit him…

  • Ivan

    Wow Chien Ming wang is on that list.

  • UWS

    Haha, no Roger in the montage.

  • Mike Pop

    Man i would LOVE to be there tonight

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Ben’s there. Bastard.

  • Ivan

    One more thing, if they gonna bring up Doc Godden, could they bring up Strawberry.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      I mean, Phil Coke’s there, for christsakes… I’m SHOCKED that Gooden and Straw didn’t show up for that alone.

  • A.D.

    Chairman of the board, one of the greatest nicknames ever

  • Joey

    Wow, Whitey and Don. Awesome.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Don Larsen’s stealin’s shit.

    • UWS

      Were you as worried as I was that he might throw his back out or something when he bent down to scoop up the dirt?

  • A.D.

    Nice Larson taking the dirt

  • Ivan

    No Juan Figueroa?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Sterling Hitchcock?

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Pascual Perez?

  • Joey

    I’m surprised security didn’t throw Larson down and cuff him, he was stealing dirt!

  • steve (different one)

    i’d like to see Goose throw an inning tonight

  • Ivan

    THE GATOR. He was Chamberlain beofre Chamberlain with the stuff he had.

  • Ivan

    Lets be real, right now he could pitch better than Ponson or rasner, the Boomer.

  • steve (different one)

    hey Coney, how come you don’t have a dance??

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      haha

  • UWS

    Here we go….

  • Ivan

    Here it is guys Centerfield.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Bernabe!!!

  • Manimal

    Oh my god BERNIE!!!

  • scottnar

    no melky?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    WTF? No teh Melky?

  • Joey

    No Melky?

  • Chip

    Damon? Really?

    • steve (different one)

      did they show Giambi when they did 1B?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Yeah.

  • steve (different one)

    man, Bernie had a nice swing

  • UWS

    No Kenny Lofton?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      No Aaron Guiel?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        That dude was awesome.

  • Manimal

    Berrrrnnn baby bernnn.

  • A.D.

    AJAX?

    • A.D.

      kidding

  • Manimal

    Didnt Yestremski get the triple crown after Mantle? Pwnt.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      WAS IT OVER WHEN THE GERMANS BOMBED PEARL HARBOR?

      HELL NO! AND IT AIN’T OVER NOW!!!!!

    • steve (different one)

      he did.

    • Ivan

      Yas was the last player to win the Triple Crown, but Mantle was the last to win it where he led both leagues.

    • Old Ranger

      Mantle would have won it two years in a row if it hadn’t been for Norm Cash having his only .300+ year (.356? I think)!@#$#@!

  • Ivan

    Bernie Goes Boom.

  • scottnar

    how about a surprise and retire 51 and 21 tonight?

  • Manimal

    Holy shit, 244 comments and the game didnt even start.

    • Joey

      Mike gonna have to make another Game Game thread… but then again new gooder servers…

  • dan

    My fucking RA turned the TV off for some hall council meeting right as the Centerfielders were being announced.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Kill him. Now.

      • dan

        She* won’t even let us put it on mute. Anybody know any bounty hunters?

    • Joey

      kill that bitch!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Beat him about the head and neck.

  • Manimal

    I think I just shat my self.

  • A.D.

    BER-NIE

  • steve (different one)

    fantastic honoring of Bernie.

    well done Yanks.

  • Ivan

    BERNIE!!!!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh my goodness. This is awesome. Seeing Bernie in uniform again…

    • mustang

      TOTALLY.

  • mustang

    Mantle HR to the lights on top of the Stadium.
    WOW !!!!!!!

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    For some reason, I feel like listening to some smooth-jazz-rock fusion all of a sudden.

    • Joey

      you’ve been waiting to type that one, haven’t ya. lol

  • Jake H

    BERNIE!

  • Joey

    BERNIE!!!!!!!!

  • UWS

    Welcome home, Bernie.

  • Ivan

    This is just phenonemal

  • Manimal

    Don’t worry Bernie, we didn’t forget you.

  • A.D.

    he’s loving it

  • steve (different one)

    in honor of this moment, Bernie has written a cool jazz instrumental called “the eagle and the bumblebee”

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    HOLY SHIT THE VOICE OF GOD…

    I just pissed all over myself.

