Yanks release preliminary ’09 sked

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Last month, we reported that the Yanks and Indians would be opening the new Yankee Stadium on April 16. Today the Yankees released their preliminary scheduled and confirmed this early report. So mark your calendars for that third Thursday in April.

For the most part, these 2009 schedules — available here — contain few surprises. After numerous snowed out and rained out early April games, the season doesn’t start until April 6. The Yankees’ first game in Baltimore, and it is the first of four home openers of which the Yanks will partake in the season’s first ten games. They also help open Kansas City’s home season on Friday, April 10 and the Rays’ home season on Monday, April 13.

Otherwise, there are few surprises. The Yanks draw the Phillies, Mets and Nationals at home for interleague play and will travel to CitiField, Miami and Atlanta at which point Chien-Ming Wang will hopefully not attempt to run the bases. Boston will make its first appearance in the new stadium on May 5 when they drop in for a two-game set. They don’t return until August, and the Yanks play 10 games against the Red Sox over the last 8.5 weeks of the season.

Now that we know when the games are, I wonder if anyone will be able to get tickets. I guess we’ll find out later this winter.

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  • radnom

    “at which point Chien-Ming Wang will hopefully not attempt to run the bases”

    ouch. too soon

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

      Hey, maybe you can show me around your home planet of Alderaan–


      • MJ

        Great Blue Harvest reference!

  • IvanS

    What is notable about the off days?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Nothing. That was a line left over from a prior edit. Oops.

  • kenthadley

    west coast trip in late September…..

    • MJ

      Yeah, isn’t that an odd time for a 6 game trip to California/Washington? Literaly a year from today, when there are only a dozen games left to play?

      Kind of a bad break for the Yanks to have to go all the way out there that late in the year.

  • steve (different one)

    i don’t think this has been harped on enough: Wang was hurt, essentially cratering the 2008 season, as a result of Jeter singling with the bases loaded.

    had Jeter had the foresight or the unselfishness to have a down year with RISP like some of his teammates, this probably wouldn’t have happened.

    thanks Derek. some teammate you are.

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

      What a douchebag. Compare that with Lou Gehrig, who had the foresight to have a terminal illness that forced him into an early retirement so that he could be sure his hits at the stadium record would stay at a level low enough to be broken at some time in the future before the stadium was demolished.

      Lou Gehrig = True Yankee.
      Derek Jeter = Asshole.

  • steve (different one)

    why do the yankees have two trips to Anaheim for the second year in a row?

    shouldn’t that alternate?

    • MJ

      Not if Bud Selig has anything to say about it ;)