  • Joey

    OOOOOHHHH the chills just hearing the Voice of God

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I swear to God, if they boo A-Rod…

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Gonorrhea.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      There we go.

  • dan

    I hate my life.

  • Ivan

    This is Sweet.

  • scottnar

    jason’s last game

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Yup… they’re not even going to let him play the road trip, just euthanize him right on the track.

  • steve (different one)

    doesn’t sound like booing to me.

    Abraham has an agenda

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      And a ham sandwich.

  • Ivan

    Cano in da house.

  • Manimal

    Dont jog out to fast Matsui.

    • dan

      he’s having surgery tomorrow, give him a break

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Hava Molina!

  • steve (different one)

    could be Matsui’s last game in pinstripes….

    • A.D.

      I think we see him back next year

    • whozat

      You think he’s tradeable this offseason? For pennies on the dollar, maybe.

      Also…yeah, what happened with mattingly? Donnie baseball couldn’t get back for this?

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Really. The Dodgers could have forfeited today’s game and still won the NL West.

        Mattingly AND Torre should be here.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          And Scott Proctor.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            Touche.

            NOBODY MAKES ME BLEED MY OWN BLOOD! NOBODY!

  • scottnar

    pudge is probably pissed

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      As long as he’s still getting paid for tonight’s game, he’s fine.

  • Ivan

    Power of Pinstripes.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Only the Yankees.

  • A.D.

    Nady looks like a little kid compared to Winfield

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Dave Winfield once ate a whole cake before his friends could tell him there was a stripper in it.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Okay, that was funny. Well done.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          That’s still my favorite Chuck Norris one of all time.

  • steve (different one)

    man, it would suck if Roberts leads off with a HR

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Hip Hip!!!

  • steve (different one)

    to catch the first pitch, yankee catching legend, Matt Nokes!!

    • dan

      Mike Pagliarulo anybody?

      • dan

        if thats even how you spell it

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    10 bucks says ARod hits the last HR in the history of the stadium.

  • scottnar

    stand on the rubber Ruth!!

  • UWS

    The only way this whole thing could’ve been even cooler would’ve been to have The Voice of God announce the original starting lineup.

  • mustang

    Oh God please let them win the game I don’t want them to be eliminated tonight.
    Not tonight, please.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Don’t worry, the Yankees don’t lose games like this.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        cough Game 7 2001 cough

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Shut it.

        • mustang

          Your an ass, but that’s good one.
          LOL

  • steve (different one)

    sign her up Cashman!!

  • Manimal

    8:14. Their a minute early.

  • Ivan

    She throws harder than Moyer.

  • A.D.

    Ruth’s grand daughter is just like “give me the damn ball”

  • mustang

    RUTH
    ” THE GREATEST PLAYER EVER “

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Seeing Ravech, Kruk, and Showalter after all that is like watching the Three Stooges broadcasting on the installation of a Pope.

    • Chip

      So true

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    They should totally sign Winfield to play CF next year. That dude looks like he never stopped playing.

  • Chip

    The only way this turns out correctly is if the Yankees win 1-0 on a walk-off homer by Jeter (with Pettite throwing the shutout of course)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      With that flashy bat they just gave him.

    • Joey

      nah, Mo has to pitch the last half inning

  • A.D.

    Oh Showalter and his big words

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Showalter: “I guess the word is … etheral.”

    hahahahahahahahahahah

    STFU.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Damn yo, Jeter’s sister is kinda hot.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      I missed her… went looking for a picture of her and stumbled across Jorge’s wife, and her twins…

      http://cache.daylife.com/image.....d/610x.jpg

      • A.D.

        damn Jorge’s wife, damn

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        And what’s up with Jeter’s suit? Did he get that from MA$E’s closet?

  • Manimal

    Those handprints are sick.

  • Manimal

    Oh my god, it takes about 15 seconds to fully load the game thread already.

    • Chip

      I’ve found it loads a lot faster on Google Crome

      • A.D.

        agreed

    • A.D.

      if you use Internet Explorer that could be the problem

    • Manimal

      I use firefox, which to my knowledge is faster than Chrome.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’m having no trouble with Firefox.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Joe Morgan: “When I think of Yankee Stadium, I don’t think of my accomplishments.”

    Well, isn’t that kind of him?

    • A.D.

      what I wondered is why would he think of his accomplishments

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Because he ALWAYS thinks of his accomplishments.

        Ooops, I mean…

        Because he CONSISTENCY thinks of his accomplishments.

        • BigBlueAL

          I guess he meant hitting a HR in the 1977 All-Star Game and obviously winning the WS in 1976 clinching it at Yankee Stadium.

          But honestly, who gives a fuck!!!!

    • Steve H

      I was thinking of his accomplishments at the Stadium. All 17 at-bats. What a fucking moron!!

  • Joey

    Well at least they’ll be a lot of guests in the booth tonight, the more they talk the less Morgan talks

  • UWS

    Joe Morgan: “I think they’ll play this game because there’s something called Yankee Pride.”

    Yeah, good thing they aren’t the Pittsburth Pirates, otherwise they’d just forfeit the rest of the season.

  • Ivan

    Game Time.

  • dan

    1000 comments tonight? LoHud’s only about 150 ahead of us right now

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Let’s do it. Only fitting that we’d set the record on the Stadium’s swam song.

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        If it we’re at 950 an hour after the game, it could be like a little kid trying to get the last 10 wallposts on someone’s wall just to get to a 1000…

  • UWS

    Any there any way to make a new thread? My browser keeps crashing when I try to load this one…

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Gammons couldn’t even make it 100 words before mentioning the Red Sox.

    Fucker.

    • Ivan

      He tried.

  • Manimal

    Its almost freaky how similarly Joba looks like Babe.

    • Chip

      He did say earlier this season that he’s “a good hitter, no not just for a pitcher, a good hitter”

  • Jamie

    I just started crying. Is anyone else feeling this way? I feel weird.

  • Joey

    Wonder if Jamal is at the game, or just enjoyed the pre-game ceremonies quietly

  • giselle

    wow, i can’t wait to check out the new stadium next year. its gonna be awesome!

  • dan

    Where’s Ben sitting?

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Miller and Morgan = Beavis and Butthead.

    I’ve never missed Michael Kay more than right now.

  • Jake H

    Spike lee in the bleachers

  • A.D.

    alright camera for the roll call

    • Joey

      that was pretty cool

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Oh yeah, and BOX SEATS SUCK!

  • giselle

    sweet. they should show the roll call for every game…

  • Ivan

    How can ya not like Damon.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Bobby got it TWICE!

    And didn’t drop the ball, either.

    • Joey

      bonus!

  • Mac

    So is A-Rod going to have an 0’fer tonight? or is he going to knock the cover off the ball?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I don’t like this Charlie Waters character. His numbers are too shitty for the Yanks to have a chance.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      And by Charlie I mean Chris.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    From the commercial: “And in the final year of the century, the Yankees win their 25th championship!”

    That would be the 1999 title (the 25th), which is NOT the last year of the century, it’s the second to the last. Was that Jon Miller’s voice? Sounded like it to me.

    Idiot.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      What the hell? You know facts have no place here.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    So what’s up people, anyone having issues getting the site to load? I’ll start a new thread if need be, but the new server’s working great for me. Loads right up.

    • Mac

      Working great for me as well. Loading super fast.

      • Steve H

        ditto

      • A.D.

        same, i think the issue is it will load like shit on IE sometimes where other browsers are fine

        • Chip

          Well IE sucks like that

    • Pedro

      It’s working fine here.

    • Joey

      Nope, I’m good–took about 5 seconds last time, but no big deal. Using Firefox

    • UWS

      I’m using Safari at the moment. Both Firefox and IE have crashed.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    I love that only Jeter has the balls to have Cameo’s “Candy” as his intro music.

    It’s the official song of strippers left and right, and yet he makes it look cool.

    • Ivan

      The Strippers’s anthem LOL.

  • A.D.

    Waters looked good there

    • Pedro

      But is he any good or just another mediocre lefty who dominates nobody but the Yankees?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        The latter.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Bobby Abreu, Professional DH.

  • Batty

    Listening to it on the radio. Me and my gf just broke up today after over a year together, took the bus back from Boston and today’s our anniversary. Everything was great but I’m not Jewish so it was a tough spot to be in.

    ANYWAY, she is also a Yankees fan so I bought the 8-pack season tickets for us this summer, they were all memorable. I read Steve’s post about thinking about someone you love and man it’s been a tear jerker just realizing that after tonight no one will ever play a professional ball game again in that space ever again. All in the name of money.

    So, yeah – I’m not too proud to say I cried a bit during the opening. Friend’s coming over and we’ll head to a bar to watch it. She’s not a fan but she did come to a game with me.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Bros before hos. Go Yanks.

      • BigBlueAL

        Truer words have never been spoken….

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      “Friend’s coming over and we’ll head to a bar to watch it. She’s not a fan but she did come to a game with me.”

      Fuck her gently, Tenacious D style.

  • BigBlueAL

    Kinda sad that George Steinbrenner isnt at the game. Funny thing is Pete Abe noted that Hal is there but not big-mouth Hank.

  • Joey H

    They HAVE to win this game.. .right?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      They will.

      • Joey H

        Oh yes they will. i wonder how jeets hand is. that thing they gave him was absolutely gorgeous. your thoughts? on that and the ceremony as a whole. i thought the 1927 yankee thing was sorta corny but o well

        • A.D.

          crystal bat was pretty damn sweet

          • Joey H

            too bad no boss there. notice how hal not hank was there lmao

  • Pedro

    There’s Pettitte doing his thing (sucking) for one last time this season.

  • Joey

    Alright Andy, no more, jitters should be gone

  • A.D.

    if there is no HR hit tonight, who currently holds the last HR at the Stadium?

    • Joey

      Robbie Cano

    • Pedro

      I think it’s Robbie Cano.

    • Chip

      Cano

    • Chris

      Cano from Friday night.

    • Ivan

      Cano.

  • Ivan

    Im calling it, A-Rod is gonna park one.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    An unclutch leadoff walk.

    • Chip

      He could definitely be taking off here too, the guy is hardly even looking over

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Watch him get picked off.

  • BigBlueAL

    I cant believe Giambi still has the nWo Wolfpack theme song as his song when he comes up to hit.

  • Joey H

    Ok who else is man enough to admit they are gonna cry like a bitch when mo comes in for the last time with his regular skip and a jogg to entersandman? say “I” illl start it off.. I

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I teared up earlier, and I’m sure I’ll do it again.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        You punk bitch.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          What do they say, don’t trust a man with 2 first names? You’ve got like, 4 of ‘em man. Your opinion means NADA to me. Biznatch.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            Calm down, I’m just breaking your balls.

            Now GO HOME AND GET YOUR FUCKING SHINEBOX.

      • Joey H

        is that an I OR NOT! lol.

      • BigBlueAL

        Yeah i teared up a bit during the ceremonies ill admit.

    • Joey

      I (probably)

    • BigBlueAL

      Last time i cried watching a sports event was during Ewing’s jersey number retirement ceremony. Probably was only Knicks fan doing so.

    • Ivan

      I got a little emotional, the tears almost came out but I held it up.

  • Joey

    Why do we have so many problems with shitty pitchers? Nice catch btw

    • Joey H

      dude. its the second inning not even the first time thru the order. keep yer trap shutt my brotherrr

  • Chip

    Damn, I thought he punched that through

  • Pedro

    It’s such a shame we have to say goodbye to the Stadium while watching this pathetic offense get dominated once again.

    • Chip

      We’re only 7 batters into it

      • Joey H

        these people need to quit it with this grab-assing bullshit. its not even the first time thru the order. can they possibly understand the emotion of these men? NO. so everyone cut ur shit and kick back. mute the TV and listen to sterling.

  • A.D.

    geez pettite

  • Mac

    Joe Morgan man….so awkward.

    • Joey

      he interrupter Whitey a few times…

  • Joey

    Lesson learned: Don’t shake off Yogi

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  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    The site’s running a little slow, so I’m closing this thread. There’s a new one here:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2008/.....read-4610/

  • A.D.

    Haha Yogi is like don’t even go there Morgan, he was out